The anticipation for the upcoming 2016 Apple MacBook Air 2016 is now soaring and rumors of what the American tech giant has in store for its loyal laptop fans have been non-stop from swirling. Speculations say that the latest MacBook Air will debut with the latest MacBook Pro and the newest lines of Ipad, this coming October. Although, it is likely that the 2016 MacBook Air will hit the retail markets in March next year yet.
The launch date seems to be already true especially now that Apple has gone on an all-out sale and has given buyers a lot of discounts to a wide range of their current laptop lines. As part of their 4th of July holiday promo, the Cupertino-based tech firm has come up with the best discount deals for the 2015 versions of MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and iPhone now out in the markets.
With continuous updates and developments, sales for laptop and other high-end tech devices are expected to reach an all-time high. Although, this does not seem to be the case with how PC sales are doing in the market as of late. In the latest report from research group Gartner Inc., the PC industry is now facing a slowdown especially now that 2016 MacBook Air is already in the works.
The report further details that worldwide PC shipments have declined 9.5% compared to last year. Only 68.4 million PC units have been sold during the second quarter of this year with Lenovo being the top brand. Mikako Kitagawa, the principal analyst of Gartner, says the decline was due to a sharp appreciation of the US dollar over local currencies.
Research director Ranjit Atwal confirms the assessment, adding that the end of Windows support may have hurt PC sales, but the currency devaluation was more of a substantial factor because it led to lower sales in Asia and Europe. Gartner projects another 4.4% decline in PC sales by the end of 2015, but expects a slow but steady rebound by 2016 with the launch of Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 10 being the game changer.
Digital Trend reports the mobile market is emerging a lot faster than the PC market and Gartner emphasizes that sales are evidently on the rise for what they refer to as the ‘Ultimate Premium’ category, which includes devices such as Apple’s 2016 MacBook Air and its counterpart, Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4.
While Apple has been mum on the release date of its latest MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, the rumored features and designs for the upcoming devices have been persistently making rounds in the internet. Apple is reportedly waiting for Intel to roll out its new Core M-based processor to launch before it can unveil its latest laptop line in the market. With this news, avid Mac users can hardly wait to have their hands on the 2016 MacBook Air.
According to Christian Today, the latest offering from Apple will sport a 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD. A step-up model is expected to carry 256GB SSD while a top-tier model will reportedly have an Intel Core i7 processor, an 8GB of RAM, and 512GB SSD.
Venture Capital Post details that the 2016 MacBook Air will see a massive overhaul from its predecessor, one that’s sure to compete with Microsoft Surface Pro 4. The notebook computer is said to come with a higher definition Retina display and will be available in two size options – a 13-inch and a 15-inch variants.
The latest MacBook Air is also speculated to come in its signature sophisticated layout and shall likewise feature a new slim industrial design. As per Breathecast, it may also come with USB-C port.
Since the announcement of its development, the newest MacBook Air has already been pitted against Microsoft’s latest installment to their Surface line, the Surface Pro 4, which is rumored to be released alongside the Windows 10 at the end of this month.