We know that you have all heard it before, imminent release of MacBook Air 2011, but this time there could actually be some truth in it. An analyst is now reporting that production has begun and that we could actually see the new model ready for sale this month. We had already assumed that the MBA would be with us either in June or July the latest, so we were not that far out.
AppleInsider says that the Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is reporting that 380,000 new models have already been pushed into production, with a mix of 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch models — so no sign of a larger model then. It seems that the smaller of the two has proven more popular because of the huge difference in its price.
Having said that, we have had a chance to test the smaller model and it is not for us — it’s just far too small to work on comfortably. We never take too much for granted with such rumors, but this analyst has proven to be right now on a number of occasions. He believes that out of the 380,000 units on order for production, 209,000 of them will be for the 11.6-inch version.
We have been reporting for some time that the MacBook Air 2011 refresh was coming, and we were hoping of some sort of announcement at WWDC this year, but that was a disappointment for another reason — no iPhone 5. So we just hope that there is some truth to this, as we just cannot wait to get our hands on a MacBook Air being powered by a Sandy Bridge processor.