Apple MacBook Air 11-inch model officially dead?

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Rumors are rife on the web that Apple plans to kill off the MacBook Air 11-inch model this year, and focus instead on the 12-inch Retina MacBook and slimmer-than-ever MacBook pro models. The Cupertino-based hardware company will still announce its 2016 MacBook lineup soon, but this new report is in line with what a previous rumor claimed that the company will launch a 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook models with a design inspired by the 12-inch MacBook launched last year.

An earlier report by Economic Daily News said that the new MacBook Air would get a major upgrade from the current model, featuring internet component changes and a thinner, lighter design. And that the company is pondering the 13-inch and 15-inch versions of the MacBook Air, and could very well ditch the 11-inch model. The report went on to claim that the next-generation MacBook model would feature new cooling modules, a new chassis and new batteries.

An earlier report made by an Apple-focused site 9to5Macs said that the Apple may be killing off its small 11-inch models of MacBook Pro and MacBook Air and that the company is preparing two new variants, the 13-inch and 15-inch models. The site also said that the new devices will likely to feature USB Type-C ports on both sides to keep the super-slim form factor and that they may arrive in different colors, making them super attractive for consumers as well as being highly thin.

9to5macs also add that the Cupertino-based company wants to retire the “Air” brand for MacBooks and that the iconic hardware company  focuses only on entry-level 12-inch Retina MacBooks and high-end MacBook Pro models featuring a thinner design, but offering the same Pro performance.

However, the Apple-focused site did not mention a launch timeframe for the new MacBooks, not even design or specs details for the rumored notebooks. However, in terms of a release date, one can expect new MacBook model to launch at the upcoming Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event in June.

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