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With Intel's next-generation Haswell processors set to launch in a matter of weeks and WWDC to kick off soon after, availability of Apple's 13-inch MacBook Air had begun to dry up at major authorized resellers.

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The popular 13-inch MacBook Air with a 1.8-gigahertz processor and 256-gigabyte solid-state drive is currently out of stock at resellers Amazon, B&H, MacConnection, and MacMall. In addition, J&R is currently advertising that the thin-and-light notebook is only available for purchase in its brick-and-mortar stores.

In fact, the only reseller on AppleInsider's Mac Price Guide that is currently advertising available inventory of that 13-inch MacBook Air configuration is Best Buy.

Constrained availability of existing models is often one of the first signs of an impending product refresh, as Apple draws down inventory in anticipation of the release of new hardware. Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, scheduled for June 10 through 14, would be an opportune time for the company to introduce newly updated MacBook Airs.

Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities indicated last month that Apple apparently plans to introduce new MacBook Airs featuring Intel's next-generation Haswell processors at WWDC. The new ultraportable notebooks are expected to go on sale before the end of June.



Intel Haswell chips are scheduled to launch the first week of June, boasting more capable processors that will consume less power, leading to longer battery life on notebooks. The chips will also feature next-generation Intel HD 5000 integrated graphics that will offer a 50 percent in improvement over the previous 4000-class.

Kuo also said that Apple will likely introduce Haswell-powered MacBook Pro models at WWDC 2013. He expects that updated versions of the legacy, optical-drive-equipped MacBook Pro will launch alongside new MacBook Airs before the end of June, while a refresh of the premium Retina display MacBook Pro models will become available at a later date.

On the software front, Apple has already confirmed that it will unveil the next major updates to iOS and OS X at this year's conference. AppleInsider has seen traffic from devices running iOS 7 spike in recent weeks.
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But if we are to listen to Cook we must wait longer.
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AppleInsider: "MacBook Air inventory begins dwindling ahead of Apple's WWDC"

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dual multi-touch ultra-retina MBA with reverse thrusters and a parachute!
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I am not a customer for this box (need something more grunty), but it's an impressive computer and it would be interesting to see how Apple could update it a year since the last one.

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I love the MacBook Air. It really transformed from a lightweight oddity to a very nice notebook in the last generation, after they bumped the specs.

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dual multi-touch ultra-retina MBA with reverse thrusters and a parachute!

Yup - its the new MBA GTI

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The 15" Retina MacBook Pro is still a tad heavy, but it has a phenomenal balance of computing power and battery life. But it's no Air when it comes to portability. I'd take the Air over a 13" MBP any day.

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But if we are to listen to Cook we must wait longer.

He didn't say nothing about revs to existing products! His comments back then where about new products, I fully expect that we ill see several items revved before and at WWDC.

Why before? History really because in the past some items got revved before WWDC if there wasn't enough time to do them right at WWDC. Either that or we get a bunch of more or less silent updates at WWDC. My guess is that the Mac Pro and the made in the USA machines will take center stage with new WiFi products and maybe a Mac Book Pro.
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I love the MacBook Air. It really transformed from a lightweight oddity to a very nice notebook in the last generation, after they bumped the specs.
It certainly has improved immensely. It might actually become grunty!😉😉😉
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The 15" Retina MacBook Pro is still a tad heavy, but it has a phenomenal balance of computing power and battery life. But it's no Air when it comes to portability. I'd take the Air over a 13" MBP any day.

That depends doesn't it? It really depends upon which Haswell they put in the 13" MBP. Enhance it with the high performance GPU version and that 13" MBP could be very interesting.
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My guess is we'll see a hardware fresh at WWDC. If there's no time to talk about it during the keynote they'll just update the Apple website with information on the new models.
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I couldn't be happier with my 2012 MBA- its smooth as butter. So I couldn't care less about a performance boost. However, if Apple redesigns it or adds a retina display, I may be tempted to update it nonetheless.
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I love the MacBook Air. It really transformed from a lightweight oddity to a very nice notebook in the last generation, after they bumped the specs.

True, the Air has come a long way from being laughed at spec-wise at launch to being the benchmark by which all ultra books are measured.
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He didn't say nothing about revs to existing products! His comments back then where about new products, I fully expect that we ill see several items revved before and at WWDC.

Why before? History really because in the past some items got revved before WWDC if there wasn't enough time to do them right at WWDC. Either that or we get a bunch of more or less silent updates at WWDC. My guess is that the Mac Pro and the made in the USA machines will take center stage with new WiFi products and maybe a Mac Book Pro.

