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15in MacBook Air Release Date Set for April?

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Rumours of a 15in MacBook Air have circulated for months, but an accessory-maker has once again revived our interest in the fabled skinny laptop. During the accessory show CU Exposed, a manufacturer suggested the new Air model will arrive in April.

Talking to ElectricPig, the un-named accessory-maker suggested the 15in MacBook Air will arrive in April, have ports on both its sides and feature no Ethernet port and no optical drive. As such, it'll largely be an upscaled version of the current 13in MacBook Air in basic design terms. Suggesting such a device a few years ago - a large-screen laptop missing basics like this - would have seemed like madness. But now that Ultrabooks have shown that light weight, good battery life and great design are top concerns for many, it makes perfect sense.

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The release of a 15in MacBook Air will see the series encroach significantly onto the turf of the MacBook Pro, generally seen as Apple's premier laptop range. However, if the 15in model carries on using the SSD storage of the 13in and 11in MacBook Airs, you can bet it won't be cheap.

The current 13in model starts off at £1099, which gets you a 1.7GHz i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB SSD storage and weedy Intel HD 3000 integrated graphics. The 13in MacBook Pro with more storage - not SSD, naturally - and a faster processor is a hundred pounds less. To get a top-spec 15in Air, you'll need deep pockets.

As usual, Apple has not released any information on the long-rumoured laptop. Its policy is to not comment on rumour or speculation, preferring to keep as tight a grip on announcements as possible ahead of official launches.

via ElectricPig

Keithe6e

March 14, 2012, 4:06 pm

>> you'll need deep pockets.

Interesting comment, seen as the recently reviewed Samsung 13"er was £1999.

I used to also believe when buying Apple products you paid over the odds, but other manufactures have proven this isn't actually the case.

Andrew_TR

March 14, 2012, 5:02 pm

That statement's partly informed by my own fear of anything that costs more than £400. I think it's fair to say that both cost a fair bit o' cash.

Michael 2

March 14, 2012, 6:13 pm

I also disagree with describing products as expensive without giving at least one genuine directly comparable alternative at a lower price

Aside from that... I'd be much more interested in apple radically revamping their MacBook Pro line. Can't think when that was last grossly changed - was it 2008?

Ed

March 14, 2012, 6:16 pm

I see where you're both coming from but saying you'll need deep pockets for a machine that is likely to cost a lot of money is perfectly reasonable, even without comparisons. And that Samsung 13in you mention is £1199, not £1999!

As to paying over the odds for Apple. It did used to consistently be the case. Nowadays they're much more competitive for the more consumer models as they are able to manufacture these aluminium chassis in such volumes as to keep costs to a minimum. Fork out for a 15in or 17in laptop or a desktop, though and you are still paying way more than for a Windows based machine. Admittedly they're still generally better quality but not to the point of being justifiable.

Keithe6e

March 14, 2012, 9:32 pm

@Ed:

eek £1999, I did mean £1199 of course, typo.. oops :)

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