Apple plans Q3 launch for MacBook Air with Retina -- report

The company will also use the "GF2" technology found in its iPad Mini for its next-generation full-size iPad.

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Apple's MacBook Air could be next to get Retina display treatment, according to a new report.

The Mac maker is planning to bring the Retina display to the MacBook Air in the third quarter of 2013, Taiwan-based newspaper Economic Daily is reporting today, citing sources in the company's supply chain. The Retina display will come bundled in both the 11- and 13-inch MacBook Air models, according to the report.

Apple last week cut the price of its 256GB MacBook Air by $100, to $1,400. The move was a response to it dropping the price of its MacBook Pro with Retina down to $1,500. Apple also boosted processor speeds in its MacBook Pro line.

The Retina display has been making inroads into Apple's Mac line. The high-end display came to the MacBook Pro last year. The display is also available in Apple's iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

That the MacBook Air could be next on the list to get the Retina display isn't all that surprising. However, Apple has made no indication that it has plans to deliver the technology to any other products.

In addition to talk of improvements to the MacBook Air, another report out of Korea today said Apple's next-generation iPad would come with GF2 display technology, a thinner alternative to what's currently running in the device. Apple's iPad Mini uses GF2 display technology. The addition of GF2 should make it easier for Apple to deliver a thinner full-size iPad.

CNET has contacted Apple for comment on the Economic Daily report. We will update this story when we have more information.

(Via AppleInsider)

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