Rumor: major MacBook Air redesign due in 2016, new 15″ model in tow

By , Nov 30, 2015

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Apple’s MacBook Air notebook is rumored to receive a thorough redesign next year alongside a brand new fifteen-inch model introduction, according to a report Monday by Economic Daily News.

The thinner, faster machine is thought to be up for an official introduction at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in the summer of 2016.

If true, it will mark the first major facelift of Apple’s MacBook Air notebook since its debut eight years ago.

Billed as a comprehensive upgrade, the updated MacBook Air is said to feature fully redesigned components such as the metal chassis, battery modules, panels, cooling modules and more.

With the fifteen-inch model possibly added to the existing lineup of 11.6 and 13.3-inch models, the average selling price of MacBook Airs is expected to rise. The machine is currently in the design stage, the report adds.

The report claims that the new lineup will come in 13-inch and 15-inch variations but it’s possible that these will be Retina-enabled models while Apple might choose to keep the current non-Retina 11.6-inch model on the market as an entry-level option.

On the other hand, it’s entirely conceivable that the 11.6-incher will be a goner considering the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and twelve-inch MacBook already occupy that space.

Source: Economic Daily News (Google Translate)

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  • Newgunnerr

    the macbook pro design is the most awesome laptop design ever created.

    • iPhoneWINS

      yes that is true

    • rockdude094

      This article is about the Air, take your pro love away !

    • Aman kapoor

      You sir are really active in the forums

  • Will Mason Moses

    I think you’re forgetting the switch from the rounded bottom model with a port drop-down to the current form-factor. The current form factor is the second iteration and the first major change.

  • DevXav

    THAT’S what i have been waiting for about 1 year…

    Go for it Apple, show me the new skylake beast.

    • Aman kapoor

      Retina skylake with 14+ hours of battery ane they can have all my money.

      I just wish they increase entry level flash storage capacity from 128 to 256 gigs.

      • DevXav

        Same here..
        Also it would be awesome to have some kind of better gfx card..

        AT LEAST Intel Iris or some entry level nvidia gfx..

  • Andres

    Hopefully retina MacBook Air. Nothing less. And no type c connectors please.

    • stylesbeyond

      type c will be making its way to all computers the adoption is big now others are taking it on too, type-c is the way forward it supports every format on 1 connection, i can’t wait to see just usb-c ports ditch the old crappy A type

      • Jon20

        I really hope they keep the old connectors. I know, I know… they are old and type C is the future, but current and even past needs haven’t caught on to this. And I think it’s ridiculous that you have to have a dongle adapter for HDMI, USB-A, SD Cards, etc… It’s even sad that you can’t charge your iPhone and your Laptop at the same time. The battery life on their devices are good, but not that good. This is why I’ve been debating whether or not to get a late model MacBook Air in order to have all these things because there are many legacy needs that are not currently being met.

      • Andres

        Sure it’s awesome that it supports all types of connections but it’s inconvenient to have to have an adapter on you all the time. If my laptop battery is dying while it’s plugged into an hdmi to mirror to a tv you can simply have both the MagSafe and the hdmi plugged in without the need for an adapter. So I’m going to disagree with you and say that I cannot wait for the type C to not make it to every MacBook

      • Jon20

        I was still typing my response before I saw yours but I agree with you completely. I don’t think they really thought this through. Maybe they should’ve at least put one more type C port for these occasions but I feel like they rushed out and the new MacBook was the guinea pig to try it out. I bet they even put 2 ports on this new MacBook Air to Address that issue. Even though you’ll then have to have 2 Donge adapters with you at all times. Uhhhh

      • Andres

        We posted our comments seconds apart from each other. But yea c’mon Apple, two type c’s mean 2 adapters. The average MacBook user doesn’t want to have adapters laying around everywhere. And don’t even get me started on the possibility of misplacing an adapter. Come time I’m ready to show a presentation but wait “I don’t have my adapter”.

  • I think the MacBook 12″ was just a test to redesign the whole range of MacBooks. After that redesigning the iMac will follow.

    All MacBooks will be lighter in the future of course ..

    O(ff)T: Hope they won’t forget to make that Thunderbolt 5k now… 🙁