MacBook Air 2016 release date, specs: Launch pushed back to early 2017?

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As October edges closer with each passing day, people who want to get their hands on an updated MacBook Air are starting to wonder if Apple will really announce the 2016 iteration of the laptop next month. While some sources still believe that Apple is going to hold an event this October to launch several new devices in their Mac lineup, other reports are now saying that Apple may delay the launch and move it to early 2017.

Rumors of an October announcement for the new MacBook Air first came out when MacRumors revealed that one of their readers emailed Apple’s CEO Tim Cook to ask about the lack of MacBook product upgrades. Cook actually replied and said the company was very committed to their Mac line of products and to “stay tuned.”

It should be noted that Cook never said that the Mac devices would come out in October, and the release date was only a guess made by MacRumors. Even if the new MacBook Air comes out next year, potential buyers should take comfort in the fact that that Apple’s not going to abandon their line of Mac products.

While there are currently 11-inch and 13-inch models of the MacBook Air, sources believe Apple may add a new 15-inch model. Others have speculated that Apple may opt to drop the 11-inch version.

The device will sport a number of improvements over the current MacBook Air. Some tech insiders believe Apple may equip the MacBook Air 2016 with Intel’s seventh-generation Kaby Lake processor, while others say it will use Skylake processors.

New cooling modules are also rumored to have been added to the device. Furthermore, reports say the new MacBook Air will have 8 GB of random access memory (RAM), an Apple Pencil, and a USB-C port.

Apple has yet to confirm that a new MacBook Air is under development, so the release dates and specs mentioned are all speculations and rumors as of this moment.