A new line of Lion-powered MacBook Air laptops is set to follow close behind and he third-generation Airs will hit shelves sometime late next week and come equipped with a range of niceties. It may happen that Apple would seed Mac OS X Lion in Mac App Store next week if the release for Macbook Air is imminent…………..
There’s been rumblings that the next-generation MacBook Air would arrive this week (alongside Lion) but hopes were dashed when Tuesday and Thursday came and went without the telltale “We’ll Be Right Back” post-it note appearing on store.apple.com. AllThingsD’s John Paczkowski now reports that the third-generation MacBook Air will indeed arrive next week on either Thursday or Friday . The new Airs are expected to rock new Intel Sandy Bridge processors, high-speed Thunderbolt ports, backlit keyboards and 128GB and 256GB SSDs. In addition to dropping the previous 64GB SSD configuration, Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via Electronista) believes that Apple has configured the new Air with a minimum of 4GB RAM to improve Lion’s performance. Kuo also writes that the Air SSDs will still come on socketed micro SATA modules. Some pundits have suggested that Apple might be waiting until after its Q3 2011 earnings announcement, which happens on Tuesday, July 19 to launch Lion and the 3G Airs. The rationale is that Apple would push the announcement until after the earnings call just in case something went wrong with the launches.