According to recent rumours, Apple will not only offer Ivy Bridge powered 11.6 and 13.3-inch versions of its MacBook Air come the new year, but the company is apparently planning a 15-inch model as well. The question is if the market demand is there, as at least traditionally, Apple's larger notebooks have been quite powerful machines and a slimmed down version won't be able to compete in terms of performance.

According to recent rumours, Apple will not only offer Ivy Bridge powered 11.6 and 13.3-inch versions of its MacBook Air come the new year, but the company is apparently planning a 15-inch model as well. The question is if the market demand is there, as at least traditionally, Apple's larger notebooks have been quite powerful machines and a slimmed down version won't be able to compete in terms of performance.

The details are slim as always when it comes to this type of rumour, but Digitimes appears to be fairly certain that Apple will be offering a 15-inch SKU and it's said to be offered as a competitor to the yet-to-launch large screen Ultrabooks. That said, we might just end up with a slimmed-down version of the MacBook Pro, as the details are anything but clear and are coming from the supply chain that doesn't always have the full picture.

Interestingly pilot production of the 11.6 and 13.3-inch models has apparently already started which means that Intel is more or less ready with its ULV models of Ivy Bridge, something we'll bring you more details on shortly. As for the 15-inch version, well, it's not in pilot production, but it's expected to get to that stage shortly and we'll just have to wait and see if it'll be a new Air or a slimmed down Pro.

Source: Digitimes