Macbook Air 2016 Release Date, News & Update: Apple To Retire MacBook Air Product Line?

By RG Ferrer , Updated Oct 13, 2016 05:44 AM EDT

Avid MacBook Air fans hoping to hear details of an upgraded product may have a long wait ahead of them. Latest news indicated of speculations that Apple may discontinue its MacBook Air product line-up given its smaller screen size option for iPad Pro.

Some Apple users were hoping to hear updates about its MacBook Air line-up in previous product reveal events hosted by the Cupertino-based company. A few fans were even dismayed with the said device's latest enhancement that only consisted of an 8GB onboard memory. However, several reports have hinted of the tech giant's potential decision to discontinue future releases or upgrades for the said product.

With the unveiling of several Apple devices that have similar features, the tech giant is looking to forego production and development of MacBook Air products, Mac World UK quoted tech blogger Jack March as saying. March claimed that a source who has knowledge of the situation disclosed Apple's plans to ditch the MacBook Air, including the iPad Air.

Several reports also indicated that the iPad Pro's smaller 9.7-inch variant may serve as the MacBook Air's replacement. The 12inch iPad Pro, as well as the 12inch MacBook, would be great product substitutes for the 11inch MacBook Air.

However, a few publications have reported that Apple has already developed a new MacBook Air. Rumored for release in Q4 2016 or 2017, the said unit is said to contain a Touch ID sensor and other features such as a USB-C and a Force Touch trackpad.

IHS Markit Technology's Director for Tablet and Notebook PCs Rhoda Alexander even shared that a new 13.3 inch MacBook Air is currently in production. She made the revelation in an interview with Forbes where she hinted that the said product's launch may be scheduled in October.

However, Apple has yet to announce details of the new MacBook Air or its expected release date. Meanwhile, discover the different features of the MacBook 2016 and MacBook Air in the clip posted on The Verge below:

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