MacBook Pro 2016 release date rumors: No more Air laptops in the pipeline?

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The upcoming MacBook Pro 2016 laptops are expected to replace the MacBook Air line of laptops, as Apple has been once again rumored to put the other series behind in order to focus on having the MacBook Pro as the flagship laptop series of the company.

The next generation of Apple MacBook Pro laptops, as rumors would have it, are said to be coming in with a number of new hardware and software features. According to what has been reported, the new laptop is expected to come with the upcoming Intel Kaby Lake chipsets, or perhaps the current Intel Skylake chipsets, Near-field communication (NFC) technology, a USB Type-C port, and an OLED touch bar replacing the traditional function keys. Furthermore, the Touch Pad is rumored to come with new cutting edge features including a fingerprint sensor, 3D Force Touch features, and support for Touch ID technology.

In a interview with The Telegraph conducted late last year, Apple CEO Tim Cook made a statement that is only now being perceived in the rumor mill as a possible subtle hint for the company secretly planning to get rid of one of its line of laptops, the MacBook Air.

The company executive talked about a certain device that may be able to replace computers. “I think if you’re looking at a PC, why would you buy a PC anymore? No really, why would you buy one?” he asked.

Surprisingly, the device that the CEO had in mind was not a new laptop or a new PC model but rather, Cook was referring to the iPad Pro tablet, which was recently released at the time of the interview.

“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,” Cook added.

The MacBook Pro 2016 is expected to be launched sometime later this year.