Updated MacBook Air Line with New 15-Inch Model Coming in 1Q 2012?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Digitimes reports that Apple is set to update its MacBook Air line early next year, with a new 15-inch model appearing alongside refreshed 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch models. The update will reportedly take place during the first quarter of 2012.
    The report notes that discounts on the current MacBook Air models should extend through the lead-up to the debut of the new models, continuing to drive Apple's already-strong sales of the ultra-thin notebook line.

    We first began hearing word of an ultra-thin 15-inch notebook from Apple back in July, with other sources also weighing in on the topic in recent weeks. Digitimes had previously indicated that component production for the notebook had begun with an eye toward a second quarter 2012 launch.

    Sources have generally been unsure whether the new 15-inch notebook would be an expansion of the MacBook Air line or if it would appear as a slimmer MacBook Pro model, but this latest report indicates that it will indeed be a MacBook Air product.

    Intel's Ivy Bridge platform, which is due for a spring launch in line with the reported MacBook Air revamp timeline, will bring a significant upgrade to the line's performance, particularly with regard to graphics improvements and new OpenCL support.

    Article Link: Updated MacBook Air Line with New 15-Inch Model Coming in 1Q 2012?
  2. buckers macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2010
    Anglesey, UK
    Damn it! Was really excited until I saw the question mark at the end of the article title! :rolleyes:
  3. marcusj0015 macrumors 65816

    Aug 29, 2011
    but will it bring Ivy Bridge with it?

    I hope so, because if not we'll probably have to wait until 2013, and that's NOT happening.
  4. sparkie7 macrumors 68020


    Oct 17, 2008
  5. Nitrocide macrumors 6502


    Sep 24, 2005
    Bristol, UK
    If they can equal the power of a macbook pro but keep it airishly thin due to removing the optical drive, no question it will be the one to purchase!
  6. gerbil macrumors member


    Apr 3, 2008
    Hmm wonder if I should cancel my MBA order and wait it out a bit more...:confused:
  7. commander.data macrumors 65816

    Nov 10, 2006
    Well as the article said, if this slim 15" is coming in Q1 2012, then it's most certainly a MacBook Air rather than a new MacBook Pro since it won't have Ivy Bridge, which isn't available until Q2 2012. A 15" MacBook Air will therefore make do with existing ULV Sandy Bridge processors just like the current MacBook Air lineup and will be much slower current 15" MacBook Pros. And with Apple's refresh cycles using being ~9 months for most models, an early Q1 launch could mean a Q4 refresh. ULV processors often launch later than regular processors so they won't necessarily be available in Q2 2012 anyways.

    That would require a quad core ULV processor which I'm not sure is on the agenda even with Ivy Bridge.
  8. beebler macrumors regular

    Oct 2, 2009
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    For some reason I still think its for the Pro. Apple scrapped 15" Air plans before releasing the current Air in its design.
  9. talkingfuture macrumors 65816


    Dec 4, 2008
    The back of beyond.
    I'll be very interested in seeing this and the next MBP, Ivy Bridge is new computer time for me I think.
  10. mbrannon47 macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2010
    Maybe. I think eventually the Air moniker from being dropped from the MacBook completely. They killed the MacBook a while ago to concentrate on the Air, labeling it “the MacBook of the future”. Essentially, the MacBook Air IS the new MacBook. I feel we'll end up with MacBook and MacBook Pro down the road.
  11. dethmaShine macrumors 68000

    Apr 13, 2010
    Into the lungs of Hell
    If its Q1 2012, then it cannot be Ivy Bridge.
  12. NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
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  13. Stingray454 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 22, 2009
    I sure as h*ll hope it's Ivy Bridge equipped Airs. Q1 sounds too early to deliver them with Ivy Bridge (since supposedly production starts quite some time before the release, and release is supposed to be "spring 2012", whatever month that makes). I would hate to see a slightly speedbumped Sandy Bridge version.

    Let's hope Intel is letting Apple get their hands on the processors a bit early :). If it is indeed the Ivy Air, I'm getting one for sure. Now let's just hope for 8Gb memory options as well..
  14. moxxey macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2011
    Well, with Ivy Bridge rumored to be April, I can't see these updates being out before March, so you've still got at least a 4-5 month wait.

    Remember that these (15" Air) rumors have been around for months now and keep resurfacing. Doesn't bring them any closer though!
  15. Shaun, UK Suspended

    Shaun, UK

    Mar 23, 2006
    I hope this news does not mean we won't see a full scale redesign of the MBP in 2012. I like the MBA but would rather have the power of the MBP. It seems very confusing at the moment. I've read some reports suggesting the MBA and MBP will merge into one laptop line in 2012 but that would seem unlikely if they are releasing a new model.

    I love the iPhone/iPad but I really hope we don't see another year dominated by iOS devices with little or no attention paid to the Mac.
  16. celo48 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 9, 2010
    Damn it! I cancelled my Macbook Air 11.6 order. Hope to see the updated version soon :)
  17. shompa macrumors 6502

    Jul 23, 2002
    Digitimes is such an incompetent site.

    A bit of logic:
    Is Ivy bridge ready Q1?


    Will Apple release a new macbook air weeks before Ivy bridge?

    Macbook air refresh is technically possible when Ivy bridge is ready. Intel have before given Apple CPUs a couple of month before other companies but since Intel/Apple exclusive contract ended Intel have not given Apple pre released CPUs.

    This is just like Ipad2+ Ipad2HD that would be released earlier this year. I asked all "experts": Who is going to produce the 28nm A6 and the Retina display? Stuff can't be released before its technically possible.
  18. commander.data macrumors 65816

    Nov 10, 2006
    Regardless of whether there is a 15" Air, I'm just hoping there still is a "Pro" 15" model. I just feel that there are too many compromises if Apple went exclusively with a 15" Air. Even with a slower dual core CPU, no discrete GPU, flash memory, and no optical drive, the 13.3" MacBook are has less battery life than the 15" MacBook Pro. So with an Air you don't gain battery life, purely portability, but by the time you get to a 15" Air, even portability is reduced since the overall size doesn't change that much even if it's thinner. The Air is definitely thin, but I'm not sure many people look at the sub-1" Pro and say it's thick. Whatever Apple does hopefully there will still be a 15" model with quad core CPUs, discrete GPUs, and 8hr+ battery life.
  19. D-a-a-n macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2010
    So now it's possible to bake me a bigger egg on the back of the air, while I let it play a youtube hd video?
  20. Tanax macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2011
    Stockholm, Sweden
    15" Air with the inability to upgrade the RAM? No thank you.
    It's probably awesome for those that don't need to upgrade - I prefer to have upgradability however :) To each his own I guess.
  21. SPUY767 macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2003
    Yes. With the ubiquity of high speed internet access, and the docking options offered by the new Studio Displays, I'd wager that half or better of MBP users could get by with this without compromising.
  22. russell2 macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2011
    Whos to say Apple doesn't have some other kind of deal with Intel now they did get thunderbolt before everyone else but that was more like a no one else wanted it type deal.

    I'm not buying a laptop and a $999 thunderbolt display that sits on my desk at home/work. 17inch mbp 2499 and macbook air 1299+999=~2300??????? Apple laptops starting under $999??????
  23. bryanl macrumors member

    May 11, 2008
    A 15" air limited to 4 or 8 GB of memory doesn't sound very nice. If they allow you to get it with 12 or 16 GB, it would be so bad.
  24. Truffy macrumors 6502a


    May 9, 2005
    somewhere outside your window...
    Thickness isn't the point, weight is. The two are related, surely, but a 15" MBA could be less than 2kg, compared to 2.5kg for the same size MBP.

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