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.
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.”
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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: