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Is This the New, Even Thinner MacBook Air?

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 41 comments

Juicy images show up in time for Apple's event this coming Wednesday.

Last Wednesday Apple announced an event for October 20 and really kicked off the rumors about a new MacBook Air. Though there was definitely talk of a revamped MacBook Air prior to the deployment of those invites, and the invitations clearly indicate an OS X event, the chatter has grown significantly louder in the last five days.

But, if rumors aren't enough to make a believer out of you, we've got some pictures of what purports to be the new MacBook Air. Engadget received these images from an anonymous tipster and it's generated quite a bit of excitement. With what looks like four separate batteries, we can only assume that if this is the real deal, the battery life is going to be a major selling point and Apple will push it every chance they get. As Engadget points out there are USB plugs on the left and right sides, Mini DisplayPort and an SD card reader on the left, and a power plug on the right.

There isn't a lot to be gleaned from this one picture; however, the large display suggests that previous reports of an 11.6-inch screen (as opposed to the current 13.3-inch model) were inaccurate. That said, there are some rumors that Apple won't be replacing the 13.3-inch model but adding the 11.6-inch version to fill out the Air line. The laptop also appears to be running on the same Core 2 Duo SL9400 CPU as the current generation MacBook Air. Rumors suggest the updated version will pack Intel's Core i-series and those could still come to fruition. Engadget's source said the laptop pictured dates back to April so a more up to date prototype could contain some Core i-series goodness.

Cult of Mac has also been talking to a chatty little birdie and reports that aside from coming in two 13- and 11-inch flavors, the device will boast the same unibody design as the MacBook Pros. Whether this means it will be rebranded as a Pro remains to be seen, but the even slimmer casing is rumored to pack enough battery power to run the laptop for 8-10 hours on a single charge and up to 4GB or RAM. Pricing is where Cult of Mac seems to lose confidence in their source. The supposedly "well-placed" source says we can expect prices of $1000 and $1,100 for the 11- and 13-inch models respectively. However, this seems very cheap and would put the laptops in direct competition with Apple's basic white MacBook laptop.

I guess we only have a couple of days to wait before we find out the truth!

Source: Engadget, Cult of Mac

*Top images via Engadget; last image is a Cult of Mac mockup.

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    lejay , October 19, 2010 1:48 AM
    No
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    mister g , October 19, 2010 1:49 AM
    Wonder how Steve might introduce this one, what pull it out of an older Air?
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    Pyroflea , October 19, 2010 2:27 AM
    Now with even less features?

    That's what I want, a laptop that doesn't even have a damn disc drive. Or expansion slots of any type. Except 2 USB ports. Score.
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  • 20 Hide
    lejay , October 19, 2010 1:48 AM
    No
  • 13 Hide
    mister g , October 19, 2010 1:49 AM
    Wonder how Steve might introduce this one, what pull it out of an older Air?
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    LuckyDucky7 , October 19, 2010 1:57 AM
    If it ends up to be Core 2, forget it.
    Because all the batteries in the Air won't power a 3 year old Core 2 as long as they could power an i3. Also, the i3 is faster.
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    jupiter optimus maximus , October 19, 2010 1:58 AM
    How hot do these MacBook Air laptops get? Im just curious, cause my five year old iBook G4 1.2GHz can get 65c with heavy use, if i leave at auto-fan.
  • 9 Hide
    darthvidor , October 19, 2010 2:04 AM
    The new macbook air will just be an ipad with a thin keyboard plus an ARM version of mac os x ;) 
  • 7 Hide
    HansVonOhain , October 19, 2010 2:25 AM
    Stevie is going to introduce the laptop by letting it catch on fire. Would you look at our 'magic' cooling.
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    Pyroflea , October 19, 2010 2:27 AM
    Now with even less features?

    That's what I want, a laptop that doesn't even have a damn disc drive. Or expansion slots of any type. Except 2 USB ports. Score.
  • 9 Hide
    maigo , October 19, 2010 2:27 AM
    iPad with keyboard?
  • 8 Hide
    tu_illegalamigo , October 19, 2010 2:29 AM
    No USB 3, No hdmi, not interested.
  • 2 Hide
    tu_illegalamigo , October 19, 2010 2:31 AM
    Speaking of ARM, I wonder if any tablet or notebook makers will take advantage of that A15 coming.
  • 7 Hide
    theoutbound , October 19, 2010 3:07 AM
    Wow, a refresh with no updated hardware and missing features. Oh, Steve let me suckle at your magical and innovative teat.
  • 5 Hide
    cheepstuff , October 19, 2010 3:15 AM
    The new MacBook air, now featuring the same computing capacity of an equivalent volume of air!
  • 4 Hide
    oneblackened , October 19, 2010 3:16 AM
    theoutboundWow, a refresh with no updated hardware and missing features. Oh, Steve let me suckle at your magical and innovative teat.

    Amen to that!
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    User69 , October 19, 2010 3:19 AM
    ipod touch = $ netbook, ipad = $ notebook, macbook air = $ high end notbook, macbook = $ high end PC, MAC PC = $ Cutting edge, water-cooled, top of the line, performance PC.
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    iamtheking123 , October 19, 2010 3:31 AM
    Is This the New, Even Thinner MacBook Air that not even fanboys will buy just like the 1st gen?

    Fixed your title for you...you're welcome. Seriously though I don't think anyone is saying to themselves "you know I was really wanting a 1st gen Air, but I'm holding out until they make it .05 mm thinner!"
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    Anonymous , October 19, 2010 3:47 AM
    No HDMI, no card slots, no built in high end gpu, not worth $1200. I can buy a core i7 notebook that'll eat this thing for lunch and still have money to buy an extra battery and games. Can we have more than just good ole' usb 2.0 expansion? I saturate my usb3.0 daily along with my Sata3.0 spec connections.
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    wotan31 , October 19, 2010 5:42 AM
    LuckyDucky7If it ends up to be Core 2, forget it.Because all the batteries in the Air won't power a 3 year old Core 2 as long as they could power an i3. Also, the i3 is faster.

    Wrong. Core i3 is not faster than mobile C2D. Core i3 is like a retarded Celeron. It's horribly slow, and only a fool would choose it over a C2D.
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    jkflipflop98 , October 19, 2010 6:44 AM
    wotan31Wrong. Core i3 is not faster than mobile C2D. Core i3 is like a retarded Celeron. It's horribly slow, and only a fool would choose it over a C2D.


    An i3 is indeed faster than any C2D of the same clock speed. I'm afraid it's you who's mistaken.
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    dEAne , October 19, 2010 6:51 AM
    I will wait and watch coz next month is another model.
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