Macbook Air 2017 ?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by HurryKayne, Nov 22, 2016.

  1. HurryKayne macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2010
  2. rapicell macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2013
    The MacBook air is pretty much dead, I doubt they'd redesign it for 2017 when we currently have the retina MacBook and then the non-touch bar MacBook pro to fill the void
  3. thats all folks macrumors 6502a

    thats all folks

    Dec 20, 2013
    Austin (supposedly in Texas)
    yeah, that makes no sense. refers to a 12" MBA. they already have a small thin light lower speced 12" portable. the Air is done.
  4. HurryKayne thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2010
    i don't think its done,i think its almost unfinished ;)
    an Air with retina and tb3 ,sd card slot would be sweet, i know the entry 13 pro is almost,except for the sd slot,the same..but who knows,what i don't understand is..,SIRI isn't already built in with the today versions and older?
  5. asoksevil macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2010
    Taipei, Taiwan
    This report does not make any sense at all, and so far this site has no credentials either. The MBA as we know is pretty much dead will linger around for a couple of years a la Classic MacBook Pro until Apple introduces or makes it more affordable the Retina MacBook or MacBook Pro to fill the entry model category Mac.

    These rumors are just bad made and full of inconsistencies and incongruence.
  6. jmoore5196, Nov 23, 2016
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2016

    jmoore5196 macrumors 6502a


    May 19, 2009
    Midwest US
    I well remember the 'Warming Up for the All-New 2013 (and then, 2014) Redesigned MacBook Air' thread that spanned 600+ posts. Several times, I pointed out that Apple was unlikely to ever redesign the MBA, and several times I was effectively shouted down.

    I can certainly understand folks not wanting to give up their MBAs - I'm one of them - but the writing is on the wall and very apparent to anyone who wants to look.

    There won't be any 'new' MBAs, and those who honestly think there will be are ignoring the obvious. I said the same thing back in 2013 and 2014, but no one wanted to listen then, either.
  7. Mainsail macrumors 6502a

    Sep 19, 2010
    Unfortuantely, I agree with others that it is very unlikely the MBA will receive an update. Eventually, this means there will be an entry level hole in the MacBook line-up for a $999 computer. Perhaps, over the next couple of years, the retina 12 in MacBook will get successive price reductions and fill this void. Only time will tell.
  8. whohasaquestion macrumors 6502a

    Sep 17, 2011
    I think you are spot on on what's going to happen.

    I also think a 13in version of the current macbook design will be released (next year)...I think the 13in macbook will sell like a hotcake.
  9. pika2000 macrumors 68040

    Jun 22, 2007
    WTF is this article? Siri comes with Siera and available to all Macs, even older MacBook Airs, that support Sierra.
  10. Rok73 macrumors 65816


    Apr 21, 2015
    Planet Earth
    The Air series is dead and will never return. Period.

    You have the entry level (as Apple sees it) MacBook, the MacBook Pro w/o and the Pro w/ touch bar. That's it.
  11. kattskrall macrumors regular

    Apr 8, 2012
    Whoever wrote that thing is high on drugs. Move along people.
  12. lauramayer macrumors regular


    Apr 5, 2016
    I guess there will be a MacBook Air-isch device for the low end user who are not willing to pay top $ for a MacBook Pro.

    If it's called MacBook Air? I don't know.
  13. kattskrall macrumors regular

    Apr 8, 2012
    It's called the macbook pro without touch bar :D
  14. Nick11Mac macrumors 6502


    Jan 20, 2011
  15. michaelsviews macrumors 65816

    Sep 25, 2007
    New England
    Just have to wait and see. I for one would really like to see them upgrade the 13" MBA
  16. Nick11Mac macrumors 6502


    Jan 20, 2011

    I would too
  17. cincygolfgrrl macrumors 6502


    Apr 2, 2012
    Somewhere In Time
    You can already purchase an i7, 8GB, 512GB MBA. Other than the next-gen processor, what upgrades do you think would make it more appealing without making it significantly more expensive? Remember, the MBA niché is "entry-level."
  18. sracer macrumors 604


    Apr 9, 2010
    in exile
    Anyone who seriously(*) wants a Macbook Air should buy one now. Heck, Best Buy had the 4/128 11" MBA on sale this morning for $699. They are now sold out. It was probably one last attempt to clear out existing inventory. The 13" MBA is living on borrowed time. When that goes, it'll be quick and without fanfare, just like the 11".

    * seriously = as in, will be greatly disappointed if they disappear from the retail channel before they have the opportunity to buy.
  19. Left4DeadBoy macrumors regular


    Sep 20, 2015
  20. colorfuel macrumors member

    Oct 13, 2015
    Except for GPU, Screen and TB3, the 2015 MBA i7 is just as capable as the 2016 nonT-MBP.

    A 2017 MBA would have to have a better screen, a TB3 port and the updated integrated GPU, which would make it just like the nonT-MBP. And that would be nonsensical for Apple.
  21. 2ilent8cho macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2016
    I think the Air will become like the 13 MBP with the DVD Drive Apple sold until a month ago. Wont be upgraded, but will stay around for years.
  22. AeroStud1026 macrumors member


    Dec 19, 2007
    Galloway, NJ
    I would have to agree I feel the MBA is dead. I actually just bought one recently this Black Friday on sale, because I got it for such a good price I didn't mind that it was a probable discontinued model. The new retina MacBooks are pretty much the MBA of the future so there would be no reason to continue it. I would imagine they are going to sell the existing model MBA's for another year and then discontinue them probably around 2018. Right now they are the cheapest MB option.
  23. kiwipeso1 Suspended


    Sep 17, 2001
    Wellington, New Zealand
    IB Times is renowned for bad reporting of tech stories, particularly with rumours that haven't been checked for plausibility.
    --- Post Merged, Dec 1, 2016 ---
    Sonder is rumoured to be working on a prototype e-ink keyboard for next year's macbook range (not just the toy retina macbook, also the pro and the air if it returns.)
    What this allows is that you can have a single internationally sold model that can change the keys layout on the fly with the e-ink for other languages and key layouts such as Devorak rather than Qwerty.
    This would be more profitable for Apple, as it would reduce costs of small language manufacturing key layouts for Asian, European, Cyrillic, etc & it allows for bilingual support for languages such as Maori, Samoan, etc that have not been supported yet.
    It would also mean that multi-lingual people can get better use out of their macbooks, and would become more useful and in higher demand amongst the 7 billion who don't speak English as their first language.

    TLDR; it's a brilliant concept to serve customers better in the other languages that most of the world deals in by having a single global macbook keyboard that can display changeable e-ink characters on the keys.
  24. kazmac macrumors 603


    Mar 24, 2010
    On the silver scream
    With the new non touch bar 13" as many have already surmised, it's likely we will see the EOL for the MBAs soon; especially if Apple cuts the price on the MacBooks with the 3rd gen next Spring(?). I will probably watch the refurbished section and other sites for deals on the 2015 13". I snoozed on the black friday deals as I was too busy looking at the retina models. Last night, I kept staring at the Air in spite of it being sandwiched right next to the Macbook and new MBP. Both of those sport lovely (screens), but something kept drawing me toward the Air. I really do not need a laptop, but would like one and the only - of the Air is the screen which I can work around especially at the right price point. :)
  25. 3N16MA, Dec 12, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2016

    3N16MA macrumors 65816


    Jul 23, 2009
    I think Apple (Cook) sees the iPad Pro line as the entry level portable. Cook said he thought they would replace notebooks and Apple pretty much advertises it as much. iPad Pro + Smart Keyboard seems to be the new entry level.

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