2012 - MBA speculation

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Liquinn, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. Liquinn Suspended

    Apr 10, 2011
    Well, now that the 2011 MBA is released

    I predict

    4GB base RAM
    256GB SSD by default

  2. vandoorn macrumors regular

    May 31, 2011
  3. Jobsian macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2009
  4. deadlystriker macrumors regular


    Jan 15, 2011
    I knew threads like this will appear after the release.

    ivy bridge - quad core airs! graphics will also be much improved
    usb 3.0
    perhaps upgradable 512gb ssd
    max 8gb ram

    that's my take on it, though it's too soon (1 hour after refresh????) to speculate.
  5. GaresTaylan macrumors 6502a

    Nov 11, 2009
    You deserve any criticism you get from this point further.
  6. Samsumac macrumors regular

    May 18, 2011
    Switch off your mac and perhaps take a stroll or do something more meaningful than baiting people in a ludicrous way.:cool:
  7. Starfyre macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2010
    I can see new MBP's having those. Air will probably get minor bump.
  8. fkhan3 macrumors 6502

    Apr 28, 2010
    At least OP didnt ask if he/she should buy one or wait for 2012 refresh but still this belongs in Wasteland.
  9. Jobsian macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2009
    Actually now that Apple haven't compelled me with their 2011 MBAs (Vs 2010) I'll indulge a little in idle speculation:

    2012 Ultimate 11" MBA
    • Ivy Bridge quad-core 2.2GHz, boosts to 2.9GHz
    • 8GB RAM
    • 512 GB SSD soldered
    • Thunderbolt AND USB 3.0
    • Chassis: Alloy of Liquidmetal, carbon and Justin Bieber's ashes
    • Lighter, Cooler, Black, Thin bezel
    • Retina Display
    • Another year closer to my inevitable demise, if I'm not already dead.
  10. scupking macrumors 6502a

    Dec 14, 2010
    Can't wait until Ivy bridge thats going to be a game changer in the world of computers.
  11. Scarrus macrumors regular

    Apr 7, 2011

    Ivy-Bridge Quad-Core ULV Chips. Ultra-HD Intel Graphics.
    Also including OS X Snow Lion with requirements such as 4 Gb Ram, Core-i processor and 30 Gb Free for installation.

    Oh and forgot, it will have 2 Gb Ram and 64 Gb SSD
  12. mac&cheesey, Jul 20, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2011

    mac&cheesey macrumors 6502

    Dec 21, 2008
    Worst thread ever.
    Seriously OP, did you wait for the MBA refresh just so you could start this thread?
    Ughh, there's 2 minutes I'll never get back.

  13. spillproof macrumors 68020


    Jun 4, 2009
    Backlit keyboard!

    Just kidding, who would want something like that?
  14. PaulWog Suspended

    Jun 28, 2011
    If Ivy Bridge is a flop in terms of incremental performance, Apple may choose to wait longer to refresh this time. Remember that there was over 400 days inbetween one of the refreshes.

    I could very well see them waiting until early 2013 to do a refresh.

    If they do decide to refresh in 2012, then we're looking at Ivy Bridge with integrated graphics. Ivy Bridge is I believe a triple-channel tech (not sure if it's the same in laptops), so we may be looking at 3GB and 6GB configurations. Or possibly 4GB / 8GB if it's dual-channel.

    They'll be changing up the appearance slightly on the next revision almost certainly. What I would say they might do is go with a uniform screen like the Macbook Pro where it's all covered by glass: In this case, they'd have to make it light and appropriate to the Air... but still look more Macbook Pro-ish in that regard.

    USB 3.0 may become standard as well. It seems as though the tech might be skipped over though... not a lot of devices are adopting the tech, and we're just moving further into whatever USB 4.0 would be in years to come.

    Who knows for the SSD though... that tech is changing relatively quickly. Again, if they go with Ivy Bridge in 2012, then we'll probably see 128GB/256GB options again; nothing new there.

    But if we see a skip and we get 2013, then we'll be looking at better processor/graphics tech, and better SSD tech.
  15. xkmxkmxlmx macrumors 6502a


    Apr 28, 2011
    Mr X says they will be out on April 25th. That's before their sales call, though, so I doubt it. Although Mountain Lion releases a week before. How STUPID would it be of them to have the old OBSOLETE Airs running ML? I am going with the 25th. I will be checking this thread furiously until then :cool:
  16. Navdakilla macrumors 65816

    Feb 3, 2011
    Wow, we just got new one today, and already this?
  17. Jobsian macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2009
    Also I'm sure Apple will want to incorporate Liquid Metal soon after buying out all their patents.

    And any breakthrough in battery tech would be welcomed (with open arms and a gentle non-jolting forward hug).
  18. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Maybe they'll remove it and go back to a Core 2 Duo processor. Either that, or they'll put in a PowerPC G5. :)
  19. Jobsian macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2009
    Sounds plausible, but dont forget ML'll be rendered obsolete by Canyon Moose in Q4 2012 so I imagine they'll hold back any major upgrade until then. That is, unless they want to showcase the new design with Orchard Ox at WWDC 2013.
  20. MrMoore macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2006
    Arlington Heights,IL
    Boy! MBA not out for even 12 hours and asking about next year.

    Sounds like a kid at Christmas asking what's he getting next year.

    Live in the now, man! ;)
  21. radiohead14 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 6, 2008
  22. Duke15 macrumors 6502


    May 18, 2011
    128gb std for 11 inch and 256 for the 13inch, plus a redesign
  23. xkmxkmxlmx, Jul 20, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2011

    xkmxkmxlmx macrumors 6502a


    Apr 28, 2011
    Yes, but you can specify what part of the world you want your Air from. Los Angeles is the baseline, while you have to BTO the Northern Canada processor.
  24. radiohead14 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 6, 2008
    i'd prefer the NYC Subway config. you get Turbo Boost when it heats up in there

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