Apple to launch new MacBook Airs tomorrow [Update: Specs revealed]


Apple is reportedly preparing to refresh the MacBook Air line of laptops as early as tomorrow, according to a new report from 9to5Mac.

Rumors say Apple is working on huge updates for the MacBook Air lineup, with a 12-inch model sporting an even thinner design lined up, but tomorrow’s update will disappoint those of you waiting for this radical change. The new models will instead feature minor upgrades including a new Intel Haswell chip offering minor speed improvements.

Shipments of the new Airs have already started arriving in “large quantities” at Apple Stores all over the US, and  these stores will likely see product rearrangements to focus on the new Airs.

9to5Mac reports:

While a milestone MacBook Air update with a thinner profile, no fan, and a Retina display is in the works, tomorrow’s update is not that computer. Tomorrow’s 11-inch and 13-inch Airs are codenamed J41A and J43A, respectively, and their SKUs are simply a variation to the current MacBook Air SKU labels. For example, the entry 13-inch MacBook Air of today is known as “MD760LL/A”, while this week’s refreshed version is known as “MD760LL/B.”

Have you been waiting for the MacBook Air lineup to be refreshed? Let us know in the comments.

Update: The specs of the new MacBook Airs have been revealed, confirming that the refresh will feature a new Intel chips. The base 13-inch model will have a 1.4GHz Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz as compared to the 1.3GHz processor and Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz in the current generation Air. Other models will have similar improvements:

macbook air specs

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  • hhumbert

    Damn. I’m going to hold out for the 12″, hopefully with Retina.

    • Sebastian Rasch

      Me too although I still hope for a 14” in the frame of the current 13” MBA. I could settle with 12” maybe as well though.

  • 8lias

    The Air is better depends on where you live.

  • Brad Hodson

    Are these the first models to ship with iWork preinstalled since they announced free for new devices? Or did they start shipping all models as such after that announcement?

    • Sebastian Rasch

      Wasn’t that only for iOS devices?

      • Brad Hodson

        Iper device, so if you buy a Mac you get iWork for Mac, if you buy an iOS device, you get it for iOS.