Sandy Bridge-Powered MacBook Airs Coming this Summer, Report Says
By Ian Paul
New MacBook Airs are headed your way this summer sporting Intel’s new Sandy Bridge processors and Thunderbolt high-speed input/output ports, according to online rumors. Apple will reportedly ship new 11.6- and 13.3- inch versions of its ultraportable laptops in May for availability in June or July, according to Taiwan-based Digitimes.
Rumors of Sandy Bridge-powered MacBook Airs were first reported by CNET in February. Then in April, Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said new Air laptops would have Sandy Bridge chips, according to Apple Insider. The analyst also said the new Airs would have Thunderbolt I/O ports.
Apple may be buying into Thunderbolt, but other computer makers are hesitant to commit to the new technology. Hewlett-Packard said on Monday it would be sticking with USB 3.0 ports on its PCs instead of Thunderbolt. HP says it hasn’t “found a value proposition yet” to use Thunderbolt on Windows machines.