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Rumors: 11.6-Inch MacBook Air Coming Next Week

by Sean P. Aune | October 16, 2010October 16, 2010 8:00 am PDT

While we know that Apple’s “Back to the Mac” event next week will almost certainly talk about Mac OS 10.7, speculation is running high that in a rare turn of events the agenda for the day will mix software with a hardware announcement.  What will it be?  Well, does anyone remember the MacBook Air?

We mentioned in our video of predictions that it seemed like the MacBook Air would get an update due to the current supplies drying up, and while it seemed probable, the evidence is continuing to mount.

MacBook AirAppleInsider spoke with “a person with a proven track record of pinpoint accuracy” that said the laptop is shrinking from 13.3-inches to 11.6-inches, and with it will come a change in the memory from traditional hard drives and SSD (Solid States Drives) to something being referred to as a “SSD Card” that will more resemble a flash RAM stick as opposed to a drive in a typical enclosure.  This will allow the laptop to get an even slimmer profile and could see speeds increase greatly on boot up.

One of the biggest issues for the Air has been the pricing.  The two current models have base prices of $1499 and $1799, and considering some of the issues with it (USB input placements, lack of horsepower etc) left a lot of people thinking that it simply wasn’t a good value.  That may be why this coming Wednesday, the same day as the event, will mark the 500th day this computer has gone without an update of any sort, something that is nearly unheard of for the company.  With that in mind, an update had better bring some pretty spectacular updates.

As with anything with Apple, until Apple CEO Steve Jobs actually announces any of this it is just a rumor, but the evidence is looking pretty solid that this is happening.

What say you?  Is the Air getting updated?  Are you interested?

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...