In the scenario of today’s laptop world, Apple’s laptop is well known for its slimness and thinness. As the time goes, so as Apple’s creativity, hence its looking to launch a thinner MacBook Air and Pro in the upcoming year even though it has its own design Retina MacBook with new dimensions which is already quite thin.
According to sources from Apple’s supply chain, it is believe that apple will reduce the thickness of light guide plates for the illuminated keyboards in its MacBook Air and Pro models reducing 0.15 mm from 0.4mm, to 0.25mm in 2013. As the reduction is only 0.15mm, the reduction in thickness of the laptop might not be noticeable to the buyers. And it seems as if Apple is reducing MacBook’s thickness for some unknown purpose.
At present Japan-based NJK and Taiwan-based Global Lighting Technologies are the two, from which Apple mostly gets its light guide plates, with the former using an injection process and the later a extrusion process.
From the sources it is believed that makers utilizing extrusion processes are likely to win orders for 0.25mm light guide plates, as the current injection process for the production of 0.4mm light guide plates has been optimized to its limit.
Apple is expecting that its total notebook shipments will reach 15 million units in 2012 and in 2013 the shipment volume will be increase by 15-20%, as the sources reveals.
At the moment, the availability and price of the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro are yet to be known.