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A new report Thursday corroborates that Apple is expected to launch new MacBook Airs next week, featuring backlit keyboards and minimum 128GB solid-state hard drives.

Updated: The report from All Things D corroborates numerous details that have been published elsewhere online over the last several days. It cites "several" anonymous sources as having indicated the notebooks will go on sale late next week.

"So look for an announcement Thursday or Friday, with the new hardware spec'ing out pretty much the way rumors in AppleInsider have described: New Sandy Bridge processors from Intel, support for Apple's new high-speed Thunderbolt port, backlit keyboards and a winnowing down of configuration options to 128GB and 256GB of flash," the revised report said.

It was AppleInsider that was first and only to report last week that Apple's new MacBook Airs would have a backlit keyboard, replacing an omission from the 2010 model, and also that the hardware would debut sometime during the week of July 21. That's next Thursday, when the latest report reaffirmed the new ultraportable notebooks could arrive.

In addition, it was first reported here on Thursday that the new notebooks could do away with the entry-level 64GB solid-state flash hard drive and offer 128GB as the lowest capacity. Those details were provided in a communication with Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who also indicated the devices are expected come with 4GB of RAM as the standard.

In addition to the more recent rumors in the past week, reports have indicated for months that the new MacBook Air models will feature Intel's latest generation Sandy Bridge processors, which first hit the market earlier this year. The new notebooks will also sport the high-speed Thunderbolt port that already appeared in Apple's MacBook Pro and iMac lineups earlier this year.



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Apple to begin production of Thunderbolt MacBook Airs next month
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I thought these things were supposed to launch today? In fact, there have been reports every week for a while now it seems like that have said these things are imminent. What I keep hearing is, "Hold off, don't but it yet, it's coming out soon, we promise!" And then when they finally do get released, all of these same reporters and analysts will cry, "This is a worthless upgrade, don't ever consider buying one of these things!"
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Every day, I'm still loving my late 2010 13" MBA. I'm going to skip 2011. The thunderbolt port is really the only thing that grabs my attention. I'll look forward to see what 2012 brings. I'd love a quad-core i7 MBA one day!
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post #5 of 37
Wasn't this the same news last week? These rumors are getting pretty ridiculous, and I'm starting to think that these stories are nothing more than attempts to drive traffic to this site, and be competitive with other Apple enthusiast sites.

There has to be more to talk about besides unsubstantiated, third-hand information, from fourth parties.

Seriously.
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Please list all the times AI has published rumors that were wrong and indicate which of them were published first on AI.
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Let your scoops speak for themselves. Lines like "It was AppleInsider that was first and only to report..." diminish your authority and make you appear insecure.
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If that had been a PC i bought in 2009 it would be as old as dirt.
Cant wait to sup my imac up with Lion and more Ramm in a few days
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Let your scoops speak for themselves. Lines like "It was AppleInsider that was first and only to report..." diminish your authority and make you appear insecure.

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Originally Posted by hittrj01 View Post

I thought these things were supposed to launch today? In fact, there have been reports every week for a while now it seems like that have said these things are imminent. What I keep hearing is, "Hold off, don't but it yet, it's coming out soon, we promise!" And then when they finally do get released, all of these same reporters and analysts will cry, "This is a worthless upgrade, don't ever consider buying one of these things!"

This is how sites like AppleInsider, MacRumors and ThinkSecret work these days. Since all of the people who were leaking genuine info got found out and/or fired, all they have to go on are their own guesses.
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Like TUAW or 9to5mac just reported a weak source that said July 26th for Lion. Wouldn't it be interesting if they released Airs before Lion?!
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This is how sites like AppleInsider, MacRumors and ThinkSecret work these days. Since all of the people who were leaking genuine info got found out and/or fired, all they have to go on are their own guesses.

AppleInsider hasn't pegged down a date, unlike a lot of other Tech Sites. After all, half the fun of being an Apple fan is the rumor mill.
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If that had been a PC i bought in 2009 it would be as old as dirt.
Cant wait to sup my imac up with Lion and more Ramm in a few days

In fact, when I play facebook games, opening 4 browsers at once, the iMac becomes so sluggish that I had to close two of the browsers to get it to work the way I need it to. No such problem with my HP. Please don't bash PCs unless you actually own one. Here's at you for your comment.
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I can see dropping the 64GB and 2GB RAM, but I have a hard time seeing 512GB and 8GB RAM. I think having processor speed and capacity be the only two choices within two options would be very Apple-like.
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These reports are really starting to frustrate me.

