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MacBook Air Update To Hit Shelves This Month

June 14, 2011

Apple’s ultra-light MacBook Air is scheduled for an update and is expected to be on store shelves at the end of June, Reuters is reporting.

The pricey but popular laptop is able to load all of its content over wifi, or “Ëœair.’

Initial production is expected to be 380,000 units, the Taipei-based Economic Daily News said. The self-described “World’s Thinnest Laptop” measures just over half an inch thick, and is available with an  11.6-inch screen or a 13.3-inch screen.

To make the device so thin, Apple eschews a traditional hard drive and disc player for flash memory making it extremely responsive and battery efficient. Another expected feature is the Thunderbolt I/O port which features two 10-Gbps data channels for data transfer up to 12 times faster than FireWire 800 and up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0.

The most anticipated upgrade for the MacBook Air is the switch to Intel’s new Sandy Bridge processor, which will provide better power usage, better graphics and better performance, and make the Air much more attractive to back-to-school notebook buyers.

All of these new features will be augmented by Apple’s next operating system named Lion, which was announced last week at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco.

Lion begins the blending of the software between its mobile OS and its traditional desktop operating systems. All of which bodes well for a crossover device such as the MacBook Air.

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