Earlier today we revealed that Apple will be holding a press event on September 7th, many believe they will announce a new MacBook Air with an improved hardware specification, therefore we thought that we would look into what they could choose to upgrade.
Currently there are two models available, the cheaper of the two costs $1,499 and comes with a 1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of memory, a 120GB SATA hard drive and 9400M graphics, whereas the more expensive $1,799 variant features the same graphics and memory, however has a 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo chip and a 128GB solid-state disk.
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Personally I feel that the current MacBook Air’s specs are a bit lacking for today’s high standards, therefore I wouldn’t be surprised if they try to get the performance similar to high-end MacBook Pros, in the small frame of a MacBook air.
I think an upgrade to 4GB of memory is needed in the 2010 refresh, also I believe fast CPU speed is extremely important, therefore don’t be surprised if we see Core i5 and Core i7 options available, such as the 2.4GHz Core i5 or the 2.66GHz Core i7.
Obviously a faster CPU usually means more heat-related problems, therefore I think that Apple should concentrate more keeping the new MacBook Airs running cool, rather than giving them stupidly fast clock speeds, this should in-turn be better for battery life.
As for storage I don’t quite know what to expect, solid-state drive are still very expensive, therefore I doubt that Apple will offer much more storage than the 128GB SSD currently offered, however don’t be too surprised if cheaper models feature a 250/320GB SATA drive.
The 9400M graphics currently utilized are far from perfect, users complain that graphically extensive tasks result in overheating and drained battery life, therefore an improved graphics chipset with better performance and lower power consumption would be a great improvement in my opinion.
What specs would you like to see in the 2010 MacBook Air?