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Philflow
Apr 20, 2011, 02:53 PM
I read some rumors that the MBA will be updated in June. It seems pretty quick for a refresh I thought.

What do you think? Is it really true?

Please elaborate.



Hellhammer
Apr 20, 2011, 02:55 PM
Well, June would make it around 9 months after the previous update which sounds plausible. The only source is CNet though so this rumor is not very reliable. In the end, none of us knows anything, it's mainly guessing.

Scottsdale
Apr 20, 2011, 04:07 PM
A lot of dreamers voting in this poll. Sure, June 2012 and IVY BRIDGE, FTW!

Psilocybin
Apr 20, 2011, 04:19 PM
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Doubt it. Will keep my 2010 MBA till ivy bridge

hcho3
Apr 20, 2011, 04:41 PM
If your source is based on Cnet, then don't believe it.

Expecting MBA update sometime this fall/Winter for the holiday.

Chopstick217
Apr 20, 2011, 04:58 PM
I think the next refresh will most likely be in winter 2011/2012

Cheffy Dave
Apr 20, 2011, 05:11 PM
A lot of dreamers voting in this poll. Sure, June 2012 and IVY BRIDGE, FTW!

Come on SD, yes I am a dreamer, but I got my 2 babies with 64gb SSD's, from the refurb store,now we be saving for OWC's 360 GB SSD's, these
11" ers Will be smokin.
I so love my iPad, but the 11" is an iPad on steroids, I am smitten, and totally in LOVE!:apple::cool::apple:

Cheffy Dave
Apr 20, 2011, 05:21 PM
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Doubt it. Will keep my 2010 MBA till ivy bridge

The knowledgeable, will jump on these C2D MBA's, with the NVidia graphics, everyone else will hem, haw, and miss them in toto. I just don't care what's in IB,these sweet babies are fast,NOW,in this day, buy with confidence. My friend Scottsdale loves the 13", me I'm gaga over the iPad size 11", to each his own, but these are some real sweet puppies, these may be the BEST Macs ever,
I could not be more pleased! these are Apples home run, in the bottom of the Ninth, amazing machines!

smugDrew
Apr 20, 2011, 05:56 PM
As long as it's updated no later than October...

entatlrg
Apr 20, 2011, 10:01 PM
A lot of dreamers voting in this poll. Sure, June 2012 and IVY BRIDGE, FTW!

I'll second that!

pruhawk
Apr 20, 2011, 10:19 PM
Not June as the Back-to-School promotion will be running - fall at the earliest

s.hasan546
Apr 20, 2011, 11:12 PM
I think the next refresh will most likely be in winter 2011/2012

agreed.

MartiNZ
Apr 20, 2011, 11:21 PM
The knowledgeable, will jump on these C2D MBA's, with the NVidia graphics, everyone else will hem, haw, and miss them in toto. I just don't care what's in IB,these sweet babies are fast,NOW,in this day, buy with confidence. My friend Scottsdale loves the 13", me I'm gaga over the iPad size 11", to each his own, but these are some real sweet puppies, these may be the BEST Macs ever,
I could not be more pleased! these are Apples home run, in the bottom of the Ninth, amazing machines!

They need to get you in an ad. That is such an awesome writeup! And I tend to agree on all counts. I'm totally stoked with my 13" and just amazed by how cool it stays, both temperaturewise and attitudinally :cool:.

fristuff
Apr 21, 2011, 03:04 AM
They need to get you in an ad. That is such an awesome writeup! And I tend to agree on all counts. I'm totally stoked with my 13" and just amazed by how cool it stays, both temperaturewise and attitudinally :cool:.

what spec on your air?

Ridley
Apr 21, 2011, 10:37 AM
Not June as the Back-to-School promotion will be running - fall at the earliest

That is actually why i think it WILL be updated. College kids may be more aware of the intel marketing message and core vs i5/i7 kind of thing. I think without a MBA update, the latest MBPs (specifically the 13 inch... those are EVERYWHERE on college campuses right now) would look like the better buy.

