Sandy Bridge MacBook Airs Will Double Specs To 128GB SSD and 4GB RAM [Report]

Sandy Bridge MacBook Airs Will Double Specs To 128GB SSD and 4GB RAM [Report]

The next-gen Sandy Bridge MacBook Airs will be a lot less skimpy with their storage space and memory, according to supply chain checks. In fact, expect the minimum storage and RAM to double with the next MacBook Airs.

According to Apple Insider:

In a communication to AppleInsider on Thursday, Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said his industry checks suggest Apple is no longer placing orders MacBook Airs with 2GB of RAM. Instead, those checks indicate that all new 11.6- and 13.3-inch models will include 4GB of RAM as standard, as it will improve performance of Mac OS X Lion, also due to ship on each model.

Similarly, Kuo cited the same checks in suggesting that Airs with just 64GB solid-state-drives may go away in favor of Apple shipping only 128GB and 256GB models as standard, given that the bulk of Apple’s shipments have been for models containing those larger drives. Contrary to some reports, however, the analyst and proven insider said his checks indicate the SSD drives will remain pluggable, and won’t be soldered to the logic board.

I was hoping Apple would do this. I’ve been happy with my 64GB MacBook Air, but storage space is at a premium, and I’ve had to adopt a lot of my computing habits accordingly. At the very least, I hope that Apple doubles the RAM across the board: 2GB was always just way too stingy, especially for a machine where the memory is soldered to the logic board and can’t be upgraded.

  • r0derik

    Are there any rumors about the displays? I would die for a high res version 

  • willettjf

    I like the Air concept, but I prefer to add SSD to a MacBook Pro to retain the ability to upgrade memory, HD as desired. No solder for me!

  • enzoamata

    +1

  • TylerHoj

    I’m still patiently awaiting a price drop on the (late 2010) MacBook Airs. I’m saving the real spending for the updated and redesigned MacBook Pro’s. Think of how amazing and slim a 17” Pro is going to be in early 2012…now THAT’S a computer I can sink my wallet into. 

  • SpongebobUK

    The MBA already has a higher resolution display then the mbp

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    I paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshiba laptop for $94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff, LiveCent.com

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  • Wayne_Luke

    If the 64 GB models go away, hopefully the 128 GB model drops in price to fit that slot. Not holding my breath but it would be nice to be able to still get an Air for $999.00

  • Techy8789

    I heard rumors that the baseline MBAs would drop the $899.  If the minimum specs are going up, then I guess they’ll be $999, especially if Apple is phasing out the white MacBook.

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