On March 10, Apple has sent out media invites for its “Let Us Loop You In” event slated for March 21 at the company’s Town Hall auditorium located at its 1 Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino, California.
Based on previous reports, the American tech giant is expected to launch several of its new product offerings in the event including the Apple Watch 2, the iPad Air 3, the 4-inch iPhone SE, and the 2016 Apple MacBook Air.
Judging from the title of the event, it seems that the products that are confirmed to be unveiled during the event are the Apple Watch 2, the iPad Air 3, and the 4-inch iPhone SE because they all complete a certain product loop in the Apple roster.
Only the 2016 Apple MacBook Air is the dark horse because it is the most uncertain among the products that will be launched during the March 21 event. But it is also possible that the latest notebook from the American tech giant would come out because it also completes a one-year loop considering that the Apple MacBook with Retina display also came out in March last year.
While there are talks that the 2016 Apple MacBook Air could possibly come out with a Retina display, it seems that it would not happen anytime soon considering that the American tech giant did not do so with the 12-inch Apple MacBook line it launched last year.
However, it is expected that the 2016 Apple MacBook Air will come out super thin, super light, and with a high-resolution display. Besides, having a Retina display has never been part of the rumored specifications of the next iteration of Apple’s notebook line as well as its upcoming full laptop, the 2016 Apple MacBook Pro. But that does not mean that Apple won’t be using Retina display in its MacBook Air line in the future because it seems that the company is moving towards such direction but not yet this year, notes MacRumors.
Coming out in June?
Sometime in November last year, there were reports suggesting that the 2016 Apple MacBook Air will see a significant update when it comes out this year.
However, the reports also hinted that the update to the MacBook Air may not arrive until the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2016 in June, which will be more than a year after Apple last updated the MacBook Air.
The same reports also said that the new MacBook Air models are expected to come out in the third quarter of this year, which means that there will be some more months of waiting after the June unveiling, cites MacWorld of UK.
That strategy has been employed by Apple recently with the iPad Pro. It launched its giant tablet in September of last year but rolled it out to the markets in November.
Offsetting lower iPhone sales
Ming-Chi Kuo, a reputable analyst of KGI Securities, and very popular for his forecast of new Apple products, recently stated that the release of the upcoming 2016 MacBook lines would help the American tech giant offset its lower iPhone sales.
While Apple has remained mum as to the exact release date of the 2016 MacBook Air and the 2016 MacBook Pro, speculations have been going around on the internet that the 2016 MacBook Air could come out in March while its bigger sibling, the 2016 MacBook Pro, could be released to the market sometime in June.
What seems clear among the many rumors about the 2016 MacBook Air is that it shall incorporate Intel’s Skylake processors, a much better battery and thus improve battery life, and shall be very light too.
There have been previous rumors that the 2016 Apple MacBook Air could come in two size variants – the 13-inch edition and the 15-inch model. But as of late, there are also speculations that a third 12-inch variant may also come out.
With the sending of media invites to its March 21 event, the Cupertino-based tech company is already expected to be launching the Apple Watch 2, the iPad Air 3, the iPhone SE, and possibly the 2016 MacBook Air.
Then, the American tech giant would have another event in June during the WWDC 2016 where it would launch the Apple iOS 10 and the 2016 Apple MacBook Pro.