2017 MacBook Air Rumors: Killed Off Or Updated?

Posted: Mar 31 2017, 6:32am CDT | by , in Rumors | Apple

2017 MacBook Air Rumors: Killed Off or Updated?

Kaby Lake processor update would make the MacBook Air run longer per charge

One of the biggest questions in the Apple world for notebooks right now is what will happen to the MacBook Air. Some rumors suggest that the machine might be discontinued while others suggest that the machine might get an update for 2017. There are some rumors out there that suggest Apple will be rolling out a new MacBook Air soon.

The rumors of a replacement are bolstered by retail outlets that have reduced the price of the Air in stores to clear out inventory. This often happens when a new model is coming. Another thing that also happens when a new updated Apple device is coming is that some outlets will return unsold stock ahead of the new model launch. This is exactly what we have seen in the past with returned previous generation iPhone SE models before the iPhone SE 2017 update that brought 64GB devices to market.

Best Buy cut prices of in stock MacBook Air machines sparking rumors that a new model might be coming. I think if we look at recent trends, better proof of a new model coming might be if Best Buy starts returning unsold stock. An updated MacBook Air would likely get some of the same upgrades expected in the MacBook Pro line for 2017. Namely the Intel Kaby Lake processor. Kaby Lake would bring with it a more power efficient design equating to longer battery life, and the opportunity for the MacBook Air to gain support for more RAM.

A more power efficient design for the processor would also mean better battery life without having to increase the size of the battery. The svelte profile of the MacBook Air has always been one of its big selling points and with Kaby Lake on board perhaps Apple could even reduce the size of the battery and provide the same runtime resulting in an even thinner profile.

Other updates that could happen in 2017 according to The Christian Post for the MacBook Air include the addition of a USB Type-C port, Apple Pencil Trackpad, Touch ID with Force Touch and the addition of a retina display. More connectivity would go a long way to making the MacBook Air more popular with power users, the challenge with adding ports to the machine comes in messing up the slick profile of the Air.

Assuming Apple doesn't go the other way and discontinue the MacBook Air for 2017, the launch could come in May of 2017. What we do know is that if Apple wants to succeed with the Air, it needs to offer a much more compelling update for the series than it did last year when the Air line was updated to 8GB of RAM in the 13-inch model and the 11-inch model was discontinued.

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