Rumor: New version of MacBook Air coming this month?

A new version of Apple's ultra-thin and ultra-light MacBook Air laptop could be ready to launch sometime this June if several reports from the Internet are to be believed. AppleInsider says that while there's no exact word on what hardware will be inside the new MacBook Air products, it does say that it expects them to have "Intel's 32-nanometer Sandy Bridge architecture" with Core i5 and Core i7 processors of the low wattage variety. In a separate AppleInsider.com story, it reports that Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has told the site that Apple has ordered "a total of 380,000 Sandy Bridge-based 11.6 and 13.3-inch MacBook Airs" that will be made available later in June.

Launched in 2008, the original version of the MacBook Air with a 13 inch screen has been praised for its design and its low weight but some felt it was underpowered for the first generation. The AppleInsider.com article points out that the latest version of the MacBook Air was released late in 2010 with its 11.6 inch screen and a price of $999. The site claims that this new smaller and cheaper model has been selling extremely well for Apple.

There have been some rumors that the new MacBook Air product could be released as early as Wednesday in Apple's stores. These reports originally came from Twitter based source "Chronic" earlier this weekend. However he has since changed that story and is now saying that the big event on Wednesday will in fact be the launching of unlocked version of Apple' iPhone product.

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So what would make the upcoming mba 13 inchers WORSE than their 13.3 mbp counterparts? lighter, higher screen resolution, better storage (SSD), ... ?
Only the low voltage processor and the battery life?

Mohitster said,
And soon enough I suppose we could also expect to hear some news of Mac Mini too.....

Yep, have to run out of Core 2 Duos and 320Ms eventually. I wonder if they'll drop the prices back down now that they will be using the cheaper Intel GPUs?

I hope it does come out this week, I told a few potential Macbook Air purchasers to hold off buying a current-gen Air; that a newer model was to be released in June! This would be great news!