The release of the Retina Macbook and no upgrade for the Macbook Air's display seems to show Apple intends to remove the Macbook Air at some point in the future but how long before the Air goes End of Life (EOL)? Given the release of new models of the Air in early March 2015 with the Broadwell chips and the fact Apple tends to only revise their iterations once a year can we expect the Macbook Air with Skylake processors around March 2016? Add a further 12 months to sell through that years model and could we see Apple remove the Macbook Air around the end of 1Q 2017? Apple and their desire for high margins will want to protect the premium price they can sell the new Retina Macbook. In 12 months there is a chance with any second edition model Apple slightly reduces the price of the new Macbook. Surely by the end of 2016 Apple will be hard pushed to still be selling a non Retina macbook Air at that point. Consumers just will not tolerate a low-res display on a Mac in 18 months time. Apple will need to replace the current Macbook Air's entry price point of $900-$999 with another model. Could the Retina Macbook be that computer by early 2017? At that point you have the Retina Macbook and Retina Macbook Pro as the simplified laptop range for Apples portable computers.