Macbook Air 2016 release date: device rumored to hit stores early next year with enhanced graphics card and latest Intel processor


Apple has always been secretive when it comes to information about its upcoming devices prior to their official launch, but recent reports claim that the next-in-line computers MacBook Air and Pro 2016 may be hitting the store sometime early next year.

Although it was not part of the event that delivered the news for Apple Pen, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, speculations suggest that the Cupertino-based giant tech may want to make their computers available ahead of time presumably to be on the forefront among its competitors in the market. Although they usually unveil new or updated gadgets during September or October each year, the arrival of the hardware may come earlier than usual.

What added to the assumption is the current discounts rolling in for some of the items in some online and physical stores. According to the reported listing in Best Buy, MacBook Pro Retina is being offered with $200 off the price tag.

When it comes to the predicted specifications, rumors have it that there may be two versions for MacBook Air 2016, a 13-inch and 15-inch laptops with dimensions lighter and thinner compared to its predecessors.

Under the hood, Intel Skylake-U processor may power the gadget, with Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 950 graphics card that are said to allow heavy gaming capabilities. It may also have a support for Type C USB port. The software is said to be OS X El Capitan and the battery life is enhanced to provide longer lasting usage.

If the GPU comes into fruition, an exciting feature called GameStream co-op may be incorporated which allows online players to have their favorite titles to be streamed to their friends.

On the other hand, MacBook Pro Retina may have a stunning 16GB of RAM, combined with 256GB of internal memory and quad-core Intel Core i7 processor.

For the pricing, MacBook Air may start selling at $899 while MacBook Pro has a retail price of $1699.

All the information should be taken with a grain of salt as Apple has yet to comment on any of the rumor.