New Macbook Air Pic

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  1. tubbymac macrumors 65816


    Nov 6, 2008
  2. ccsicecoke macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2010
    2GB memory? Hell no


    Some information we could get from this serial number

    Serial number: W8017027FX3
    Production year: 2010
    Production week: 17 (April)
    Production number: 75 (within this week)
    Memory - number of slots:
    Factory: W8 (Shanghai China)

  3. innominato5090 macrumors 6502


    Sep 4, 2009
    no red motherboard==final product? I don't see any improvement over my revC MBA...
  4. VanVeen macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2010

    Thank God they decided to keep the current 13 in screen. Would have sucked to downgrade that beautiful display ;)
  5. Scottsdale macrumors 601


    Sep 19, 2008
    Well, let's all wait before we make guesses... three early positives.
    1. more battery without taking away from capabilities
    2. SD Card slot
    3. More USB ports

    Let's infer that the 9400m is in place of what will become the 320m.

    This seems like it might just be the MBA we all suspected last October, then January, then gave up on suspecting Core i and AtI combo.

    13.3" would be a BIG GIGANTIC LOVE for me. I don't want any part of a smaller display, UNLESS it comes with a 1440 x 900 format. I can live with more desktop space in less physical space. I cannot work with smaller and worse. An IPS display also makes gigantic improvements.

    I suspect from the image that this is reducing the tapering and that's how we're getting the extra battery space. As long as we reduce weight elsewhere, like use carbon fiber or Liquid Metal, maybe it all works out in a big positive.

    I am excited to see the blurry pic... it seems like there's something to the rumors. One thing I thought was weird was Jobs made a point of 13.3" and a full-sized keyboard. I believe an 11.6" MBA could still have a full-sized keyboard but without resolution gains, it would suck to have less space to work on the MBA.

    I can live with the Core 2 Duo... but I really thought we were past this. BUT, I still love the Core 2 Duo and Nvidia GPU combo. With the TDP savings of the 320m, and an extra 20% battery added, we could see a 40% increase in battery life without ruining the experience, or making it much heavier. I have to believe 3 lb. is Jobs's sweet spot.


    Oh, and the RAM at 2 GB doesn't mean that's all Apple will introduce it with. They can use the same number of RAM chips and put double or quadruple density in them. So we could get 4 GB or 8 GB RAM.

    The CPU doesn't mean anything either. They could use a special 2.4 GHz C2D SL9700 CPU if Intel would sell them one. Given Apple's past updates to Macs, it's hard to believe it wouldn't have a CPU bump. It's hard to believe Intel would want Apple to walk away or go to AMD if it doesn't give it a CPU without the IGP.

    However, if there's truly one one sku, I would be shocked... unless it has a bunch of BTO options. Could be a good thing.
  6. ozreth macrumors 65816


    Nov 5, 2009
    A lot of people are going to be disappointed if 11.6" dosen't happen. I understand why people would want it to stay 13" but I REALLY don't see much benefit of having a 13" Air over a 13" MBP. The MBP will obviously be the more powerful machine and the weight difference is SO minimal that you would never notice it in a bag full of stuff.

    The 13" MBP is soo portable already, why sacrifice performance for a computer that takes up the same amount of space on your desk and is hardly lighter?
  7. MisterEd macrumors 6502

    Jan 2, 2006
    Someone needs to analyse the pixel density from that screen grab, and confirm whether it's the same as the current 13.3' displays - confirming the same resolution.
    To me, it looks the same - a bit of a disappointment IMO!
  8. joelypolly macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2003
    Melbourne & Shanghai
    Still a chance that this could be the one they were going to release earlier this year but Intel promised a new low power CPU for Apple. Also judging by the size of the MB it looks bigger than the current one so there is a chance that it has an actual GFX card.
  9. cleric macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
    It looks like a piece of **** unless that battery is magic. Assuming all this is true, then they are just trying to make the macbook air their budget portable. With the rumored price drop I fear this could be all we see in the form of MBA Skus.
  10. stockscalper macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2003
    Area 51
    It may be only a prototype. Apple builds lots of different prototypes before fine tuning and releasing the final design.
  11. macbook123 macrumors 68000

    Feb 11, 2006
    April '10 is quite late though. Do you expect major revisions to the design within 5 months of production?
  12. Mr. Savage macrumors regular

    Mr. Savage

    Jun 11, 2010
    I dunno about this. Too much of it flies in the face of the most persistent rumors about the new MBA (11.6 inches and significantly lower price). Coming as it does, hot on the heels of yesterday's near-confirmation of an impending 11.6 inch MBA, this smacks of a deliberate misinformation campaign:

    1) Take photos of some old prototype or other from which next-to-nothing can be gleaned. Claim it's the innards of the new 13 inch MacBook Air

    2) "Leak" photos to popular Apple-friendly tech-site. " Hmm...which one? Definitely not Gizmodo (see: iPhone 4 debacle or "faulty iMac saga"). Engadget! They love our stuff! Weekends are pretty slow for tech-related news so they'll certainly appreciate the additional page hits generated.

