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Apple Reportedly Beginning Production of Next-Generation MacBook Air Models


Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of Concord Securities today reported to AppleInsider that Apple's manufacturing partners are scheduled to pump out nearly 400,000 units of revamped MacBook Air models this month as the company looks toward a refresh of the popular ultra-thin notebook.
Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo exclusively told AppleInsider that the Mac maker has placed orders for the production of a total of 380,000 Sandy Bridge-based 11.6 and 13.3-inch MacBook Airs this month.

The analyst, whose industry checks have long provided accurate insight into the Cupertino-based company's future hardware plans, notes that roughly 55 percent (or 209,000) of those MacBook Airs will be of the 11.6-inch varieties, which have proven slightly more popular than the 13.3-inch offerings due to their more attractive entry-level price points.
Rumors of a MacBook Air refresh in the near future have been circulating for some time, with rumors dating as far back as mid-February indicating that Apple was planning a June update for the line. Kuo weighed in in late April to say that Apple would begin production of the new models in May, while another claim from last month pegged the refresh for the June-July timeframe.

Apple's new MacBook Air models are expected to be powered by Intel's Sandy Bridge platform, a significant upgrade over the Core 2 Duo processors found in the current models.

Outcome:MacBook Airs did launch in July. We presume this report was correct.

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42 months ago
My credit card just leapt out of my wallet like a salmon returning home to spawn.
Rating: 23 Votes
42 months ago

What about the rumored IOS based Air with touch screen?


Hmmmm.....iPad :confused:
Rating: 16 Votes
42 months ago

Backlit keyboard


I definitely agree with that. :)

My one & only humble wish for the upcoming MBA refresh is that they all come with backlit keyboards. :o
Rating: 10 Votes
42 months ago

Thunderbolt??


Most definitely on every Mac from here on out.
Rating: 8 Votes
42 months ago
Backlit keyboard
Rating: 7 Votes
42 months ago

I definitely agree with that. :)

My one & only humble wish for the upcoming MBA refresh is that they all come with backlit keyboards. :o


This has been the only thing holding me back from buying a MBA
Rating: 7 Votes
42 months ago

4MB RAM pls


that'll be too much... ;)

I'm very sure you mean 4GB RAM.... :o


just BTO it, and u can have it now.
Rating: 6 Votes
42 months ago

4MB RAM pls


I'm very sure you mean 4GB RAM.... :o
Rating: 6 Votes
42 months ago

The future of Macbook Pro is to become a Macbook Air. By 2015 all Macbooks will be in that form factor. That was the grand vision all along.


I'll AOL this one. Thunderbolt gets us down to "one port to rule them all" in laptops. Apple can ship 2 laptop dongles, a TB to USB 2 port pass-through (not optional), and a TB to USB brick with an SD slot, gig E, USB ports, (possibly) Firewire, and a SuperDrive in it.

There will no longer a MacBook Pro, Air, or plastic. There is MacBook, in 11.6" to 17", all SSD. One power port, one TB port. That's it, that's all.

If they can get the Air in the right price range, and get the market to provide the needed TB adapters (SD card slot, Firewire 400/800, etc.), it's now time to kill the plasticBook. Release it as "MacBook".

If they makes the SuperDrive brick the right size, they can even make it stack below the Mac Mini, allowing it to drop the platters internally too.

Out on the limb way too far: the Pro gets replaced a cube-like box with a bunch of ThunderBolt ports coming out of it instead of PCI-Express slots. Think Mac Mini on steroids.
Rating: 5 Votes
42 months ago

THE MAIN reason to buy the MacBook Air 11.6-inch is NOT because it is cheaper, but because it is lighter and smaller. Apple should make an even lighter (400 to 600 g) and smaller (7-inch) MacBook Air.



7 inch notebook?





Good one!
Rating: 5 Votes

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