PhoneNews.com can confirm that Apple is preparing to release an new revision of the MacBook Air. While that in and of itself is not a surprise to many, we can confirm some of the specifications of the unit.
Much of the MacBook Air’s external design will not change. However, the internals will receive a significant revision from the initial release back in January. The MacBook Air is currently powered by a custom version of the Intel Core 2 Duo processor, from the Merom-class. That processor had been modified with a lower voltage process to conserve power.
The new MacBook Air however, will trade that CPU out for a standard Penryn-class Core 2 Duo. And, as such, the CPU will be able to dramatically increase, from 2.0 GHz and potentially beyond. As such however, power drain will increase. Apple will curb that constraint with a higher-capacity battery. However, we can confirm that the new MacBook Air will require a 60W power adapter to fully charge, much like the current MacBook family.
In fact, the new revision of the MacBook Air will draw it much more in-line with the current MacBook internals. Expect to see SSD prices in-line with the current revision, however the hard drive version of the MacBook Air will likely be upgraded to 120 GB, and optionally 160 GB, due to falling prices for 1.8-inch hard drives.
Announcement of thisÂ systemÂ has been reported to be imminent, with national retailers being alerted (under non-disclosure) to be prepared for the upgrade.
The MacBook Air is Apple’s first foray into the Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC) market. At its release, the machine claimed the title of the world’s thinnest notebook, and added new features such as a multi-touch trackpad. It is also the first modern Mac to lack an optical drive, a user-replaceable battery, as well as FireWire ports.