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  • Production of Updated MacBook Air Models to Begin Next Month


    When Apple updated the MacBook Air last October, they were widely criticized for not equipping them with the latest Intel processors. This hasn’t stopped them from selling like hotcakes, however, as Apple has sold roughly a million units during the first quarter of last year alone. Many consumers that might have once bought a more traditional MacBook Pro, have been opting for Apple’s lighter offerings instead. The revamped MacBook Air launch has been one of Apple’s most successful Mac launches ever.

    Even with the popularity of the MacBook Air model at an all time high, sales have been slipping of late, with shipments down 51 percent for the first quarter of this year. The latest MacBook Pro models now offer considerably faster Sandy Bridge processors and a new high-speed Thunderbolt I/O port. The specs for the MacBook Air are now starting to look a little dated when compared to the newest MacBook Pros models.

    This is about to change, however, as Apple will reportedly begin manufacturing new MacBook Air models that include the latest low-power Sandy Bridge processors and incorporate a new Thunderbolt port as well. These new models should be on sale by the end of May, just in time for summer.

    The revamped models are expected to use Intel’s latest 32-nanometer ultra-low-voltage Sandy Bridge processors. The 11.6-inch model is expected to include a 1.4 GHz or 1.6 GHz Core i5, while the 13.3-inch model should be upgraded to a 2.10 GHz or a 2.30 GHz Core i7 CPU when they are released. Currently, there is little word on pricing, however, I would expect that MacBook Air prices will remain unchanged when they are released sometime later this May.

    Source: AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Production of Updated MacBook Air Models to Begin Next Month started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 19 Comments
    1. battlecrushr's Avatar
      battlecrushr -
      definnately gettin this model when its out
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      +1 I can't wait
    1. slickric's Avatar
      slickric -
      That makes 3 of us
    1. samurai_vara's Avatar
      samurai_vara -
      Make it 4 lol....
    1. buttamix's Avatar
      buttamix -
      Quote Originally Posted by samurai_vara View Post
      Make it 4 lol....
      What is the difference between the Mac book pro and the Air
    1. Antman217's Avatar
      Antman217 -
      Quote Originally Posted by buttamix View Post
      What is the difference between the Mac book pro and the Air
      New pros have better hardware, bigger harddrive, more ram, bigger and better resolution displays, and a disk drive. Even with the new proccessor and thunderbolt port, the air can't compete with the pro line. The current 13 inch air costs $400 more than the new 13 inch pro with the new sandy bridge proccessor and thunderbolt port!!! I honestly don't see the big deal about the air.
    1. iLaw-One's Avatar
      iLaw-One -
      Give me MBP any day!!!
    1. Radex's Avatar
      Radex -
      Quote Originally Posted by Antman217 View Post
      New pros have better hardware, bigger harddrive, more ram, bigger and better resolution displays, and a disk drive. Even with the new proccessor and thunderbolt port, the air can't compete with the pro line. The current 13 inch air costs $400 more than the new 13 inch pro with the new sandy bridge proccessor and thunderbolt port!!! I honestly don't see the big deal about the air.
      Key word: Air. The lightness and thinness of the Macbook Air are key features that sells it out. The portability is great. If your basic needs are just web browsing and word processing then the Air is perfect. To be honest, it would be such a waste of money to buy the pro if it would be only used for these basic needs.
    1. Kupe's Avatar
      Kupe -
      Quote Originally Posted by buttamix View Post
      What is the difference between the Mac book pro and the Air
      You're messing with us, right?
    1. RessayFlex's Avatar
      RessayFlex -
      great, now i gotta sell my 2 month old 13 MBA!
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      Quote Originally Posted by RessayFlex View Post
      great, now i gotta sell my 2 month old 13 MBA!
      you can just give it to me lol
    1. Channan's Avatar
      Channan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Antman217 View Post
      New pros have better hardware, bigger harddrive, more ram, bigger and better resolution displays, and a disk drive. Even with the new proccessor and thunderbolt port, the air can't compete with the pro line. The current 13 inch air costs $400 more than the new 13 inch pro with the new sandy bridge proccessor and thunderbolt port!!! I honestly don't see the big deal about the air.
      What? The Pros have a bigger hard drive because the Airs don't have a hard drive. They have solid state drives, which are a lot more expensive. You can upgrade to an SSD for a Pro, though it'll cost you a few hundred and you'll have less memory.

      You're right. The Air has less RAM, but you can upgrade that to 4GB for $100.

      You're wrong about the displays. 13" Air has a 1440x900 display while the 13" Pro only has a 1280x800 display.

      The 13" Air costs $100 more than the Pro. I don't know where you got $400 from. Pro is $1200. Air is $1300. Higher end Pro is $1500. Higher end Air is $1600.

