Apple scrapped 15-inch MacBook Air for 2010; redesigning for 2012 release, say sources

“In October 2010, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs took the stage at the Apple Cupertino campus to unveil a preview of OS X Lion, FaceTime for Mac, iLife ’11 and the latest MacBook Air design as the closing “one more thing” announcement,” Mark Gurman reports for 9to5Mac.

“This notebook announcement not only brought the successor to the previously available 13-inch MacBook Air, but brought along with it an 11-inch MacBook Air for the first time,” Gurman reports. “But these new notebooks weren’t the only planned pieces of the late 2010 MacBook Air story, though. Reliable sources have told us that not only were 13 and 11-inch models planned, but a groundbreaking [sic] new 15 inch MacBook Air was scheduled for a late 2010 release.”

Find out what Apple’s decision to delay the 15-inch MacBook Air hinged upon in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: BTW, You can have our 11-inch MacBook Air units on the same day we switch to Windows PCs.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]


    1. The 11-inch MacBook Air not too small when it’s your mobile Mac. It’s the most mobile Mac available. Huge iMac screen on the desktop and the ultimate in portability when on-the-move is the perfect combination.

      And the MacBook Air keyboards are all the same size.

    2. The 11-inch MacBook Air is the true successor to the much-loved 12-inch Powerbook G4 (I still have mine). For students, and for those who love the iPad but need a fully-functional computer on the road, the 11-inch MacBook Air is a dream come true.

    3. I make constantly the same mistake with my 13″ MacBook Pro. When people ask what screen size does it have?.. I tell them 15″ because it feels like it. Then I have to correct myself and say that sorry no it is actually 13″. I have fallen in love for this size. I spend more time with my 13″ MacBook Pro than with my iMac that has more than double the screen size. iPad and iPhone aside.

  1. Classic Apple. Can’t let a flawed product out into the wild. Thanks in advance for having quality control standards and abiding by them. This product will be a killer addition to the lineup and it IS important to get it right.

    The 15″ Air is the one I’ve been waiting for since January 2008. Looks like 2012 is the year.


    1. You hit the nail on the head. Been reading Job’s biography and there are a number of examples where Apple pulled product just before launch because it was not just right.
      I could be in the market for one of this. My 15inch MBP is at least 3 years old now and the idea of a lighter machine is intriguing.

    2. The 15-inch MacBook Air may not have been ready for prime time, or Apple may have realized (quite rightly) that the target market for 15-inch portables wasn’t ready to give up the built-in DVD drive.

  2. Have been waiting for the Air 15 to replace and pass my MBP 15 on to my wife. Unfortunately she has now seen the MBA 11 and wants that instead.

    Would love to see a MBA 11″ Pro (loaded). Then we, including our son, my bank and possibly, Apple, would be ecstatic.

  3. When the MacBook Air was first introduced, I couldn’t make sense of it. It simply seemed too limited. Though not my primary computer, I am the proud owner of the current generation 13″ Air. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. It’s my travel computer when I need a bit more than the iPad offers. Awesome! When I need a bit more power and screen real estate for image editing, I use the 27″ iMac or the 17″ MacBook Pro. Bit I don myself using the Air frequently.

  4. I purchased one of the first MBAs in 2008 and it got me back on the Mac bandwagon. I have one of the new 11″ Airs now, and paired with a Thunderbolt monitor it is a VERY versatile machine. If you wanted one machine and needed the mobility, the combination is great. I can even run the few proprietary WinX programs – and Skyrim – with Parallels. Wow.

    1. same.
      I have a feeling in the next year, my Wallet is going to be burning.

      My 13″ MBP I love, I am ready to switch to the Air now the backlit keyboard is back. But i’d only get a 13″ Air, the 11″ is too small for me. I like it, but I have played with both the 11″ and 13″ in the Apple store. 13 is perfect, 11 a tad small (again for ME)

      a 15″ air? now I’ll have to rethink my desire for the 13.

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