Whiners whine, it seems to be the way of things on Apple forums nowadays. Not as bad as on MacRumors but it seems to be normal operating procedure on these forums.
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iWant a lightweight (1,5 kg) and thin (under 14 mm) 15 inch notebook with a retina display (IGZO) and 7-8 hour battery life.

 

I want the new Mac book Air, the notebook nirvana.

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iWant a lightweight (1,5 kg) and thin (under 14 mm) 15 inch notebook with a retina display (IGZO) and 7-8 hour battery life.
I want the new Mac book Air, the notebook nirvana.
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Henry Ford was once quoted as saying, "if I'd asked my customers what they wanted, they would have said, 'A faster horse.' "

I don't see your point. That's not saying there no one on here with the insight to know what they want. I'd say there's a huge amount of people out there who want a Retina MacBook Air. I do think his weight wants are ridiculous, however. He's clearly talking about the iPad, but he isn't aware.

Personally, I want a subsidised 50" AIO IPTV iTV from Apple with a monthly bill. Why a monthly bill? 1. That's how you subsidise something great like this. 2. You get all the shows. (I know, back in the real world the content owners would never let that happen. Bastards. No wonder people steal all the content they can get; the content owners aren't deserved of any respect with the hostility and paranoia they treat consumers.)
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dual multi-touch ultra-retina MBA with reverse thrusters and a parachute!

 

Good idea, a screen that unfold 3 times into a 27" MBA :-)

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My prediction is for a retina display, LTE chip, and no touch screen.

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I love the MacBook Air. It really transformed from a lightweight oddity to a very nice notebook in the last generation, after they bumped the specs.


Yeah, I love mine. 27 inches screen connected to it for gaming and programming (and Photoshop work), runs EvE and Deus Ex 3 without breaking a sweat (and Civilization IV and V, which do take a bit of power). Also runs Offspring Fling!, but I think anything runs Offspring Fling! :p

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I love the MacBook Air. It really transformed from a lightweight oddity to a very nice notebook in the last generation, after they bumped the specs.
True, the Air has come a long way from being laughed at spec-wise at launch to being the benchmark by which all ultra books are measured.

And the visual style on which they all seem to imitate.

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Good idea, a screen that unfold 3 times into a 27" MBA :-)


That's called a Thunderbolt Display. Also, on Apple's site it's presented as connected to a MacBook Air. Go figure.

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My wish list is a quad-core, 16GB, Retina BTO MBA.  I love my 2011 MBA and in addition to OSX, I'm running one, sometimes (but rarely) two virtual machines and that extra memory and a dedicated CPU for it would be a godsend.

My MBA is such an awesome workhorse.  Best business-machine I've ever owned and am still in awe as to the amount of horsepower it has in such a small and light package.

That's my wish list.  Two of the three options and I may have to beg Apple to take my money.  :)

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That depends doesn't it? It really depends upon which Haswell they put in the 13" MBP. Enhance it with the high performance GPU version and that 13" MBP could be very interesting.

I'm hoping! Been waiting for the new Haswell rMBP 13" (and Haswell MacMini). I've missed having a laptop since my 17" MBP died, but I can wait.

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He didn't say nothing about revs to existing products! His comments back then where about new products, I fully expect that we ill see several items revved before and at WWDC.


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My wish list is a quad-core, 16GB, Retina BTO MBA.  I love my 2011 MBA and in addition to OSX, I'm running one, sometimes (but rarely) two virtual machines and that extra memory and a dedicated CPU for it would be a godsend.

My MBA is such an awesome workhorse.  Best business-machine I've ever owned and am still in awe as to the amount of horsepower it has in such a small and light package.

That's my wish list.  Two of the three options and I may have to beg Apple to take my money.  :)


I only need twice the "hard disk". Graphics are good enough for me, processor's amazingly fast, but I'm battling the 4GB free limit...

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I only need twice the "hard disk". Graphics are good enough for me, processor's amazingly fast, but I'm battling the 4GB free limit...


Yeah, my 4GB does get a little thin in the tooth but at least the fast SSD setup compensates when it has to use it as the paging file.  I hope they double the RAM.  The current 8GB the new model has is nice, but after bumping my iMac to 16GB to use all my VM's at the same time, it would be great.

