Additionally, the report includes details regarding alterations to the current design: “it leaves almost no space on the side”, the source also mentioned the speaker location as being “above the keyboard and visible.” If these design changes are true, then the change is a lot different to the current MacBook Pro with Retina Display series which has the speakers on the side of the keyboard, and the current Macbook Air which has speakers under the keyboard.
If Apple is switching to USB Type C only on the new MacBook, it may support the new DisplayPort Alternate Mode, which allows USB Type C to offer DisplayPort functionality for high-quality audio and video. If this is the case, it would also make sense that a new Lightning to USB Type C cable or adaptor for older cables would be required if Apple wants to allow iOS users to charge their devices from the new MacBook range.
This report adds weight to the several rumours that have arisen in recent months pointing to an all-new 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display that is likely to arrive sometime in 2015.
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