The Digitimes article offers no specifics on what the new MacBook Air will feature, aside from the Retina display. A forum poster (who has a track record of accuracy) from last week said that the new model of laptop would feature a fan-less design in an even thinner form factor than the current MacBook Airs’ enclosure.
The person also claimed that the trackpad will also lose the mechanical tactility of a physical button, presumably to allow the laptop to be made even thinner.
9to5Mac previously covered a KGI report from October that predicted similar specifications — KGI said a 12-inch Retina MacBook Air was in the works. Like Digitimes, KGI stated a mid-to-late 2014 release window.
With multiple sources saying pretty much the same thing, all the signs indicate that a new Retina display Air is coming in the pipeline.
The Digitimes report also mentions that Quanta Computer is ramping production of a 12 inch iPad in the second-half of this year but the likelihood of this product is much less certain. The report today directly contradicts what Digitimes said earlier this month: “Apple has also been said to shelved its large-size tablet project”.