11.6-inch MacBook Airs Coming Before Year’s End?
Before the arrival of the iPad, the MacBook Air
was Apple’s answer to netbooks. Now it seems that the MacBook Air is about to be refreshed with a smaller 11.6-inch screen. If this rumor is true, it will be the smallest MacBook yet produced by Apple. Apple has shied away from the term “netbook” in the past because of the low-cost and low-quality nature of most netbooks. If this is a new MacBook Model, however, it will be difficult for Apple to call this anything but an Apple netbook.
reports “Quanta has reportedly landed orders for 11.6-inch MacBooks from Apple. Shipments of 11.6-inch MacBooks are expected to top 400,000-500,000 units in 2010.”
Although this statement does not specifically point to MacBook Airs, it is reasonable to assume that Apple will update the MacBook Air line in the near future. They were last updated about a year ago, and Apple has historically made MacBook update announcements in September or October.
I for one would love to see a smaller MacBook. Apple might be readying this new model for the holiday season. If this is the case Apple might want to call it the MacNetBook, but then Apple would never admit to making a netbook.