MacBook Air 2016 release date, specs: Analyst says Apple may unveil new laptop this October


While many industry insiders still think Apple will launch a new MacBook Air next year, one analyst begs to differ.

IHS Markit Technology’s director for Tablet and Notebooks PCs Rhoda Alexander had a chat with Forbes contributor Brooke Crothers recently and she revealed that her company believes that Apple would unveil the laptop in late September or October.

Since September is about to end, it is safe to say the tech company won’t be doing any unveiling this month. Well, unless they suddenly decide to surprise everyone and hold an impromptu event (still highly unlikely). Mac Rumors also agrees that Apple may announce a new MacBook Air equipped with a USB-C port in October.

Alexander stated that production for the 13.3-inch MacBook Air and the new MacBook Pro started during the second quarter of this year. She also said that the laptop would probably use Intel’s Skylake processor since the seventh-generation Kaby Lake processor still wasn’t available when the new MacBook Air went under production.

Crothers stated that whichever processor Apple uses is anyone’s guess. However, he noted that the new Kaby Lake processor would have been a better choice since it is much better graphics-wise. Can Apple still include add the Kaby Lake processor in the new MacBook Air or will customers have to settle for Skylake?

Crothers also said that he had a discussion with Canalys analyst Daniel Matte and he said Apple would likely include an option to use one of AMD’s latest Polaris-based processors. The current MacBook Air is equipped with Intel HD Graphics 6000.

Sources say an improved Apple Pencil may also come with the laptop. Meanwhile, it is rumored that there will be a new 15-inch version of the MacBook Air, while the 11-inch model will be dropped.

Will Apple unveil the new MacBook Air in October or will the announcement come at a later date? Apple has yet to confirm that the MacBook Air 2016 is under development, so the unveiling date mentioned is merely a prediction as of this moment.