New MacBook Air imminent?

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  1. gibbz macrumors 68030

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    I'm never one to get excited and post every time the Apple Store goes down, but Gruber -- in his usual Gruber way -- hints that it could be the new MacBook Air.
     
  2. GadgetAddict macrumors 6502

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    well that's what I would say if someone asked me.
    Although I'm not in the lookout for a new Air, the possibility of seeing a major update and get tempted is truly exciting! :D
    Ah... I'd better go to sleep...
     
  3. Scottsdale macrumors 601

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    Gruber gets a lot of inside information. He definitely knows the right people at Apple willing to leak a little information for the right type of free press to us geeks.

    I really think there will be a live event though. I also believe we should get some serious rumors a week before the update. I really have to believe at least the iLife software will be updated too. In addition, I think Apple is missing the mark if it doesn't release a smaller 7" iPad. Rumors have hinted towards it, and it would be the perfect holiday seller if it has Face Talk capabilities. Think of all the parents that will not just buy one for the kids away at school but also buy one for themselves to talk to the kids. I do video chats with my kids every day, and the day a Face Talk iPad comes out is the day we buy three of them!

    I wouldn't be surprised to have a live event. But then again, maybe it will just be a quiet update. A quiet update would tell me that the MBA isn't getting a form factor change. It would also tell me they're probably not making a big transformation to the components used too.

    I have a lot of faith in Gruber's information. I would say if he says an MBA is imminent, it is! I hope now is finally the time that Apple rewards us ultraportable buyers.
     
  4. skate71290 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm hoping that there will be an October event (have there been events in October before?) with new iLife, iWork, MacBook Air (11.6" and 15.4"), i'm not really interested in a 7" iPad, but i'm sure loads of people are, so no hateful comments lol, i just want to see updated MBAs and a 15.4" MBA, i would bow down to Stevie if he presented one of these!
     
  5. abriwin macrumors member

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    No way José

    These rumors have been around before so many times it's not worth counting. I would have bought one months ago and had to make do with an iPad. I sorely miss a full OS, a cursor I can move around a screen rather than that darned magnifying glass that either scrolls the wrong way or just doesn't seem to put the cursor in the right place. No folders, no finder. Sheesh!

    Anyhow I don't think we will be seeing anything until December
     
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  7. macbook123 macrumors 68000

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    Now even on the macrumors front page. Here's hoping they'll keep a 13" option, as I don't want less pixels, I want more.
     
  8. MacBobo macrumors newbie

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    Rather as imminent as confirmed today by Apple supply centre to my reseller; I am actually awaiting the delivery of my new MBA.
     
  9. sparkie1984 macrumors 68000

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    According to the macrumors news supplie are dwindling and apple is pulling te external SuperDrive!!!!!
     
  10. Scottsdale macrumors 601

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    Apple has never updated any major product in December that I am aware of. About the latest product updates for the holidays is the first week of November. If there isn't anything by the first week of November, my money would move to January.

    In the past, Apple has updated MBs, MBPs, and MBAs all on October 14, 2008, and MBs the last three Octobers as well as the October 2008 update.

    People need to look at Apple's track record before making statements like this. It just seems silly not to expect an update in October.

    However, it shouldn't just be an MBA update, Apple needs to update the MacBook, 13" MBP, and Mac mini all by January. Since the MB has been updated the last three Octobers, it seems fair to assume it should get an update. As great as the C2D has been, Intel is done making it at year end. It is time to come up with the alternative solution to the Nvidia GPU/chipset and Intel Core 2 Duo CPU.

    People might think that Apple just updated the MacBook, MacBook Pros, and Mac mini, but they all got adjustment updates to their components not significant improvements. The Mac mini got a design change, but surely that doesn't mean it will be stuck with a C2D for another six months just because. Whatever solution Apple uses in one of the Mac Five products they will use in all of them. In my opinion, that means Core i-series Arrandale CPUs and ATI discrete GPUs.

    I feel like Apple should eliminate the optical drive as a discrete GPU is far more useful for the vast majority of us. In addition, they could offer an external hard drive standard for the first switchover Macs that eliminate the optical drives internally. Then when the next update comes they can just offer them as options.

    We could all be disappointed though, because maybe Apple will update the MB and MBP and leave the MBA untouched. I feel like that's doubtful, but hey this is Apple and the MBA. Being an MBA buyer/fan has been a wild ride of tremendous disappointment, followed by tremendous excitement and wow, followed by a disappointing update but great price drop, followed by over another 16 months of disappointments waiting for the "real" update. It's tough being an MBA fan. I don't believe ANY of this would have happened had there not been an iPad.

    The iPad threw a wrench in Apple's plans as it required way too many resources and kept Jobs away from other Mac projects. In addition, the iPhone 4 hasn't helped the situation nor has the iOS switch/update.

    I hope Apple gets back to the Mac in late 2010 and 2011. However, Apple needed to be right on the Macs the day the iPhone 4 was sent to production. If they were, hopefully 2011 will be a great year for Mac customers including real amazing innovation and improvements to Mac updates and OS X itself. Microsoft made huge gains on OS X with its Windows 7 update. Apple needs to respond and take charge and the lead once again.
     
  11. Zulu1 macrumors member

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    Its' been hinted at so many times over the last six months, it's like the boy who cried "Air".

    I need a new Laptop and have waited long enough for the air, but my exicitement level for a new rumor is Zero.

    I will wait until they come out (next week) and go buy one, uneventfully.

    Waiting.....but not to worry
     
  12. halledise macrumors 65816

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    long term I see Apple eliminating optical drives from all notebook and desktop models - as seen in the Air for the past almost 3 years.

    they pioneered the switch away from floppies with the introduction of the iMac way back at the end of last century (wow, how long ago does that seem now!) - and will do the same to the optical drive - possibly retaining it as an option in a BTO desktop

    the replacement will be SD cards for delivery of install "dvd's".
    in time, video/movie dvd's will also be delivered in this format or via the cloud.
    cd's already are fast becoming obsolete with the advent of the iPod/iPhone and sundry mp3 players.

    as for Rev D MBAir - it may just be closer than some of us here have anticipated, but the rumors have been wrong before, (as certainly have I) - but Apple do have a history of wow factor updates in October.

    time will tell.

    http://www.appleinsider.com/article...as_rumors_of_new_11_6_inch_model_persist.html

    http://www.macrumors.com/2010/10/06/macbook-air-supplies-dwindle-refresh-coming-soon/
     
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