Rumor: Apple to hold off MacBook Air release

Another rumor about Apple from the rumor mill, but this one does sound quite credible. Management at Apple is apparently unwilling to ship the new Sandy Bridge MacBook Air until OS X Lion is finalized and reaches Gold Master (GM) status. The MacBook Air, of course, is ready to go into full production, according to Apple Insider.  Apple is doing this so that buyers can have the "latest and greatest experience". One can assume that means Apple wants to get its users used to iCloud, the automatic synchronization service built into OS X Lion (and the replacement for MobileMe).

In addition, Apple is unwilling to ship its new LED Cinema displays and Mac Minis without OS X Lion being finalized. There appears to be no word on why the LED Cinema displays would be included in the wait. The new Mac Minis are slated to have the new Intel Thunderbolt as a main feature. Apple is using the same methodology in regards to iOS devices like the iPhone and iPod Touch. The company wants the new devices to have iOS 5.0, which will be iCloud enabled. Any decision to relent would involve Apple delaying either operating system. This, of course, does not fit in with the company's fundamentals of pushing out new hardware in accordance with its internal models.

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FMH said,
Now MacBook will roar.

Like its the king of the jungle.
Lion, being the king, is the superior animal in the cat kingdom. I wonder what will apple name its successor!

WiCkeD SaM said,

Like its the king of the jungle.
Lion, being the king, is the superior animal in the cat kingdom. I wonder what will apple name its successor!

Lion 2.0

WiCkeD SaM said,

Like its the king of the jungle.
Lion, being the king, is the superior animal in the cat kingdom. I wonder what will apple name its successor!

Macintosh OS 11.0 Hummingbird and they'll word their way to 11.9 Bald Eagle over the next decade

Makes sense. I don't know why they would release it before Lion comes out in a few months. Doesn't make sense. They should definitely hold off and just ship it pre-installed with it.