As is the wont of the intrepid Digitimes, the site is reporting that a spankingly new MacBook Air of the 15 inch variety will be arriving in the first quarter of 2012. There are no exact details given on the sources other than that they are from the ‘upstream supply chain’ and that the new model is already in pilot production with an intended Q1 release date.
Interestingly, the report also notes that a new 11.6 inch and 13.3 inch model will also be launching which raises the question of whether the MacBook Air will see yet another fairly rapid update within months (rapid being contextual when compared against the Mac Pro). Previously, any reports concerning a new 15 inch ultrathin laptop had specifically not mentioned that it was an Air-type model. With this rumor, that seems to have shifted slightly into the assumption that the new device will indeed be part of the Air family.
The report also seems to add a little more of a vague theme to a previous report from the same site nailing down March for mass shipping of the new Air.
Whenever (if ever) a 15 inch Air launches, the success of the 11 inch and 13 inch models would seem to dictate that the new model will be one of Apple’s most popular laptops.