2013 MacBook Air and Pro could feature thinner backlights

2013 MacBook Air and Pro could feature thinner keyboard illumination
2013 MacBook Air and Pro could feature thinner keyboard illumination
Apple's next-gen MacBooks could be slimmer thanks to an improved keyboard illumination panel

Apple's latest Retina MacBook may have brought a new dimension to Apple's design, but their next-generation of notebooks may end up even thinner. Based on a report by DigiTimes, Apple is working on further cutting thickness on the devices by introducing an improved illumination panel.

According to the publication, Apple is working on reducing the backlight panels  on their MacBook line of notebooks from the current .4mm thickness to a new .25mm plate. The news come courtesy of the publication's supply chain sources, and while .15mm may not seem like much, it could end up more noticeable when coupled with Intel's new Haswell architecture.

For the time being, there isn't much info available about the next generation of MacBooks, but it's probably safe to assume that they will be molded in the likes of the current 15" Retina MacBook. As such, we can probably expect more high-res goodness and possibly an even slimmer MacBook Air if the new panels come into play. 

 

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Notebookcheck.com: http://www.notebookcheck.com/Apple-MacBook-Air-und-Pro-ab-2013-mit-schlankerer-Tastaturbeleuchtung.82480.0.html

Digitimes: http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20120925PD219.html

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Author: Felix Sold, Omar Al-Qudsi, 2012-09-27 (Update: 2012-09-27)