Any chance the next MBA will go IvyBridge?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Iku, Mar 1, 2011.

  1. Iku macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2006
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    If next MBA won't be out until 2012, then maybe.
  3. lshirase macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2008
    IB in the next MBA is beyond wishful thinking.

    next mba update is 100% SB.
  4. stockscalper macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2003
    Area 51
    By the time the MBA gets an upgrade they'll probably be looking at the Rainbowbridge chip :eek:
  5. hcho3 macrumors 68030

    May 13, 2010
    Why does MBA need more powerful processors than MBP?

    Answer is not just no, but hell no.
  6. Iku thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2006
    It is not so much the more powerful processing of IvyBridge but the DX11 integrated graphics that looks awesome.

    If MBA goes SB (and I'm sure it will as well) I think I would rather have a cheaper referb or used c2d with m320.

    The m320 on windows boot camp is doing better than the hd3000 anyway and I will not be doing anything on a MBA that will tap a c2d.

    But if the next MBA were IB I would buy it new in a heart beat.
  7. Davichi macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2011
    Here we go again about GPU/CPU.

    Wait for 2012 then. MBA will go IVy bridge. If not, 2013 by the latest. No wait. Then there might be a redesign of MBA because apple tends to redesign MBA every 3-4 years. Wait until 2014.
  8. w00t951 macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2009
    Pittsburgh, PA
    No, probably a dual core Sandy Bridge or something like that. Quad core is too much for these laptops and I believe that Ivy Bridge will be exclusively quad core and up.
  9. Funkymonk macrumors 6502a


    Jan 7, 2011
    I'm just waiting for concrete tunnel.

    THOSE will be amazing :eek:
  10. s2dio macrumors regular


    Oct 28, 2010
    Riga, Latvia
    if there was a "like" button for this post, i would press it.
  11. altecXP macrumors 65816

    Aug 3, 2009
  12. rkheyfets macrumors regular

    Dec 16, 2010
    Yea i would say no chance of IB until at least revision F(50%), if not more likely in my mind rev G(90%).
  13. pishowda macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2011
    sandy bridge literally just came out. Give it a little room to breathe before you put it in a coffin
  14. Scottsdale macrumors 601


    Sep 19, 2008
    I don't know that it's impossible, and I am all for keeping C2D for a 2011 update. I know everyone wants SB but the graphics forced with it are crap. I don't think Apple would use C2D again, as it has for four straight MBA versions and C2D is soon to be done.

    Given that there have been so many C2D MBAs it seems obvious that Apple would use Sandy Bridge next rather than jumping it for Ivy Bridge. I think it is a possibility that the use of Intel's HD3000 in SB 13" MBPs could really show us all the truth about how inferior it is to even prior gen Nividia 320m and even nearly 2.5 year old 9400m.

    I think there will be a lot of backlash and problems when 13" MBP buyers experience the truth of the Intel IGP. It has caused Apple problems before, and it was the root cause of the original MBA. When considering why the rev B MBA was so great it all came down to 5X graphics performance in the Nvidia 9400m.

    I also think that perhaps Apple could have gotten away with SB in the MB, MBA, and Mm, but in a "Pro" Mac? It really could lead to Apple skipping SB and holding updates for the MBA until Ivy Bridge and further improved IGP.

    I personally am hopeful for an AMD CPU/GPU combo or a move to an AMD discrete GPU in the MBA. ivy Bridge along with a low voltage AMD GPU could bring the MBA to legendary status.

    There is hope, but it means not getting a 2011 update or a longshot separate track from MBP. MBA faithful have waited years before for updates, but the MBA is now too popular.

    I don't want SB in 2011 unless it could come with an AMD discrete GPU. It appears from the 13" MBP that Apple isn't going with AMD CPU GPU combos too, but I am still hopeful the MBA takes a different track.

    All I really want in 2011 is the same CPU GPU combo, backlit keyboard, Thunderbolt, IPS display, and USB 3.0. But I know this isn't happening and it's all nothing more than a dream.
  15. qskater macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2011
    Ivy Bridge will be more powerful, but it also has built in GPU. The big thing that I see is that it is suppose to use 50% less power than the current 32nm processors.
  16. PaulDoFish, Jul 17, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2011

    PaulDoFish macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    LOL very beyond wishful thinking..

    It took Apple a few months after the Sandybridge CPUs were available on the market before implementing them into a MBP refresh, so I don't see Apple getting their hands on IvyBridge CPUs half a year before they're available.
  17. clyde2801 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
    I'm wondering the same thing myself. Not to mention battery life considerations, maximizing profit, and having a reason to push people who are not completely sold on the air's size and form factor onto the 13" MBP's in addition to heat. seems the charts and graphs being thrown around in the continuing 320M vs. HD3000 brouhaha seem to show the latter being matched to a i5 or i7 chip. Would the graphics performance be diminished if it were mated to a slower, less powerful CPU?
  18. KillerTree macrumors regular

    Jul 27, 2008
    I don't see how the next MBA won't have Ivy Bridge unless Ivy gets released late. Ivy Bridge is supposed to bring battery life up a lot more than just a nm shrink because of the 3D transistors.
  19. KillerTree macrumors regular

    Jul 27, 2008
    The low power Sandy Bridge in the refreshed MBA are brand new.
  20. PaulDoFish macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    Yes, but what I'm saying is that Intel always released their full sized Desktop versions of their CPU's first; before releasing any mobile versions.

    Therefore I don't see Apple getting a mobile IvyBridge CPU half a year before the full sized desktop CPUs are out.
  21. Obi Wan Kenobi macrumors 6502

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    Mar 9, 2011
    London, UK
    There is no chance the next MBA will go Ivy Bridge


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