MacBook Air Thin

Apple last refreshed its ultra-thin MacBook Air family at the annual developers conference last June, adding Intel’s power efficient Haswell processors for all-day battery life, the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi networking, faster graphics and SSD, lower prices and more.

Now, we recently heard rumblings that Apple is going to refresh Airs soon with a small speed bump and now a French blog is citing reliable sources as claiming that updated ultra-portables are just around the corner, allegedly launching as early as next week…

According to MacGeneration [Google translate], the new Airs will still come in 11 and 13-inch flavors, though the blog stopped short of giving us the hardware specifics. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Apple will be likely replacing the fourth-generation Haswell chips from last June’s refresh with their updated counterparts.

According to Intel’s processor roadmap recently leaked by VR-Zone [Google translate], the upcoming low-power 15-watt chips – the 1.4 GHz i5-4260U1.4 GHz i5-4350U and 1.5 GHz i5-4360U – are likely prime candidates for new Air CPUs.

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Currently, MacBook Airs utilize 15-watt 1.3 GHz i5-4250U or 1.7 GHz i7-4650U processor, depending on the model. These processors use Intel’s much improved Iris 5000 integrated graphics and offer remarkable power savings that help achieve all-day long performance.

Specifically, current-gen Airs have 12-hour battery (previously seven hours) on the 13.3-inch model and nine-hour one on the 11.6-inch version (previously five hours).

  • Ray

    no need to upgrade…

  • Inseltraeumer

    so no 12 inch mbas after all

    editL: and right, no need to upgrade. still utterly satisfied with my 2012 model.

    • hhumbert

      Same here. I like the longer battery life of the newer Airs (even the ones currently out), but not enough to upgrade. I’ve got the mid-’12 version too (11″), and I’m relatively happy.

  • coLin

    I’ll save my money for the 12 inch iPad Air 😀

    My 2012 MacBook Air is still good enough

    • Jeffrey

      hahah then you’ll probably have to wait until around mid 2015…

  • Reda A Al-Baqshi

    Still happy with my top specs 2012 MBA. Will wait for the retina MBA !

  • Tom

    Should I buy it? Or wait for the new MacBook Pro?

    • Jeffrey

      macbook pro will get removed this year, only macbook pro retina left. and yes, wait for the new macbook pro retina’s OR for the new unannounced macbook air retina with new thinner design and better specs!:)

      • Tom

        Yeah, I meant the retina MacBook. Thanks for the advice!

      • Jeffrey

        no problem;)

  • OrphanNonFostered

    I just got a new Macbook Air 3 days ago. Really hope these get announced and that I can maybe get a small refund if they drop the price. I’m totally content with what I have and I upgraded the ram to 8GBs so I’d rather not return mine, reorder it and wait 10 days for it to ship with nothing more than a modest increase in processor speed.

  • Andrew von Pikrt

    Do you really think that Apple would launch a new version of one of their most important products without a Keynote? Please…

  • So, it’ll still have the same hideous screen, and remain overpriced compared to the competition? Such faith they have in sheeples…