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New MacBook Air Models Expected in Mid-July

by Sean P. Aune | June 30, 2011June 30, 2011 9:15 am PDT

MacBook Air 2010In what is turning into a guessing game, another rumor has surfaced of when we can expect the release of refreshed MacBook Air units from Apple.  According to 9to5Mac, their sources are telling them that the launch will be sometime in mid-July and will come with Mac OS X Lion pre-installed, which would also indicate that we are only a few weeks away from the launch of the next iteration of the operating system.

The anonymous source also indicated that the new version is not distinguishable from the 2010 models physically except for a Thunderbolt logo being where the Mini Display port symbol was. It wasn’t clear if this meant that the Mini Display port has been removed completely, however.

It is the inside of the MacBook Air that will see the most changes with an upgrade to the dual-core Sandy Bridge processors from Intel.

This update has been expected for some time now with rumors that Apple had upped its production on the line to 400,000 units this month, and Best Buy stopping any shipments of the current MacBook Air recently.

Rumors also indicate that both the Mac Mini and Mac Pro will receive long overdue refreshes shortly after the Air does.  With much better processors now in the pipeline, and Lion ready to roll out, this only makes sense.

Are you anxious for a new MacBook Air?

[via 9to5Mac]


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...

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