We’ve been hearing that Apple’s next desktop operating system, OS X Lion, will be released on July 14th. Alongside Lion, there have also been rumors that Apple will release a new MacBook Air and Mac Pro model at the same time.
Apple is reportedly set to release new machines with Intel’s Sandy Bridge chips. The new MacBook Airs aren’t expected to have an exterior design change, but instead focus on improved internal hardware. The updated Mac Pros are rumored to have a rack-mountable, narrower enclosure.
9to5Mac has posted 8 new model numbers for what they claim are Apple’s updated MacBook Air and Mac Pro models. An 11 inch and 13 inch MacBook Air will be available with Apple’s new Thunderbolt I/O technology and Intel’s super fast Sandy Bridge processors.
For the Mac Pro, there’s the possibility of a 16-core model with Sandy Bridge chips. Obviously, Thunderbolt I/O will be included as well. The idea of a redesigned enclosure could mean a more iMac-ish look and feel to Apple’s high end desktop machine.
It will be impressive for Apple to introduce Sandy Bridge chips in its upcoming computers, because that means Intel has given Apple access to Sandy Bridge months before its release.
In summary, you can expect upgraded MacBook Air and Mac Pro models from Apple very soon. The new models will have faster internal hardware and most likely more memory. OS X Lion is expected to ship on these computers at launch. Mark your calendars for this Thursday to see what happens!