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New MacBook Air Rumors Continue To Trickle In

by Sean P. Aune | October 17, 2010October 17, 2010 11:00 am PST

Yesterday we reported on the new rumors of the 11.6-inch MacBook Air.  Later in the day Engadget threw everyone for a loop by running pictures of what appeared to be a 13.3-inch version of he laptop unlike ones we had seen before throwing everyone for a loop as to what is going on since we thought the laptop was shrinking.  It appears both stories may be true.

First up, the picture from Engadget clearly shows that there is no traditional hard drive in sight which makes the rumors of memory being converted to some form of stick sound that much more true.  (Look in the top left of the picture)  And the four battery enclosures certainly makes it look this thing is going to have ample power.  There also appears to be a USB port on each side, a single SD card reader, a MagSafe power adapter and a mini DisplayPort.


Now AppleInsider has chimed in with an explanation of the conflicting rumors over size:

  • The 11.6-inch MacBook Air won’t replace the 13.3-inch model, but will instead complement it as a more aggressively-priced option.
  • Both the new 11.6- and 13.3-inch models sport matching outfits in the form of new, all-unibody designs and single button trackpads.
  • The port door found on the existing MacBook Air is gone from the new designs, which feature a port layout similar to the existing MacBook Pros.
  • The new “SSD card” storage is based off an SATA connection.
  • The base component of both models is just slightly thicker than a standard USB port at its thickest point.

I have to say I had been wondering if Apple was going to go with two sizes for the Air.  Almost all of their other systems offer multiple display sizes, so why not this one?

The biggest factor now will come down to pricing, and hopefully Apple has learned its lesson from the backlash it felt over the cost of the previous models.  The best guess right now seems to be that the pricing will come down to possibly act as a bridge between iPads and MacBook Pros, but we’ll have to wait until this Wednesday to find out.

What say you?  Will there be two different versions of the Air?

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...