New MacBook Airs Coming Next Week Alongside OS X Lion

Jul 14, 2011 - 22 Comments

MacBook Air

We’ve all been waiting for it, we’re seeing the Lion apps pop-up on the App Store, and Lion has been said to launch alongside new MacBook Airs, so they must be due out any minute now right? Close, AllThingsD says their sources have confirmed the new MacBook Air’s are arriving “late next week” and to “look for an announcement Thursday or Friday“.

Admittedly, AllThingsD’s article seemed a little vague, but before you jump to conclusions that they are randomly guessing, their executive editor Kara Swisher chimed in to directly address any skepticism in their articles comments:

Kara Swisher Confirms the MacBook Air Speculation is Not Speculation

“We never guess. You’ll see.” is about as strong of a statement as one could make to address the doubters. To put some further bite into that language, All Things Digital’s Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg are known to have tipsters inside Apple, and have both even interviewed Steve Jobs directly on numerous occasions:

Kara Swisher, Walt Mossberg, and Steve Jobs

AllThingsD also backs the information in a report today from AppleInsider, saying that the next weeks MacBook Air’s will include 4GB of RAM minimum with 8GB optional upgrades, and the 64GB SSD option is gone in favor of 128GB and 256GB models. Additionally, the new MacBook Air is said to offer three processor choices; Core i5 at 1.6GHz, Core i7 at 1.7GHz, and Core i7 at 1.8GHz, with each model gaining a glowing backlit keyboard.

OS X Lion Suffered a Minor Delay?
Regarding Mac OS X Lion, AppleInsider further iterates their report from earlier in the week, that Lion was delayed at the last minute to address a problem with the Resume feature:

Although Apple is believed to have had some ambitions of launching Lion this week, at least one person familiar with the matter said earlier in the week that last minute concerns with one of the system’s new features (app Resumes) would likely cause a minor delay.

There has also been talk of a “GM2” build of Lion that would presumably address any of these last minute bugs, but outside of whispers here and there, little evidence exists to corroborate such speculation.

From Apple, all we have heard is that Lion will “soon be available” and otherwise only that it’s due sometime this month.

Me? I’m just tired of the rumors, I want a new MacBook Air with Lion preinstalled already.


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Posted by: Matt Chan in Mac OS, News, Rumor


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  1. […] A Wednesday release is slightly earlier than what WSJ’s AllThingsD reported last week, placing a “Thursday or Friday” timeline for the new hardware and software. […]

  2. Albatetra says:

    How can you believe that Lion next week will be released if is terribly full of serious bugs?
    I’m expecting at least another 2 preview release before publishing.

  3. […] according to an image that popped up on Apple’s website. This suggests the possibility that upcoming MacBook Air refresh may support the same […]

  4. Keith says:

    I love what Apple does but with the amount of competition they need to be quicker with their releases. I’m sure people are getting angry over the time it takes. I understand this is a media issue but if your going to release a new product or os in a particular time of the month say it will be released at the end of the month.

  5. […] 3: The WSJ’s AllThingsD appears to confirm Lion release date will be next week, alongside new MacBook Airs possibly on Thursday or […]

  6. Steve Austin says:

    I can just imagine all the folks at cupertino reading the forums and having a good laugh at all this speculation on release dates for lion.

    Just be patient…

  7. Listen2Me says:

    @Mike – I hate how much sense that idea makes. I don’t think I’ll make it to the 23rd…!

    • Mike says:

      Ha hahha… My money is on the 21st, the Thursday before Leo or the 26th the Tuesday after…

      Either way, I’m in the que to buy :-)

  8. Mike says:

    Has anybody considered the connection with Lion and Leo (Zodiac) which starts on the 23rd of July?

  9. Ive been talking about the “big day” long before all the speculators….

  10. pan says:

    More speculations & Rumours!!!!

  11. Chris says:

    It’s funny knowing a writer for this website doesn’t realize when you should and should not put an apostrophe in a word.

    The correct title is “New MacBook Airs” not “New Macbook Air’s.”

    • Matt says:

      I didn’t even notice but thanks, want to be a copy editor?


      • Troll Master says:

        The correct use of “didn’t” is “did not”

      • Chris says:

        Sure. I have nothing else to do (literally, I work one day a week at my new job). I honestly wouldn’t mind going through some quick scans of articles for grammatical errors.

        I doubt you’re serious but in case you’re not the offer is up. I’m still crying since I just took a nap and had a dream where “” said Lion WAS out, and I wake up to find it’s not. ='(

  12. noooooo says:

    the wait is killing me!

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