Traditionally the MBA hasn't been aimed at students, but a June SandyBridge update would really start to change that. So why would Apple want to change that? Because with all the proprietary pieces in the MBA, and the component list, I reckon the MBA is much higher margin for them than the MBP. Furthermore, Apple loves proprietary hardware and would love for people to be locked up and forced to buy a whole new machine just to upgrade their ram or storage space.

All that said, i am biased because i am really hoping for a June update because I need to buy a computer and have been holding out. Everyone is biased though. It seems as though a lot of people on here that say sandybridge is crap, and ivy bridge ftw or haswell or rockwell ftw already bought a MBA and are looking for reasons why the update won't be better than their current machines.

TrollToddington
Apr 21, 2011, 11:05 AM
As of 21st April I counted only 5 dreamers who have answered they were sure about June update. The rest of the voters, more or less, are unsure or disagree with such an opinion.

I'm not biased because by June I won't have saved up enough troll $$ to get an MBA for my trolling needs so basically I don't care whether it's June or January.

bigjnyc
Apr 21, 2011, 11:30 AM
That is actually why i think it WILL be updated. College kids may be more aware of the intel marketing message and core vs i5/i7 kind of thing. I think without a MBA update, the latest MBPs (specifically the 13 inch... those are EVERYWHERE on college campuses right now) would look like the better buy.

Traditionally the MBA hasn't been aimed at students, but a June SandyBridge update would really start to change that. So why would Apple want to change that? Because with all the proprietary pieces in the MBA, and the component list, I reckon the MBA is much higher margin for them than the MBP. Furthermore, Apple loves proprietary hardware and would love for people to be locked up and forced to buy a whole new machine just to upgrade their ram or storage space.

All that said, i am biased because i am really hoping for a June update because I need to buy a computer and have been holding out. Everyone is biased though. It seems as though a lot of people on here that say sandybridge is crap, and ivy bridge ftw or haswell or rockwell ftw already bought a MBA and are looking for reasons why the update won't be better than their current machines.

Apple would never do this. They use the back to school promotion to get rid of old inventory before an update. They dont need a promotion to sell new products.

iRun26.2
Apr 21, 2011, 11:38 AM
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It seems as though a lot of people on here that say sandybridge is crap, and ivy bridge ftw or haswell or rockwell ftw already bought a MBA and are looking for reasons why the update won't be better than their current machines.

I think most people who bought a late 2010 MBA and who know enough to understand what Ivory Bridge stands for would be more than pleased for Apple to introduce something that blows their current system away. I, at least, would be happy to fork out more cash for improvements that could be made in a new MBA release. What I would not be able to tolerate is a major step backwards in the GPU.

Ivy Bridge's GPU ought to be close to the current MBA GPU. That is what I will be waiting for. But, if Apple can somehow squeeze in an AMD GPU and a SB CPU, I will have get the upgrade. I would also have no regrets about purchasing my late 2010 11.6" MBA. It is an awesome machine and I have already gotten my money's worth out of it. Best computer I've ever owned.

Twe Foju
Apr 21, 2011, 12:19 PM
i say it probably will be, it's going to be around 9 months until June since Air's last update, so it's most likely, especially to counter Samsung's 9

cant wait until WWDC in 2 months time

cirus
Apr 21, 2011, 12:43 PM
I think most people who bought a late 2010 MBA and who know enough to understand what Ivory Bridge stands for would be more than pleased for Apple to introduce something that blows their current system away. I, at least, would be happy to fork out more cash for improvements that could be made in a new MBA release. What I would not be able to tolerate is a major step backwards in the GPU.

Ivy Bridge's GPU ought to be close to the current MBA GPU. That is what I will be waiting for. But, if Apple can somehow squeeze in an AMD GPU and a SB CPU, I will have get the upgrade. I would also have no regrets about purchasing my late 2010 11.6" MBA. It is an awesome machine and I have already gotten my money's worth out of it. Best computer I've ever owned.

Never going to fit in the air. They couldn't even fit one in the 13 inch Macbook pro.

