New Macbook Airs new specs confirmed!

nathanjbrown

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I dig it. If true, I can certainly live with those specs (I'm going for the 13").
 
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Sinnthetic

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The article said some time later this week "hopefully"

Hmm just noticed he didnt say anything about a Backlit Keyboard, wonder if thats available too.
 
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Maven1975

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So, the 11" ultimate is the same as the 13" ultimate aside from screen size? This will make the 11" sell like freaking hotcakes!
 
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Sinnthetic

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So, the 11" ultimate is the same as the 13" ultimate aside from screen size? This will make the 11" sell like freaking hotcakes!
- the seven hour battery life and bigger screen for those who dont like it and yeah!

I'm picking up the slighty more expensive version of the Macbook Air 11.
I dont need the extra .1 GHZ of power and I certainly do not need 256gb.
 
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jackyyeow

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Pretty realistic spec. They most probably aren't going to put 4GB as standard due to cost. I believe they use higher capacity chip for 4GB upgrade while the space for RAM chips on the logic board stays the same.


Hmm just noticed he didnt say anything about a Backlit Keyboard, wonder if thats available too.
The article mentioned no change in design, so most likely no backlit keyboard.
 
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charpi

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Just asking, will the difference in processor speeds affect the HD3000 performance in it?
 
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mscofield

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- the seven hour battery life and bigger screen for those who dont like it and yeah!

I'm picking up the slighty more expensive version of the Macbook Air 11.
I dont need the extra .1 GHZ of power and I certainly do not need 256gb.
Same here, I think.
 
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KillerTree

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The spec seems so exact that I'd assume he's telling the truth.
So exact? Rumors have been 4 gigs, 128/256 for a long time. There are are very few options for the new processors.

I'm not saying these rumors aren't true. I'm just saying the exact specs aren't the reason to believe them. (I believe them)
 
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Jobsian

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Hmm, loving the look of the 11" Ultimate however I'm slightly concerned that the fastest CPU (1.8GHz) is the same as the 13 inch's fastest clock.

Anyone any good guesses on whether this will likely be an identical CPU with an identical TDP? Are there 2 types of 1.8GHz mobile Core-is?

The reason I ask is that one of the things I absolutely love in my current 11" over my last gen Air (and from what I hear over the current gen 13" Air with its higher TDP) is that it is absolutely cool and silent whenever I have done anything. I wouldn't want that to change.
 
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PaulWog

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Just asking, will the difference in processor speeds affect the HD3000 performance in it?
Indeed there is a slight variation between each processor.

However this is minuscule.

We'll have to wait and see exactly which processors they offer, and then a comparison can be given. The difference will likely be 0-2 frames per second difference in most situations in terms of games, and zero noticeable difference in productivity. That's my opinion: We'll have to see. I took a look at some of the HD3000 benchmarks, and scores varied for different ones... but tightly around the average. This leads me to believe one of two things:
1) The scores simply vary based on each computer being tested. As in, the varying scores are simply an unaccounted variable, and all the HD3000's operate equally.
or
2) There is a slight variation, but nothing to care about *too* much. However it's worth looking into (quick google for benchmarks before heading to the Apple store).
 
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mrklaw

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Not really confirmed!, more confirmed?

Still a rumour until its on Apple.com

How do the ULV Sandy bridge chips benchmark compared to the previous air CPUs, and also the 13" MBP?
 
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KillerTree

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Sad that a $1000 computer in 2011 comes with 2 gigs of RAM. Thankfully I'm getting a 13" so I'm not forced to pay Apple for the ridiculous extra cost for 4 gigs.
 
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PaulWog

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Not really confirmed!, more confirmed?

Still a rumour until its on Apple.com

How do the ULV Sandy bridge chips benchmark compared to the previous air CPUs, and also the 13" MBP?
Agreed. "Mr. X" tends to provide us with "insider information" many times over, only to be wrong 10 times, and right the 11th time; after having guessed every possible scenario.

As for the benchmarks, I'd love to see these as well. I can't seem to find many/any i5/i7 benchmarks.

Particularly I want to know before-hand whether I will be happy with an i5, or if the i7 will be worth the premium.

If, for example, the Macbook Air base offers 64GB for the hard drive, and 2GB base-line RAM, and an i5 processor, then I'd be inclined to pay $100 and get 4GB of RAM and that's it. $1100 after student discount.

I definitely would not want to spend $200 more for the 128GB version which then allows me to spend an additional $100 more for the i7, and then $100 more for 4GB of RAM. That would be $400 over base, when I could spend only $100 over base. I'd rather, with that $300, buy an iPad for an additional $200... and I don't even really want an iPad that much at the moment anyway! :p It's just that there's a point where too much of a premium is being paid for very little return on usefulness.

Besides, with the way flash drives have gone, I can go out and purchase for myself a 32GB USB flash drive to carry around on sale for $44. That would store all my extras that I'd need on top of the 64GB limitation. Better than a $200 premium.

I dunno... just worried they'll make us 11-inch buyers pay through the nose for a satisfying machine.
 
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mscofield

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Specs of the base 11" and base 13" are very different from each other. I wonder what the difference in price will be.

Just saying. This could be the deciding factor wheter to go for the 11" or 13" model. Hmmm.
 
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Yumunum

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Everything looks perfect to me except for the fact that it doesn't look like there'll be a backlit keyboard...

That alone could make me buy the Pro. DARNIT. I wanted a high resolution, ultraportable laptop.
 
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If the base 11" upgrade really doesn't increase the stock RAM to 4GB, nor a capacity upgrade, looks like I'm going to buy the 2010 revision for a better price.

Anyone know how much the price drops once the new revision comes out? :)
 
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