MacBook Air Update Coming in Mid-July?

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Many customers have been waiting for Apple to begin shipping its long-rumored updated MacBook Airs, bringing a significant performance improvement to the line with the incorporation of Intel's Sandy Bridge platform. A number of reports had pegged the release for the June-July timeframe, but the June dates are essentially out of the picture now and Apple has been said to be holding the release until it can offer OS X Lion preinstalled on the new machines.


    Chatter is now beginning to coalesce around a mid-July launch, and we've been hearing that Apple may be planning a MacBook Air launch for the third week of the month. AppleNApps seems to agree, with several sources there reporting that Apple plans to release the new MacBook Airs alongside OS X Lion on Tuesday, July 19th.
    That would coincide with Apple's earnings announcement for the quarter just ending, providing the company with enticing discussion fodder for the conference call.

    9 to 5 Mac also reports that it has been hearing Thursday, July 14th in the "rumblings" regarding a launch for Lion and new MacBook Airs, adding to the increasing consensus of a release right around the middle of the month.

    Article Link: MacBook Air Update Coming in Mid-July?
  2. macrumors regular

    Sep 27, 2009
    Nice! end of financial year for me too.. i'll just wait a little longer then :)
  3. macrumors regular

    Mar 1, 2011
    Arlington, VA, USA
    It's About Time...

    ...for no other reason than I am excited. So late in July is contradictory to so many of the previous rumors floating around, which have done nothing if not whet our appetites. Bring on Sandy Bridge!
  4. macrumors 68040

    Lesser Evets

    Jan 7, 2006
    That's nice, but they need to launch minis, MacPros, MacBooks, AppleTV... etc. Obviously the iPhone and iPods are coming in August-October's window. Nearly the entire Apple line needs update.
  5. macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2011
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  6. macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2009
    They just need to come out already, all these rumors still no new airs.
  7. macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    Apple announced their conference call...there will be no new products until after the call.

    Expect the Air at the earliest Wed the 20th.
  8. macrumors 68040

    Dec 14, 2006
    somewhere else
    Good for you. Apple works on their schedule, not yours. They will do whatever they damned well pleases them.

    If you want to change that, please contact Apple's board of directors and have them appoint you as Apple CEO.
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 28, 2011
    You mad?
  10. macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2009
    Well, someone's day is crappy.
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    Mar 9, 2011
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  12. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 14, 2007
  13. macrumors 68000

    Apr 13, 2010
    Into the lungs of Hell
    And please please please....

    don't make him a mod. :eek:
  14. macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    Hopefully these new MacBook Airs will come with the same USB thumb drive containing OS X as the October 2010 models, but in this case containing 10.7.0.
  15. gri
    macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2004
    New York City, aka Big Apple
    Pretty please Apple add the freakin' backlit keyboard again...
  16. macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2010
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 15, 2007
    Apple's mac line now seems to be focusing almost entirely on airs and iMacs. You can judge the importance Apple places on each of their models by looking at the page

    Air and iMac are front and center, followed by the macbook pro and mac mini. And left to languish are the macbook(which may get the axe as the price is the same as an entry level air) and the mac pro.....

    Even Apple's promotional pictures for Lion predominately feature the iMac and macbook air.

    Apple's priorities seem to be: iPhone, iPad, iPod touches, macs(mostly macbook air and imac), Apple TV and then finally the non-ios ipod line. As you go on down the line, the update frequency decreases.
  18. macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2011
    wouldn't it make sense to launch lion and MBA lets say a week before the end of the quarter instead of the same day. It would give them the time to incorporate the sales figures into their conference call and raise the stock price even more.

    Or do i have this wrong? LOL its still early and I havent had my coffee yet. :D
  19. macrumors member

    Aug 21, 2008
    As much as I want an updated Air, and I do, I wouldn't mind Lion being released before then. Can't wait to get it.

    Then if the new Air chimes in mid-end July, Lion would've been released anyhow.

    A win-win for everyone, and a nice quarter ending for Apple :D
  20. macrumors Pentium


    Jan 28, 2009
    Quebec, Canada
    Why would they ? Lion will have a recovery partition and you can always redownload it from the MAS if you need to reinstall.

    With the way Apple is doing Lion, I'm thinking July will mean the end of "recovery" media with Macs, including the Air's thumb drive and DVDs with other Macs.
  21. macrumors regular

    Apr 21, 2011
    Utrecht, NL
    Then maybe open a window?
  22. macrumors 6502


    Nov 19, 2007
    I never felt the need to order any Apple Product the second it was announced, but for reasons only know to the dark side of my brain, the moment this new Air hits the Apple Store I will be ordering one.
  23. macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2004
    Cary, NC
    Macbook Air Update

    Please bring back the backlit keyboard.
  24. macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2010
    Forgive me if I'm being dumb, but I genuinely don't know. What if you're hard drive, with the recovery partition on it fails? How would you recover something unrecoverable? Would the Air be totaly broken and need taking to apple for a new hard drive?

    How would you change the hard drive if the recovery partition is on it. Say I wanted to upgrade it to a bigger one, the partition wouldn't be there so how do I reinstall. I wouldn't have access to the MAS as there wouldn't be an OS on my hard drive at this point?
  25. macrumors 68040

    Dec 14, 2006
    somewhere else
    LOL, you guys can't take a joke? Do you really think I was being serious about telling him to take Steve's position at Apple?


    You couldn't pay me to be a moderator on this forum.


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