According to a translated report from Taiwanese publication Economic Daily News — as noted by MacRumors — the successor to the MacBook Air will pack an Intel Kaby Lake processor. Makes sense as the release of the Cannon Lake chip, which would have been a logical choice, has been delayed again. However, the Sellers Research Group says the new laptop won’t be dubbed a MacBook Air.
The Kaby Lake Refresh lineup includes quad-core Core i5 and Core i7 processors with base clock speeds between 1.6GHz and 1.9GHz, and max Turbo Boost speeds between 3.4GHz and 4.2GHz. The 15W chips feature integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620, with support for up to 32GB of DDR4 or LPDDR3 RAM.
As I’ve said before, I think the new, consumer oriented laptop will be a 13-inch version of the MacBook and that Apple will ditch the MacBook Air moniker entirely. This makes sense, as it simplifies the line-up with a consumer line (MacBook) and a pro line (MacBook Pro) rather than having a third, also consumer-oriented brand in the MacBook Air.