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Top Apple insider says new 13-inch Retina MacBook will kill the MacBook Air line

May 24th, 2016 at 6:50 AM
2016 Retina MacBook Air Pro Release Date

We recently heard that the MacBook Air line may have reached its end of line and a new report seems to reinforce that idea. A top Apple insider who’s usually accurate in his predictions regarding unreleased Apple hardware says that the Retina MacBook line will slowly replace the MacBook Air in the near future.

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In a note sent to investors, seen by Apple Insider, reputed Ming Chi Kuo analyst said that Apple will launch a 13-inch version of the 12-inch MacBook in the third quarter of the year. Only an inch bigger than its sibling, the new form factor will join the 12-inch model that was just recently upgraded.

The analyst says the MacBook Air line is coming to an end, which explains why Apple is looking to sell 12- and 13-inch versions of the MacBook, rather than upgrade the Air line.

MacBook Air owners have been looking forward to high-resolution Retina displays for a while now, but that sort of upgrade might never happen, considering these rumored Apple plans.

The MacBook Air might remain in Apple’s inventory for a while, becoming the entry-level option for buyers on a budget.

Apple is also reportedly upgrading the MacBook Pro later this year, with Touch ID fingerprint support, OLED touch bar, USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 ports, and a MacBook-like slim profile. Kuo says the 2016 MacBook Pro refresh is launching in the fourth quarter of the year.

Chris Smith started writing about gadgets as a hobby, and before he knew it he was sharing his views on tech stuff with readers around the world. Whenever he's not writing about gadgets he miserably fails to stay away from them, although he desperately tries. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.




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