According to a report from the Economic Daily, Apple is preparing a completely redesigned MacBook Air for its launch next year in June. The launch the expected to take place in at Apple’s annual WWDC event and news is that it’s finally getting a major face lift, which it truly deserves.
The Apple MacBook Air lineup has not seen a major redesign since its launch back in 2010 but currently stands tall, even with its old design as it is still a great ultraportable (light weight) offering. So yes, the much loved ultrabook that literally re-invented the product category desperately needs an upgrade.
Many manufacturers who have taken inspiration from Apple have moved on in terms of hardware with better Full HD displays and at times offering a slimmer construction with better battery life.
The report from China points out that Apple plan to combat the same by not only changing the design of the MacBook Air, but also working on upgrading its now ageing internals.
The major upgrade reportedly includes improved batteries, chassis and cooling modules and yes there is a variant with a bigger 15 inch display in the works as well. Manufacturing will be driven by Quanta, a Taiwanese original design manufacturer (ODM) and prices are expected to go up; similar to what happened with the iPhone 6s (India beware!).
Lastly, the report states that Apple may cancel the 11 inch line up and place the 13 inch model as the base version with the 15 inch being the bigger variant, but the Cupertino giant stands undecided with this point for now.