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i-sidd
Mar 26, 2012, 12:35 PM
I have been holding of buying the Macbook air since I heard about the new refresh coming in 2012, but does anyone know by when can we expect?

Also, coming from a 2006 white macbook I was first thinking of getting the macbook pro but now I am leaning more towards the MBA as i don't do any heavy app stuff or graphics, just regular surfing, watching movies, editing movies in imovie etc.

I should be fine with the MBA right?



Ccrew
Mar 26, 2012, 12:40 PM
I should be fine with the MBA right?

Based on your usage description, definitely provided the movie editing is not a huge task.

rockyroad55
Mar 26, 2012, 12:56 PM
Editing movies may benefit from the processing power of the MBP.

oneMadRssn
Mar 26, 2012, 01:00 PM
When is the refresh coming?

Nobody knows for sure, we can all speculate all we want, based on Intel release schedules and past apple behavior. However, none of it is fact, and all of it is speculation. This question has been asked a bajillion and one times (i've counted), you can search for these threads.

That being said, I'd eat my left shoe if there was a "retina" display ivy bridge MBA (as people are hoping for) before Mountain Lion comes out, which is going to be later Summer or Fall 2012. I'd wager the next major MBA refresh won't be until sometime in 2013.

ArztMac
Mar 26, 2012, 01:16 PM
Remember, the current MBA generation is not that old, especially since there were 2 new updates to the MBA's in less than 18 months. So there's still a lot of juice left in the current MBA's.

My bet is on a release in October: Mountain Lion equipped Retina-MB-Airs with 8GB Ram, 128GB SSD as minimum, up to 512 GB SSD optional, of course Ivy Bridge.

Expect a refresh of the MB Pro models before, perhaps as soon as May-June. They'll be the first to adopt new Ivy-Processors, they will lose the optical drive, but they will DEFINITELY ship with OS X Lion, not yet Mountain Lion.

bogatyr
Mar 26, 2012, 01:22 PM
I don't think you'll have any issue doing the same tasks if you're moving from a 2006 laptop of any sort to the current gen MBA. The only exception might be gaming as the iGPU is, kind of, blah.

austinguy23
Mar 27, 2012, 01:16 AM
Wirelessly posted

April earliest...July latest.

entatlrg
Mar 27, 2012, 02:37 AM
Wirelessly posted

April earliest...July latest.

For MPB probably, but the Fall is more likely for the Air I think. But only Apple knows for sure :)

tom vilsack
Mar 27, 2012, 03:35 AM
Ill call apple tommorrow and let you know.

aoifeee
Mar 27, 2012, 05:58 AM
I would say after mountain lion comes out.

asianjabba
Mar 27, 2012, 08:21 AM
supposedly if you have macbook air 2010 with updated boot camp with lion, you can't load windows 7 on a thumb drive. it has to be an optical. that's what i was lead to believe. can anybody confirm this?

shenan1982
Mar 27, 2012, 04:29 PM
supposedly if you have macbook air 2010 with updated boot camp with lion, you can't load windows 7 on a thumb drive. it has to be an optical. that's what i was lead to believe. can anybody confirm this?

I was able to just fine... not sure where you're getting the info.

thekev
Mar 27, 2012, 04:53 PM
I would say after mountain lion comes out.

They don't necessarily delay releases on popular products. If everything was ready today, we'd probably see it prior to ML. If it's summer either way (given the ivy bridge rumors), then you're most likely correct.

yanksrock100
Mar 27, 2012, 09:02 PM
Probably summer:cool:

applefanDrew
Mar 27, 2012, 10:52 PM
Most likely this July. Or August, whenever Mountain lion comes out. That would be on the one-year release schedule that they seem to be moving to for all their products.

henry72
Mar 28, 2012, 02:20 AM
I'd say anytime after mountain lion release in summer time :D
Well I hope they do, I'm pretty sure they will just like what they did last year. I sold my MBP for this update! I'm going to get the new Air if there is no changes on the MacBook Pro line up.

mrogersscf
Mar 28, 2012, 06:21 AM
Refresh will come anywhere from April to July. My guess is earlier rather than later due to Ivy Bridge Ultra Book competition on the horizon, but I don't think anyone really knows.

I'm also not sure why people think the release will be tied to the next iteration of OSX. Apple will do whatever is best for its product cycle regardless of the OS release.

Fleet would mac
Mar 28, 2012, 06:53 AM
Refresh will come anywhere from April to July. My guess is earlier rather than later due to Ivy Bridge Ultra Book competition on the horizon, but I don't think anyone really knows.

We can forget April or May, because the mobile Ivy Bridge processors (other than the 45W TDP quad core ones that they almost certainly won't be using for the Airs) are only due for release on June 3. I haven't found the original Intel confirmation of this yet, but the reports of the confirmed release dates published on the Internet since yesterday are very detailed now, precisely outlining the CPU models that will be available and when.

Based on past performance, it's unlikely that Apple will release a product range within the first few days (not like with Dell, HP and co., where this is almost a dead cert...). The only thing that may work in our favor is that the OEMs were originally planning on the Ivy Bridge release occurring much earlier (e.g., early April), so may be much further down the road than one would normally expect them to be at this time. For this reason, the delay in Ivy Bridge CPU production will benefit the OEMs that are relatively slow to market (like Apple :)), whereas fast OEMs such as Asus that could have launched in April now have to twiddle their thumbs for nearly two months waiting for Intel, thus losing a lot of their traditional time advantage.

Skoopman
Mar 28, 2012, 10:23 AM
We can forget April or May, because the mobile Ivy Bridge processors (other than the 45W TDP quad core ones that they almost certainly won't be using for the Airs) are only due for release on June 3.

That doesn't mean that Apple didn't pay some extra bucks to get them early ;) I think the Airs will come out before the release of Mountain Lion. A lot of users will upgrade from Lion to ML and ka-ching.

slnko-v-sieti
Mar 28, 2012, 10:37 AM
But lower-power chips suitable for the MacBook Air will not arrive until June 3 based on the claimed timetable.

Emphasis mine. From Macrumor's story today about Ivy Bridge release dates: http://www.macrumors.com/2012/03/28/ivy-bridge-quad-core-desktop-and-mobile-processors-reportedly-launching-on-april-29/

So, probably sometime over the summer. I wouldn't be surprised, based on this new timeline, if the Air refresh will coincide with the retail window for "back to college/school".

David Menzel
Apr 1, 2012, 01:29 PM
There are different rumors... What do you think Is it possible that Apple will merge the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lines and only produces a thinner MBP respectively light thicker MBA which is just called MacBook in future?