Can we expect these updates in 2011?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by hcho3, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. macrumors 68030

    May 13, 2010
    For MBA 11inch

    Backlit keyboard?
    256 gb storage option? Pls?
    4gb ram standard? Pls?
    Faster processor with better gpu?

    Am I hoping too much that MBA will be updated by wwdc 2011 with Mac os lion?
  2. macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2010
    Fall at the very earliest, i'd honestly be surprised if they even got updated this year.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 16, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    Probably won't update till the MBA is up for another update next year
  4. C64
    macrumors 6502a


    Sep 3, 2008
    Nope. They're easier to build without, which saves Apple money, and people buy the MBA regardless. And if they really want a backlit keyboard, chances are they'll spend even more for a MacBook Pro. Either way, Apple wins.

    Probably. It shouldn't be a problem to add this to the motherboard, and they're still getting cheaper. By the time we'll see an update the 256GB should be priced "low" enough to add as an extra option.

    Nope. Most people don't need it. Even if they do run out of the 2GB, they won't notice it because swapping to the SSD is really fast. Only the people who know what the difference between 2 and 4GB RAM is, or are planning to use the MBA for heavier work than browsing the web and playing around with photos, will want that upgrade to 4GB. Bottom line: the MBA will run just fine with 2GB for most, and if people really want 4GB, Apple gets more money. Perhaps only on the most expensive base model, depending on the other specs. Either way, Apple wins.

    No doubt. The new Intel CPUs will be used in both the MBPs as the MBAs.

    At the earliest, after their one year cycle. I don't know how long they will even make C2D chips, but after a while it'll be easier and cheaper to buy big batches of the newer CPUs and include them in all their products.
  5. macrumors regular

    Nov 27, 2009
    My guess is the most likely updates are built-in 3G networking, faster processors (probably still C2D for another year), and more RAM and storage. I wouldn't expect a backlit keyboard until a major redesign (2012?).
  6. C64
    macrumors 6502a


    Sep 3, 2008
    Why? Apple figures that if you really need that with your MBA, you should buy an iPhone on Verizon and create your own hotspot.


    Options or as default?

    Another major redesign? After 2 years?
  7. macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2008
    All of these will happen.
  8. macrumors 68000

    Mar 1, 2006
    NO Backlit keyboard?
    YES 256 gb storage option? Pls?
    NO 4gb ram standard? Pls?
    YES\NOFaster processor with better gpu?
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 6, 2008
    Downtown San Diego
    The next update surely won't use C2D. Sandy Bridge has proven excellent performance-wise all around - CPU, GPU, and battery. The GPU is the reason why C2D is currently being used, now it is a non-issue.

    Apple hasn't had a consistent release cycle with the Air, so it's hard to peg a date. My guess is anytime from August until Oct, but not sooner due to keeping space with MBP updates.
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 16, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    well put my friend
  11. macrumors newbie

    Jan 16, 2011
    The revB (10/08) to revC (6/09) update was a fall to wwdc span. The revC update was accompanied with updates to the pro line as well.

    Just saying an earlier update (< 1 yr) is a possibility.


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  12. macrumors 6502

    Apr 24, 2006
    I'd expect to see this at the next revision.

    For sure. There is no reason Apple couldn't offer this today.

    Yep. 8-gigabit DDR3 SDRAM chips are now being produced. When they get cheap enough to be reasonable for Apple to use in volume, expect the MBA to shift to 4 GB standard and 8 GB optional. This might not happen in the next revision, but it should happen by sometime in 2012 at the latest.

    It will use Sandy Bridge. The processor will be much faster, but GPU performance won't change much.

    Yes. If Apple is consistent with past practices, the update will show up in the summer or fall.
  13. macrumors 601


    Sep 19, 2008
    I don't believe Apple is ready to take the move past Nvidia GPU/chipsets. We keep hearing that Apple is planning to use this Nvidia chipset for a long time to come. When Apple does switch the 13" MBP, MacBook, and Mac mini, the last of the list is typically the MBA.

    I would say end of 2011 would be a good time to upgrade as long as the 13" MBP, MB, and Mm have all been updated it would then be upgrade time.

    However, don't expect all of the upgrades you want at a $999 price point. Apple could have made the 11" MBA standard with 4GB RAM, and larger SSD, but then the standard starting price point would be more expensive like $1299. Apple essentially downgraded the model to allow the $999 entry point.

    There is always hope, but I don't see a backlit keyboard in 11" MBA for its next upgrade. I think the 13" MBA is likely to get it but not 11" MBA. There is hope for a 1.86 GHz or 2.13 GHz 11" MBA with same C2D CPUs.

    I think a lot happens but it's a long ways out. Apple has shown its willingness to stick with old irrelevant technology and components for a long time just making their Macs look pretty. Hell, it could be two years more before they eliminate Core 2 Duo... I don't think it will be two years, but with their track record, these exact MBAs could stay the same until holiday season 2012.

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