The MacBook Air refresh is thought to be with us by June or July, and we have word that there will be three new ULV Sandy Bridge processors for the 2011 models. The current batch of these processors has a speed of 1.4-1.6GHz; these new versions will have a speed bump of 1.7-1.8GHz. Although we have no solid proof of this, they are certain to go into Apple’s sleek laptops, as they are the perfect size for them.
Do not worry about these speeds looking a little low, as these Sandy Bridge CPUs have a turbo boost function, which will increase speeds to 2.7-2.9GHz. There have been rumors that Apple will move to Arm for their 2012 MBA, but this is looking less likely considering that both Apple and Intel have cemented their relationship even further.
Electronista explains that the three new processors that could end up in the 2011 MacBook Air are as follows: Core i5 2557M, Core i7 2637M and finally the Core i7 2677M. All three have 2 cores and four threads, and 3MB for the former and 4MB of cache for the latter two. All versions only use 17 watts of power.
Although the standard speeds do not look that impressive compared to the current processors used in the MacBook Air, you have to remember that they are just old Core 2 Duo CPUs. Sandy Bridge is the next step, something that the new Air needs if they are to stay relevant in this popular market.
Is it important for the MacBook Air to get these new Sandy Bridge ULV processors?