Apple is likely to soon announce a refresh to their Macbook and Mac Mini range. Originally it was thought that leaked part numbers outed an impending Macbook Air and Mac Pro refresh, however, a source close to 9to5 has come forward and claimed the part numbers are for a Macbook and Mac Mini refresh.
Macbook Air News
It has been a common request from MacBook Air users ever since the 2010 refresh – bring back the backlit keyboard! Now, according to a recent report, it appears that the latest MacBook Air models, expected to arrive on July 14, may finally see a return to the backlit keyboard that so many have missed.
Many have been expecting new MacBook Airs to arrive this week, with most rumors pointing to a release on July 14. Further, according to a recent report, the model numbers have surfaced for not only new MacBook Airs, but new Mac Pros as well.
Pencil in July 13th (next Wednesday) in your diary because numerous signals point to this date as been D-Day for the much anticipated arrival of Mac OS X Lion and a refresh to the Macbook Air range.
New MacBook Airs are due any day now, and the rumor mill is flying off the handle. The latest rumor suggests that Apple may use new and much faster 400Mbps NAND flash storage chips that will be soldered directly to the motherboard.
It’s been more than three years since Steve Jobs took to the stage at Macworld and pulled the world’s thinnest laptop from a brown envelope and present it to the world. Check out the video presentation, inside.
There’s little doubt that the Mac community definitely has ants in their pants awaiting OS X Lion, as well as new MacBook Airs, which have most frequently been rumored to arrive alongside OS X Lion. There’s good news, too, as two new reports indicate that BOTH with arrive on July 19th!
Late this February, Apple and Intel released their new Thunderbolt data transfer interface in the 2011 MacBook Pros. Though it was suggested that it would take a while for other companies to adopt Thunderbolt, Sony has announced a new Thunderbolt notebook for release in Europe in late July.
While many have been expecting a refresh of the MacBook Air for some time now, Best Buy may have confirmed that the refresh will occur sooner rather than later. The massive online retailer has halted the shipping on current MacBook Air models, fueling suspicions that new models are coming soon.
According to a recent report, Apple may be planning to ship over 8 million MacBook Airs in the third quarter of 2011. If true, this would mean that Apple hopes to sell twice as many MacBook Airs in the next three months than they did all Macs total in the Q2.
According to Digitimes, Apple has dropped the preverbal hammer and instructed their production partners to crank it up to 11 to provide component parts for the impending refresh of Macbook Airs.
According to a note by analyst Doug Freedman of Gleacher & Co., the MacBook Air could account for up to 48% of Apple’s laptop sales this year, reports CNET. While unsurprising, this reveals just how much impact the MacBook Air is really starting to have.
Following yesterday’s reports that a black aluminum MacBook Air could be released in the next refresh, an Apple employee apparently sent an email suggesting that Apple already tried producing a black MacBook Air, but were unsatisfied with its finish.
As Cnet reports, Intel has updated its processor price list to include new ultra-low voltage (ULV) models of its Sandy Bridge Corei5 and Corei7 processors, and it’s quite likely that they’re headed straight for the MacBook Air.
It’s certainly no secret that a new (refreshed) MacBook Air is widely expected to be released soon, but a report surfaced today that the refresh could include models with a black anodized aluminum finished. Could this be the return of the BlackBook? I sure hope so!
It is expected that Apple will refresh their line of Macbook Air laptops only after the release of OS X Lion. Apple is said to be holding back until July’s OS X Lion release before updating Airs, Minis, and their Cinema Display.