MacBook Air 2016 release date: Will Apple discontinue Air lineup?

(Apple official website)

People were expecting the new MacBook Air to be unveiled at the recently concluded Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), but Apple didn't reveal any new device and focused only on software updates. There's still a September event coming up but if Apple doesn't have plans of introducing a new MacBook Air laptop, the model might be canceled altogether.

It is possible that the tech giant has discontinued the MacBook Air 2016. Tech blogger Jack March claimed to have known from an insider that Apple plans to stop producing models from the Air series, which includes the MacBook Air and iPad Air, MacWorld reported.

The publication noted that March may be right considering that there are rumors about the iPad Air not getting refreshed due to the release of the new iPad Pro 9.7 earlier this year. In addition, a new MacBook Air might not be necessary because an updated 12-inches MacBook has already been released and it is one device that has all the necessary specs from an excellent laptop.

There is still no confirmation coming from the Cupertino-based company, but if it does go into that direction, it's likely that Apple will lose a specific target market. MacBook Air is considered as the most affordable laptop in the series, which makes it an easy choice for customers when it comes to entry-level laptops.

Meanwhile, other rumors suggest that later on this year, the new OS X will make its way to the new MacBook Pro and introduce features such as an OLED panel. On the other hand, there have been fewer reports regarding MacBook Air getting new features, which only fuel more speculations about the retirement of the lineup.

Nevertheless, there are those who hope that a new MacBook Air will make its way to the market someday somehow. If indeed Apple will push through with a new model in the lineup, it is assumed that it will debut in September, alongside the MacBook Pro 2016.

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