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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Black MacBook Air from ColorWare

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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Top Rated Comments

LordTyroxx Avatar
132 months ago
I can see the apple advertisements now.

"black has never been so slimming"
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iDemiurge Avatar
132 months ago
Black with backlit keyboard. Me wants, even if me doesn't need. :p
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
YourHerojb Avatar
132 months ago
Very doubtful.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Macopotamus Avatar
132 months ago
Black aluminum sandy bridge Macbook Air? My credit card is ready
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ASKendrew Avatar
132 months ago
The Air would look sweet in Black!
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dleblanc Avatar
132 months ago
Backlit Keyboard

Forget black (they look so much better in aluminum - they start looking like a PC when they are black), I want a backlit keyboard!
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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