Sep 28, 2016 01:00 AM EDT

MacBook Air 2017 Release, Specs & Update: Apple Laptop Will Sport Retina Display, USB Type-C Port, New Cooling Modules, Better Battery

By Jayson R.

With the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch 2 already swarming the international markets after its September launch, predictions on the specifications of the upcoming MacBook line flagship, Air 2017, are surfacing such as the alleged Retina display, USB Type-C port, among others.  

According to Asia Starz, the latest Apple laptop will boast a 15-inch screen coupled with the Retina display panel. The device will also be made available in three variants, namely 11-inch, 13-inch, and 15-inch, and is purported to be slimmer and lighter compared to the earlier MacBook Air device.

Reports also suggest that the new MacBook device will boast a Touch ID within its Trackpad, which may acquire the Force Touch upgrade that was equipped to the 13-inch MacBook Pro back in March 2015, MacWorld has learned.

Force Touch keyboard is a feature that is rumored to be pioneered by Apple on its newer gadgets, and the same is expected to be used on MacBook Air 2017.

The Apple Pencil to be used is also rumored to be an upgraded version to what is currently available in the market. Based on a United States patent, Apple Pencil will have an overhaul as its description suggests a Pencil being used as a general input device like a joystick or an 'air mouse.'

In addition, MacBook 2017 is also expected to consist of the USB Type-C interface with an integrated Thunderbolt 3 port for faster charging and data transfers.

With the new framework, the MacBook Air 2017 laptop might be powered by new cooling modules, along with the enhanced chipset and battery; however, specific details of the processor and battery capacity are yet to be revealed.

With regards to the rumors that the company is discontinuing the Mac line, Apple CEO Tim Cook responded to the query through an email saying, "I love the Mac and we are very committed to it. Stay tuned."

Nevetheless, if the lineup will not get discontinued, it is concluded that the company will settle to its annual upgrade cycle and, thus, release the 2017 MacBook Air sometime early next year, which is likely within March to May.

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