Here Are the Specs for Apple’s Upcoming MacBook Airs

Here Are the Specs for Apple’s Upcoming MacBook Airs

Apple is expected to announce the launch of its updated MacBook Air line sometime this week, but for those of you who are dying to know what the latest ultraportables will be packing when they arrive, here are the specs for the new 11- and 13-inch MacBook Airs.

Both machines are expected to feature Intel’s latest Core i5 and i7 processors, and the company’s high-speed Thunderbolt technology. They will also sport the same design as the current generation, according to a source for 9to5 Mac:

11.6 inch models:

  • The base model will include a 1.6 GHz processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 64GB of flash storage.
  • The more expensive standard configuration also includes a 1.6 GHz processor but upgrades the RAM to 4GB and the storage space to 128 GB.
  • A built to order model will also be available from the online store. This option includes a 1.8 GHz processor (first for an 11.6 inch MacBook Air), 4GB of RAM, and for the first time in an 11.6 inch MacBook Air, 256 GB of flash storage.

13.3 inch models:

  • The base standard configuration includes a 1.7 GHz processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128 GB of flash storage
  • The more expensive standard configuration also includes a 1.7 GHz processor, 4GB of RAM, but upgrades the storage to 256 GB.
  • A built to order option will also be available and this includes a 1.8 GHz chip, 4GB of RAM, and 256 GB of flash storage

It’s unclear whether these machines will feature backlit keyboards, as some reports have suggested. This information also quashes those rumors that the MacBook Air will come with at least 128GB of storage and 4GB of RAM as standard.

How do you feel about those specs? Are they just what you wanted, or were you hoping for a little more?

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  • tommaso avati

    I was expecting a lot more… and wondering what is now the battery life which, in the previous edition, was really bad….

  • pauljacobson

    The drives are still pretty small. I was hoping for larger capacity drives, perhaps starting with 128GB SSDs. Otherwise the processors should add a little boost if they are i5 or i7?

  • Joe T

    Erm… Aren’t these the specs of the current MacBook Airs?

  • facebook-100000670318505

    disappointing considering all the hype and um *thunder bolt*

  • Sengfook

    Apple online store is being updated now.

  • Sengfook

    Apple online store is being updated now.

  • marioyohanes

    I was hoping 128GB SSD with 4GB RAM will be standard configuration. Anyway, Sandy Bridge is what I want for the next MBA.

  • KillianBell

    No, the current models start at just 1.4GHz  — these start at 1.6GHz. Also, the current models only pack Intel Core 2 Duo processors, the new ones will have Sandy Bridge Core i5/i7.

  • ALi

    for me min 4GB RAm n any storage but must be flash. ;)

  • Jaya Prasad Rao

    Currently can go to 2.13 Ghz with 4 GB RAM, 256 GB flash.

  • Tony Leonello

    2GB Ram is just nothing these days. the standard needs to be at least 4GB Ram… but the battery life should improve because of the new processor shouldn’t they. but anyway im excited for the backlit keyboard and maybe even a more hi-res display. 

  • Pete

    I was secretly hoping for a dramatic re-design..

  • tekunoloji

    Weak. What kind of graphics? Crappy Intel?

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