Nervous About Next MBA Release Timeframe

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by MBABuyer, Jun 6, 2011.

  1. MBABuyer macrumors regular

    May 4, 2011
    So, at first I was under the impression that it was almost certain that the MBA would be refreshed in June-July (after WWDC?), now I am not at sure.

    Many people have been talking about the MBA not being refreshed till September. (their argument is: why would apple release it during the back to school sale, and they normally do it after the sale)

    My issue with this statement is the MBA refurb prices have dropped by $145 and reports say that supplies are constrained. Doesn't that usually signal an imminent update?

    For me, I need the MBA by August 20th for school. I am hoping that it will be refreshed before then, or I will have to get the C2D model.
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    As usual it comes down to needs vs. wants. If you "need" a Macbook Air for school, it should not matter if the update might come in September. The fact that you "need" an Air means that the C2D will in all likelihood be fine for you in terms of performance. Microsoft Word is not particularly intensive.
  3. MBABuyer thread starter macrumors regular

    May 4, 2011
    Microsoft might not be, but iMovie is! Making an iMovie project for school is going to happen. And iMovie is based off of CPU power.

    I am not here to argue about what I need or want with others, just to discuss the time frame of the release.
  4. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    The issue is, nobody knows for sure. One guess is as good as any other guess.
  5. palpatine macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011
    Nothing to discuss really. It will be released in a few minutes, a few hours, a few days, a few weeks, or maybe even a few months from now. No one here knows. I recommend you wait for a while longer, and enjoy the price drops on the MBA if it doesn't get refreshed in time for school.
  6. palpatine macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011
  7. nebulos macrumors 6502a


    Aug 27, 2010
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    The back to school argument is bogus.

    The refurb Airs did NOT drop by that much.

    If you need it in August, why are you nervous now?
  8. 42streetsdown macrumors 6502a


    Feb 12, 2011
    Gallifrey, 5124
    ouch lol

    i certainly hope it's soon, but who knows... well steve does...
  9. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    They only dropped the refurb prices by $20-30. For instance, I purchased my 11" Ultimate refurb for $1189 in March. It is now $1159. Anyway, if you are concerned about an upgrade in August or September, is there any way you can make do with an existing notebook until such time that Apple updates the Air? I agree it would likely make more sense to get the Sandy Bridge-equipped model, particularly if you want it to last 4 years and don't need advanced gaming (as the new model will only have Intel integrated graphics unless Apple does something unexpected and drastic).
  10. trip1ex macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2008
    Who cares? YOU can't control it. If it comes out then you buy the new one. If it doesn't you buy the old one or another Mac.

    What is there to get nervous about?
  11. MrXiro macrumors 68040


    Nov 2, 2007
    Los Angeles
    Nervous? I'd hate to see what would happen if you have an actual life important decision to make... like pulling the plug on your non-responsive grandma or putting her on a feeding tube. Something I had to do recently.

    Just buy whatever MBA is available on Aug 1st.
  12. m0nkeyb0y macrumors member


    Jun 16, 2009
    I need to buy a refresh 13 MBA before July 4, for travel all over a foreign country. Really REALLY don't want to do that and have a new one appear two weeks after that.
  13. merkinmuffley macrumors 6502a

    Dec 3, 2010
    August is a long ways off. You should continue taking your meds as instructed by your Doctor, and wait and see what happens between now and August.
  14. hayduke macrumors 65816


    Mar 8, 2005
    is a state of mind.
    Woot woot. Have you heard the Aug. 21st rumor? Srsly viral. Its def gonna happen on that day.
  15. palpatine macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011
    apple stores exist in foreign countries. if it is a short trip, just take your ipad and a usb keyboard.
  16. shah1 macrumors regular

    Oct 30, 2010
    Has Apple ever released a macbook under a 1 year life cycle of a product? I mean how long as the current Macbook polycarb been running for on the current hardware? Also, how long did the Macbook Air run for before the 2010 update was released?

    The current Macbook Air is still a very good machine. The flash storage is just awesome, don't think I could do without it now if I was to purchase a new machine. If you can get a bargain on the current gen Macbook Air then go for it.. I'm sure it will do for most of your day-to-day tasks and if you need something a little more powerful then opt for the new Pro's :)
  17. karlth macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2010
    Yes. The Macbook Pros usually refresh in less than a year. The last update for example came around 10 months after the one before.

    Certainly but it isn't competitive anymore - performance wise - against the newest PC Sandy Bridge ultrabooks.

    Frankly I'd be amazed if Apple doesn't refresh the CPU on the Air this month.
  18. Golmaal macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2011
    I know, It is so depressing when they upgrade when you have just bought a machine.

    I hope they do upgrade it soon. I am waiting!!
  19. halledise macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2009
    Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, QLD Australia
    no man should ever be heard uttering the phrase 'woot woot' :(
  20. bowlerman625 macrumors 68020


    Jun 17, 2009
    Chicago, IL area
    I'm sure the current MBA will suit you fine if that is what you buy.
  21. Formul macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2010
    Czech Republic
    i hope for release along side the Lion, it makes sense to release at least some new hardware with new major OS version
  22. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    The original MacBook Air was released in February 2008, and was significantly updated in November 2008 (Penryn CPU and NVIDIA 9400m IGP). Since the Core 2 Duo is very old, I would not be surprised at all if they switch to the Sandy Bridge Core i5/i7 this summer.
  23. streetfighter macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2006
    Nervous? what are you some sort of hipster douche? its a freaking laptop, not a paternity test.
  24. macjonny1 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 10, 2006
    I'd get both of them. One now, and one after the update. Both.

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