I'm not seeing a viable option in Intel's lineup for the MBA update. Could they be using another chip not yet released to the general public?
I hope it's updated, but with Intel HD IGP as the only option Arrandale seems unattractive. Also, the biggest failing of the MBA is the anemic battery life.
PS: The largest 1.8" HDD and SSD seem to both top out at 160GB but I think the HDD is a couple millimeters thicker. This year will bring with 50% more storage at the same price point. That tipping point is getting closer.
Originally Posted by ibgarrett
What if the MBA was to become the larger iPad Pro? Kinda makes sense if you think about it.
Do you have an argument and scenario as to how that could possibly work? I can't think of any that make those a convergence device.
Originally Posted by jragosta
i3 - maybe - if they're willing to give up the discrete graphics. It may not matter for the MBA.
i7 or i5? Not a chance. Energy consumption is way too high.
The MBA currently uses an IGP, not a dGPU.
Core-i5 and i7 are the ONLY Arrandale options for the MBA. Core-i3 only offers 35W chips.
Core-i5 and i7 both have 18W chips. These are an extra 1W TDP over the current CULV C2Ds, but they more than makes up for it by integrating the Northbridge. The part mclaring
got wrong is the model number, which end UM/UE, not LM.
Still, there are other issues than the power and heat requirements being okay. I suppose we'll find out tomorrow.