There are fresh rumors that the new MacBook Air 2011 will be released this Wednesday, and from the news that we know so far the latest laptop from Apple seems to point this device to students. The reason we say this is due to the upgraded specs, but will the price be able to convince these students that this is the laptop for them?
The specs for the new MacBook Air have yet to be confirmed, but from what we know so far we expect to see a new Intel Sandy Bridge processor, which will consume less power than a standard version. There could be 128GB SSD and 4GB of RAM as standard. It is hoped that we will see a return to the backlit keyboard, which will come in handy when you are pulling in all nighters’ trying to cram before a big test.
There are more powerful laptops on the market, but they are not as practical for a student; having to carry course books and paperwork are heavy enough, if you added the weight of a standard laptop you will end up with a bad back by the end of the term. If you were to go into any campus you will be surprised by how many people have a MacBook Air.
The new MacBook Air, which will have Mac OS X Lion will have a much-improved battery life, so should have no trouble running for your entire day in campus. Also students like to sit on the green during lunch, so a MBA in one hand and your lunch in the other seems to be a great combination to us.
Students can choose to take a tablet with them, but we know how limited they are. However, the 11-inch MacBook Air seems to be the perfect compromise, as it is not too big and not too small. When you look at the size of this smaller MacBook when compared to a netbook there is not a lot in it; expect for thinness and weight that is. However, when you compare the performance then Apple’s device is in a different league.
The old processor and just 2GB of RAM have put off some students, as some programs seem to demand a lot of system resources. However, these rumored upgrades will now make it even more desirable.
The other main thing that will make the new MacBook Air perfect for the student is how reliable it is. If you had a Windows laptop you know that in two or three years the thing ages fast. However the slim Apple device will not show its age as fast, and will work as fast today, as it did three years ago. This means that you would not feel the need to replace it as much.
ZDNet makes a point of how students think with their pockets first, so it is for this reason why the new MacBook Air would be perfect for them.