Thanks to a supposed pricing leak, there are new rumors that the refreshed MacBook Air — and its bevy of improvements — will not only be announced at WWDC, but that it will ship at or soon after the conference. 9to5Mac reports that globally stores are already starting to receive the MBA SKUs, which hints at a speedy ship date.
So far, not much has been said about the form factor — just that it will continue the slim profiles the Airs are known for — so the sex appeal would presumably come “under the hood.” The buzz around this center on a few hot areas:
- Intell Haswell chip (improving battery life by 50 percent)
- 1080p FaceTime camera (a first for the Air)
- dual-microphone system (like the MacBook Pro)
- 802.11ac WiFi (with speeds that pants 802.11b/g and even n)
As for prices themselves, they seem to remain mostly consistent. 9to5Mac wrote:
“Today, we have received specific pricing for the aforementioned SKUs, and the price-points correspond to Apple’s current pricing for the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air models…. We are also told that Apple could drop the price slightly of the high-end MacBook Air in some countries.”
The SKU check also uncovered a few unidentified products, which the site speculates could be for 802.11ac-compatible AirPort Extremes and Time Capsules. That would tie in nicely with new WiFi chips in the laptops.
If these rumors pan out, that means would-be consumers will not have long to wait to get a faster, more powerful and battery efficient MacBook Air. Fingers-crossed.