Apple Store down July 20: MacBook Air inbound?

By Posted 20 Jul 2011, 10:31

We recently spoke about today being the day that Mac OS X Lion finally gets released, as well as the fact that we could be in for a few new Mac devices today as well. To back this up we can see that the Apple Store is down and the rumors that the MacBook Air will be with us on July 20, 2011 looks to be right on the money.

We already know so much about the rumored MBA, but 9 to 5 Mac has revealed the specs of the new models. We had assumed that 4GB Ram would be standard across all four models, but that does not look to be true. Three models will come with an increase in RAM, but the entry-level 11.6-inch version will not. That version will come with a 1.6GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and 64GB SSD.

The next model up will offer the same CPU, but will have a spec bump to 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD. As yet we have no pricing details, but we should expect them very soon. However, there is a chance to purchase an already made model online, this will cone with the faster 1.8GHz processor, the same RAM but double the storage to 256GB.

Next we have the 13.3-inch models. Again there are three options: a standard 1.7GHz, 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD. The next model up just gets an increase to 256GB SSD, but the pre-made version online will have all the above, expect the faster 1.8GHz processor.

All of the processors mentioned above will be the Intel Sandy Bridge, and we also expect to see these new MacBook Air’s rocking Thunderbolt. However, the overall design will not change, although there is nothing wrong with this anyway.

When the Apple Store comes back up we not only expect to see the new MacBook Air and OS X Lion, but also a new Mac Mini and Server edition. There is to be two models, the base model will offer a 2.3GHz processor and just 2GB of RAM – which seems a little low to us. However, it will come with 500GB of storage.

The high-end model will see an increase to the CPU of 2.5GHz and double the RAM. The Server edition will only come with 2.0GHz, 2x 500GB hard drives and 4GB of RAM. Again we do not have any pricing details, but we should be able to provide this a little later today.