The latest rumors about Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) suggest that the company might be planning to face out the Macbook Air and replace it with the Macbook Pro.
The speculation has also been fueled by the company’s recent decision to remove the 13 inch Non-retina Macbook Pro from its stores. Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst from KGI, had speculated in May that Apple had plans to stop issuing upgrades for the 11 inch and 13 inch Macbook Air. This led to speculation that the company was planning to permanently remove the Macbook Air series. Apple has not released a major upgrade for the Macbook Air for quite some time since 2015. The firm however upgraded the RAM to 8 GB earlier this year. The design has remained the same for the past six years.
There was a rumor in June this year suggesting that Apple plans to refresh the Macbook Air, but it did not happen. The Macbook Pro is said to be the replacement for the Macbook Air because it is slimmer and packs a lot of computing power. That, however, does not mean that the Macbook Air will no longer be available. It still offers a good price range, and the company is known for retaining products on the market even after hardware upgrades. Apple is expected to feature some new upgrades to the Macbook Pro including Touch ID fingerprint scanning, USB C, NFC chip technology and an OLED touch bar.
Apple will include the new changes in the 13 inch and 15 inch Macbook Pro models. The company is expected to reveal its latest versions of the devices during the holiday season towards the end of the year. There is a lot of excitement behind the launch of the devices, but the company’s CEO Tim Cook claims that the real replacement for the Macbook Air is the iPad Pro. That being said, there is a lot of anticipation for the launch of the new Macbook Pro.