In fact, AppleInsider suggests that the new Air will use neither a conventional hard disk or SSD; instead, it may employ an "SSD Card," which resembles a stick of RAM and will not be easily replaced by average users.
Meanwhile, Cult of Mac references reliable sources when reporting that Apple will debut two models on Wednesday: a 13.3-inch model and an 11.6-inch model. Both are expected to have a re-designed enclosure, additional ports, and incredible boot speed. "It boots so fast, it's unbelievable," said CoM's source. "It's amazing how fast it boots up." Other changes CoM expects to see:
CNET also reports that
- Improved battery life
- A "boxier" design, akin to the iPhone 4's straight lines (above is CoM's mockup of a potential redesign)
- Upgradable SSD and RAM (starting at 2GB)
- Both a 2.1GHz (with 2GB of RAM) and 2.4GHz (with 4GB of RAM) configuration, though CoM notes that their sources could not confirm processor rumors
Apple will use an 11.6-inch display in one mode. Lastly, The Apple Blog expects
the larger model to continue to use the the Core 2 Duo and NVIDIA chipset.
It's about time
The MacBook Air has not received a significant update since June of 2009, when it was bumped up to 2.13GHz with a price point of US$1,499. Despite praise from customers, the MacBook Air never posted spectacular sales numbers in its current incarnation.
The discrepancy in some of the rumors (SSD vs. the "SSD Card") suggest that there will be two models, Of course, we're talking about rumor so who knows. Here's hoping that we can put an end to speculation on Wednesday.