To those with 2010 Macbook Airs - Will you automatically buy the Sandy Bridge update?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Jobsian, May 14, 2011.

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To those with 2010 Macbook Airs - Will you automatically buy the Sandy Bridge update?

  1. Yes

    13.6%
  2. No

    60.7%
  3. Depends

    25.7%
  1. Jobsian macrumors 6502a

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    As per title. I love these things so much that unless there is some horrific issue on release, I'll almost certainly get whatever incremental update we'll see.

    Though of course not ideal, I'm also factoring that graphics capability might be reduced a little.
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Unless the update includes something that would really benefit my usage, I'm not going to buy. To be honest, the 2010 MBA does everything I want it to do so no matter what the update includes, I most likely end up sticking with my 2010 model.

    I don't like the "shiniest and latest" mentality. If you want to have the latest all the time, you must buy new stuff several times a year. My wallet does not like that.
     
  3. Jobsian thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I hear you, mine also does everything I want it to do. However the one (relative) weakness for my own use that I would value an improvement on would be battery. Also wouldn't say no to slightly snappier performance :)
     
  4. Oppressed macrumors 65816

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    Agreed it must include that killer feature. For me personally that would NOT be a backlit keyboard, IG3000, or thunderbolt port. Now an Ivy Bridge design with either nVidia or AMD card would probably do it.
     
  5. C64 macrumors 65816

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    Nope; I never run into anything the C2D CPU can't handle. And the few times I do need it to do something that's really CPU intensive I'll just wait a few minutes more. No need for a SB upgrade. Thunderbolt might be nice, but at this point I don't really have a use for that either, and USB 2.0 is sufficient for now.
     
  6. Moccasin macrumors 6502a

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    I'm being a pedant here but if you intend to automatically buy it it can't then depend on anything. You'll either automatically buy it (not caring about the specs or cost) or you won't (where won't includes not buying it at all or buying it if there's enough reason to).

    Having bought a 2010 11" last month I doubt very much that I'll buy the new one. I love what I have and can't justify any additional expense on computing for months now.
     
  7. Oli3000 macrumors regular

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    If it has Sandy Bridge plus an AMD or Nvidia GPU, then I will be hard pushed to not buy it. Thunderbolt, HD3000 alone don't interest me at all. If it is an amazing bump in Sandy Bridge that results in the same net graphics power, then I may consider it, but I will wait for extensive testing with the HD3000 before I buy it.
     
  8. TheXFactor macrumors regular

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    Nope. Perfectly happy with my current 13" MBA. I am keeping to my 3 year cycle for Macs. Plus, I have other toys to buy. :D
     
  9. Onimusha370 macrumors 6502a

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    i have the same 3 year cycles for my macs, it serves me well :)
    i'm thinking of a 2 year cycle for the ipad and iphone though.
    my poor wallet :eek:
     
  10. Jobsian thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    You are correct. I included "Depends" last minute to offer scope for those who want to view the question hyperbolically and not entirely literally :)

    Barring a major flaw, I'll almost certainly get an update.
     
  11. Gonky macrumors regular

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    i've had an 11" Air since launch.. if the update has a backlight keyboard and longer battery I'm selling it and getting a new 13".
     
  12. fyrefly macrumors 6502a

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    Where exactly on here:

    [​IMG]
    (13" MacBook Air 2010 Logic Board)

    Do you think they're gonna fit a discrete Graphics Chip when they couldn't fit it (or wouldn't fit it) on here:

    [​IMG]
    (13" MacBook Pro Logic Board)
     
  13. juanangosto macrumors newbie

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    Sure nope. This machine is the best one I've ever had, and I expect to be better with Lion.
     
  14. Moccasin macrumors 6502a

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    Apologies... am in a strange mood this afternoon.

    The way things are going I may end up selling my MBA and getting something cheaper to raise some cash during redundancy..
     
  15. 2IS Suspended

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    I will not be automatically buying it. Nor will I be manually buying it either.
     
  16. 2IS Suspended

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    That big orange thing would not exist in an Ivy Bridge machine.
     
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    Nope, I'm fine with my 2010 MBA. Will probably buy the update after this coming one though.
     
  18. mayhone1 macrumors regular

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    Considering I just ordered a 2010 macbook air probably not, but if it's a great update maybe i'll sell my 2010 model in a year an buy the other one... :apple:
     
  19. Oli3000 macrumors regular

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    I didn't say discrete! Not that daft! But yes, it seems unlikely, but they can manage it if they want to! It is all about whether Apple wants to or not!
     
  20. gwsat macrumors 68000

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    +1! I bought my 13 inch MBA Ultimate last October and planned to keep it as my primary computer for at least three years. I can't imagine that an incremental upgrade to Sandy Bridge would convince me to change my mind. To paraphrase an old truism, as long as my MBA ain't broke, I'm not going to fix it.
     
  21. KPOM macrumors G5

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    Depends, so I guess, pedantically, no.

    I'll buy it if it comes with Thunderbolt and doesn't lose any existing features. I don't game, but I do use Windows 7 in Parallels, so I can use the 4 virtual cores and faster microarchitecture of the Sandy Bridge Core i5/i7.
     
  22. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium

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    But daft enough to not realise that an IGP by ATI/nVidia is impossible on the Core iX series of processors ? ;)

    So either it's discrete or it's Intel IGP. There are no chipsets by 3rd parties for the Core iX series because Intel refuses to license the required tech/specifications.

    As for this topic : I upgrade my computers when they stop being useful to me in certain aspects. I am not part of the crowd who simply wastes money away on computers.
     
  23. Help Please macrumors regular

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    I agree with many of the other posters. Only way I'm upgrading is if they keep a discrete GPU, instead of the Intel 3000 graphics. Otherwise, I plan on upgrading from my base 1.86GHz, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD to an Ultimate 13", 2010 model.

    IMO, the 2010 Air is a great machine for my uses and upgrading to the new 2011 model (if it has Intel 3000), would only hurt performance for what I use my computer for.
     
  24. calvol macrumors 6502a

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    My next upgrade will be from this 13-UMBA to the ARM-based Air in 2013/14, probably will have 15+ hours of battery life.
     
  25. gwsat macrumors 68000

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    You make a good point. Until and unless Intel manages to make available an integrated GPU that is better than the NVIDIA GPU Apple uses with the C2D chip, an upgrade to one of the next generation iX chips is inevitably going to result in a deterioration in graphics power.

    I also agree that upgrading only because something new has come along is a waste of money if one's current computer still does the job. My 2010 MBA does that, so I suspect I won't upgrade it until at least two or three refreshes down the road.
     

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