updated 01:30 pm EST, Fri January 16, 2009
15-inch MacBook Air?
Apple is working on a larger version of the MacBook Air, a Taiwanese site claims. Though the current 13-inch Air is focused on being as thin and small as possible, Apple is said to be building a 15-inch model as a companion. The system would be based on Intel's "latest" ultra-low voltage Core 2 processors, but no other specifications have been proposed.
Aside from increasing screen space, a larger Air could offer advantages such as an optical drive, faster processors and/or more ports. The original Air was roundly criticized for omitting a FireWire connection, which is used on many peripherals and can also speed up Mac-to-Mac transfers.
Such a system would however be even more expensive than the base $1,799 Air, and the Taiwanese site in question -- Apple.pro -- has had only partial success at predicting Apple hardware. While photos from July accurately reflected the unibody MacBook Pro, only some October images of a basic aluminum MacBook turned out to be accurate.