Intel’s speedy Sandy Bridge platform and Thunderbolt interface have already made their way into Apple’s MacBook Pro line-up in February this year.
Now, Taiwanese industry publication DigiTimes is reporting that Apple supply chain sources will begin shipments of new 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch MacBook Air models, in late May, featuring updated Sandy Bridge processors while sporting Thunderbolt ports. The same sources are claiming that the launch of the new Airs will be 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 publication continues.
It’s uncertain however whether the new Airs will continue to enjoy Nvidia discrete graphics or lose it in favor of Sandy Bridge’s integrate graphics. We personally hope for the former. In any case, if you were considering getting a new MacBook Air within the next few weeks, you might want to postpone that for a bit.[DigiTimes]