Apple MacBook Air could get a design revamp with the thinner, lighter models and the end of the 11-inch screen version altogether, says a new report.
According to a report from come from a Taiwanese publication Economic Daily News, Apple will launch the revamped MacBook Air (a 13 and 15-inch version) at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference next year.
The upgrade won’t just be on the outside, notes the report and goes on to add that the new MacBook Air will have a metal chassis, improved battery life and cooling modules, and will be fully re-designed.
Based on the report, it would be appear that Apple’s MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lines will appear quite similar, especially if it ditches the 11-inch version of the Air. Currently the Air comes in a 11 and 13-inch version while the Pro comes in 13 and 15-inch screen sizes.
Now the report has raised doubts about accuracy, but some have also pointed that eventually we could see a merging of the Pro and Air lines from Apple.
Of course, if Apple launches the new MacBook Air series in 2016 that won’t happen, but 9to5Mac’s Ben Lovejoy gives solid reasons for why the Pro and Air series might merge. He points out that the introduction of the 12-inch MacBook in March 2015, pretty much made the Air series redundant as the former is sleeker, and has a sharper screen plus higher price.
He argues that given that the Pro has also gotten slimmer, it actually makes very little sense for the MacBook Air lineup to continue.
We’ll have to wait and see till WWDC, if Apple does launch redesigned MacBook Air laptops. Till then, the rumours will continue.