    3) Watch as the rampant speculation and giddy anticipation ratchets up to a fever-pitch on the forums (even bringing emotions to a boiling point in some cases;) in the days leading up to The Event.

    4) Unveil 11.6 MacBook

    I hope the above isn't the case––no one wants to retain the 13 inch screen more than me–– but if someone had unfettered access to the machine and wanted to cash-in by selling the pics to a website, why would they seem to take so much care not to show anything that would undermine the unveiling.
  13. macbook123 macrumors 68000

    Feb 11, 2006
    I agree with your intuition, Mr. Savage, it smells like a controlled leak of some sort.

    One question, the battery is partitioned in 4 pieces in this prototype. Isn't the battery in the new MBP's one structure?
  14. omgitscro macrumors 6502a


    Jul 12, 2008
    All notebook batteries contain many of these lithium ion/polymer cells. The only difference with this arrangement we see here is that they're not enclosed in a plastic casing. This is probably to save weight/space.
  15. Spacekatgal macrumors regular


    Jun 9, 2009
    I agree with you. It smells just like an intentional leak. It would also prepare us for the marginally upgraded internals.

  16. Mr. Savage macrumors regular

    Mr. Savage

    Jun 11, 2010
    Yeah, the batteries are the most puzzling aspect of this. I don't know much about batteries but I'm wondering if maybe, because they are presumably extraordinarily thin, there is a correlating technical limit to how wide/long they can be and still perform reliably. Just a guess.

    I'm guessing we'll find out very soon when iFixit tears the thing apart. Then again, this may be just a Proof Of Concept prototype that never ends up seeing production.
  17. Mr. Savage macrumors regular

    Mr. Savage

    Jun 11, 2010
    This sounds right.
  18. Spacekatgal macrumors regular


    Jun 9, 2009
    Yeah, I thought the whole point to non-removable batteries is letting them pack the cells super tightly. Ives was talking about how there wasn't space for the mechanism to put it in and take it out. This looks like a huge waste of space to me. I don't get it.

  19. gimmi80 macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2010
    Are we sure that the port of the right side of the picture is a USB? Does not look like it... or at least does not look like the one on the other side.
  20. Mhkobe macrumors regular

    Jun 25, 2009
    9to5mac posted an article about that photo, and said that somebody used the measurements of a USB port to estimate the size of this prototype, and they said that the screen is probably smaller than 11.6".

    I certainly hope not, here's the link:9to5mac

    A new article on MacRumors now shows this too, however, they say there will be a 13.3" and an 11.6":MacRumors
  21. Mr. Savage macrumors regular

    Mr. Savage

    Jun 11, 2010
    Oh man. If this thing next week has a 9.7 inch screen, (and 11.6 inch footprint), I...well, I don't even wanna think about it.

  22. macgrl macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2008
    me neither
  23. gimmi80 macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2010
    Would make sense and I would love it. Tethering problem solved!

    Too short to be an USB of any type. Too wide to be FW. There are not many other options left...
  24. gianly1985 macrumors 6502a


    May 30, 2008

    Nice of Engadget to not even check the friggin' proportions of the pic they're leaking before stating "the machine appears to be another 13.3-incher,"....
  25. thinkdesign macrumors 6502

    May 12, 2010
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows CE; IEMobile 8.12; MSIEMobile6.0) Sprint T7380)

    Well, it was AFAWK just a prototype.

    I was hoping to read that the new memory saves a little space, that is then used to fit in a cellular modem option.

    Well, at least if the little pop-out jack door is eliminatedin favor of a more squarish right and left edge, good. That I suppose could eliminate the problem of certain plug-in cell modems not fitting the clearances around the USB jack. That door is a cute detail solution in some ways, but little mechanical details can be one more thing to break. Such as plug in your cell modem stick, and somebody in a crowded bus/train/plane bumps into this assemblage, and the modem acts as a crow bar with leverage, and -- Voila ! -- a big repair that's not covered by the warranty.

    The all-glass trackpad (who was it that said, of course it's possible?) would be another small but solid bit of progress.

    As John Perry Barlow recently said about Wm. Gibson's latest novel trilogy, we are now engaged in "predicting the present."
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