Mr. Retrofire
Apr 21, 2011, 12:55 PM
We have several Sandy Bridge "MBA-like" products on the market. And we have some evidence in the form of the past release dates:
http://buyersguide.macrumors.com/#MacBook_Air

Sandy Bridge makes sense, because these processors have the AES-NI, and can therefore accelerate Lions AES-128 based full disk encryption, which is a) fast on SSDs and b) important on mobile devices.

Regarding the "dreamers":

"You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one"

John Lennon :D

hcho3
Apr 21, 2011, 02:04 PM
i say it probably will be, it's going to be around 9 months until June since Air's last update, so it's most likely, especially to counter Samsung's 9

cant wait until WWDC in 2 months time

Counter whatttt?

You work for samsung or something?

How many people is buying samsung 9 series?

The stupid machine costs 1599 dollars to 1649 dollars on retail store with no other options.

Also, those of you who are waiting for IVY bridge air....

Please get a life. I will wait for next one. No. I will wait for the next one and next and next.

Sandy bridge just started to ship. IVY bridge is not coming for another 10 months or longer.

11 inch model costs 1199 dollars.

How many people are willing to pay that money for a samsung laptop?

Ridley
Apr 21, 2011, 04:55 PM
Apple would never do this. They use the back to school promotion to get rid of old inventory before an update. They dont need a promotion to sell new products.

That couldn't be further from the truth, they update laptops in June all of the time. They wouldn't release a new ipod since they give those away with purchase and look to clear out that inventory. However 07 and 09 saw June releases of new MBPs (in time for college). The macbook, which is the most affordable laptop and may well appeal to college students the most has had refreshes in May for 06, 07, 09, 10 and even a July refresh in 05.

In fact i suspect the June 09 update of the MBA was perhaps an attempt to appeal to college kids as well since the biggest change was the price reduction.

I see your point, but I don't think inventories for computers work in the same way that they do for things like iPods. During the college program you get a free ipod of a specific storage capacity. So they can actually have an inventory of these to get rid of... there is only 1 option. A computer of the other hand has options and customizations. Sure the store will keep some of these configuration in "inventory" but when you buy online it is a popular to have a "build to order", or just-in-time kind of model.

Anyway the point is, it is definitely not out of the question. I think the point about margins is also valid. Not saying that a June update is inevitable, but definitely possible and there could be a business case for it too.

Ridley
Apr 21, 2011, 05:41 PM
A lot of dreamers voting in this poll. Sure, June 2012 and IVY BRIDGE, FTW!

I know this thread is all guesses, gut feelings, and speculation, but i really don't understand the ivy bridge rationale. I mean the chip doesn't even have a formal release date. And its not just formal date... not even Intel knows the date. So I don't understand why its reasonable to think that Apple would skip SB (a chip that exists and its competitors use) and wait for a chip that has not been tested or a date announced, and then say specifically June 2012?

I mean I don't mean to be confrontational or anything, I know on paper ivy bridge looks ideal for MBA, I am just trying to understand your opinion. Yes it is a possibility that it is released early 2012 and makes its way to MBA by june. It is also a possibility it is released later and doesn't make it till fall/Winter 2012. Does Apple really want to risk leaving a machine un-updated for 2 years? Given that uncertainty, ivy bridge -> MBA -> June 12 seems really specific unless there is some news I don't know about or something I'm not getting. Thanks

KylePowers
Apr 21, 2011, 06:12 PM
I'm hoping for a June update... SB MBA would definitely outperform my current setup (C2D+9300M GS). My iPhone 4 and iPad 2 have been waiting for some OSX lovin', and the next MBA will probably be the ticket.

I wouldn't be surprised if Apple held out until Fall or even Winter though... I'm sure MBAs are still sellin' well. And surely while the next is already in design (these things aren't just made over night, ya' know), it's probably better from a company/investor perspective to keep riding out the current MBA profit margin, rather than kick up the PR and manufacturing shiz for a new one.

