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

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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)