MacBook Air 2016 release date: news of October launch sparks hope for fans


After a tumultuous past few months of guessing games regarding the fate of Apple’s Air lineup, one tech analyst boldly predicts that a new MacBook Air is coming and it will be coming soon.

In a report by Forbes, the media outlet cited Rhoda Alexander’s observation that the highly mysterious laptop will finally be launched sometime next month alongside the new iteration of the MacBook Pro. The analyst who is the director of Tablet and Notebook PCs at IHS Markit Technology shared that “production started in the second calendar quarter on refreshes of the 13.3-inch and 15.4-inch MacBook Pro [and] the 13.3-inch MacBook Air.”

While fans are very excited about the tidbit on the equally anticipated MacBook Pro 2016 laptop, arguably, the main takeaway from Alexander’s comment is the news that Apple is not dropping its Air lineup, at least thus far.

Talks have swirled around the online world since March that the Cupertino-based company is quietly phasing out the gadget roster as its main selling point of lightweight devices seems to have become moot. This is because most of the Apple products have already been tapping on the same concept. It can be remembered that the supposed iPad Air 3 was expected in the low-key consumer event hosted by the tech giant last March, but instead, a mini iPad Pro was released seemingly taking its spot. This move had some fans unhappy especially with the price difference of the two aforementioned tablets.

With Alexander citing people involved with the production, a rekindling of hope springs that Apple may just have taken quite a while to give some overdue attention to its Air products. More so when they have had a busy year with new devices being introduced and refreshed.

Since much of the talk surrounding the MacBook Air 2016 revolved around whether it would eventually see the light of day or not, speculations in regard to its specifications have been pushed to the side. The last major overhaul of the laptop was way back in March 2015 and at that point, many believed that Apple will be outfitting it a Retina display. But given that it did not happen, the company may finally be giving the device the much-clamored feature.

So far, information is still bleak on the MacBook Air 2016 laptop, as well as for the other Apple products that are tipped to launch. But if Alexander’s predictions prove to be true, it will not be too long until concrete details are rolled out.