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Apple is rumored to be working on a new version of the MacBook Air that will include an improved battery life and a redesigned keyboard. The new laptop could be announced at WWDC 2020, according to Bloomberg News. The report claims that the new model will also feature a USB Type-C port instead of the current Lightning connector.
Apple may be making the MacBook Air even thinner, according to a report from Digitimes. According to the publication, the company is planning to reduce the bezel size on the 13-inch display. This could allow the company to fit an additional USB port on the device, while keeping the same footprint. The report says that the new MacBook Air will feature the next generation of Apple’s A10X processor, which is expected to come out later this year.
This new MacBook Air design is not a replacement for the current 13-inch MacBook Air. Instead, it is an upgrade, according to Bloomberg News. It is said to be a higher-end version of the existing laptop, including a redesigned keyboard and Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Apple is expected to continue offering the M1 version.
Rumors about a new MacBook Air design have been circulating since last year. A few weeks ago, Ming-chi Kuo, an analyst at TF International Securities, said that he expects Apple to release a redesigned MacBook Air later this year. According to Kuo, Apple will ditch the butterfly keyboard for a scissor mechanism similar to what it introduced with the iPad Pro. He also says that the company could bring back the MagSafe connector, which was removed from the MacBook Pro line in 2016.
Apple has agreed to remove the controversial headphone jack from its next generation iPhones. The change will come in 2019, when the company plans to release an updated version of its mobile operating system. The move is expected to put pressure on other smartphone makers to follow suit. Some analysts say the decision could help Apple sell more phones, while others warn it could lead to a decline in sales. Apple says the removal of the standard 3.5mm audio plug will allow users to connect headphones using the Lightning connector instead. But critics argue that removing the jack could damage the sound quality of future devices. The iPhone 7, 8 and X all feature the same design. And the iPhone XS, XR and SE models also have a Lightning port. All three models will continue to use the older 30-pin dock connector until 2020.