But, I'm praying every night lol

Scottsdale
Apr 21, 2011, 06:32 PM
Never going to fit in the air. They couldn't even fit one in the 13 inch Macbook pro.

They couldn't fit one or they didn't include one? BIG DIFFERENCE!

In reality, they fit a ThunderBolt chip which is the same difference.

If Apple wants to, it can easily include a discrete GPU. Especially since Apple has switched to AMD, they have 7W discrete GPUs that would rock the Macs with slightly more power requirements from even better GPUs. The big thing is costs, and Apple could have dropped the ancient SuperDrive from the 13" MBP to put a high-end AMD discrete GPU if they wanted... that takes a lot of space.

The big thing is energy requirements though, and with ULV Sandy Bridge CPUs overclocked with a disabled IGP they could make it possible. There was a rumor last year that this is exactly what is happening. AMD's low end discrete GPUs paired with a ULV SB CPU overclocked as essentially using all power for CPU and none reserved for the IGP would make a heck of an MBA.

The thing is people want to assume that Apple has to do the same thing with the 13" MBA as they did with the 13" MBP, but that just isn't a requirement. The big difference is the MBA currently uses a low voltage CPU. In LV and ULV SB CPUs the IGPs are running at worse than 1/2 of the standard voltage CPUs. That really creates a problem in my mind. It is possible that Apple could use LV in the 11" MBA and standard voltage in the 13" MBA as that would make the situation better, and it wouldn't be too far over the current TDP used.

There are better solutions from AMD, and I wouldn't discount them in the MBA. It needs something different if it cannot use a standard voltage CPU. Sandy Bridge isn't the answer. I think Ivy Bridge will at least be closer to the Nvidia 320m, but it's a year off. There have been rumors about an AMD CPU in low end Macs, and there is a possibility that Apple can use a discrete GPU in the MBA. There are many possibilities, but Ivy Bridge is the most realistic and in my opinion Sandy Bridge is more realistic than Arrandale but still a disappointment compared to C2D and Nvidia 320m pairing.

I think Apple sells nearly as many MBAs by keeping C2D and Nvidia 320m as they would by ruining it with SB and potentially damaging the brand as they have before when using an Intel IGP.

applefanDrew
Apr 21, 2011, 06:47 PM
They couldn't fit one or they didn't include one? BIG DIFFERENCE!

In reality, they fit a ThunderBolt chip which is the same difference.

If Apple wants to, it can easily include a discrete GPU. Especially since Apple has switched to AMD, they have 7W discrete GPUs that would rock the Macs with slightly more power requirements from even better GPUs. The big thing is costs, and Apple could have dropped the ancient SuperDrive from the 13" MBP to put a high-end AMD discrete GPU if they wanted... that takes a lot of space.

The big thing is energy requirements though, and with ULV Sandy Bridge CPUs overclocked with a disabled IGP they could make it possible. There was a rumor last year that this is exactly what is happening. AMD's low end discrete GPUs paired with a ULV SB CPU overclocked as essentially using all power for CPU and none reserved for the IGP would make a heck of an MBA.

The thing is people want to assume that Apple has to do the same thing with the 13" MBA as they did with the 13" MBP, but that just isn't a requirement. The big difference is the MBA currently uses a low voltage CPU. In LV and ULV SB CPUs the IGPs are running at worse than 1/2 of the standard voltage CPUs. That really creates a problem in my mind. It is possible that Apple could use LV in the 11" MBA and standard voltage in the 13" MBA as that would make the situation better, and it wouldn't be too far over the current TDP used.

There are better solutions from AMD, and I wouldn't discount them in the MBA. It needs something different if it cannot use a standard voltage CPU. Sandy Bridge isn't the answer. I think Ivy Bridge will at least be closer to the Nvidia 320m, but it's a year off. There have been rumors about an AMD CPU in low end Macs, and there is a possibility that Apple can use a discrete GPU in the MBA. There are many possibilities, but Ivy Bridge is the most realistic and in my opinion Sandy Bridge is more realistic than Arrandale but still a disappointment compared to C2D and Nvidia 320m pairing.

