Will the Macbook Air get Sandy Bridge?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by danest, Feb 26, 2011.

  1. danest macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2008
    I plan on selling my macbook pro and getting a MBA but will the MBA be getting the Sandy Bridge any time soon?
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
  3. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    The MBA has traditionally has been quite scattered release wise compared with other models.

    With an early 2008 launch, a late 2008 refresh, a mid 2009 refresh and a fall 2010 relaunch.

    So realistically its possible for the Sandy Bridge refresh to hit anywhere 7-12 months after new version putting it as Summer 2011 to Fall 2011.
  4. bella92108 macrumors 68000

    Mar 1, 2006
    My money is on Q4 2011.
  5. iNotion macrumors regular


    Jun 5, 2008
    ask steve jobs. :apple:
  6. Apple Expert macrumors 65816

    Jan 31, 2010
    I would think by the time Lion is released. In fact I'm sure all the macs will have some kind of update, even if it's a spec bump.
  7. bella92108 macrumors 68000

    Mar 1, 2006
    I guess it was more intelligent than saying "by Tim Cook's next birthday". . . but still there's really no correlation between Lion and a new hardware release given that Lion is designed to work on almost anything made in the last several years.
  8. KohPhiPhi macrumors 6502a

    Feb 9, 2011
    Agree on Q4 2011 for an upgrade.
  9. ezekielrage_99 macrumors 68040


    Oct 12, 2005
    I am guessing next Tuesday, I suspect with a Core i5 update Safari should be snappier.
  10. soldierblue macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2009
    Intel needs to release ULV Sandy Bridge chips first. Which I don't expect will ever be released. I'd think we'll have to wait for the Ivy Bridge die shrink at the end of the year.
  11. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    I would think that Thunderbolt will play a role in how soon we see other lineups updated. I would expect to see MBA, for example, updated sooner that the normal iteration along with the rest of the lineup.

    On a side note, the MBA with Thunderbolt would be sweet! :)
  12. stockscalper macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2003
    Area 51
    Who cares if it gets Sandybridge. Apple will only cripple it with ****** graphics. As for Thunderdolt, how long is it going to be before there is anything that takes advantage of it? You're better off getting the current Air, which is a very powerful machine in its own right, and wait a good year and see what Apple does. Maybe by then there will be a use for Thunderdolt.
  13. ranjitb macrumors member

    Feb 18, 2011
    I am sure updated MBA will get the Sandybridge processor but not so soon I am guessing may be end of 2011 when they might get the low power sandybridge processor, but again I am not that excited coz of the integrated intel graphics.

    I am not that excited about Thunderbolt yes every new Mac refreshed will get that port but I am guessing it would be like the Firewire port not that much mass acceptance, just wondering will Mac's ever get the USB 3 port coz I am seeing quite a few USB 3 devices now in the market and USB 2 is looking slow when you transfer a lot of HD stuff.
  14. brentsg macrumors 68040

    Oct 15, 2008
    If they added USB3 then that would be it. Thunderbolt is not locked into 1 protocol so you'll be able to use it for USB3, Firewire, anything you wish.
  15. hcho3 macrumors 68030

    May 13, 2010
    Does MBA really need sandy Bridge processor?

    MBA isn't designed to be used as your ultimate gaming machine or to be used as intense CPU/GPU machine.

    I don't see MBA updating for another 6-8 months.

    iPad is next and then iMac and apple will go all the way in with iPhone 5 this summer.

    MBA is a machine that should be used as light portable laptop. If you want sandy bridge, then go buy MBP.
  16. ranjitb macrumors member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Well will be looking forward for some manufacturer to release Thunderbolt to USB 3 USB-hub that would be cool :) coz I am buying some USB 3 devices in the coming weeks and would love to actually use the higher transfer speeds.

    A bit off topic but have been waiting to upgrade my iMac for quite some time was waiting for USB 3 so that Thunderbolt to USB 3 hub will really help.
  17. CompilerGuy macrumors newbie

    Dec 28, 2010
    Boston, MA
    On the other hand, Core 2 Duo will be the minimum CPU requirement for Lion. It doesn't look too good when the "premium" lightweight laptop barely provides the minimum requirement.
  18. lshirase macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2008
    the move to SB has nothing to do with air users wanting an "ultimate gaming machine". c2d processors are outdated and out of production (or close to it). ULV SB processors will be put into the MBA at apples earliest convenience (most likely june).
  19. reebzor macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2008
    Philadelphia, PA
  20. GekkePrutser macrumors 6502a


    Aug 18, 2005

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