Here's Everything We Know About The Next MacBook Air So Far

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The rumours of a new MacBook Air release have gotten to the point where there’s little doubt in anyone’s mind that it’s coming soon.

The new Airs will likely sport Intel’s “Sandy Bridge” processors, which are designed to use up less power in portable devices. Apple also has plans to add Thunderbolt, the port that lets you transfer data at 10 Gbps. (That’s way, way faster than your current USB port.)

We’re expecting an official announcement from Apple any day now. In the meantime, check out all the latest rumours about the MacBook Air refresh below.

Thunderbolt for super-fast data transfers (Likely)

The new MacBook Airs will probably get a Thunderbolt port. Thunderbolt is Intel's technology that allows data transfers of up to 10 Gbps. That means you can transfer a full HD movie in about 30 seconds. Apple has been adding Thunderbolt to all of its Macs, so it makes sense for the Air to get one too.

Sandy Bridge processors from Intel (Likely)

Intel's Sandy Bridge processors (Core i5 and i7) are powerful, low-power processors designed for devices just like the MacBook Air. It'd be a nice step up from the Air's current Core 2 Duo processors.

What about an A5 processor, just like the iPad 2 has? (Very unlikely)

Although there have been reports of Apple testing A5 processors in MacBook Airs, there is little to no chance they'll ever see the light of day. But that is a sign Apple is experimenting with iOS on devices other than tablets and phones. It's possible a future version of the Air will be more iPad than Mac.

Ships with Mac OS X Lion (Definitely)

Most speculate that the new MacBook Airs will begin shipping soon after Mac OS X Lion launches next month. There's no solid date on that yet, but since Snow Leopard is almost dead, it makes sense for Apple to wait.

8 million MacBook Airs are on the way (Unlikely)

Last week DigiTimes published a report saying Apple is preparing to ship 8 million new MacBook Airs in Q3. That number seems far too high to us, but it does seem like Apple is still ramping up production.

There may be a black version of the Air (Unlikely)

rumours about a black MacBook Air began swirling last week. The device would be a special black aluminium version. Unfortunately, most insiders think this rumour is a dud.

Starting at $799? (Pure speculation)

Beta News spoke to a couple of analysts about Apple potentially offering a cheaper version of the MacBook Air to appeal to more users. The analysts think a $799 would be the sweetspot, but there's almost no chance of that happening. Airs will probably start at $999, just like they do now.

When will it launch?

When rumours of a MacBook Air refresh first began, many speculated it would launch by the end of June. Since we're there now, a July launch looks more likely. It's a safe bet that if a refresh is on the way, it will happen around Mac OS X Lion's launch next month.

What about more memory and storage options? (Unlikely)

According to most rumours, it looks like there won't be much of a change when it comes to memory and storage. Right now you can get between 64 GB and 256 GB of storage and up to 4 GB of memory.

Now check out what the MacBook Air will be running

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