Apple To Launch 11.6" MacBook Air This Year?

Remember the MacBook Air? Yeah, it's been quite some time since Apple has made any mention of its only ultra-thin ultraportable machine, and after it made a huge splash a few years ago in terms of design, the company has really let it age. There haven't been too many spec upgrades along the way, and it seems as if the machine isn't a high priority for Apple at all. Of course, it's a niche device with a small buyer pool, but we guess that's too be expected. But it's about time for an upgrade, don't you think?

According to rumors sourced from DigiTimes research, the company is planning to do something beyond just adding Core i3 CPUs and a new GeForce GPU. Apple could be ready to begin production on an 11.6" MacBook Air, which would be a real shock to the netbook world on the whole. We wouldn't expect an 11.6" MacBook Air to compete on price, but it would certainly compete with the other 10"-12" ultraportable machines that are tailored for business users who spend lots of time on the road. It's an excellent market opportunity for Apple, and it's one that would be logical to approach.

Based on the reports, this new MacBook Air would use Intel's Core ix series of processors (the ULV ones), and they'd launch in the second half of this year. It'll be even slimmer than the existing 13" MacBook Air, but it won't be a high volume product.

In related Apple rumors, the company is also expected to reveal a new iPod touch with a 3MP camera (capable of video and still capturing) and Apple's own A4 CPU. Generally, Apple releases a new iPod touch in the Fall, so this definitely lines up well with what has happened over the past few years. Now that Applegate is behind us (we think), we suspect people will actually begin looking forward to new Apple gear again.
Via:  DigiTimes
acarzt 4 years ago

Any guesses on prices? $1200 here. :-P

Der Meister 4 years ago

I'll say 1100. And a new ipod touch as well... hum i but i can guess what will be on the next ipad or should i say 10" ipod

inspector 4 years ago

Ya, somewhere in the 1000's-1200's.

so Der Meister, would that guess relate to a camera? :D

Spirit_of_America 4 years ago

How can a business user use a Mac on the road? Macs are severely limited compared to a Windows system when it comes to business.

AKwyn 4 years ago

Spirit of America, iWork, Microsoft Office for Mac, the many Office apps for Macintosh. There are many ways a business user can use a Mac on the road, though this Mac is not for them.

acarzt 4 years ago

How can anyone use a Mac period? Gah! :-P

Inspector 4 years ago

Lol acarzt, agree. But people still pay for it and use it, many buy it because they think its the best...

realneil 4 years ago

$1,400.00 or more.

I have a iMac 24" with over 48,000 Photos on it. (over 1.2 Terra-bytes worth)

It's job is to take care of my pictures and it does it well. When I bought it, Vista was the current flavor at Microsoft and I thought it sucked, so I bought the Mac. I still use it, it still works great, but I prefer my PC's on a daily basis.

I probably wouldn't buy another one, and it was expensive at $2,700.00.

acarzt 4 years ago

Jeebus! For $2700 I could build an AMAZING Gaming rig!

realneil 4 years ago

[quote user="acarzt"] Jeebus! For $2700 I could build an AMAZING Gaming rig! [/quote]

Yeah, and so could I,.......

At the time, I had cash to spare after selling a house in Sunny California. Since then I bought my house here in Virginia, a new 4X4 Toyota Tacoma Crew-Cab, and a new Hyundai Sonata. All paid for (setting up my retirement) in cash. Now I live frugally within my means on my two retirement incomes that will never increase or decrease. Because I own all this crap already, I can still afford to live, even though the economy has since tanked. I still save a little money every month too. I'm alright,...........

As for the iMac,....when I bought it it was the most expensive iMac they had. I was disgusted/done with Microsoft (remember VISTA?) and wanted the best Mac I could get on a desktop. The CPU that's in it is the Intel 'Extreme' CPU that went for 1000 bucks all by itself at the time. The 24" screen was a premium, as was the 500 gig drive. (at that time) It came with 2GB of RAM in it and Apple wanted $750.00 to double it to 4GB. I bought the 4GB (2-2GB) from Crucial for $315.00 and saved a bundle. Yes, It was expensive,........and no, I wouldn't do it again. It has a 2TB drive in it now and still has the 4GB of RAM in there because it's maxed out. There are two 2TB Firewire-800 drives connected to it in daisy-chain mode as well. I can't say anything bad about it because it works, all of the time too, without any problems at all.

It doesn't game worth a crap,...but my Win7 boxes do.

dubopp 4 years ago

'..That's too be expected.'? Spell check!

dubopp 4 years ago

For $2700 I could buy a nice pound of some good stuff and sell it in Silicone valley for double. They'd smoke it and come and up with an even better product. Maybe they could build an iBong.

realneil 4 years ago


"For $2700 I could buy a nice pound of"

Why buy, just grow your own,............

acarzt 4 years ago

bunch of druggies on this site lol

realneil 4 years ago

[quote user="acarzt"] bunch of druggies on this site lol [/quote]

Not anymore, stopped that crap years ago. But growing is far less expensive than buying for most people.


CDeeter 4 years ago

iBong hahaha, my god, I laughed so hard it hurt. Now that's funny. I don't care who you are.

Chainzsaw 4 years ago

If they don't sell it under 1 large, whats the point if it? As usual they will probably over price the stupid thing (if it's true, it's starting to creep into netbook territory).

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