Intel Shipping New 1.7GHz-1.8GHz MacBook Air-Class Processors

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    CNet reports that Intel has added new MacBook Air-class processors to their price list yesterday.
    We previously covered the rumors about these new processors which could be used in Apple's upcoming MacBook Air. The specs for the new chips are listed here:

    • Core i7-2677M: 2 cores, 1.8GHz (turbos to 2.9GHz), 4MB cache, 17 watts, $317
    • Core i7-2637M: 2 cores, 1.7GHz (turbos to 2.8GHz), 4MB cache, 17 watts, $289
    • Core i5-2557M: 2 cores, 1.7GHz (turbos to 2.7GHz), 3MB cache, 17 watts, $250

    The new MacBook Air is rumored to launch in June or July, but Apple may be holdings its release for OS X Lion to ship.


    Article Link: Intel Shipping New 1.7GHz-1.8GHz MacBook Air-Class Processors
     
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    I bet these were scheduled to ship with Lion before it was delayed and not launched at WWDC. Will a Lion upgrade be free for these?
     
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    Excellent! I can see these becoming the most sold Apple laptop over the MBP. They are just amazing.
     
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    Not really. It's missed sales opportunity. Anyone buying now would get a free upgrade anyway.
     
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    Wow these are more powerful than the Sandy Bridge processors?
     
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    Awesome! I'm glad I waited for the new ones. The current MBA is marked down at Best Buy, almost bought it.
     
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    I guess once you activate a new Mac (with Lion preinstalled) using your apple id, a free upgrade will be available on your other Macs
     
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    Price vs. C2D?

    Comparatively, what were the prices for the C2D chips in the current Airs?
     
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    True, but my suggestion is to provide opportunity for customers to compare performance on different models without upgrading
     
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    The icloud was designed to get the MBA sales up. It is taking too long for reasonably priced SSD storage of reasonable storage capacity to become available.

    And yes the icloud is about storage. Some say this is not the case. But the truth is that most people need large capacity drives to hold media. Apple wants people to buy movies and TV shows from the itunes store. But MBA owners don't have a lot of room to store it. The icloud allows you to buy the media and delete it without fear of losing it because you can always download again later.
     
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    How much you wanna bet it won't be a $67 upgrade to go from the lower 1.7GHz chip to the 1.8GHz ;)
     
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    storage

    now just give the 11" model a 256gb upgrade option and i'm in!
     
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    You going to be putting MW 2 on them? Be nice seeing how they handle it :cool:
     
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    Smaller but more powerful.

    Only a matter of time before they're all A-series/ARM.
     
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    Missed opportunity? You mean Apple not making a high profit margin off the current Core 2 Duo MBAs is missed opportunity? :confused:

    Seriously, what average consumer walking into your local Apple store even know what a "Sandry Bridge" is? Forum dwellers on the internet dabbling in tech talk is such a tiny minority in the grander scheme of things.
     
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    They are still Sandy Bridge, just newer, and better.
     
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    An i7 in a MacBook Air. Can you say "daaaaamn?"

    Though it is only dual core .... but still, an i7!!! :D
     
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    Why do they i5s use the same power as the i7s? Isn't the i5 lower performance, and shouldn't it use less power? Would the 11" MBA get an i7 option?
     
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    Similar. The 11"ers SU9400/9600 are $262/$289. The 13"ers SL9400/9600 are $284/$316.

    But with Integrated graphics - Apple reduces their costs even more by not having to pay for a 320M chip on top of the processors.

    In my mind, the best thing about these three new processors is that the top on turbo boosts it's graphics up to 1.2Ghz, whereas we've only seen Sandy Bridge benchmarks of the i5-2537 which only Turbo boosts to 900Mhz.

    Whether that makes a difference has yet to be seen. ;)
     
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    Fast is good but do they run cool enough that the fan runs silently during non-gaming usage?
     
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