      The big deal with the Air is that it's lighter, thinner, and much more portable than the Pro. Same reason the iPad is so popular. That said, I'd still choose a Pro over an Air, but do some research before you rant about another product.
    1. brbortscheller's Avatar
      brbortscheller -
      If you guys take a look "Nickhesson" (or whatever) hasn't had a post in a large amount of time. I went through 70 posts and didn't find one... And he was my, along with many others' favorite writer for this site...
    1. TenKnots's Avatar
      TenKnots -
      air is definitely lighter than the pro

      i'm thinking of getting an 11" MBA this year, my choice °_°
    1. kickerman65's Avatar
      kickerman65 -
      Well i for one love my MBA (Basically only used for Pwnage tool). Just a little sad to see it updated so soon.
    1. boxxa's Avatar
      boxxa -
      I can't wait. I have last years MBair and I love it but def need the power boost. I wouldn't give up the portability and still can do light video, photoshop, web design and development, etc.
    1. JazJon's Avatar
      JazJon -
      Ask Engadget: best PC alternative to 13-inch MacBook Air? -- Engadget

      As a Windows guy in love with his iPhone, I really want to like Macbook the macbook air. I would Dual boot for sure. (Windows is my Job, plus need/like a few other windows things)

      I just can't get over two macbook things.

      1) The "no" button mouse is annoying as hell. I want to be able to mouse around with one hand, not use a keyboard key to activate the right mouse button. Worse is how hard you actually have to click down into the pad just to left click anything. I've never been a fan of tapping a touch pad as that leads to accidentally moving/deleting things around with false taps. (I always deactivate tap to click on windows laptops)

      2) Not having both a Backspace and Delete key is annoying as all hell in Windows mode. I guess I could maybe remap a key but still.

      So again, I really love the macbook air form factor, but macbook keyboard layout, and no button mouse annoys me to the point of not being able to accept it.

      I bought the MSI X-Slim X370 for $570 last week. So far so good.

      Maybe they will get it right once the iPad is integrated into a Macbook somehow. I have a feeling i'll switch at some point.
    1. Antman217's Avatar
      Antman217 -
      Quote Originally Posted by JazJon View Post
      Ask Engadget: best PC alternative to 13-inch MacBook Air? -- Engadget

      As a Windows guy in love with his iPhone, I really want to like Macbook the macbook air. I would Dual boot for sure. (Windows is my Job, plus need/like a few other windows things)

      I just can't get over two macbook things.

      1) The "no" button mouse is annoying as hell. I want to be able to mouse around with one hand, not use a keyboard key to activate the right mouse button. Worse is how hard you actually have to click down into the pad just to left click anything. I've never been a fan of tapping a touch pad as that leads to accidentally moving/deleting things around with false taps. (I always deactivate tap to click on windows laptops)

      2) Not having both a Backspace and Delete key is annoying as all hell in Windows mode. I guess I could maybe remap a key but still.

      So again, I really love the macbook air form factor, but macbook keyboard layout, and no button mouse annoys me to the point of not being able to accept it.

      I bought the MSI X-Slim X370 for $570 last week. So far so good.

      Maybe they will get it right once the iPad is integrated into a Macbook somehow. I have a feeling i'll switch at some point.
      lol seems like you havent used a mac since 2005 or something.

      1. Right click is done by two finger tap or setting right click to be the lower left or right hand corner of the trackpad. When you install windows, insert your mac osx disk ( or usb in the case of the macbook air) to install the drivers needed for windows to recognize the macbooks trackpad and different keys like volume and eject buttons.

      2. the delete button = backspace. In windows you can hit ctrl+alt+delete and the same delete button will work as backspace. In osx ctrl+alt+delete doenst exist.
    1. hookedonkronix's Avatar
      hookedonkronix -
      Quote Originally Posted by JazJon View Post
      Ask Engadget: best PC alternative to 13-inch MacBook Air? -- Engadget

      As a Windows guy in love with his iPhone, I really want to like Macbook the macbook air. I would Dual boot for sure. (Windows is my Job, plus need/like a few other windows things)

      I just can't get over two macbook things.

      1) The "no" button mouse is annoying as hell. I want to be able to mouse around with one hand, not use a keyboard key to activate the right mouse button. Worse is how hard you actually have to click down into the pad just to left click anything. I've never been a fan of tapping a touch pad as that leads to accidentally moving/deleting things around with false taps. (I always deactivate tap to click on windows laptops)

      2) Not having both a Backspace and Delete key is annoying as all hell in Windows mode. I guess I could maybe remap a key but still.

      So again, I really love the macbook air form factor, but macbook keyboard layout, and no button mouse annoys me to the point of not being able to accept it.

      I bought the MSI X-Slim X370 for $570 last week. So far so good.

      Maybe they will get it right once the iPad is integrated into a Macbook somehow. I have a feeling i'll switch at some point.


      OMG this comment made my head spin. Are you talking about the Magic Mouse or the trackpad? Because you don't need to buy a magic mouse when you get a Macbook. If you're talking about the track pad then clicking with two fingers=right click. The track pad is right in the center so it's kinda difficult to accidentally touch it unless you have King Kong hands. Not having the "DEL" button is pretty silly to hate on a Mac. LOL Believe ne, you will not miss it. Just click behind a word a hit delete.