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Friday, 11 February 2011 11:16

MacBook Air Sandy Bridge update in June

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Apple is planning to refresh its MacBook Air lineup with new Intel Sandy Bridge processors sometime in June.

According to CNET, the MacBook Pro series is also in for an update. It's worth noting that Intel has relied on Core 2 Duo parts for the Air since its introduction in 2008. Basically it skipped an entire generation of Intel CPUs.

This will probably mark the end of the line for quite a few entry-level Nvidia GPUs used in Apple notebooks. However, the new processors should be quite an improvement over the ageing C2D generation, as they consume quite a bit less power and offer superior performance, particularly with Turbo.

The fact that Apple has hardly changed the original design of the ultrathin Air is a testament to its design prowess.

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+10 #1 TechHog 2011-02-11 14:05
That's... actually kinda surprising.

Though I think Fusion would have been a better choice for the MBA.
 
 
+7 #2 tammlam 2011-02-11 14:17
Quote:
The fact that Apple has hardly changed the original design of the ultrathin Air is a testament to its design prowess.


I thought the Airs were just updated with new designs in October?
 
 
+4 #3 inaphasia 2011-02-11 14:34
Design prowess? Why do people still talk about Apple designs as if they were done by Le Corbusier himself? Good design implies something that stays beautiful for decades. I guess most of us got the memory of a goldfish. Have we forgotten the orange colored toilet seat called the iBook? First Gen iPods & iPhones that look like they are a KIRF of themselves? A kitchen ventilation hood called the Mac Pro? Ok, so the Mac Air is quite nice... But the only Apple design I can recall that was AWESOME was the iMac G4 (the "iLamp"). I'd LOVE to see an anniversary edition!

(I'm off topic I know, but so's the last sentence.)
 
 
0 #4 Naterm 2011-02-11 19:55
Yeah, the plastic designs sucked. No one is going to argue with that. On the other side of the coin, Apple has been using aluminum designs in their high-end products for nearly a decade. A Powerbook from 2003 looks just as good today as it did back then.

Anyone who would offer anything but praise for the Power Mac G5/Mac Pro chassis' design either has bad taste (wherez the lightzors?) or have never actually seen one up close. I can think of only a handful of aftermarket PC chassis that come close to the Mac Pro's case in terms of quality.
 
 
+4 #5 123s 2011-02-11 20:01
Quoting Naterm:
I can think of only a handful of aftermarket PC chassis that come close to the Mac Pro's case in terms of quality.
Almost everything at that price point did, cant compare it with the cheap 400$ plastic laptops from Acer ofc.
 
 
+1 #6 inaphasia 2011-02-11 21:23
@Naterm I think you are confusing build quality with design. I've worked hundreds of hours on Mac Pros and yes, it's built like a tank and components are ridiculously accessible... But to me, it still looks like something you'd switch on to absorb the smell from a batch of french fries.
 

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