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MacBook Air, MacBook Pro 2016 Rumors With Release Dates and Specs; Coming in 2015 instead?

( [email protected] ) Oct 23, 2015 02:44 PM EDT
We have previously reported that the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro will not be receiving any updates before this year.  There were rumors of updates to be announced just before 2016, but they should have been made with the announcement of the new iPhone 6S and iPad Pro if that were the case.  There are still rumors and possible evidence of new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro arriving before the end of the year, but it is more likely that Spring 2016 will be the release date.  This has led many to speculate what the 2016 versions of the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro will have their release dates, and what the specs will be.
Macbook Pro 2016 (Apple)

We have previously reported that the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro will not be receiving any updates before this year.  There were rumors of updates to be announced just before 2016, but they should have been made with the announcement of the new iPhone 6S and iPad Pro if that were the case.  There are still rumors and possible evidence of new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro arriving before the end of the year, but it is more likely that Spring 2016 will be the release date.  This has led many to speculate what the 2016 versions of the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro will have their release dates, and what the specs will be. 

Considering that Apple announced updates to the MacBooks at the Spring Forward event last March, it stands to reason that the next round of updates to the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro won't arrive until Spring of 2016. 

However, many are seeing the current price cuts on Apple's current MacBook laptops as a sign that something is on its way, and soon.  It is also possible that Apple is deliberately delaying any new MacBooks because they want to focus the attention on the iPad Pro, according to Neurogadget

If Spring 2016 is the release date, then time could be on Apple's side as plans for the Apple MacBook Air and MacBook Pro 2016 include an upgrade from Broadwell to Skylake chips.  According to the Latinos Post, these New Intel Skylake processors are set to enter production in the fourth quarter of 2015, which means that they could make it into the 2016 MacBooks quite easily.  The same thing happened last year with the Broadwell processors.  The Skylake-U processor will increase performance by 10 percent CPU speed and a 34 percent upsurge in the Intel HD graphics. 

Another new feature that could be released on 2016 MacBooks is a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, according to Australian Network News.  Apparently, there was a patent filed by Apple back in 2007 over this, and it honestly should have it now, as fingerprint Sensors are starting to become a standard feature for new devices.  For example, the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 was revealed to have an advanced fingerprint sensor, and Google was very proud of its fingerprint sensor when they unveiled the Google Nexus devices for this year. 

Other possible features for the MacBook Air and Pro 2016 include Force Touch Technology.  The MacBook Air 2016 could have a 13-inch or 15-inch display, and the MacBook Pro 2016 will mirror the MacBook Air, but have more RAM. As far as any price speculations are concerned, it is possible that the 13-inch version of the MacBook Air could be about $1500, with the MacBook Pro 15.4 inch model costing $1699.