Will the Macbook Air really be updated in June?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Philflow, Apr 20, 2011.


Will the Macbook Air be updated in June?

  1. Yes it's almost 100% sure

    28 vote(s)
  2. Probably but who knows

    54 vote(s)
  3. Maybe, maybe not. Anything could happen.

    33 vote(s)
  4. No it will not happen in June, it will be later.

    38 vote(s)
  1. macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2008
    I read some rumors that the MBA will be updated in June. It seems pretty quick for a refresh I thought.

    What do you think? Is it really true?

    Please elaborate.
  2. Moderator emeritus


    Dec 10, 2008
    Well, June would make it around 9 months after the previous update which sounds plausible. The only source is CNet though so this rumor is not very reliable. In the end, none of us knows anything, it's mainly guessing.
  3. macrumors 601


    Sep 19, 2008
    A lot of dreamers voting in this poll. Sure, June 2012 and IVY BRIDGE, FTW!
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 16, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
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    Doubt it. Will keep my 2010 MBA till ivy bridge
  5. macrumors 68030

    May 13, 2010
    If your source is based on Cnet, then don't believe it.

    Expecting MBA update sometime this fall/Winter for the holiday.
  6. macrumors regular


    Apr 11, 2011
    Huntington Beach, CA
    I think the next refresh will most likely be in winter 2011/2012
  7. macrumors 68020

    Cheffy Dave

    Feb 5, 2007
    Sunny Florida, on the Gulf Coast in Homosassa Fl
    Come on SD, yes I am a dreamer, but I got my 2 babies with 64gb SSD's, from the refurb store,now we be saving for OWC's 360 GB SSD's, these
    11" ers Will be smokin.
    I so love my iPad, but the 11" is an iPad on steroids, I am smitten, and totally in LOVE!:apple::cool::apple:
  8. macrumors 68020

    Cheffy Dave

    Feb 5, 2007
    Sunny Florida, on the Gulf Coast in Homosassa Fl
    The knowledgeable, will jump on these C2D MBA's, with the NVidia graphics, everyone else will hem, haw, and miss them in toto. I just don't care what's in IB,these sweet babies are fast,NOW,in this day, buy with confidence. My friend Scottsdale loves the 13", me I'm gaga over the iPad size 11", to each his own, but these are some real sweet puppies, these may be the BEST Macs ever,
    I could not be more pleased! these are Apples home run, in the bottom of the Ninth, amazing machines!
  9. macrumors member

    Mar 31, 2011
    in a dwelling
    As long as it's updated no later than October...
  10. macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    I'll second that!
  11. macrumors member

    Apr 1, 2008
    Not June as the Back-to-School promotion will be running - fall at the earliest
  12. macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2011
  13. macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2008
    Auckland, New Zealand
    They need to get you in an ad. That is such an awesome writeup! And I tend to agree on all counts. I'm totally stoked with my 13" and just amazed by how cool it stays, both temperaturewise and attitudinally :cool:.
  14. macrumors newbie

    Apr 14, 2011
    what spec on your air?
  15. macrumors regular

    Mar 28, 2011
    That is actually why i think it WILL be updated. College kids may be more aware of the intel marketing message and core vs i5/i7 kind of thing. I think without a MBA update, the latest MBPs (specifically the 13 inch... those are EVERYWHERE on college campuses right now) would look like the better buy.

    Traditionally the MBA hasn't been aimed at students, but a June SandyBridge update would really start to change that. So why would Apple want to change that? Because with all the proprietary pieces in the MBA, and the component list, I reckon the MBA is much higher margin for them than the MBP. Furthermore, Apple loves proprietary hardware and would love for people to be locked up and forced to buy a whole new machine just to upgrade their ram or storage space.

    All that said, i am biased because i am really hoping for a June update because I need to buy a computer and have been holding out. Everyone is biased though. It seems as though a lot of people on here that say sandybridge is crap, and ivy bridge ftw or haswell or rockwell ftw already bought a MBA and are looking for reasons why the update won't be better than their current machines.
  16. macrumors 6502

    Feb 27, 2011
    As of 21st April I counted only 5 dreamers who have answered they were sure about June update. The rest of the voters, more or less, are unsure or disagree with such an opinion.

