My crystal ball: what to expect in the revamped MacBook Air, MacBook Pro line-ups

In a report noted by AppleInsider, Taiwan-based Economic Daily News claims Apple is working on an all-new MacBook Air series that will debut at next summer’s Worldwide Developer Conference. I think they’re right, but that some of the details are wrong.

Economic Daily New says Apple will unveil redesigned 13-inch Airs, add a 15-inch model, and drop the 11-incher, apparently feeling the iPad Pro fills that niche. Economic Daily News claims that the new Airs will pack new battery packs, cooling modules, panels and more into a revamped metal chassis. 

AppleInsider’s take is that, based on its current MacBook products, which come with 11-, 12-, 13- and 15-inch screens, it seems unlikely that Apple would muddy the waters by axing the smallest screen size in favor of doubling up on the top end. If the rumor holds true, however, Apple would be selling one 12-inch laptop, three 13-inch devices — iPad Pro, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro — and two 15-inch models.

My prediction: Apple will revamp its laptop line-up to include a 12-inch, 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Air, ditching the MacBook moniker entirely, and targeting the Air line at those who don’t need pro-level features. The MacBook Pro will still come in 13-inch and 15-inch versions. Not counting the iPad, that would leave Apple with one 12-inch, two 13-inch, and two 15-inch Mac laptops.

My crystal ball also says that the entire MacBook Air line will go with the USB-C only design of the 12-inch MacBook — and that the Airs will add get Retina displays. The MB Pros will also add USB-C port; however, they’ll have not one, but two such ports. What’s more, the ports will combine superspeed USB, Thunderbolt, DisplayPort, PCI Express and power based on plans Intel announced back in June.