[Prediction] 2011 MBA Update to Coincide with OS X Lion Release

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by pil0tflame, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. pil0tflame macrumors member

    Apr 19, 2011
    London, Ontario
    I've been following the speculation regarding the imminent MacBook Air refresh and have a theory:

    I suspect Apple will refresh the MacBook Air along with the release of OS X Lion in July. The MBA has seen strong sales since the last refresh, but those sales have been cooling down: http://www.cultofmac.com/apple-sold-1m-macbook-airs-nearly-half-of-all-notebooks-dec-quarter/85197. By combining the refresh of the MBA with the release of the OS X Lion, Apple could boost MBA sales thanks to the extra publicity Lion will attract.

    I can't imagine Apple making an event out of the MBA refresh alone, but with the focus on Lion's release, a "by the way..." announcement of the refreshed MBA shipping with Lion installed could be slipped in.

    One additional benefit of this combined release would be that the 2011 MBA wouldn't need to officially support OS X versions below 10.7 since it will have never shipped with anything lower. Of course, refreshing the MBA after the release of Lion would also net this same benefit.

    What insight can you, my fellow MacRumors forum members share on this theory?
  2. endhalf macrumors regular

    May 24, 2011
    Already predicted by me :p. But yea, that makes sence. We'll have to wait and see for ourselves if that theory is true :)
  3. pil0tflame thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 19, 2011
    London, Ontario
    Ha ha, indeed you beat me to it. :D

    I wouldn't be surprised if a number of people share this theory/hope.
  4. Sam235 macrumors member


    May 29, 2011
  5. c88ms macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2011
    lol...I predicted this yesterday!


    Anyways...Apple is pretty smart by not announcing anything yesterday at the WWDC. I think if they announce it WAY to early they'll simply hurt the sales to the current generation MBA. I'm assuming they'll announce it within a week of launch for the new MBA or maybe not even announce it at all. o
  6. JonathanK81 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 7, 2006
    Yep, I totally thought about this theory before, and still subscribe to it today. I've always been of the belief that if you're going to release new hardware near Lion, why not just include Lion? It'll be free anyways, so might as well include it as the base OS. No need to even deal with Snow Leopard whatsoever.
  7. Apple Expert macrumors 65816

    Jan 31, 2010
    Around when Lion is released. But for the price I'm better off keeping my MBP and sticking a SSD in there.
  8. Scottsdale macrumors 601


    Sep 19, 2008
    It is possible, BUT I actually suspect it to happen first. Then I suspect the Mac mini and MacBook might get updated when Lion is released to hit the market hard quick for back-to-school buyers.

    I am looking forward to Lion, iOS5, and even iCloud... but most importantly I want an iPhone 5 World Edition (I use Verizon in the US, but when traveling I want to be able to insert a SIM card and roam worldwide). For the first time since MacBook Airs were released in 2008, I just don't have any desire to even think about buying an MBA... it could change with an amazing update though.
  9. TC25 macrumors 68020

    Mar 28, 2011
    I love people who post long messages in a futile effort to give their guess the appearance of knowledge.

    I predicted that here.

    Well I predicted before you did.

    Am too.

    Are not.

    Perhaps you all could tell us when the world will end.
  10. NurJahan macrumors member

    May 22, 2011
    I hope you're right......personally, I want an MBA more than Lion.
  11. jeamland macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2006
    Well, how about this for some analysis rather than just "me too!"

    All macs shipping now get a free upgrade to Lion. So there's no point in waiting, really, unless they have a lot of inventory to get rid of.

    I WANT MY MBA 11 NOW!!!!! :)

    Now I'm going to go and try to meditate and learn patience, or something.
  12. GekkePrutser macrumors 6502a


    Aug 18, 2005
    Apple's never done this before, OS releases and hardware releases have never been on the same date. So I don't think so.
  13. rlu929s macrumors regular

    May 17, 2011
    I second the "I want it now" mentality! The cheapskate in me says to keep waiting and maybe pick up the 10 MBA cheaper.
  14. nebulos macrumors 6502a


    Aug 27, 2010
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    Ever read this forum? Certainly not a new theory.

    The question is: Has this happened before?

    Someone already brought this up and said no. I haven't checked. But one reason, I would guess, for Apple to not do this is they can put more 'launch dates' on their calendar.

    Doesn't this mean this couldn't be a first, but certainly any thoughtful exploration of this possibility should address this question. You can now follow through on your question an post by researching past OS/hardware launch dates and posting the results.
  15. yly3 macrumors 6502

    Jan 9, 2011
    If the 11 Air comes standard with :

    4gb Ram
    Backlit Keyboard
    7h battery
    Even lighter
    Lion on board

    I will upgrade.
  16. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

    Cheffy Dave

    Feb 5, 2007
    Sunny Florida, on the Gulf Coast in Homosassa Fl
    I agree SD,I am very happy with the families 3 11"MBA's, the 360 GB OWC SSD's continue to perform without issue, and very fast ! THE MBA ROCKs!
    People just need to pick their flavor,11" or 13":cool:
  17. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    I hope it is correct, it sounds good enough to me.

    Plus at that point I could get the student discount + free iPod Touch as well. And even buy it on NC's tax free holiday then i'll have saved over $300! :D

    Lion seems to be the perfect fit for the MBA with full screen apps and multitouch gestures.

    I hope they throw in a backlit keyboard as well, even though I don't really need one for general typing it is nice to have when you are trying to find the volume or display brightness buttons in a dark room.
  18. Xgm541 macrumors 65816

    May 3, 2011
    I believe the MBA, at least the 11 inch model, does not qualify for student back to school. Maybe it'll be different this year.

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