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Monday, October 18, 2010

Updated MacBook Air arriving this week?

 All signs are pointing towards a refreshed MacBook Air being unveiled this week. Apple has yet to say anything official about the laptop but the rumor mill is pretty sure that it’s happening.

This rumor has been around for some time now, but it’s looking more likely with every passing day. Right now we know that the current MacBook Air has outdated specifications, it hasn’t been refreshed in months, and it’s been outclassed by the competition. And we also know that Apple has an event called “Back to the Mac” planned for October 20th and that over the past weeks supplies of the Air have been depleting. Interesting…

The most interesting report so far comes from Apple Insider who says that on Wednesday Apple will relaunch a the MacBook Air with a model that was “redesigned from the ground up”. This subnotebook will have an 11.6-inch display, which is smaller than the 13.3-inch one found on the original MBA. The new model will also only use solid-state storage, though not necessarily by means of a standard SSD. Apple might have something clever in the works, like an “SSD stick” which changes the shape of the solid-state storage to something streamlined for the Air’s super-slim unibody design.

CNET independently reported that the new Air will be smaller than the previous one and that the price will be “significantly lower” than the current MBA’s $1499. They place the size at something between 13.3-inches and the iPad’s 9.7-inches, which points again towards 11.6-inches but they were not able to confirm that number. The outlet also said to expect to see the Nvidia MCP89 chipset and Intel Core 2 Duo processor, the same gear found on the 13.3-inch MacBook and MacBook Pro.


Finally, Engadget uncovered what looks to be a shot of the underside of a new Macbook Air. They say their model looks like another 13.3-incher, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only Air being released. This computer puts the external ports on both sides, not just one like the original Air, and it has more than one USB port. Also spotted were an SD card slot and Mini DisplayPort. They say this runs the same Intel Core 2 Duo SL9400 processor that the current Air users, which would be a serious disappointment, or it’s just a sign that this model is an early prototype.

A clever reader at Macrumor’s forums did some measuring and doesn’t agree with Engadget’s assessment though. Basing his measurements on the 12mm width of a USB slot he says the system is 230mm wide, which would make for a 10.1-inch display.

33 comments:

frankie, my cat. said...

I bought a 10 incher asus EEE. It's too small for me, but I guess some people like it. I think 13" is a better size. Not too big, not too small.

Paladin-Bias said...

interesting stuff, would be hard to play on such a tiny thing after using macbook pro behemoth for so long

Kingofthemelvins said...

I fucking adore macs. Hence why I'm on mine right now. the only beef I ever had with pro's is their wider size then the average macbook but I'm sure in a few years I'll give in to getting a new one.

John Smith said...

Bleh. Whats with all the mac posts? I friggin' hate macs

Duelist said...

Those are some sexy measurements, hope the price is sexy too

Brandoncamerer said...

nice man

BradsSportsBlog said...

sorry but DEF not getting me one of those - im a pc man

Mario said...

gonna check this out when it's released

Crammarc said...

my oh my

arnyke said...

very interesting stuff
supportin;

Dbankai said...

so long as it's better than the ipad...

Conformity said...

lol love this shit, cant wait to see this new macbook air, also, THEY NEED TO HURRY WITH THE IPHONE FOR VERIZON!

The Lazy Geographer said...

My Dell XPS just keep clucking along. I am sure my Apple Genius friend will be crowing about this at release on her facebook page, however.

/I tip my hat to you/

Stav88os said...

cool story Bro!;)

lol reviewer said...

looks very slip

Freshman said...

nice post, keep it up

Anon said...

mac sucks xD

Liv said...

I don't really like mac =/

razortek said...

:O so fuckin slim :OOO

Daytona Jones said...

Looks cool, but really breakable!

Nyuu said...

never liked mac :( (is to expensive)

herb said...

yeah man, mac is teh awesomeness

SMOKEDANKALLDAY said...

I'm a PC guy myself. Had this trusty laptop for 7 years now.. Updates and upgrades all over the place but its so fucking worth it. Fuck paying for software updates and not being able to download music illegally. PC's are internet pirating magic carpets.

aGas said...

a price drop? that would be cool.

fedor519 said...

I work at best buy (been there for 2 years) and ive barely sold any mac airs. I mean the for the price, you can get a better beefed up mac book pro. IMO, they need to match it with the price of the pro if they want it to fly.

Pro said...

whY!?!?

otherwise great post.

College Nick said...

hah, If I could only afford it...

ModerneFusion said...

DIE APPLE DIE

thecatzpajamas said...

well im broke ~_~

MALCOM. said...

i hate macs, but damn this is sexy

glosey said...

i'd do it

pixel said...

its just about the aluminum case....

Touch and Feel said...

I'd rather fork over a grand for a laptop that is twice as good and won't be outdated in two years..

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