Apple to bring Thunderbolt and Sandy Bridge to the Macbook Air this summer

Apple to bring Thunderbolt and Sandy Bridge to the Macbook Air this summer

Summary: This summer, Apple's Macbook Air will join the Macbook Pro and iMac as the latest Apple computer to feature Thunderbolt and Sandy Bridge.

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With Thunderbolt now featured in the newest Macbook Pro and iMac, it's only a matter of time before Apple brings the speedy new input to the Macbook Air as well. And that time could come as soon as this summer.

According to DigiTimes, Thunderbolt will be zapping its way to Apple's ultralight laptops this June or July. And it won't be alone. The Air's update will also come with Intel's Sandy Bridge chip processor, which Apple has already built into the Macbook Pro and iMac. Speculation that Sandy Bridge would be making it to the Macbook Air in June was reported as early as February. That news, however, broke weeks before Intel's Thunderbolt announcement.

Apple being Apple, this is not something we will get a confirmation on until the company officially announces the new models. But with a summer release, is it possible that the new Macbook Air will come too soon? The current generation is only seven months old after all, making an upgrade at this stage a bit premature for Apple's standards.  Either way, it's clear that the upgrade will happen eventually, so why not now?

[Via DigiTimes]

Topics: Apple, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility

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  • Thunderbolt?

    um, I can't be the only ready thinking 'what's Thunderbolt'?...
    tmur
    • RE: Apple to bring Thunderbolt and Sandy Bridge to the Macbook Air this summer

      @tmur It's like USB or Firewire running at 10Gbps!! That's twice as fast as USB3.0!
      http://www.intel.com/technology/io/thunderbolt/index.htm
      http://www.apple.com/thunderbolt/

      Pi
      seaniepie
      • RE: Apple to bring Thunderbolt and Sandy Bridge to the Macbook Air this summer

        @seaniepie That's 4 channels of 10 Gbit/sec goodness - 2 up, 2 down - so saying it's twice as fast as USB3 is an understatement, especially considering that USB3 has problems benchmarking faster than half of it's rated speed.
        Champ_Kind
      • RE: Apple to bring Thunderbolt and Sandy Bridge to the Macbook Air this summer

        @seaniepie Try 8 times as fast. 4 channels of 10 Gbps (Thunderbolt) versus 1 channel of 5 Gbps. And I'm not even going to get into peak v sustained speeds or signal rate v data transfer rate. Suffice to say, real-world USB 3.0 is not going get much above 350 Mbps sustained unidirectional, Thunderbolt is looking at closer to 8 Gbps sustained bidirectional.

        Similar to Firewire 800 v USB 2.0...
        eak2000
  • Timing

    I don't see any problem in the timing of this upgrade. 8mths is as good a time as any. By the time the adopters of the last Airs want to upgrade there may well be further advances still. If not, no loss. The speed of their current machine is to the spec they wanted and opted for on purchase. If they really want to upgrade sooner then they will. After all, unlike phones, they are not locked into a contract for 18-24mths (unless on lease in which case they can probably get an upgrade fairly easily depending on how good they leasers are).

    Pi
    seaniepie