Apple Reportedly Beginning Production of Next-Generation MacBook Air Models

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    Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of Concord Securities today reported to AppleInsider that Apple's manufacturing partners are scheduled to pump out nearly 400,000 units of revamped MacBook Air models this month as the company looks toward a refresh of the popular ultra-thin notebook.
    Rumors of a MacBook Air refresh in the near future have been circulating for some time, with rumors dating as far back as mid-February indicating that Apple was planning a June update for the line. Kuo weighed in in late April to say that Apple would begin production of the new models in May, while another claim from last month pegged the refresh for the June-July timeframe.

    Apple's new MacBook Air models are expected to be powered by Intel's Sandy Bridge platform, a significant upgrade over the Core 2 Duo processors found in the current models.

    Outcome:MacBook Airs did launch in July. We presume this report was correct.

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    Many people on the fence around here, hope they can wait-it-out!
     
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    Does anyone know what happened to the low wattage Sandy Bridge CPUs in the Air? Are they to be implemented after all?
     
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    THE MAIN reason to buy the MacBook Air 11.6-inch is NOT because it is cheaper, but because it is lighter and smaller. Apple should make an even lighter (400 to 600 g) and smaller (7-inch) MacBook Air.
     
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    Magic 8-ball says: "Outlook good"
     
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    What about the rumored IOS based Air with touch screen?
     
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    Most definitely on every Mac from here on out.
     
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    Hmmmm.....iPad :confused:
     
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    Highly unlikely, but please have 3G connectivity built in!

    3G and improved battery life are at the top of my priority list. Thunderbolt and a larger SSD are a close second.
     
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    They should make a 9inch macbook air with a removable screen which upon removed, BOOM! it's an ipad! sounds good for 1000$, right?
     
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    What rumour is that ? We heard an ARM based MBA rumour, but I haven't heard about the touch screen iOS MBA rumour, especially now that Steve Jobs himself during a keynote said "Touch screen computers just don't work".

    Sounds like a rip-off of Lenovo's IdeaPad.

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    3g AND improved battery = current battery life. unless you disable the 3g and have even more battery left.
     
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    I hope they keep the Airs as a glorified netbook/typewriter--meaning that I hope they have even a cheaper 11" option with modest specs that are sufficient for wordprocessing and light internet use.
     
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    So when would the new MBA come out? July?

    If they are producing them now, when would they be released?
     
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    No. 11.6" is the minimum size for a notebook with a usable keyboard. I think they can't go much smaller and lighter than this.
     
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    Huh? Wha?

    If you have watched the keynotes, Steve et al. have pointed out (pun intended) that it is not ergonomic to have an upright touch screen.
    And with that beautiful trackpad, why bother?
     
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    Not really significant upgrade for me so still happy with my latest MBA. Waiting to replace MBP instead; next generation should be totally redesign and without super drive, which by the way was very "useful" for me.
     
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    This is reassuring news, especially for all those people making prediction threads every day on the subject.
     
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    the 3G would be disabled most of the time. Having it built in is just so much easier than having to plug a dongle into the side, or purchase a separate MiFi device.

    I could Jailbreak my iPad and use that as a wireless hotspot, but I'd rather the simplicity of being able to turn the 3G on when it's needed.
     
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    I keep considering a MBA 13, but for the money, the MBP 13 offers considerably more... everything.

    Then I wonder what happens to the MBA in the "major redesign" of the MBPs next year. You know they're going to try to thin them again. ...& at that point, what's an MBA?
     
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    Why should an Apple-branded ZaggMate cost $501?
     
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    kill the plastic macbooks

    call the new airs the macbooks


    would make sense since jobs said the airs are the future
     

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