MacBook Air 2016 might be getting the axe this year; Apple to focus more on MacBook Pro lineup


Since it was unveiled to the market almost 10 years ago, the ultraportable MacBook Air has been an instant favorite and has become quite a success story. However, with minimal improvements done to the notebook over the years, there are speculations going on that the MacBook Air lineup will be getting the axe this year.

Fans of the Cupertino-based tech provider were given the impression that the company would be discontinuing the Air lineup due to the fact that it was one of the devices that was never mentioned in this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference. Moreover, there were rumors stating that Apple will be paying more attention to the MacBook Pro series since there were reports some months ago that several tech stores in the United States were giving away big price cuts on some models of the MacBook Pro indicating that a newer version of the notebook is looming.

Meanwhile, MacBook users might recall that the last major update made with the MacBook Air was way back in March of last year. Nonetheless, the updates were not as exciting as expected since it was just preinstalled with an outmoded Intel Broadwell chip in which its successor, the Skylake, is already out in the market. In addition, another tweak was done almost four months ago with its random access memory (RAM) being raised to 8 GB for the notebook’s larger model.

The MacBook Pro, on the other hand, is said to be carrying the new macOS Sierra, which is the upcoming operating system (OS) from Apple. Other features rumored to be added include Apple’s intelligent personal assistant Siri, the OLED touch bar which is a popular request among users, and the Touch ID sensor as an additional security measure.

It’s not yet clear as to what will happen to the MacBook Air family. Avid Apple users might want to wait until September since it’s speculated that the company will be dishing out their top-of-the-line gadgets and might make an announcement about the MacBook Air’s fate.