Let's face it - we know we're getting these things around the same time as Lion which is coming before August, and that's all we know.

In 2 weeks when we have them, we'll forget all about this slow and annoying process of rumor sites guessing away (more in reference to 9to5 Mac which basically suggested Lion would come yesterday as being a fact).
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I can see dropping the 64GB and 2GB RAM, but I have a hard time seeing 512GB and 8GB RAM. I think having processor speed and capacity be the only two choices within two options would be very Apple-like.

Yeah, I can see Apple doing something like 4GB standard RAM, 128GB and slower i5 in the low end 11", 256GB with faster i5 in the higher end 11", the same specs in the low-end 13" (like they do with the 15"and 17" pros), and a 256GB and i7 in the high-end 13". That seems very in line with most of the other Apple stuff.
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In fact, when I play facebook games, opening 4 browsers at once, the iMac becomes so sluggish that I had to close two of the browsers to get it to work the way I need it to. No such problem with my HP. Please don't bash PCs unless you actually own one. Here's at you for your comment.

Are those facebook games made with flash?
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Are those facebook games made with flash?

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If that had been a PC i bought in 2009 it would be as old as dirt.
Cant wait to sup my imac up with Lion and more Ramm in a few days

I'm pretty sure a PC from 2009 would be the same age as an iMac from 2009. And don't forget, Apple is still selling the Mac Mini using C2D chips.
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I'm pretty sure a PC from 2009 would be the same age as an iMac from 2009. And don't forget, Apple is still selling the Mac Mini using C2D chips.

I discur (that's a word, right?? )—PC years and Mac years are different. An iMac born in 2009 is two years old now. A PC born in 2009 is, like, 12 years old. <joke>

My MacBook is about three years old now, and it's just as pretty as the day I got it.
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In fact, when I play facebook games, opening 4 browsers at once, the iMac becomes so sluggish that I had to close two of the browsers to get it to work the way I need it to. No such problem with my HP. Please don't bash PCs unless you actually own one. Here's at you for your comment.

I don't own a PC, but I spend a lot of time trouble-shooting my friends' PCs. That's all the PC experience I care for. I've never once had a Mac friend come to me and say, "Hey, can you help me? I can't get this to work!!"

Of course, everyone's computing experience is different. If your PC experience is more worthwhile and productive than your Mac experience, then good for you!
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I discur (that's a word, right?? ) PC years and Mac years are different. An iMac born in 2009 is two years old now. A PC born in 2009 is, like, 12 years old. <joke>

My MacBook is about three years old now, and it's just as pretty as the day I got it.

Quite right. Like cats and tortoises years... Meanwhile, back in the 4 Facebook games (dude)....
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The Apple stores were going to close Wednesday night for the Lion debut Thursday. No doubt about it. On every website. Here is my reporting. Apple will release a new operating system in 2011. Stay tuned for details.
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In fact, when I play facebook games, opening 4 browsers at once, the iMac becomes so sluggish that I had to close two of the browsers to get it to work the way I need it to. No such problem with my HP. Please don't bash PCs unless you actually own one. Here's at you for your comment.

That really has nothing to do with PC performance. Rather it has everything to do with Adobe dragging it's feet Implementing GPU acceleration in Flash for the Mac.
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That really has nothing to do with PC performance. Rather it has everything to do with Adobe dragging it's feet Implementing GPU acceleration in Flash for the Mac.

Doesn't that really depend on how new your Mac is though? IIRC, H.264 flash acceleration only worked on some Macs with Nvidia chipsets, but not ATI/AMD at the time (circa 2008), even though more GPU's were supported under Windows.

It obviously works with all current shipping Macs (or should), but Adobe can only support what was was available to them in that H.264 video acceleration update for SL.
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Doesn't that really depend on how new your Mac is though? IIRC, H.264 flash acceleration only worked on some Macs with Nvidia chipsets, but not ATI/AMD at the time (circa 2008), even though more GPU's were supported under Windows.

It obviously works with all current shipping Macs (or should), but Adobe can only support what was was available to them in that H.264 video acceleration update for SL.

The problem is Flash is still crap on Apples systems even if GPU acceleration is in place.
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The rumored specs for the macbook airs sound great. I wanna nab me one of the 11" ones....IF they come with a 256gb version. I dont care about a backlit keyboard....but it sure would be nice if Apple's engineering team managed to squeeze an SD slot in those puppies along with the thnderbolt port. That'd be sweet.
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it sure would be nice if Apple's engineering team managed to squeeze an SD slot in those puppies along with the thnderbolt port. That'd be sweet.

