Updated 09:26 PM EDT, Tue, Sep 21, 2021

MacBook Air 2016 Release Date: Specs, Features & Upgrades Expected in Cheapest Model Ever [Rumors]

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The latest rumors about Apple's MacBook Air claim that the upcoming laptop will be the cheapest one in the tech giant's lineup.

Compiled below are the latest speculations about the new MacBook Air. Note that these are all unconfirmed at the moment and Apple is yet to issue an official announcement about their upcoming products.

Price & Release Date

Bidness ETC reported that the new MacBook Air will likely be released in October, much like the other Apple laptops which were launched every other year in the same month. According to the news outlet, the MacBook Air will be announced right after the launch of the iPhone 6S. A March 2016 shipping schedule will likely happen for the laptop.

The new MacBook Air is also said to have a price tag of $899 when it rolls out in the market, making it the cheapest MacBook Air from Apple, Bidness ETC further reported.

Design & Display

Bidness ETC added that the upcoming MacBook Air will boast of a sleeker and thinner design compared to its predecessors.

Citing Fool.com, Venture Capital Post reported that the laptop will have a resolution greater than 1440 x 900 for the 13-inch version, and more than 1366 x 768 for the 11-inch variant. These resolutions are perfect for the laptop's rumored IPS display.

Processor, RAM, and Memory Storage

Ecumenical News claimed that the new MacBook Air will be powered by Intel's Core M-based Skylake processors. The base model is expected to have 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD, a mid-range model with a 256GB SS, and a high-class model with a Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 512GB SSD.

Other Specs

Next year's MacBook Air is rumored to have Retina display along with a USB Type-C port, Bidness ETC noted. Ecumenical News added that the fanless laptop will be equipped with full-sized USB ports, MagSafe connectors, and SD card slot.

Mac World reported that the new MacBook Air will have a Touch ID within its trackpad, and could also come with a Force Touch upgrade that was utilized to the 13-inch MacBook Pro. In addition, Australia Network News noted that there are some hearsay about the upcoming tablet's capability of a 178 degree view, which will give the screen a more vibrant and richer output.

Citing Taiwanese blog Apple Corner, Mac World reported that "the Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad may get a biometric update too," providing users a way to make Apple Pay transactions on the Web.

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