It looks like my current favorite Mac will soon be outdated. Apple is rumored to be releasing an update of the MacBook Air line in June to include Intel’s latest Sandy Bridge microprocessors and the the high speed Thunderbolt I/O port to bring it in line with the current MacBook Pro offerings.
According to AppleInsider, citing Ming-Chi Kuo of Concord Securities:
The upgrade should help boost Apple’s overall notebook shipments between 5 percent to 10 percent sequentially for the current quarter, according to Kuo, reversing a 5 percent decline from the fourth quarter of 2010 to the first quarter of 2011, which he notes was still less than the 11% average decline for notebook shipments from the top 6 OEMs worldwide during the same period.
Thunderbolt gives the Mac one interface to rule them all – at 10 Gbps, it is twenty times faster than USB 2.0. This will make the Air the killer Mac to have. Such is the way of cool stuff: it looks old and busted after just 6 months. Time to start saving up…