MacBook Air 2016 release date rumors: Is there still a need for a new MacBook Air?

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Apple has yet to release a MacBook Air 2016 with upgraded processor, graphics and other hardware improvements, but recent reports suggest that there might be no more updates coming to the Air line  ever.

Fans are still waiting for a MacBook Air 2016 with notable updates despite Apple releasing a refreshed MacBook Air last March. The refresh only upped the base random access memory (RAM) to 8 gigabytes (GB) and did not have the upgrades brought to the 11-inch MacBook Air 2016, The Verge reported.

A report by MacWorld mentioned that there are speculations that Apple is dropping the MacBook Air line completely, which would mean that none of the previously thinnest and lightest MacBook would be released this year and onwards.

The need for the MacBook Air might be diminishing, iTech Post reported, because of the iPad Pro. Apple CEO Tim Cook previously stated to The Telegraph that the iPad Pro could be a replacement for a laptop or PC.

“Yes, the iPad Pro is a replacement for a notebook or a desktop for many, many people,” Cook said. “They will start using it and conclude they no longer need to use anything else, other than their phones.”

The new iPad Pro would fill in the portable device niche, which the MacBook Air previously dominated. The report also mentioned that dropping the lightweight device is beneficial for Apple in terms of costs. Marketing costs and efforts would now be focused on its other devices.

However, there is also one disadvantage of phasing out the cheapest MacBook. The report mentioned that the entry-level position will be left empty should the Air vanish from the Cupertino-based company’s offerings.

In other news, Apple’s September event should see the launch of the MacBook Pro 2016, Paste reported. Some of the expected features to be seen include a new organic light-emitting diode (OLED) touch bar on top of the keyboard, a USB Type-C port, a Skylake processor and touch ID functionality.