If you want to run snow leopard yes. The only advantage to waiting is once the new models come out you should be able to get one of the current models as a refurb for an even cheaper price than now.Should I purchase an MBA now then rather than wait for a the refreshed MBA? I like SL alot more than Lion.
Nope. Apple locks the firmware on their systems own *HARD*. I suppose, absolute worst-case, you could use some of the "Hackintosh" techniques to load OS X onto it where the hardware thinks you're installing Windows, and the OS is installed thinking you're on a Hackintosh; but that would be ugly. And you'd need some of the hardware-specific files since Snow Leopard doesn't have "public" releases that support things like Sandy Bridge and Thunderbolt.Somebody is going to do it, (come on you hacking geniuses - you know who you are!) No Macs sold before this week came with Lion and there are plenty of models with thunderbolt and other MBA features. Also, they held up delivery of these MBA's so they could be shipped with Lion - that wasn't the initial plan, so there must be a way to load it. Sure would like to hang on to all those rosetta apps I have...
What are you talking about? The 2011 MBPs and iMacs have Sandy Bridge and Thunderbolt in them. There's lots of support for SB and TB in Snow Leopard still.Nope. Apple locks the firmware on their systems own *HARD*. <snip!> you'd need some of the hardware-specific files since Snow Leopard doesn't have "public" releases that support things like Sandy Bridge and Thunderbolt.
That's true. But if one could get the right kext's from Lion and get them working in SL, you'd be in business.It's entirely possible that support for that chipset is absolutely missing in Snow Leopard, making back-porting truly impossible.