Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) MacBook Air’s 12-inch version has long been in the news and is soon to turn real. If the claims of a report from East Asia released on Tuesday are to be believed then, in the third quarter, the manufacturing partners of Apple will begin the production. From the month of July, that is technically the third quarter starting, mass production of the device will begin, according to the Digi Times, which is a Taiwanese publication, citing the usual upstream supply chain sources.

Apple to retain earlier design

Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) will continue with the current MacBook Air design in the 12-inch version, according to the publication. The battery might be larger and for accommodating it some changes might be needed along with certain internal structure rearrangements that are invisible.

The 11-inch model of MacBook Air and 9.7-inch iPad Air do not have a clear delineation of boundary between them and hence Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) has taken this move of introducing the new format Air. What’s confusing is that the sources from which the above news has come at the very same time claim that the rumored 12-inch iPad was to be built in the latter half of 2014 by Quanta Computer. The company’s efforts of using the screen sizes for defining the product boundaries would be negated after this. However, the project for the iPad of super size is not on time.

The new MacBook Air model would combine the portability feature of the MacBook Air’s 11-inch model and the performance of the 13-inch model. The 12-inch model might come with a Retina-quality display and would be the first MacBook Air, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Larger iPhones to go under production in July

Separately, Bloomberg, citing sources, informed that the two large screen models of the next iPhone will go under production next month in China and will be shipped by September. The two versions have screen sizes of 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches, and when compared with the existing models they will not only be rounder, but lighter as well. Samsung and HTC already offer devices with screen sizes as large as 5.7 inches.