MacBook Air 2016 release date, news: MacBook Air refresh to be launched in October; no Kaby Lake but 5K display speculated

MacBook Pro display at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, California in June 2012. | Reuters/Stephen Lam

It has been weeks since Apple presented to the world its newest products but a MacBook Air refresh is not one of them. However, Apple loyalists are still positive that the Cupertino-based tech firm will launch the next MacBook Air product next month speculated to sport a 5K display but, unfortunately, without Intel's Kaby Lake.

For starters, the rumors about an October launch of MacBook Air and MacBook Pro refresh products become more viable after a solid scoop from a reputable source.

In a report by Forbes, Information Handling Services (IHS) Markit Technology director of the Tablets and Notebooks field Rhoda Alexander said, "Production started in the second calendar quarter on refreshes of the 13.3-inch and 15.4-inch MacBook Pro [and] the 13.3-inch MacBook Air."

So, breaking it down, the "second calendar quarter" falls within the months of April, May and June. Alexander also shared that their firm predicts the mentioned products will launch within "late September or October of 2016."

The London-based IHS Markit Technology is an information and analysis firm that works to support the decision-making process of businesses. Technology is just one of the fields of expertise of the company.

The report emphasized that considering the time of production, earlier speculations that Apple will use Intel's Kaby Lake processors are highly unlikely since they have not been made available yet in Q2 2016. This points to the possible fact that Apple might have gone for the Skylake and might couple it with Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Polaris graphics set.

It can be remembered that Bloomberg had an earlier report pointing at a collaboration between Apple and the Korean electronics firm, LG. The partnership is said to produce a standalone 5K monitor for Apple.

This leads to speculations that Apple can possibly incorporate this into the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro refresh products in October. Considering Apple's dedication in bringing optimum display performance in its recent products, the speculation actually makes sense.

Unfortunately, Apple has not issued an official statement yet about the reports and speculations, so the info should be taken with a pinch of salt.

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