The launch of 13” MacBook- with only one inch on the diagonal separating the two models- will join Apple's existing 12-inch MacBook with Retina display, meaning an end to meaningful development of the MacBook Air series.
Instead of upgrading to high-resolution Retina displays, speedy I/O technology and Force Touch trackpads, 11- and 13-inch MacBook Air upgrades are predicted to stagnate, turning the former thin-and-light flagship into an entry level offering, noted KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says.
The analyst earlier today predicted big changes for Apple's MacBook Pro lineup. Of note, the new Pro models are thought to integrate Touch ID fingerprint recognition technology, an OLED touch bar, USB-C, Thunderbolt 3 and more, all crammed into a slimmed-down aluminum chassis. Kuo pegs a fourth quarter launch date for the refreshed MacBook Pros.
So the usual three-tiered structure will be in place: MacBook leading in portability, MacBook Pro positioned as the all-out performer and MacBook Air taking over as the budget device.