Rumors of a fanless 12-inch MacBook have been doing the rounds for quite some time now, and Intel’s announcement last night of a new 14nm Core M Broadwell processor could make it a reality.

The Intel® Core™ M processor will deliver the most energy-efficient Intel Core processor in the company’s history. The majority of designs based on this new chip are expected to be fanless …

Intel says that the first devices to use the new chip will go on sale later this year.

The rumored 12-inch MacBook was said by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo to be launching in Q3. He said that it would be no larger the current MacBook Air 11, have a Retina display, be thinner and lighter than current models and potentially sold at a lower cost.

While a fanless MacBook Pro would be theoretically possible, it’s likely there that Apple will prioritize performance, so they’re likely to retain fans for some time.

Via The Verge. Photo: Wired.

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7 Responses to “Intel’s Broadwell chip makes rumored fanless MacBook Air a real possibility”

  1. if its performance is roughly similar to that of the MBA, then I’m all for it. I was looking for something to replace my 2011 MBA and this looks just right.


  2. unclear how many cores this will have and what clock speed it will offer.


  3. Jonathan Lee says:

    Argh, I just decided on buying the current, refreshed MBA by the end of this summer! Any guesses on release date for this?


  4. valanchan says:

    With the advances given by Swift and Metal and A8 looming, does Apple really need Intel hardware?


    • Why would any of those things make a difference?

      With the exception of the A8, they’re software related and the majority of exisiting creative applications that people purchase macs to use in conjunction with will need to be re-written for ARM-based devices.

      Microsoft has already found out that trying to port an ecosystem to ARM is not a smart move (at the moment).


  5. Fel says:

    Cool hope to see how thin it gets