“The imminent launch of an upgraded MacBook Air, complete with Sandy Bridge chipset and Thunderbolt connector, is about is about as open as secrets get where Apple is concerned,” Kenny Hemphill reports for MacUser.
“It seems, though, that we may have to wait just a little longer. AppleInsider reports that Apple will wait until Lion ships before releasing the new Air,” Hemphill reports. “That makes perfect sense to me.”
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Hemphill writes, “If the first batch of MacBook Airs shipped with Snow Leopard, two things would happen. Potential buyers would delay their purchase, leaving Apple with unsold stock which would need to be upgraded to Lion, and those who did buy a Snow Leopard Air would be angry at having an out of date machine so soon after they bought it.”
MacDailyNews Take: Yes, some might delay purchase until OS X Lion can be preloaded, but, no, there won’t be “angry” customers: Apple’s OS X Up to Date program will take care of new Mac buyers just like it has with every major OS X release.
Hemphill writes, “A solid state, low storage-capacity, notebook with no optical storage is the perfect showcase for iCloud and some of Lion’s new features, such as the new Recovery mode, and multi-touch gestures. It’s not by accident that Apple uses an Air on its website to show-off Lion. It’s saying: Lion and ultra-slim notebooks, this is the future of the Mac.”
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