Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
Thunderbolt? Next MacBook Air update.
Quad core? The MacBook Air's next chip already exists, so if it's quad-core, so long MacBook.
They can possibly use a 4 thread chip like the following i7:http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id...ec-codes=SR03S
I don't expect quad-core low voltage chips until Ivy Bridge near the end of the year. Even with the above chip though, that would outperform a Core 2 Duo as the lower clocked i7-860M does:http://browse.geekbench.ca/geekbench2/view/374723http://browse.geekbench.ca/geekbench2/view/313457
and it's on par with the current white Macbook:http://browse.geekbench.ca/geekbench2/view/356270
It really shows how slow these C2D chips are with a score of ~3,000 when you see the 15" MBP quad-i7 scoring 11,000.
Thing is, I expected Apple to ditch the optical in the MBP and go with a redesign this time but they opted for high performance instead, which makes up for it a bit. They may choose to do the same with the white Macbook so that people get an affordable dual-core i5 with a decent amount of storage.
Right now, SSD prices haven't dropped enough to allow the entry model more than 128GB at best. I reckon the white model has another update left in it before a switch over and then the MBA will probably update near the end of the year and the white model will just be left to run out of stock