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MacBook Air Sandy Bridge, Thunderbolt update expected in June

A new report suggests that Apple is gearing up to launch an update to its MacBook Air line to include Sandy Bridge and Thunderbolt. An update in the summer would not be out of the ordinary for MacBook Air refresh cycles, which last updated in October and usually has an average run of about 330 days.

DigiTimes is claiming that Apple will begin shipping 11.6" and 13" MacBook Air models in "late May" and expects the new lineup to make its debut in "June or July."

Main supply chain makers for the new models remain about the same as for the existing MacBook Air, with Quanta Computer solely responsible for assembly, Catcher Technology supplying casings, Auras Technology a main supplier of thermal modules, Shin Zu Shing supplying hinges, and Simplo Technology and Dynapack supplying batteries, the sources pointed out.

Back in February, CNET also suggested that the MacBook Air was going to be seeing a refresh with added Sandy Bridge and Thunderbolt support, due in either June or July.

Apple has not responded to requests for comment on the potential refresh.

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