MacBook Air might not be scrapped after all


Adding an OLED touchpad could make the MacBook Pro even more magical.
The MacBook Pro might not be the only laptop Apple updates this year.
Photo: Martin Hajek

The death of the MacBook Air has seemed pretty much inevitable ever since the introduction of Apple’s super-thin retina MacBook last year, but it appears that Apple may have at least one more update in the pipeline.

Apple is supposedly planning to release a new MacBook Air with USB-C, according to the latest rumor out of Asia, though no timeframe has been given on the launch date.

“Currently, Apple has decided to adopt the USB Type-C interface for its MacBook Air while Asustek Computer and Hewlett-Packard (HP) are upgrading one of their notebooks’ regular USB port to the Type-C,” claims DigiTimes, citing industry sources. The site is wrong as often as it is right when it comes to Apple rumors, so don’t get your wallet ready quite yet.

There could be some truth to the rumor though. Earlier reports this year claimed Apple was planning to update the MacBook Air. The due date was allegedly set for the end of June but Apple still hasn’t announced even a minor spec bump.

Along with the rumored MacBook Air update, Apple is supposedly working on a new MacBook Pro with an OLED touchpad at the top that replaces the function keys. If the new MacBooks don’t come before the announcement of the iPhone 7, the company may hold them for an event in October.

  • Pretty sure it’s the new 14-inch MacBook that the source confused with the “refreshed MacBook Air”.

    • Tony Turner

      You mean the rumored 13″ MacBook for the 3rd quarter? A 12″ and 13″ MacBook makes little since with only an inch difference. I hope the earliest rumors are true and we get 13″ and 15″ MacBook Airs.

      I wish the Pros would move to 14″ and 16″ though.

      • No, MacBooks will come in 12 and 14 inches.

      • Tony Turner

        It would make more sense if they did 12″ and 14″, but the rumors keep coming up with 2 new 13″ models. One is the Pro in the 4th quarter and a with a MacBook or Air in q3.

        A 13″ MacBook would be idiotic to me. Hopefully they make a 14″ with 2 USB-C ports on each side with at least 2 supporting Thunderbolt 3 and also have i3 and i5 processors.

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  • Gus Tav

    Any informations about the graphic card?