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  • Hot Rumor: Refreshed MacBook Airs with Backlit Keyboard, OS X Lion Ahead This Week


    The hottest buzz surrounding Apple today is that a slate of refreshed Mac Pros and MacBook Airs with OS X Lion are on tap for release this week. If the rumor mill is accurate, by next weekend we will have four new models to choose from. Two will sport 11-inch screens, and the others beckon us with their 13-inch screens.

    Of course, as per modern tradition in the tech blogosphere, one rumor underlying a rumored product refresh isn't enough of a rumor rush to appease some rumor fanatics. So it's only natural that speculation is also swirling about a conspicuously absent feature returning to the MacBook Air.

    According to people familiar with the matter, backlit keyboards will join the string of hardware enhancements planned for the new 11.6- and 13.3-inch notebooks, which are also expected to adopt high-speed Thunderbolt ports, an upgrade to Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture, and possibly high-speed 400MBps flash memory.
    When Apple pulled the plug on backlit keyboards last year, the company received a verbal spanking by many - so much so that it's believed the lost feature will make a glorious return when the refreshed products turn up in the "very, very near future." Strange but true, it seems the prospective return of backlit keyboards is generating more hype within some circles than the arrival OS X Lion.

    So is there a chance that reports of new MacBook Airs this week will once again prove premature? Of course. But it looks increasingly likely that the reason the updated products have been withheld this long is because Apple was waiting to roll out the refreshes until OS X Lion was ready. Well, it's just about ready. Consequently, there's ample incentive to believe that the wait is finally nearing an end for the debut teased above.

    Source: PC World, Apple Insider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Hot Rumor: Refreshed MacBook Airs with Backlit Keyboard, OS X Lion Ahead This Week started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 12 Comments
    1. TheGrandFinale2001's Avatar
      TheGrandFinale2001 -
      Yes, I would like a Mac Pro refresh.
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      i really need a mac, this just might do it. ^ its macbook air
    1. krosis's Avatar
      krosis -
      Yay backlit keyboards!

      I've been hesitating / poor, but this next refresh is sounding better and better.

      Now if I could only find a nice slim combo iPad/MBA-11" case...
    1. coolemt's Avatar
      coolemt -
      Only problem with Macbook Airs are they overheat very easily.
    1. teej1410's Avatar
      teej1410 -
      Quote Originally Posted by coolemt View Post
      Only problem with Macbook Airs are they overheat very easily.
      Overheat easily, I would worry more about them bending in half!
    1. reznor9's Avatar
      reznor9 -
      My iPad has a backlit keyboard.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      I replaced my MBP's SuperDrive with a 120GB SATA 600 SSD and it makes the world of difference booting and launching/running Apps.

      I think my next laptop might be a MBA but not for another few years. I don't need high processing power anymore so I'll happily swap it for lightness
    1. kodi_68's Avatar
      kodi_68 -
      Quote Originally Posted by teej1410 View Post
      Overheat easily, I would worry more about them bending in half!
      I've never had my Air overheat or bend in half. What the hell are you guys doing with your Airs? Here's some tips for not ruining your hardware:

      1. Don't use it as a frisbee
      2. Don't use it as a prop for showing off your skills from two lessons of kung fu
      3. Don't feed it to your dog, even if you didn't do your homework
      4. Keep it above the covers when surfing Pr0n


      Also, learn to type, then a back lit keyboard won't matter (and saves power!)
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      No new Mac Mini?
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Do not want.
    1. coolemt's Avatar
      coolemt -
      I have first generation MacBook Air and I do love it. No I haven't tried to bend it in half lol, however if I watch a movie, YouTube etc it gets very hot.
    1. teej1410's Avatar
      teej1410 -
      Quote Originally Posted by kodi_68 View Post
      I've never had my Air overheat or bend in half. What the hell are you guys doing with your Airs? Here's some tips for not ruining your hardware:

      1. Don't use it as a frisbee
      2. Don't use it as a prop for showing off your skills from two lessons of kung fu
      3. Don't feed it to your dog, even if you didn't do your homework
      4. Keep it above the covers when surfing Pr0n


      Also, learn to type, then a back lit keyboard won't matter (and saves power!)
      Well can I use an iPad as a frisbee if I have the Discus app??? Lol jk