Sep 03, 2015 09:31 PM EDT

MacBook Air 2016 To Have Longer Battery Life, 2.7 GHz To 3.2 GHz Turbo Boost; Xiaomi To Challenge Apple Laptop?

Apple is determined to lure many consumers into purchasing its MacBook laptops, so the Cupertino-based tech giant has decided to launch another set of MacBooks before the year 2015 wraps up. Months after launching the 12-inch MacBook, Apple is now said to be working on a MacBook Air 2016 that is set to hit stores in November, just in time for the holiday season.

This week, more details on the upcoming MacBook Air 2016 emerged. Intel, for one, has released bits about its new Skylake processors, which as per several rumors, are going to be the powerful processors of the upcoming Apple laptop.

With the Skylake Processors, the MacBook Air 2016 is expected to have more power and longevity since these processors are built to maximize and lengthen battery life, as per MacRumors.

The MacBook Air 2016 is now slated to hit shelves with 15-watt Core i5 and i7 chips and these go well with the dual-core 1.8 GHz and 2.2 GHz processors with 2.7 GHz and 3.2 GHz Turbo Boost, respectively. As usual, the MacBook Air 2016 is arriving into variants: the smaller 11-inch model and the high-end 13-inch version.

The speculations of another MacBook in the works, comes months after the 2015 MacBook was launched. According to Geek Snack, this is part of Apple's revamp in its launch and release cycles. The same site noted that this could also be Apple improving its MacBook Air line after its 2015 iteration disappointed a lot of fans for its repetitive and unchanged specs and features. 

With this, fans are hoping that the MacBook Air 2016 will be a major upgrade in terms of design, display, specs, features and, most of all, performance.

Meanwhile, rising Chinese tech company Xiaomi is said to be preparing a competitor for the MacBook Air 2016. However, the laptop it is planning to launch will not be available this year, but will instead be unveiled in early 2016. 

TechnoBuffalo has learned that the Beijing-based company is planning on challenging Apple's MacBook Air and Lenovo's ThinkPad with its upcoming laptop.

Despite the high-end specs and features Xiaomi's laptop will reportedly sport, the company is still expected to sell it at a fraction of the cost of Apple's laptops. 

Stay tuned for more updates on Apple's MacBook Air 2016 and Xiaomi's upcoming ultraportable laptop.

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