MacBook Air With USB-C Again Rumored, Launch Timeframe Unclear

Last month, Japanese blog Mac Otakara reported that Apple plans to announce new MacBook Air models featuring USB-C ports based on the Thunderbolt 3 protocol by the end of June, and begin shipping the notebooks to retailers in August. It is now seven weeks later, however, and the rumor has yet to materialize.

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But if a new report from Taiwanese website DigiTimes is to believed, Apple still has plans to release a new MacBook Air with USB-C ports after all. The report does not provide a launch timeframe for the updated notebooks, but the secondary rumor suggests Mac Otakara may have been off on timing only.

Currently, Apple has decided to adopt the USB Type-C interface for its MacBook Air, while Asustek Computer and Hewlett-Packard (HP) are upgrading one of their notebooks' regular USB port to the Type-C. Lenovo, Acer and Dell are still evaluating the option.

DigiTimes previously reported that Apple will begin shipping new "ultra-thin" 13-inch and 15-inch MacBooks at the end of the second quarter, which ended in late June. The report said the new MacBooks would "share a design similar to the existing 12-inch MacBook" and be "thinner than [the] existing MacBook Air."

DigiTimes also previously reported that Apple plans to release new ultra-thin MacBooks with metal injection molded hinges in the second half of 2016. The website is not always an accurate source of Apple's upcoming product plans, but it has well-connected supply chain sources that have proven reliable at times in the past.

Apple's entire Mac lineup, beyond the 2016 12-inch MacBook, has stagnated. Apple has not released a new MacBook Air in over 500 days, beyond a minor 8GB RAM bump for 13-inch models in April. Some believe the MacBook Air's days are numbered, but perhaps the notebook will live on until Apple can sell the 12-inch MacBook from $999.

Alternatively, it is possible that DigiTimes is misinterpreting a thinner MacBook Pro with USB-C ports as a MacBook Air.

If a new MacBook Air is incoming, a late-year launch is most probable. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Apple will launch three new MacBook models by year's end: a thin and light 13-inch MacBook in the June-September quarter, and two thinner and lighter 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models in the September-December quarter.

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Top Rated Comments

Sandstorm Avatar
104 months ago
Said not one single owner of a current Mac.
LOL. Keep living in that bubble.
Score: 52 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Sandstorm Avatar
104 months ago
Apple's entire Mac lineup has stagnated - so true and so sad. Pathetic even. Thanks for everything, Tim!
Score: 44 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sputnikv Avatar
104 months ago
this makes no sense. drop the air, improve the macbook
Score: 38 Votes (Like | Disagree)
smacrumon Avatar
104 months ago
Can Apple please harmonize its connections? USB, USB Type C, Lightning, MagSafe, etcetera, etcetera. Choose one for all devices, Mac and iOS, and make it work in every possible way. Please.
Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ThunderSkunk Avatar
104 months ago
Cheap MB is overpriced, underspec'd and underpowered
MBA is more powerful and capable but crippled by lo-fi screen
MBP was outdated a year ago already.
Still no option for a professional tablet

Profits down 2nd Q in a row
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Great.


Maybe with your trillions you could start a radical new subsidiary that makes computers again, that are more than just accessories to charge and backup iphones.
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mattopotamus Avatar
104 months ago
*with a screen from the year 2000
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)