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MacBook Air Update Coming in Mid-July?

Many customers have been waiting for Apple to begin shipping its long-rumored updated MacBook Airs, bringing a significant performance improvement to the line with the incorporation of Intel's Sandy Bridge platform. A number of reports had pegged the release for the June-July timeframe, but the June dates are essentially out of the picture now and Apple has been said to be holding the release until it can offer OS X Lion preinstalled on the new machines.


Chatter is now beginning to coalesce around a mid-July launch, and we've been hearing that Apple may be planning a MacBook Air launch for the third week of the month. AppleNApps seems to agree, with several sources there reporting that Apple plans to release the new MacBook Airs alongside OS X Lion on Tuesday, July 19th.
Sources have indicated to AppleNApps that Apple has an internal launch date of July 19th for Mac OS X Lion and a refresh of the MacBook Airs. This is the target date under which the company is currently operating, though both sources are indicating that things can change. Our sources have just seen indications, and can’t be entirely certain, but if everything goes according to plan there will be a new MacBook Air shipping with Lion starting July 19th.
That would coincide with Apple's earnings announcement for the quarter just ending, providing the company with enticing discussion fodder for the conference call.

9 to 5 Mac also reports that it has been hearing Thursday, July 14th in the "rumblings" regarding a launch for Lion and new MacBook Airs, adding to the increasing consensus of a release right around the middle of the month.

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44 months ago



I NEED AIR NOW!


Then maybe open a window?
Rating: 22 Votes
44 months ago

Good for you. Apple works on their schedule, not yours. They will do whatever they damned well pleases them.

If you want to change that, please contact Apple's board of directors and have them appoint you as Apple CEO.


Well, someone's day is crappy.
Rating: 14 Votes
44 months ago

Good for you. Apple works on their schedule, not yours. They will do whatever they damned well pleases them.

If you want to change that, please contact Apple's board of directors and have them appoint you as Apple CEO.


You mad?
Rating: 7 Votes
44 months ago
Pretty please Apple add the freakin' backlit keyboard again...
Rating: 5 Votes
44 months ago

Lion has a restore partition so including external media is unnecessary.


If there's hard drive failure, though, wouldn't accessing the restore partition be rendered null as well?

(That's not snark, BTW, that's genuine curiosity.)
Rating: 5 Votes
44 months ago

I don't think they can do that yet.


When has that stopped them before ? ;) (FCPX, Xserve, Lion distribution, the floppy drive!)

Their are people who live hundreds of miles from Apple stores. What are they going to do when their HDD fails? Ship the laptop off to Apple for an OS install? This seems crazy to me.


And to anyone else that is sane, but again, when has that stopped Apple ?

You may be right but it just seems crazy to me.

Myself I'll be making an install thumb drive when Lion goes gold.


As anyone should do. In fact, I do believe Apple should've simply shipped it as part of the install application you download. Clicking on it should offer to install Lion or create bootable recovery/installation media. This process can be made simple and intuitive easily.

But they don't seem to be going that route.

I'm guessing we all need to prepare for a very long confrontational thread titled "Apple moving away from recovery media with new Macs" sometime late July, where a few people here will insist this is moving forward and that anyone saying this is a bad thing is a luddite and "stuck in the old ways" while a few other people come up with dozens upon dozens of scenarios where this won't work.

In the end, it'll be Apple's way or the highway. I really hope I'm seeing too much into the whole Lion distribution thing, but it's what I'm expecting at this point.
Rating: 4 Votes
44 months ago

I never felt the need to order any Apple Product the second it was announced, but for reasons only know to the dark side of my brain, the moment this new Air hits the Apple Store I will be ordering one.


Same goes for me, but mainly because my 7-year-old Windows laptop finally died on me last year, and no way am I getting a new Windows machine (XP I loved, all OSes since have just annoyed me), and the Air seemed like the perfect fit between an iPad and a MacBook Pro. But no sense in me buying the existing model if something much better is coming along in a month or so.

But I hate that I've now become one of those people waiting on baited breath for every rumor of its release. ;)
Rating: 3 Votes
44 months ago
Does anyone know about them bring back the backlit keyboard?
Rating: 3 Votes
44 months ago
Hard drive failures on the MBA and the issue of reinstalling Lion...

MBA does not have a hard-drive, as in a conventional sense. Although it is a SSD, it is not the conventional drive like a 2.5 or a 3.5". The drives in MBA is a Mini PCI Express form factor SSD drive.
See picture here. Attachment 291624 (Courtesy of iFixit)

Although, these can be replaced by a non-technician, my guess is most people would need to go to Apple to get it fixed anyway.

Chances are the Apple replacement SSD will already have a Lion recovery partition built-in so accessing MAS should not be an issue.
Rating: 3 Votes
44 months ago

Then maybe open a window?


Probably one of the best comments I have read here (in terms of originality):D
Rating: 3 Votes

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