MacBook Air 2016 release date, news: October unveiling likely after no-show at Sept. 7 Apple event

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At Apple’s Sept. 7 event, the company launched their iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and Apple Watch Series 2. One device that was obviously missing in the event was the MacBook Air 2016. There were numerous rumors saying the device would be announced during the event. However, the day passed by without a single word said regarding the existence of a new MacBook Air.

People who were waiting for an updated MacBook Air should not despair, though, because Apple has another event lined up for October. MacRumors also revealed that they received an email from Apple CEO Tim Cook saying the company was very committed to their Mac line of products and to “stay tuned.” Could October be the month for the MacBook Air unveiling?

Furthermore, reports say that the new MacBook Air will probably come out between March and May 2017 instead of this year.

MacWorld points out that, while an announcement at the October event is possible, Apple may opt to discontinue the MacBook Air altogether, with the iPad Pro replacing the 11-inch MacBook Air and a 13-inch MacBook to replace the 13-inch MacBook Air.

If Apple is indeed developing an updated MacBook Air, reports say that it will come with Intel’s seventh-generation Kaby Lake processor, Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint recognition feature, a USB Type-C port, the computer program Siri, an OLED-based touch bar on top of a physical keyboard, a battery cooling system, and an AMD Polaris architecture-based graphics processing unit (GPU).

It also possible the device may come with an Apple Pencil-enabled Trackpad. Sources believe the 13-inch MacBook Air 2016 will cost $980, while the 15-inch version will be at $1,100.

Since Apple has yet to officially announce that they are working on an updated MacBook Air, the unveiling date, release date, and specs mentioned above are all speculations as of the moment.