I think Apple sells nearly as many MBAs by keeping C2D and Nvidia 320m as they would by ruining it with SB and potentially damaging the brand as they have before when using an Intel IGP.

Thunderbolt isn't a chip. It's a PCI connector to the proc.

waw74
Apr 21, 2011, 06:59 PM
Thunderbolt isn't a chip. It's a PCI connector to the proc.

which requires a controller chip
http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/02/new-macbooks-torn-open-thunderbolt-chip-revealed/

Scottsdale
Apr 22, 2011, 04:09 AM
which requires a controller chip
http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/02/new-macbooks-torn-open-thunderbolt-chip-revealed/

Correct, Thunderbolt is a chip and a port! It doesn't work without the chip.

Looks like the user you quoted has never looked at a photo of the new MBP logic boards.

Thunderbolt is great, but it takes a lot of space which is a problem when space is limited especially in computers like the MBA. I think the MBA gets Thunderbolt anyway, and it could still get a discrete GPU if Apple wanted to include one.

MartiNZ
Apr 22, 2011, 06:31 AM
what spec on your air?

Base 13" but with 4GB RAM. For details on my comment about it staying cool, I believe it is the best 'bedtop' computer ever - sitting right now with my '08 15" MBP on the bed, just browsing, the surface is noticeably warm towards the back left, and the underside is as well. That just doesn't occur with the MBA.

Playing StarCraft II the two machines perform about the same in terms of framerate - 256MB 320M ≅ 512MB 8600GT! ~ 20FPS medium settings. In terms of heat it is day and night. The keyboard on the '08 MBP becomes uncomfortably hot to type on, and the back left and underside get really hot also. On the MBA I barely notice a change, AND the fans turn off within seconds of exiting and everything is back to cool. So impressed!

I'm really liking these threads, making investment in the late '10 MBA seem all the better :). Here's looking forward to IB and whatever they can do with GPU by then!

Philflow
Apr 22, 2011, 12:12 PM
http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/04/22/apple_to_begin_production_of_thunderbolt_macbook_airs_next_month.html


Specifically, he said the new models will "go to mass production in late May," which corroborates an earlier report that cited reliable sources as saying Apple would be ready to publicly announce and ship to consumers MacBook Airs with Sandy Bridge processors during following month of June.

A production ramp in late May would set the stage for a June launch for the new MacBook Airs, a timeframe that had been rumored several months ago.

Seems more likely now.

Twe Foju
Apr 22, 2011, 12:25 PM
http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/04/22/apple_to_begin_production_of_thunderbolt_macbook_airs_next_month.html



Seems more likely now.

damn i am even more pumped up now!! :D , i hope this really will happen, my college starts in September. this will be the perfect moment for me to switch from my old 2007 Santa Rosa MBP

Psilocybin
Apr 22, 2011, 12:35 PM
Kuo tells AppleInsider that his latest round of checks with suppliers and system builders in the region reveals that MacBook Air shipments are set to rebound during the current calendar quarter, fueled by an upgrade to Intel's latest Sandy Bridge microprocessors, integrated Intel graphics, and the expected adoption of the new Thunderbolt high-speed I/O technology that made its debut on MacBook Pros earlier this year.


=[ definately a no go for me

bursthead
Apr 22, 2011, 06:42 PM
http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/04/22/apple_to_begin_production_of_thunderbolt_macbook_airs_next_month.html



Seems more likely now.

Gonna return my MBA now...

steadysignal
Apr 22, 2011, 07:35 PM
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Doubt it. Will keep my 2010 MBA till ivy bridge

same here. i hope to get another year out of mine...

Hands Sandon
Apr 22, 2011, 08:09 PM
That is actually why i think it WILL be updated. College kids may be more aware of the intel marketing message and core vs i5/i7 kind of thing. I think without a MBA update, the latest MBPs (specifically the 13 inch... those are EVERYWHERE on college campuses right now) would look like the better buy.

