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Apple assesses 14in Air for Asia

Mid-size MacBook mooted

Apple MacBook Air 13in mid 2011

Amid all the iPad 3 hoopla comes some Mac news: Apple is said to be "considering" the introduction of a 14in MacBook Air.

Asians in particular favour 14in machines, local site DigiTimes notes, in contrast to Western buyers, who favour 15-inchers.

The Air is currently available with a choice off 11in and 13in display, but there are already rumours that Apple has a skinny 15in model in the works. Why, then, bother with the one in the middle?

Well, why not? If there's a market for it - the Orient if not the Occident - produce the thing.

On the other hand, Apple is famous for maintaining a small, neat array of products, and starting to add more varieties, even if there's demand for it, might be seen as a violation of Jobs Law of Simplicity.

Putting a 14in screen into the 13in chassis may be a way to resolve the problem, as LG and others have done.

Then again, the Asian moles cited by DigiTimes claim the company is merely thinking about such a move, and we're sure Apple thinks about a lot of products, but doesn't go on to bring them to market. ®

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