Apple to Release Updated MacBook Air and Mac Pro Models This Week?

9 to 5 Mac reports that reliable tipster "Mr. X" has revealed that Apple will be releasing new MacBook Air and Mac Pro models this week alongside OS X Lion.

macbook air mac pro lion
According to Mr. X, Apple will be releasing four new MacBook Air models, appearing to match up with the current lineup of two stock configurations each in the 11-inch and 13-inch sizes. MacBook Air updates have been expected within this general timeframe for some time now, and Apple is said to have been holding the release until it can ship the new machines with OS X Lion preinstalled. The new models include:

MC965LL/A - K21, BETTER, BTR-USA
MC966LL/A - K21, BEST, BTR-USA
MC968LL/A - K78, BETTER, BTR-USA
MC969LL/A - K78, BEST, BTR-USA

On the Mac Pro side, Apple again appears to following its existing lineup with three standard stock configurations alongside a dedicated "Server" configuration. Reports had been suggesting that the Mac Pro would see a refresh in late July or early August, so Apple's appears to be a bit ahead of that schedule provided that it is indeed shooting for a release this week.

MC936LL/A - J40, ULTIMATE - USA
MC815LL/A - J40, BETTER - USA
MC816LL/A - J40, BEST - USA
MC914LL/A - J59, BEST - USA

Mr. X has not offered a specific release date for the new machines, but it appears that Apple may be targeting this Thursday, July 14th for the hardware launch alongside OS X Lion.

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Top Rated Comments

griz Avatar
130 months ago
So is best better than ultimate or is better better than best but not better than ultimate? I always thought that you can't get better than best. So given that, Ultimate would be the worst, better would be better than ultimate and best would be the best. I always thought Apple made things easy. :)
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
scottsjack Avatar
130 months ago
I find the never ending verbal battle between the anti-Mac Pro and the pro-Mac Pro sides interesting.

The anti-MP folks seem to want it to go away for a variety of reason and they sound like people who for the most part have never owned, needed or used a Mac Pro. If they don't need it then by extention does any one?

On the other hand the pro-MP posters sound like they want or need the features that make the Mac Pro what it is. They also strike me as Mac Pro users.

People who are critical of the Mac Pro mainly because of its processing speed compared to the latest iMacs and MacBook Pros obviously belong to the first camp. They probably buy cars soley based on the 0-100kph time.

I'm looking forward to Thursday.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
EmpyreanUK Avatar
130 months ago
This 'Mr X.' is quite the prophet. Following his example, I'm gonna put the reputation of my pseudonym on the line by predicting that the sun will rise tomorrow. I won't offer a specific time, and will only say that it appears that this will take place at DAWN.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Junipr Avatar
130 months ago
No word on a new Macbook?

Maybe the new MacBook Air is the next generation of MacBooks?
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
wallysb01 Avatar
130 months ago
We could really use a new MacPro that supports at least 128 GBs of RAM... Any word on how high the RAM might get?
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MovieCutter Avatar
130 months ago
I really hope Apple don't sign the final death warrant for their pro market with this Mac Pro refresh. What with Final Cut Pro X, a seriously cut down Lion Server and no XServe, i think this may be the final nail in the coffin for the Apple Pro market :(

What Apple Pro market???
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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