Ivy Bridge delay - could affect timing for next MBA?

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  1. Bob Coxner macrumors 6502a

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    http://www.tgdaily.com/hardware-features/58235-intels-ivy-bridge-surrounded-by-muddy-waters

    A new report claims that tepid PC sales could prompt Intel to postpone its planned upgrade to a 22nm process at Fab 24.

    

The move would effectively delay the launch of Intel's next-gen Ivy Bridge by a quarter (to March 2012) as the company attempts to save costs.
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    There can't be a major revision to the MBA without Ivy Bridge, so this is news.
     
  2. gloss macrumors 601

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    If anything, this might help Apple. Ivy Bridge-powered Ultrabooks were due to see release later this year, whereas Apple has already updated the Air in 2011 so wouldn't be adopting the chipset until 2012 anyway. If all the Ivy Bridge machines end up getting pushed to 2012, it seems like a net win to me.
     
  3. iphonsteve4ajob macrumors regular

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    So would the Ivy Bridge update be one of those where Apple just lists upgraded processors on their website? No form factor change or anything.

    That is going to be a kick butt MBA! Well...at least this generation will have decent re-sale value because Sandy Bridge.
     
  4. jsolares macrumors 6502a

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    those ultra books aren't ivy bridge they're sandy bridge
     
  5. pgiguere1 macrumors 68020

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    I doubt an updated MBA would have been released this early anyway.
    This is more of a delay for the upcoming (likely redesigned) MBP.
     
  6. halledise macrumors 65816

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    geez - you've gotta be kidding haven't you?

    they've only just released MB Air a month ago and already speculating on possible delays on the next revision - gimme a break
     
  7. rhinosrcool macrumors 65816

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    Agreed.

    It never ends. Funny, I thought Windows users were the spec whores.
     
  8. blunti macrumors 6502a

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    maybe they're ex-windows users...
     
  9. flight macrumors regular

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    This is the MacRumors discussion board. :D We love to speculate, even on the headphone jack of the upcoming iPod touch.
     
  10. richpjr macrumors 68030

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    That sounds like an awfully short time for a new model...
     
  11. flight macrumors regular

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    If Ivy Bridge processors are available in March and Apple releases the Air in April, it'll be similar to the time in between the MBA 2010 and 2011 releases.
     
  12. richpjr macrumors 68030

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    I guess - still hard to believe they'll release one 9 months after the last one.
     
  13. major7 macrumors member

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    LOL!

    Have you been on Earth lately? :D

    They released this one 9 months after the last one :D
     
  14. Confuzzzed macrumors 68000

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    6 months after?

    although the MBA 2011 was released 6-7 months after Intel launched its Sandy bridge processor so if Ivy bridge is launched March/April 2012, then perhaps the next generation MBA would be closer to 4Q 2012?
     
  15. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    Yes, so we'll be expecting it then....which is proof that they WON'T release it.
     
  16. flight macrumors regular

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    Good point. While Sandy Bridge had already been available for several months, its ultra-low voltage variants were not released until recently. Unless the upcoming Air will allow for the standard notebook chip, we might expect the same wait for the ULV version. Thanks for pointing that out.
     
  17. jsolares macrumors 6502a

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    They probably waited for higher performance chips to offset using worse/similar gpu, with ivy bridge they might use the ones close to launch.

    There were ULV (17W) 1 month after release, but they probably waited for the current ones which are faster to offset using the HD3000 gpu. the ones release in February were 200-300mhz slower than the ones in the airs and had slower gpu as well.

    The ivy bridge ULV near release might be faster enough to warrant a refresh
     

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