The end of MagSafe? MacBook Air with USB-C tipped again

The Apple MacBook Air may soon go the way of the revamped MacBook as rumours suggest new models will adopt the Type-C USB charging standard.

According to new reports, the next MacBook Air models will dispense with the popular MagSafe ports that have been present since its launch in 2008.

The MacBook Air has not been properly updated in almost a year and a half, which is way beyond Apple’s usual cycle.

Today’s report comes from Digitimes (via MacRumors), which has a mixed record on these matters (to say the least), so the information should be taken with a pinch of salt.

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With the 12-inch MacBook and the dockable iPad Pro now at the forefront of Apple’s thoughts, the future of the Air range has to be in question.

It’s no longer the most portable, neither is it the most powerful of Apple’s laptops. It now finds itself as the entry-level device.

Speculation has suggested Apple is planning to drop the 11-inch model completely in favour of 13-inch and 15-inch models moving forward.

With the MacBook Pro range also in need of refresh, the future of Apple’s notebook line-up is less clear than it has been in a number of years.

A MacBook Pro and MacBook Air amalgamation could well the be the way forward for Apple, but that’s just conjecture on our part.

Mac sales were down again this quarter, so perhaps Apple has something planned to arrest the slide.

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