Traditionally the MBA hasn't been aimed at students, but a June SandyBridge update would really start to change that. So why would Apple want to change that? Because with all the proprietary pieces in the MBA, and the component list, I reckon the MBA is much higher margin for them than the MBP. Furthermore, Apple loves proprietary hardware and would love for people to be locked up and forced to buy a whole new machine just to upgrade their ram or storage space.

All that said, i am biased because i am really hoping for a June update because I need to buy a computer and have been holding out. Everyone is biased though. It seems as though a lot of people on here that say sandybridge is crap, and ivy bridge ftw or haswell or rockwell ftw already bought a MBA and are looking for reasons why the update won't be better than their current machines.


The new Air, despite intel graphics, will be awesome in the sublime, your wait will be warranted.

Nice post by the way. I've just seen this new post rating system (I didn't "rate"), but your post deserves 5 stars. Hope you can get the new Air, it'll be a killer Air and nicely future proof.

HelloPanda
Apr 22, 2011, 09:41 PM
I'm holding out for the MBA refresh, strongly considering using it as my only computer. I need something that will last a few years, I think SB is the way to go.

IngerMan
Apr 23, 2011, 07:36 AM
I am happy the update is coming so soon. I purchased my MBA 13 1.86 4GB 2 months ago. Apple progress in updating their product gives me confidence that I am buying a device that is top ranked in the market at that time. Even though it will be better in 8 weeks or 8 months. It does not mean my machine is outdated or not worthy. It will still run as fast and smart as it did 36 months from now as it does today.

I purchased a iMac7,1 and 6 weeks later they introduced the iMac8. My iMac has seen many revisions since then but my machine still is as fast as the day I took it out of the box. When I do decide to replace it with better graphics, better screen, faster CPU, I know I can't miss with Apple being on top of the game. And I also know that not to blink, because they will keep coming with better product in a short time.:apple::cool:

retrorichie
Apr 23, 2011, 09:04 AM
So why would Apple want to change that? Because with all the proprietary pieces in the MBA, and the component list, I reckon the MBA is much higher margin for them than the MBP. Furthermore, Apple loves proprietary hardware and would love for people to be locked up and forced to buy a whole new machine just to upgrade their ram or storage space.


Unless I am mistaken, production of the core 2 duo has been discontinued by Intel or is at least scheduled to be discontinued. If I remember correctly, the reason Apple got such a great deal on these processors is specifically because they were being end-of-life'd.

Ridley
Apr 24, 2011, 10:58 PM
Unless I am mistaken, production of the core 2 duo has been discontinued by Intel or is at least scheduled to be discontinued. If I remember correctly, the reason Apple got such a great deal on these processors is specifically because they were being end-of-life'd.

Wow, that is interesting, I was not aware. Depending on what that schedule looks like it might necessitate a chip upgrade before ivy bridge. I have seen a number of people that think SB will be skipped all together. If you can find more info that could be useful. Thanks! It also means that a SB Air could be a bit more expensive... which might also mean that they don't upgrade SSD capacities. haha this is all total speculation here, i'm just sayin.

Darklandman
Apr 24, 2011, 11:25 PM
Unforunately i think it's more than likely that Apple will use SB with intel IGP because, there would not be enough space for SB Proccessor, AMD Discreet and thunderbolt chip :( (which will probarbly feature in all refreshed macs from now on). But if a reasonable thunderbolt external graphics card solution becomes available then it would make the air an awesome machine. Just plug in the thunderbolt cable and you have a highend GPU ,external monitor and keyboard/mouse ready to place Crysis 2 at max:D. This would be the perfect solution for me.

fyrefly
Apr 25, 2011, 12:23 AM
Apple would never do this. They use the back to school promotion to get rid of old inventory before an update. They dont need a promotion to sell new products.

The BTS Promo is to clear out old iPods before the Annual September iPod event.

Who's to say the BTS Promo is even gonna happen this year? If the September event is now an iPhone 5 event - are there even gonna be new iPod Touches in Sept? No-one knows.

