An updated MacBook Air 2016 is reportedly part of Apple’s plans for this year, along with a new iMac, MacBook Pro and a 5K standalone monitor.
According to Bloomberg, which cited some sources who are familiar with Apple’s plans, the refreshed Mac lineup may arrive as early as October. On the other hand, the release date of the 5K monitor, which is a product of a collaboration with LG Electronics Inc., was not specified.
The MacBook Air 2016 will come with a multi-functional USB type-C port, which The Verge noted to be similar to the 12-inch MacBook released in 2015. Not much about the lightweight laptop was explained, as it seems that the focus is on the new MacBook Pro.
Apart from new hardware, the unidentified source also divulged that new features are coming to the iPad via an update that will be rolled out in 2017, possibly as part of an iOS 10 upgrade in early 2017 or of a major iOS version much later. The new software, combined with a new Apple Pencil, will reportedly rival the functions of the Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7.
In other news, there are rumors going around the Internet saying that Apple is dropping the Air lineup, University Herald reported. The speculation stemmed from the fact that the said laptop has not received a significant update in years. Moreover, analysts began suspecting it since the 12-inch MacBook was announced last year instead of an upgraded MacBook Air, which was previously rumored to receive a Retina display, Macworld UK reported.
The MacBook Air 2016 is reportedly not a part of Apple’s Keynote event on Sept. 7, where the new generation Apple Watch and iPhone with the iOS 10 update are expected to be unveiled. The notebook, along with its Mac cousins, may be announced at a later date, according to one of the sources.