Apple’s latest lineup of MacBook Airs are incredible, and since their launch they’ve been lavished with attention from just about everyone – from the tech world’s greatest reviewers to the hooded youths that gather around them in the Apple Store. But a recent refresh to the MacBook Pro family is beginning to steal their limelight – boasting features like Sandy Bridge processors and Thunderbolt ports – and the Airs want it back with their share of new components. They may only have to wait a little while longer, however, as one report suggests a refresh within the coming months.
The last time the MacBook Air got a makeover was last October, which saw the introduction of the 11-inch model, solid-state drives as standard, and a kick in the face for Adobe’s Flash – amongst other things. A new report from DigiTimes citing sources in Apple’s supply chain says that the next-generation of Airs is just around the corner, with shipments beginning in late May for a June or July launch.
So what’s new? Well, as you probably guessed, the Airs will catch up with the latest MacBook Pros and get Intel’s newest Sandy Bridge processors in addition to the company’s Thunderbolt technology.
Component suppliers and makers will remain pretty much the same for the latest model – with Quanta Computer solely responsible for its assembly, Catcher Technology supplying its casings, Auras Technology supplying thermal modules, Shin Zu Shing supplying its hinges, and Simply Technology and Dynapack supplying its batteries; according to the report.
This is the second time a MacBook Air refresh has been tipped for June: back in April an analyst declared a refresh during June based on information gathered from the Taiwanese supply chain.
I knew the day my MacBook Air would become antiquated was just around the corner, but I’ll be happy to see this device get Sandy Bridge processors. Although it’s already super speedy thanks to its SSD, many were surprised with Apple when the device was announced for its decision to feature an ageing Core 2 Duo processor. I suppose this quashes those ARM predictions for now anyway.