MacBook Air due for refresh

Sandy Bridge processors and speedy Thunderbolt connections are expected for an updated MacBook Air this summer.

Apple this month will start to mass produce the next generation version of the MacBook Air, according to AppleInsider.

The Apple website got an exclusive report from Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo stating that Apple placed orders for "a total of 380,000 Sandy Bridge-based 11.6 and 13.3-inch MacBook Airs." Kuo says 55 percent of those will be the popular 11.6-inch model.

Kuo's announcement is the latest in a series of rumors pointing to updated notebooks from Apple making an appearance sometime this summer.

Kuo in April told AppleInsider that new MacBook Air models would be coming soon. In May, rumors circulated that the new notebooks would be packing Sandy Bridge processors and the speedy Thunderbolt connections.

AppleInsider points out that Phil Schiller, Apple senior vice president of worldwide product marketing highlighted the MacBook Air's success during the company's WWDC presentation of Mac OS X Lion.

Updated MacBook Airs make a lot of sense after Apple's announcement of its new iCloud service. The notebook is clearly designed to be portable and in some cases considered an iPad alternative. Some people are saying that pairing the device's smaller capacity, faster flash storage with iCloud's wireless data syncing and Lion's iOS-like features may turn out to be Apple's next big thing.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Applemac laptophardware systemslaptops

Struggling for Christmas presents this year? Check out our Christmas Gift Guide for some top tech suggestions and more.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Paul Suarez

PC World (US online)

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Shopping.com

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Shopping.com

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?