Apple is gearing up to launch an update to its MacBook Air line that will pack Sandy Bridge processors — that recently launched in the new MacBook Pros and iMacs — in addition to Apple and Intel’s new Thunderbolt I/O platform.
DigiTimes is claiming that Apple will begin shipping 11.6″ and 13″ MacBook Air models in “late May” and expects the new lineup to make its debut in “June or July.”
Main supply chain makers for the new models remain about the same as for the existing MacBook Air, with Quanta Computer solely responsible for assembly, Catcher Technology supplying casings, Auras Technology a main supplier of thermal modules, Shin Zu Shing supplying hinges, and Simplo Technology and Dynapack supplying batteries, the sources pointed out.
An update in the summer would not be out of the ordinary for MacBook Air refresh cycles, which last updated in October and usually has an average run of about 330 days.
Apple has not responded to requests for comment on the potential refresh.