Apple MacBook Air: Release date, specs and pricing

Apple launches new variants of MacBook Air in the month of March every year, which means we are just a quarter away from laying our eyes on the next MacBook Air. But fresh leaks, some rumours and the existing MacBook Air variants suggest that we may come across a device that may toe the middle line between MacBook Airs of the past and the MacBook Pro launched this year.

Why MacBook Air 2016?

MacBook Air did receive an update this year, and the latest 13-inch model came with significant internal upgrades while not changing much in terms of design. New upgrades included a superfast flash drive that's three times faster than the ones in Windows laptops, a Thunderbolt 2 single port capable of 20 Gb/s transfer speed, a new 14nm Broadwell processor, an Intel HD Graphics 6000 integrated GPU and a battery life that exceeds 12 hours.

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However, the updates this year didn't include a Retina display and fresh leaks suggest that the next MacBook Air will indeed feature such a display. Some new rumours also suggest that instead of the usual 11-inch and 13-inch models, MacBook Air will launch in 13-inch and 15-inch models next year.

MacBook Air 2016 or MacBook Pro 2016?

Macworld wonders whether Apple may replace the MacBook Air line with the new 13.3-inch MacBook Pro in March. Even through MacBook Pro doesn't hold a Retina display either, it is a highly capable device and has led Apple's laptop sales this year.

MacBook Pro also comes in 13.3-inch and 15.4-inch models and boasts the latest OS X El Capitan, up to 512GB of storage, up to 16GB of RAM and AMD Radeon R9 graphics. It is thus going to be a big puzzle for Apple whether to sell two different versions of MacBooks or concentrate on just one.

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The Economics Daily news believes that come Apple's next WWDC in June, the MacBook Air will receive a significant update which may include major design changes for the first time in eight years.

MacBook Air 2016: Pricing

Currently, the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air models are priced at £749 and £849 respectively. If Apple launched 13-inch and 15-inch models next year, Apple may keep pricing of the 13-inch model constant while selling the 15-inch one for close to £1000.

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