Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) happens every year and is traditionally the platform the company uses to introduce new software and hardware.
The MacBook Air, which comes in an 11- and 13-inch configuration, has not received a Retina display or new design since 2012. In that time, Apple has introduced a Retina MacBook Pro and a new 12-inch MacBook.
The report, which comes from supply chain sources, claims that Apple is looking at making several changes:
- An updated MacBook Air design, in-line with the MacBook Pro, which would include a 15-inch display.
- Killing off the 11-inch MacBook Air, which sits between the iPad Pro and 12-inch MacBook.
- More powerful internal components, such as Intel’s Skylake processor, that could power a Retina display.
Apple currently sells a 11-, 12-, 13- and 15-inch laptop (not including the 12.9-inch iPad Pro). The changes would mean that would double up on the high-end MacBook range, introducing another 15-inch model and purging the 11-inch.
Apple CEO Tim Cook recently questioned why anyone would buy a PC unless they need it for work, meaning that these changes — which take the focus away from casual use — would make sense. The introduction of the iPad Pro, which is intended for more casual work use, would also support the decision to retire the 11-inch MacBook Air.
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