An SD slot on an 11" MacBook Air would seem unlikely. SD slots are not a strategic technology for Apple.
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An SD slot on a MacBook Air would seem unlikely. SD slots are not a strategic technology for Apple.

The 13" has one, just not the 11" one.
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An SD slot on a MacBook Air would seem unlikely. SD slots are not a strategic technology for Apple.

Can't you boot off of an SD card? Which would mean SD cards would be a good choice to set up as restoration media now that there is no Lion DVD. Maybe Apple will see it that way, since it jives well with their plans and include it on all models now.

Or maybe they figure you can just use a large USB drive. That's how the original Air's "disks" came, wasn't it? I'm not sure what the advantages of one over the other would be, to be honest.
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I discur (that's a word, right?? )PC years and Mac years are different. An iMac born in 2009 is two years old now. A PC born in 2009 is, like, 12 years old. <joke>

My MacBook is about three years old now, and it's just as pretty as the day I got it.

If you are trying to make a joke, at least make it funny.

My PCs from 2009 and are going just as well as my Macs from 2009, my iMac from 2007 is in worse condition than my 2005 PC
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That really has nothing to do with PC performance. Rather it has everything to do with Adobe dragging it's feet Implementing GPU acceleration in Flash for the Mac.

I think you mean Apple refusing to support GPU acceleration on older Macs
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it sure would be nice if Apple's engineering team managed to squeeze an SD slot in those puppies along with the thnderbolt port. That'd be sweet.

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An SD slot on a MacBook Air would seem unlikely. SD slots are not a strategic technology for Apple.

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The 13" has one, just not the 11" one.

You're right. The context was the 11" MacBook Air. I should have been more specific. I've since edited my post to clarify that. Thanks.
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I think you mean Apple refusing to support GPU acceleration on older Macs

Adobe has always focused on flash for the PC. It has always treated Apple and Linux for that matter, as after thoughts. This is not something that is a surprise anymore. Adobe is so wrapped up in flash on the PC they can't even make a version that is viable for the mobile industry.
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You're right. The context was the 11" MacBook Air. I should have been more specific. I've since edited my post to clarify that. Thanks.

How is SD not strategic technology for 11" but it is for 13"?
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How is SD not strategic technology for 11" but it is for 13"?

I don't believe the SD slot is a strategic technology for Apple. It's just a nice feature. Apple include it where it's convenient to do so, but do not fundamentally compromise the design of a Mac just to include an SD slot.

In the case of the MacBook, I believe there is ample space for an SD slot and therefore the absence is probably to keep the cost down. I don't know whether the absence of an SD slot in the 11" MacBook Air is for cost reasons, to because of space limitations, or both.

On the other hand, Thunderbolt appears to be a strategic technology for Apple and I expect to see every Mac model support Thunderbolt by the end of 2011. We might even see iOS devices supporting Thunderbolt in 2012 or 2013 (while still supporting USB). That would make for very speedy sync/backup/restore for iPad/iPhone/iPod users who have 2011 or later Macs.

In other words, I don't think Apple care so much how much market penetration SD achieves. I think Apple care a lot that Thunderbolt achieves deep market penetration.
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I don't believe the SD slot is a strategic technology for Apple. It's just a nice feature. Apple include it where it's convenient to do so, but do not fundamentally compromise the design of a Mac just to include an SD slot.

We will never get rid of the need for removable storage media. It is just a fact of life. So Apple may very well see SD as a replacement for optical technology.
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In the case of the MacBook, I believe there is ample space for an SD slot and therefore the absence is probably to keep the cost down. I don't know whether the absence of an SD slot in the 11" MacBook Air is for cost reasons, to because of space limitations, or both.

The cost of an SD slot should be pretty trivial. In the Mac Book the lack of a slot might simple be because there has not been a recent major overhaul of the machine.
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On the other hand, Thunderbolt appears to be a strategic technology for Apple and I expect to see every Mac model support Thunderbolt by the end of 2011. We might even see iOS devices supporting Thunderbolt in 2012 or 2013 (while still supporting USB). That would make for very speedy sync/backup/restore for iPad/iPhone/iPod users who have 2011 or later Macs.

Strategic I don't know about. Rather I just see TB as a next gen port.
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In other words, I don't think Apple care so much how much market penetration SD achieves. I think Apple care a lot that Thunderbolt achieves deep market penetration.

Actually I don't think Apple cares. Everything tells me they think of TB as a high end port.
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