We’ve been hearing rumors about the new MacBook Air since the last few months and now, according to AppleInsider , Apple is ready to launch new the MacBook Air in their upcoming media event on Wednesday. As claimed in some previous rumors, this report also mentioned that the new MacBook Air will have an 11.6-inch display instead of 13.3 inch display. The report also mentioned that new MacBook Air is already manufacturing and it will be available within a few weeks from its launch.
The report also pointed out that Apple will use a traditional hard drive, it may be a conventional hard drive disk or solid state drive for the new MacBook Air, instead of going for “SSD Card” storage that can be embedded directly in the device.
According to this person, the new models will do away with existing options for a conventional hard-disk drive (HDD) or solid state drive (SSD) in favor something described as an “SSD Card” that lacks a traditional drive enclosure and more closely resembles a stick of RAM, yet is not easily user-replaceable.
If accurate, AppleInsider believes the component may be a proprietary SSD drive alternative designed by Apple to be integrated in Macs in a similar manner to the way flash memory is embedded in iPods, iPhones and iPads. This approach would be less expensive than a standard package intended to fit the shape of conventional HD devices, allowing the company to drive down costs and pass the savings on to the consumer.
AppleInsider believes that by offering a flash-only MacBook Air, the device will boot much faster and also that the proprietary design for the flash storage will allow Apple to save some space which will make the device slimmer. With that it would also produce the storage at lower cost. The look of the new MacBook will be almost like its current version but it may have less curves and a more wedge-shaped design.
On the other hand CNET mentioned that reliable sources told them that the new MacBook Air will be lower in price than the current Mac Book Air whose entry level price is $1499. CNET source also indicates that the new MacBook Air will have Intel Core 2 Duo processor and will have a better battery life then its current version.