MacBook Air 2016 release date rumors: August launch with 15-inch screen, to be replaced by iPad Pro line?

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Rumors have it that the next generation MacBook Air 2016 may be released in August, with the introduction of a larger 15-inch version.

According to Techradar, there are speculations circling the rumor mill that the launch is imminent as it has been three years since the model was last updated. Japanese blog Macotakara was also cited predicting that the device will come out next month, based on a purported claim of a Chinese supplier reportedly working closely with Apple.

If it indeed becomes available to the public, some of the touted specifications include dimensions that are thinner and lighter than its predecessor. Aside from a bigger size, the screen is also believed to sport 5K resolution.

Under the hood, it may be equipped with a better and long-lasting battery, support for the USB Type-C port, and the Intel Skylake chipset for enhanced performance and processing. Since the new macOS Sierra was unveiled during Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June, the laptop may also be preloaded with the latest operating system (OS).

However, mixed reports suggest that the Cupertino-based giant may no longer upgrade the said laptop series as they seem to be focusing on another flagship product iPad Pro. The gadget is deemed to replace the MacBook Air as it is said to be multifunctional like a desktop computer with the convenience of a tablet for easy handling and portability.

The Telegraph notes that Apple’s CEO Tim Cook previously shared, “Yes, the iPad Pro is a replacement for a notebook or a desktop for many, many people. They will start using it and conclude they no longer need to use anything else, other than their phones.” But, he did not mention their plans for the MacBook Air.

Since the company has yet to confirm any details officially, available information should be taken with a grain of salt. It is advised that tech enthusiasts may find out more in the following months when iPhone 7 is presented to the market.