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Next-Generation MacBook Air to Include Black Option?

Apple is widely believed to be set to introduce new Sandy Bridge-based MacBook Air models in the very near future, with a variety of sources over the past few months having pegged the refresh for a June-July timeframe. One recent report has claimed that Apple is holding the MacBook Air release until OS X Lion is ready to go, meaning that a release would apparently occur sometime in July.

Detailed specs on the new models have yet to appear, although they will almost certainly include the new Thunderbolt connectivity standard being pushed forward by Apple and be based on Intel's Sandy Bridge platform, a significant enhancement over the Core 2 Duo platform used in the current MacBook Airs.

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Over the past week, we've received several anonymous tips claiming that at least some models of the next-generation MacBook Air will be be available with a black finish, different from the aluminum case used on the current MacBook Air and most of Apple's other Macs. The most specific of the claims suggests that a black anodized aluminum case would be available on a top-end MacBook Air model, in much the same way as Apple once offered a high-end black MacBook on top of the standard white offerings.

We are unable to confirm the rumors of a black MacBook Air option at this time, but with multiple sources having now reported the claim to us in recent days, we've decided to at least share it for interest and discussion.

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41 months ago
Black with backlit keyboard. Me wants, even if me doesn't need. :p
Rating: 15 Votes
41 months ago
Very doubtful.
Rating: 13 Votes
41 months ago
Forget black (they look so much better in aluminum - they start looking like a PC when they are black), I want a backlit keyboard!
Rating: 9 Votes
41 months ago
Anodized black aluminum would be brilliant. So much nicer than the tacky aluminum chassis currently used.
Rating: 9 Votes
41 months ago
Black aluminum sandy bridge Macbook Air? My credit card is ready
Rating: 9 Votes
41 months ago
the MBA rumor mill is killing me, can we at least expect an announcement some time soon? I've been waiting to get a MBA for almost two months now :(
Rating: 7 Votes
41 months ago

I reckon theres more chance of the MacBook going back to black but id still love to see a black Air


It wouldn't be a huge surprise considering that the MacBook Air is the new Macbook ;)
Rating: 6 Votes
41 months ago
Long as it doesn't have glass over the display, it's all good.
Rating: 6 Votes
41 months ago
Black aluminium? I dunno. I'd prefer carbon fibre.
Rating: 5 Votes
41 months ago

Very doubtful.


While I would dig an all black MBA (or any Apple product, for that matter) it's just not happening. Yet.
Upgraded processor & Thunderbolt is all I expect... with fingers firmly crossed for a backlit keyboard - the most glaring omission form the most recent redesign which is actually keeping me from purchasing. I mean, once you've had backlit keys, it seems counterintuitive to go back.
Rating: 4 Votes

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