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.