Apple offers the MBA with a 512GB SSD.  That's quite a bit considering the size of the machine.  Are you wanting to use your MBA as a primary machine to hold everything?

Yep... wish lists.  Keeping the fingers crossed. :)

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This new 11" MBA will most likely be the last "PC" I'll ever buy!

Latest gen. iPad Mini, latest gen iPhone, TC and a large screen AppleTV and I'm good to go. It's my minimalist approach to tech!

Throw in a pay as u go "all u can eat" cell plan...that is not AT&T, Verizon, or sprint. No cable company sucking me dry....and I'll be very happy!
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Yeah, my 4GB does get a little thin in the tooth but at least the fast SSD setup compensates when it has to use it as the paging file.  I hope they double the RAM.  The current 8GB the new model has is nice, but after bumping my iMac to 16GB to use all my VM's at the same time, it would be great.


Apple offers the MBA with a 512GB SSD.  That's quite a bit considering the size of the machine.  Are you wanting to use your MBA as a primary machine to hold everything?


Yep... wish lists.  Keeping the fingers crossed. 1smile.gif

I like it. Good post! 1smile.gif
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True, the Air has come a long way from being laughed at spec-wise at launch to being the benchmark by which all ultra books are measured.

I remember those days! 1smile.gif I also remember Jason Snell's review of the first and despite all it's shortcomings at the time...the light weight made up for a lot. I think he said it was his go to device....that's before the iPad! 1smile.gif
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True, the Air has come a long way from being laughed at spec-wise at launch to being the benchmark by which all ultra books are measured.

I remember those days! 1smile.gif I also remember Jason Snell's review of the first and despite all it's shortcomings at the time...the light weight made up for a lot. I think he said it was his go to device....that's before the iPad! 1smile.gif
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This new 11" MBA will most likely be the last "PC" I'll ever buy!

Latest gen. iPad Mini, latest gen iPhone, TC and a large screen AppleTV and I'm good to go. It's my minimalist approach to tech!

Throw in a pay as u go "all u can eat" cell plan...that is not AT&T, Verizon, or sprint. No cable company sucking me dry....and I'll be very happy!


I suspect a lot of people will go this route. Tablets may not be efficient for some kinds of work over longer periods of time, but a lot of users would be just fine if storage increased a bit. I'm not as convinced as some others about the elusive Apple television, unless you meant the set top box. I do like the set top box with netflix + itunes rentals.

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I suspect a lot of people will go this route. Tablets may not be efficient for some kinds of work over longer periods of time, but a lot of users would be just fine if storage increased a bit. I'm not as convinced as some others about the elusive Apple television, unless you meant the set top box. I do like the set top box with netflix + itunes rentals.

Yep, Hmm. I was talking about the new MBA short term (next few months or so) and the ATV ( 50" screen) down the road, a year or two....which should coincide with more "powerful" iPhones/iPads....able to supplant PC's altogether!

-all but for the "power" users! 1smile.gif

Right now my iPhone 4s does about 90% of what I used to do on my MacBook...I actually stopped carrying it about. Just used iPhone while out and about and used iMac at home for any heavy lifting...

Sold the MacBook, sold my iPad2 (going to buy mini next!)

Anyway, enjoyed ur comments! 1smile.gif

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How about one of those Sharp retina res screens for an upcoming MBA? I like the form factor, now it is time to up the resolution.
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The processor bumps are evolutionary and expected though should drive an 11" or 13" Retina display more convincingly than Ivy Bridge. I'm more interested to see if 10.9 unleashes the GPGPU potential of even these integrated graphics at system level as opposed to being a luxury of high-end apps. I'd happily have an extra half-teraFLOP to crunch that gorgeous H.265 video. Engaging GPU cores may even make the dual-core vs quad-core CPU consideration largely redundant.
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Yippee, what % of revenue do MACs generate again?  Is this refresh suddenly going to change that?  Lets hear about the new products and phones please.

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Yippee, what % of revenue do MACs generate again?  Is this refresh suddenly going to change that?  Lets hear about the new products and phones please.
Let's hear about a big iPhone, oops now I done it what I meant to say the current I phone size is perfect for 1 handed use while a MB to virus free porn
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Yippee, what % of revenue do MACs generate again?  Is this refresh suddenly going to change that?  Lets hear about the new products and phones please.

Some people here are computer fans not shareholders.

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My prediction is for a retina display, LTE chip, and no touch screen.

But, but, but, then you couldn't boot it in Windows 8 and smear up the screen...!  1wink.gif

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