An alleged Foxconn insider divulged a number of supposed secrets regarding some of Apple's current and upcoming devices and one of them says the MacBook Air is dead. The leaker shared what he knows via Reddit.
In the Reddit thread, the leakster introduced himself on Saturday as a "Foxconn insider with information on next 12 months of hardware updates." He also mentioned that he and two other Foxconn employees have inside information on Apple glasses, MacBook 2018, Apple home speaker, iMac, iPhone 7s, and the iPhone 8, among others.
Among the many questions asked of the supposed employee of Foxconn, one of Apple's partner companies, was if a new MacBook Air is in the offing this year. The insider simply said that the "line is discontinued." The leakster later edited his post adding that this is what they know so far. He implied that the MacBook Air line may still be recycled.
According to BGR, this is not the first time that news of the MacBook Air's death has surfaced. Jack March believes that the market for the MacBook Air is no longer significant and that the main qualities of the laptop - "light" and "professional" - are no longer separate entities. Nowadays, every laptop, Apple or otherwise, is thin and light and comes with quality specifications.
An updated version of the MacBook Air was rumored to be among the new line-up of laptops Apple would reveal at the 2017 WWDC. If the insider is correct, Apple will only be unveiling new versions of the MacBook and MacBook Pro.
The insider also mentioned that the rumored smart glasses is under the code name Project Mirrorshades and is being designed to include augmented reality capabilities. They also tested new designs for the MacBook with one having "more glass and dark black body." The Siri smart speaker looks like a Mac Pro and will be unveiled at the WWDC, according to the Foxconn insider. The leakster said that the iPhone X (iPhone 8) will be delayed confirming previous rumors.
The insider showed the moderators documents as evidence to prove that he is indeed connected with Foxconn. Despite this, it is still wise to hold any assumptions until Apple itself makes its official announcements regarding the rumors.