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MacBook Air Supplies Constrained and On Sale Ahead of Refresh


Both CNet and Digitimes have pinpointed the 2011 Macbook Air refreshes for the June-July timeframe. So, it should be no surprise that according to retail sources of 9to5mac, Apple's MacBook Air supplies are becoming constrained around the world.

The 2011 MacBook Air is believed to adopt the latest Sandy Bridge processors which come with Intel's embedded graphics chipset. This is a decision that Apple has already made for the latest low-end MacBook Pros, so we expect they will make the same decision in the new MacBook Airs. The new Airs should also adopt the Thunderbolt high speed connector that was introduced earlier this year.



Appleheadlines notes that MacBook Airs are on sale at some Best Buys. Several readers have also noted that the refurbished MacBook Airs on Apple's online store have also dropped in price. These price drops, however, may represent soft demand in the MacBook Airs rather than any particular knowledge about the new releases.

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45 months ago
The new ones better come with back-lit keyboards, otherwise they will be a big disappointment. I know for a fact, I'm not the only one that thinks that way.
Rating: 12 Votes
45 months ago
Mac Mini and MacBook are also in desperate need of upgrades. :(
Rating: 10 Votes
45 months ago



Perhaps they'll add touch screen to the MBA.


and that's where you started sounding crazy..
Rating: 8 Votes
45 months ago

You are out of your mind if you think it's gonna come with backlit keyboard


Why? The original had it.
Rating: 6 Votes
45 months ago

It's obvious they dropped the backlit keyboard because of a design reason, not out of spite for users who like it. That design choice paid off and the MBA went from niche to mainstream with the last refresh.


Did you really just attribute the success of the Macbook Air to the fact they removed the backlight?? :eek:
Rating: 6 Votes
45 months ago

It will outperform the 9400M which is good enough for the majority of people. The 9400M makes up 30% of Valve's Steam Mac users.


I don't think that this is true. The intel graphics are worse than the Nvidia ones.
Rating: 5 Votes
45 months ago
Awesome....

My wife's getting my 11" MBA and I'm getting a maxed out top of the line 13" MBA when they come out, the addition of the Thunderbolt is very welcome indeed as doing backups via USB2 is so slow....
Rating: 5 Votes
45 months ago

Come on Apple how about you show the Mac Pro some love!


Why would someone rate this comment a negative. Bumped it back to 0 for ya!
Rating: 5 Votes
45 months ago

Yeah, no matter how fast they are, how much better they benchmark, ect.... the one factor that will make or break them will be backlit keyboards. Not saying I don't want a backlit keyboard, I just don't think its presence is that critical of an issue.


Although I am dying to see a backlit keyboard featured on the next MBA, I have to agree. Ultimately, its absence does not disrupt my ability to view or use my keyboard, while using it in the dark.
Rating: 4 Votes
45 months ago
Backlit keyboard, I'll buy one as soon as possible.

No backlit keyboard, I'll go for an entry level 13" Macbook Pro.
Rating: 4 Votes

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