MacBook Pro, MacBook Air Latest News & Update: Apple Laptop Sales On Hold For Now

By Snooky Grawls , Updated Oct 10, 2016 12:00 AM EDT
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Apple is expected to refresh its lineup line before October ends but the more important question right now is how many product lines are techies expected to see. With the MacBook Pro 2016 a certainty, there is the belief that the MacBook Air could be getting a refresh as well.

This goes against the previous belief that the MacBook Air would be eventually killed. In August, Game & Guide took a jab at the possibility of seeing a lightweight MacBook Pro variant which would technically integrate the Air line to the MacBook Pro 2016 lineup.

Will it be goodbye to the 11-inch MacBook Air?

While the fate of the MacBook Air has yet to be officially addressed, the belief is that the 11-inch MacBook Air will be the first to kick the bucket. With the iPad Pro seen to take up its place, the MacBook Air 11-inch version could be shelved but seen as the 13-inch version for the MacBook Pro line, ZDNet reported.

However, it begs to ask if there will still be a low-cost Apple device with the understanding that the 11-inch MacBook Air is axed. The 11-inch MacBook Air is seen as the proper variant for aspiring Apple users so taking away the cost-friendly option could be a high-risk move.

But further to the report of ZDNet, the MacBook Air may not yet be totally shelved. In fact, the latest from the grapevine hints at the upcoming specs of the Air line.

Among the believed features of the MacBook Air include the exit of the MagSafe 2 power port, the shift to USB-C port, integration of Touch ID and Apple Pay plus a Force touch trackpad. Most of these features are expected to be on the MacBook Pro 2016 as well though there are more to expect. That includes that OLED touch strip, improved battery life, thinner aluminum shell and the retention of the headphone jack.

Speaking of the headphone jack retention for the MacBook Pro, this should be an interesting issue. Its removal from the iPhone 7 was believed be a key part in making the mobile device thinner so it was seen as the same case for the MacBook Pro and/or MacBook Air.

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