    I'm not biased because by June I won't have saved up enough troll $$ to get an MBA for my trolling needs so basically I don't care whether it's June or January.
  17. macrumors 68040


    Apr 10, 2008
    Apple would never do this. They use the back to school promotion to get rid of old inventory before an update. They dont need a promotion to sell new products.
  18. macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2010
    I think most people who bought a late 2010 MBA and who know enough to understand what Ivory Bridge stands for would be more than pleased for Apple to introduce something that blows their current system away. I, at least, would be happy to fork out more cash for improvements that could be made in a new MBA release. What I would not be able to tolerate is a major step backwards in the GPU.

    Ivy Bridge's GPU ought to be close to the current MBA GPU. That is what I will be waiting for. But, if Apple can somehow squeeze in an AMD GPU and a SB CPU, I will have get the upgrade. I would also have no regrets about purchasing my late 2010 11.6" MBA. It is an awesome machine and I have already gotten my money's worth out of it. Best computer I've ever owned.
  19. macrumors 6502

    Twe Foju

    Dec 20, 2007
    i say it probably will be, it's going to be around 9 months until June since Air's last update, so it's most likely, especially to counter Samsung's 9

    cant wait until WWDC in 2 months time
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 15, 2011
    Never going to fit in the air. They couldn't even fit one in the 13 inch Macbook pro.
  21. macrumors 601

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    We have several Sandy Bridge "MBA-like" products on the market. And we have some evidence in the form of the past release dates:

    Sandy Bridge makes sense, because these processors have the AES-NI, and can therefore accelerate Lions AES-128 based full disk encryption, which is a) fast on SSDs and b) important on mobile devices.

  22. macrumors 68030

    May 13, 2010
    Counter whatttt?

    You work for samsung or something?

    How many people is buying samsung 9 series?

    The stupid machine costs 1599 dollars to 1649 dollars on retail store with no other options.

    Also, those of you who are waiting for IVY bridge air....

    Please get a life. I will wait for next one. No. I will wait for the next one and next and next.

    Sandy bridge just started to ship. IVY bridge is not coming for another 10 months or longer.

    11 inch model costs 1199 dollars.

    How many people are willing to pay that money for a samsung laptop?
  23. Ridley, Apr 21, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2011

    macrumors regular

    Mar 28, 2011
    That couldn't be further from the truth, they update laptops in June all of the time. They wouldn't release a new ipod since they give those away with purchase and look to clear out that inventory. However 07 and 09 saw June releases of new MBPs (in time for college). The macbook, which is the most affordable laptop and may well appeal to college students the most has had refreshes in May for 06, 07, 09, 10 and even a July refresh in 05.

    In fact i suspect the June 09 update of the MBA was perhaps an attempt to appeal to college kids as well since the biggest change was the price reduction.

    I see your point, but I don't think inventories for computers work in the same way that they do for things like iPods. During the college program you get a free ipod of a specific storage capacity. So they can actually have an inventory of these to get rid of... there is only 1 option. A computer of the other hand has options and customizations. Sure the store will keep some of these configuration in "inventory" but when you buy online it is a popular to have a "build to order", or just-in-time kind of model.

    Anyway the point is, it is definitely not out of the question. I think the point about margins is also valid. Not saying that a June update is inevitable, but definitely possible and there could be a business case for it too.
  24. macrumors regular

    Mar 28, 2011
    I know this thread is all guesses, gut feelings, and speculation, but i really don't understand the ivy bridge rationale. I mean the chip doesn't even have a formal release date. And its not just formal date... not even Intel knows the date. So I don't understand why its reasonable to think that Apple would skip SB (a chip that exists and its competitors use) and wait for a chip that has not been tested or a date announced, and then say specifically June 2012?

    I mean I don't mean to be confrontational or anything, I know on paper ivy bridge looks ideal for MBA, I am just trying to understand your opinion. Yes it is a possibility that it is released early 2012 and makes its way to MBA by june. It is also a possibility it is released later and doesn't make it till fall/Winter 2012. Does Apple really want to risk leaving a machine un-updated for 2 years? Given that uncertainty, ivy bridge -> MBA -> June 12 seems really specific unless there is some news I don't know about or something I'm not getting. Thanks
  25. macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
    I'm hoping for a June update... SB MBA would definitely outperform my current setup (C2D+9300M GS). My iPhone 4 and iPad 2 have been waiting for some OSX lovin', and the next MBA will probably be the ticket.

    I wouldn't be surprised if Apple held out until Fall or even Winter though... I'm sure MBAs are still sellin' well. And surely while the next is already in design (these things aren't just made over night, ya' know), it's probably better from a company/investor perspective to keep riding out the current MBA profit margin, rather than kick up the PR and manufacturing shiz for a new one.

    But, I'm praying every night lol

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