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jinxednuance
Feb 11, 2011, 08:28 AM
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13924_3-20031434-64.html

Thought to share.



grawk
Feb 11, 2011, 08:32 AM
I'd be surprised if the airs go first, but I guess anything is possible.

axu539
Feb 11, 2011, 08:37 AM
This doesn't seem very likely. It would be an 8 month refresh cycle which is too short for Apple. Plus, no way Apple would make the iPhone 5 share the limelight with something else..

ArmCortexA8
Feb 11, 2011, 08:39 AM
Not happy Jan - only just purchased a brand new MBA 13" / 128GB / 1.8GHZ C2D / 4GB RAM which is on its way from China (factory) as we speak, courtesy of the Apple Store Australia.

axu539
Feb 11, 2011, 08:41 AM
Not happy Jan - only just purchased a MBA 13" / 128GB / 1.8GHZ C2D / 4MB RAM which is on its way from China (factory) as we speak.

Haha. My 11" refurb is slated to arrive tomorrow as well. As I said, it really isn't likely quite so soon. I think October again would be safer for Apple.

Buck987
Feb 11, 2011, 08:41 AM
This doesn't seem very likely. It would be an 8 month refresh cycle which is too short for Apple. Plus, no way Apple would make the iPhone 5 share the limelight with something else..


8 months is perfect and right in line for the beginning of the back to school cycle.

hopefully bettery battery life and the lighted keyboard among other improvements.

jinxednuance
Feb 11, 2011, 08:44 AM
8 months is perfect and right in line for the beginning of the back to school cycle.

hopefully bettery battery life and the lighted keyboard among other improvements.

I would hope so.

Now I am even more confused, do I get the refreshed MBP or wait for the ref MBA, but who wants to wait another 4 months :(

Wild-Bill
Feb 11, 2011, 08:46 AM
Let's hope Apple does the right thing and puts the backlit-keyboard BACK into the MBA.

My Rev.C MBA w/ 100 gig SSD, 2.13GHz chip and backlit-keyboard are still running strong, and will continue to do so until Apple reinstates the backlit-keyboard.

jinxednuance
Feb 11, 2011, 08:47 AM
Let's hope Apple does the right thing and puts the backlit-keyboard BACK into the MBA.

My Rev.C MBA w/ 100 gig SSD, 2.13GHz chip and backlit-keyboard are still running strong, and will continue to do so until Apple reinstates the backlit-keyboard.

Agreed. In their first Macbook Air ad, they specifically say "the backlight keyboard is ideal for flights etc..." and the newer one doesn't have any, really?! We need lights!

axu539
Feb 11, 2011, 08:48 AM
We'll see I guess. But updating to SB means Apple would be stuck with only Intel HD graphics in the Airs (def no room for a discrete).

iNotion
Feb 11, 2011, 08:51 AM
1 month after iPhone 4, everyone keep buzzing about iPhone 5...

new Macbook air in June... i seriously doubt so.

axu539
Feb 11, 2011, 09:15 AM
1 month after iPhone 4, everyone keep buzzing about iPhone 5...

new Macbook air in June... i seriously doubt so.

My thoughts exactly. But, we new MBA owners might just be in denial and feeling bitter. As I said, we'll see. Rumors predicting dates this early are rarely accurate..

KPOM
Feb 11, 2011, 09:43 AM
We'll see I guess. But updating to SB means Apple would be stuck with only Intel HD graphics in the Airs (def no room for a discrete).

Exactly. This will be a lateral move. CPU-intensive tasks will be faster, but streaming video and gaming will be about the same or slightly worse. The update makes sense from a supply perspective. Apple needs to switch to Sandy Bridge since the C2D is out of production and there is no way they can keep supplying 2 models of MacBook Air, the MacBook, the 13" Pro, and Mini lines with it.

That said, an 11" with a Sandy Bridge is definitely more appealing to me than the 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo...

hcho3
Feb 11, 2011, 09:46 AM
O god... Did I just hear intel graphic card?

Get me out of here. I don't care what apple says, intel says, or even Steve says on this issue. INTEL CANNOT MAKE GRAPHICS CARD, PERIOD.

Their graphic card is so awful. Help me god.

Sandy Bridge processor is still dual core. Yes, we will see the performance improvements in certain things...

But, that GPU.... Wow.

Funkymonk
Feb 11, 2011, 09:52 AM
O god... Did I just hear intel graphic card?

Get me out of here. I don't care what apple says, intel says, or even Steve says on this issue. INTEL CANNOT MAKE GRAPHICS CARD, PERIOD.

Their graphic card is so awful. Help me god.

Sandy Bridge processor is still dual core. Yes, we will see the performance improvements in certain things...

But, that GPU.... Wow.

Take it easy champ. I know people say things to make themselves feel better about their purchase but that was a tad bit too dramatic.

MacRumorUser
Feb 11, 2011, 09:57 AM
INTEGRATED GPU

The Sandy Bridge Intel graphics chipset is on par with the peformance of the Geforce 9400m in the last generation macbook air (not current).

Any benefit the new processor bump gives you with SandyBridge will be offset against those integrated graphics.

What this means for the end consumer is that give or take it is a comparable experience to present users with the Oct 2010 refresh models, those that whilst having an older chipset (core2duo) have the benefits of the Geforce 320m gpu which is better than the integrated solution in SandyBridge.

Remember OSX and applications like iLife etc. offload a lot of stuff to the gpu.

hcho3
Feb 11, 2011, 09:59 AM
Take it easy champ. I know people say things to make themselves feel better about their purchase but that was a tad bit too dramatic.

This has nothing to do with purchase...

Every technology gets outdated. Your point is?

Expression should be that dramatic because that is how much intel sucks with graphics card. Have you used them before? I have and I returned it next day.

PsyD4Me
Feb 11, 2011, 10:49 AM
This has nothing to do with purchase...

Every technology gets outdated. Your point is?

Expression should be that dramatic because that is how much intel sucks with graphics card. Have you used them before? I have and I returned it next day.

congratulations

sbb155
Feb 11, 2011, 11:09 AM
I am so glad there is going to be refresh!
I have had terrible battery problems with the 11" and apple is going to let me return it. I was about to get another one, but now I think that it would be very wise to wait. Thank goodness for macrumors, saved me again from getting the older tech.

jinxednuance
Feb 11, 2011, 11:13 AM
I am so glad there is going to be refresh!
I have had terrible battery problems with the 11" and apple is going to let me return it. I was about to get another one, but now I think that it would be very wise to wait. Thank goodness for macrumors, saved me again from getting the older tech.

You mention Apple will let you return it, will you keep it till June and then return it?

sbb155
Feb 11, 2011, 11:23 AM
You mention Apple will let you return it, will you keep it till June and then return it?

No, we have enough corporate computers around that I can get by for a few more months. This isnt for home or school use, it is large enterprise.