Is There A 12-Inch Retina MacBook in the Pipeline?S

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has released predictions about Apple's future laptop plans. Most notably he is forecasting that a 12-inch MacBook with a retina display will be announced in mid-2014, and that it will have a redesigned clamshell that is thinner and lighter than the current MacBook Airs.

This is still definitely in rumor territory, especially because the debut could be a year away, but the prediction matches a report released earlier this week by NPD DisplaySearch that indicated a 12-inch MacBook Air debuting in the same timeframe with a 2304 x 1440 display.

Kuo has a solid track record for long-range predictions, and accurately forecast many 2013 product releases in January. For anyone who never quite got over the loss of their 12-inch PowerBook G4, there may be hope yet. [MacRumors, 9to5Mac]