Report: Apple's Got a 12-inch MacBook, 4K Desktop in Works

In the midst of updating its operating system to Yosemite, Apple seems to also have some hardware refreshes in mind. According to Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac, sources say that Apple is planning a smaller Macbook (12-inch diagonally) with a high resolution display as well as a pixel-drunk 4K iMac or standalone monitor.

9to5Mac goes on to say that the new Macbook will have a thinner and lighter aluminum body, which would place it somewhere between MacBook Air or current MacBook Pro weight classes. It will also run on an Intel chip—not the Apple-based A8 processor, according to earlier rumors. Apple has a lot of faith in this TBA MacBook saying it will be a significant step forward in the laptop industry, according to sources. But then again, isn't that always the case?

This 12-inch laptop has been rumored since October when a reliable analyst released predictions of the coming device. Despite being a little off on the timing (mid-2014), the rumor's validity is only increasing.

As for the 4K monitors, Apple has had a tendency to upgrade pixel counts on its displays when Mac OS X goes through a refresh. It wouldn't be much of a surprise if the company decides to follow a similar strategy. Besides, an OS is only as beautiful as the screen displaying it. [9to5Mac]