What will Apple give us in the NEXT Air besides the standard speed & storage bump?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by HiFiGuy528, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. HiFiGuy528, Jul 26, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2011

    HiFiGuy528 macrumors 68000

    Jul 24, 2008
    Now that the 2011 Air has up to i7 processor and 256gb SSD. What do you think Apple will pull out on the next Air to have you consider upgrading your 2011 Air?
  2. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    What can I say? An excellent reply.

    To the OP, puleeease..........give the forum at least a week before the inevitable and thread of "What will Apple give us in the Next Air"?

    I had a private bet with myself that such a thread would appear within a week of the launch of the current update/upgrade models.

    However, the first page on the forum tonight suggests further inspired technological surprises - perhaps with the 15" - may be coming down the tracks.....we can but wait. And anticipate.

  3. Alchematron macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2007
    Maui Hawaii
    Hopefully longer battery life and internal antenna!
  4. Obscurelight macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2011
  5. calvol macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2011
    • USB 3.0
    • 512 GB SSD
    • HD cam
    • Carbon fiber body
    • Ivy CPU
    • Better cooling - side/bottom vents
    • 8 GB RAM

  6. HiFiGuy528 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jul 24, 2008
    Besides the standard upgrades like more storage and faster processor, what will Apple have to put in it for everyone who bought a 2011 Air to spend another $1200? Will 3G do it for you? It sure will for me. A laptop without the web is a door stop. The Air seriously Ned 3g
  7. Obscurelight macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2011
    I already pay for 3G on my phone and iPad, no thanks. At this rate I'll be better off getting a mobile hotspot. Honestly, with a phone and iPad I can deal with data limits but on a real computer? No way, I'll be looking at $200 a month bill
  8. Flagg macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2011
  9. Oppressed macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2010
  10. webitorgal macrumors regular


    Mar 9, 2011
    SD for the 11". I would have gone for an 11 ultimate if it had an SD.
  11. gman901 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 1, 2007
    Houston, TX
  12. urkel macrumors 68030

    Nov 3, 2008

    Lion has so many questionable UI changes that I feel it's a transition OS that is paving the way for a touchscreen Mac.

    Also, hoverboard technology so we don't scratch the bottom casing so easily.
  13. Mandork macrumors member

    May 8, 2011
    I don't think there would be much change. Maybe a newer cpu to give more battery life, and upgraded screen with hd camera.
    The thing is, they're selling so well right now, plus they scrapped the macbook, so anyone wanting an entry macbook has to get the Air.
    They won't upgrade the GPU because they need to keep distinction from the Pro. The focus will be going to Pro and more software tweaks to Lion to make the CPU and GPU work more efficiently and effectively.
    Maybe they'll change the design slightly of the Air, like giving an extra USB port, maybe USB 3.0. But as for internals, i doubt there will be much if any change.
    It's like Porsche; the Boxster has the potential to be better than the Carrera, but they can't let that happen because the Carrera is iconic. That's like how they don't want the macbook Air getting better than the Pro in terms of performance. Also, with any 'redesign' there's only minor changes done to the Porsches. I expect the same with these laptops.
  14. eeptman macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2011
    Ivy CPU & 8GB memory +1
    Update to SDXC card reader……
  15. PaulWog Suspended

    Jun 28, 2011
    They'll do whatever they do. We all know what improvements can be made, and what changes Apple has done in the past. We all know they refresh usually once per year, though they could hold off for a bit longer than that (year and a half).

    So what will we see? We'll see HD FaceTime eventually... we'll see better processors... better integrated graphics... better this... better that. The only thing that will really change is the aesthetic layout of how the laptop looks... and possibly the screen sizes may be modified. They may add some new feature as well (ex. 3D screens that don't require glasses - like the 3DS... or newer screen tech... or something new to the Mac line).

    But really all you can expect are these three things out of a new Mac (simple logic):
    - Some newer/better internal/external parts or slots
    - Possibly a design rework (screen/laptop body)
    - Possibly a new tech of some sort (ex. 3D screen or something interesting like that)

    They may choose to use Ivy Bridge. They may not. I think it's far too soon to really be guessing... at this point, it's not rumours we're discussing... it's actually just daydreaming that we'd be doing. Once we get closer to when they actually could have their design done and ready for production (and are likely in production), then we can start really discussing rumours.
  16. reputationZed macrumors 65816

    Mar 9, 2011
    34°55′42″N 80°44′41″W (34.
    I think the next one will go retro and bring back the trackball, the floppy drive, and VGA screens.

    almost forgot, the ADB connector.
  17. guyht macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2011
    Im surprised no one has mentioned built in 3G
  18. Mikael macrumors regular

    Aug 4, 2005
    Gothenburg, Sweden
    - 8GB RAM
    - Quad-core Ivy Bridge (yep, that will likely be possible)

    Those two seem pretty likely. Other than that, it's of course very hard to tell.
  19. mfr1340 macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2011
    n. cal

    they did mention 3g just up the page.
  20. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    4G is rolling out. Besides, with tethering it isn't as necessary. It's bad enough for most people having an iPhone and possibly iPad data plans. Why add another?
  21. jackyyeow macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2011
    More RAM, more SSD space (when it's cheap enough), better processor hence better battery life.

    Other than that, I wouldn't expect anything else. 3G? Go for ipad, or iphone tethering. Touchscreen? You have ipad. Carbon fibre? Unless Apple want to change their brand name to Orange...But I'd really like to see the gone-for-good-Macbook replacement with carbon fibre chasis though it'll seriously affect the sales of Macbook Air because they'll be just as light as Macbook Air.:apple:

    ...why am I wasting time on such meaningless thread??!?
  22. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Imagine if you asked yourself that before you responded.
  23. guyht macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2011
    Oops, missed it, thanks.
  24. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    Give it a couple of months and this list will be on all the sites. The source will be an industry insider.

    Touch screen will not happen

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