Predicting a MBA refresh via the BTS Promo isn't reliable, I'd say.

What I would not be able to tolerate is a major step backwards in the GPU.

Ivy Bridge's GPU ought to be close to the current MBA GPU. That is what I will be waiting for.

Two questions:

1. Other than gaming, what is something that the SB IGP can't do that the 320m can? The LV SB IGP plays 1080p flash, and anything non-gaming at it.

2. Say Apple waits for Ivy Bridge - that IGP will only *match* the 320m. And only maybe. It's a theoretical chip that doesn't really exist yet. What if it doesn't match the 320m? Should Apple wait another 12 months to update the laptop, and keep C2D around into 2013 just to keep the 320m?

I love the 320m just as much as anyone. Great little chip. I wish Nvidia could still make those kind of chips. But they can't. And C2D can't stick around forever, waiting for Intel's IGP to catch up. That's the reality of it. Otherwise you just get what hcho3's describing below:

Also, those of you who are waiting for IVY bridge air....

Please get a life. I will wait for next one. No. I will wait for the next one and next and next.

Sandy bridge just started to ship. IVY bridge is not coming for another 10 months or longer.

Amen!

The people who are here complaining about SB IGPs are the same people who were complaining about Arrandale IGPs last year at this time and wanted everyone to wait for SB. Now SB is here and those same people are all saying "I'm waiting for Ivy Bridge!"

Give it 12+ months, and those same people will be moaning that Ivy Bridge "only matches the 320m - I'm waiting for [Insert Ivy Bridge Successor here]".

Ivy Bridge LV chips won't be available till this time NEXT year or later - and I maintain that Sandy Bridge or not, Apple will not let it's newly updated and hot selling MBA go completely stagnant without an update for almost 24 months. No way.

I know this thread is all guesses, gut feelings, and speculation, but i really don't understand the ivy bridge rationale. I mean the chip doesn't even have a formal release date. And its not just formal date... not even Intel knows the date. So I don't understand why its reasonable to think that Apple would skip SB (a chip that exists and its competitors use) and wait for a chip that has not been tested or a date announced, and then say specifically June 2012?

I mean I don't mean to be confrontational or anything, I know on paper ivy bridge looks ideal for MBA, I am just trying to understand your opinion. Yes it is a possibility that it is released early 2012 and makes its way to MBA by june. It is also a possibility it is released later and doesn't make it till fall/Winter 2012. Does Apple really want to risk leaving a machine un-updated for 2 years? Given that uncertainty, ivy bridge -> MBA -> June 12 seems really specific unless there is some news I don't know about or something I'm not getting. Thanks

Nope. You're getting it pretty much spot on. Leaving the MBA alone from June '09 till October 2010 made sense before 'cause it was pricey and a niche product. Now with their $999 price-point and huge marketing campaign, Apple has called the MBA the "Future of the MacBooks". Some future that'll be if it's sitting there with 2GB of RAM, 64GB SSD and a C2D in mid-2012. It'll be more like a MacBook "look to the past".

retrorichie
Apr 25, 2011, 08:16 AM
Wow, that is interesting, I was not aware. Depending on what that schedule looks like it might necessitate a chip upgrade before ivy bridge. I have seen a number of people that think SB will be skipped all together. If you can find more info that could be useful. Thanks! It also means that a SB Air could be a bit more expensive... which might also mean that they don't upgrade SSD capacities. haha this is all total speculation here, i'm just sayin.

I can't find the actual article I read a while back but a quick search for the CPU model numbers that the Air uses (SU9400 and SL9400) + "discontinued" yields a few results including the following: http://www.cpu-world.com/news_2010/2010120703_Intel_discontinues_Core_2_mobile_CPUs.html

It looks like the Core 2 Duo is already discontinued effective a few weeks ago. Meaning supply will exist through roughly October for orders placed in April. So yeah, unless Apple is going to hoard Core 2 Duos in inventory, I would count on a Sandy Bridge refresh sometime this year. Maybe not June, but definitely before the end of the year.