Apple could be planning big changes to the MacBook Air in 2016

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A woman uses Apple's MacBook, a 12-inch laptop designed for casual use.

Apple could be planning on updating its MacBook Air line of laptops at WWDC 2016, according to a report from the Economic Daily News (via AppleInsider).

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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.

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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.

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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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