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.
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.
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.