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New 15-inch MacBook Air in development?

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 -- -- 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.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    How about the MINI, Apple

    MAYBE Apple should first focus on updating their core machines, like the MINI and iMacs, before coming up with something like this.

    Besides, a 15 inch Air is a TERRIBLE idea.

    Here's an idea, Apple: A 12" AIR with the same length and width as the Powerbook G4.

    THERE's your ultra thin, ultra mobile show-stopper.

    AND UPDATE THE MINI ALREADY!!! It's embarrassing. Who wants to pay 600 bucks for two year old tech?

  1. bob_hearn

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Great idea!

    I would be on that in a minute. Although, if you put the optical drive back -- in what sense is it an Air? Where's the weight savings going to come from?

    Even in the present form factor, it looks like there's room for a larger screen. 13" is just too small. Other than that it's the perfect travel machine.

    Mini, iMac... yeah, whatever. Update the Air, and PLEASE get the new Mac Pros out already!

  1. slider

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Won't happen, they'd never be able to get it into that envelope ;)

  1. kerryb

    Joined: Dec 1969


    hmmm doesn't seem likely

    Someday the Macbook and Pro models may do away with the drive as wireless become more and more the choice of file transfers but I doubt an even more expensive Air 15in would make sense even in the best times. This is either a replacement for the 13in or someone's fantasy.

  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I agree with the first poster. I would rather see a 12 inch air. With the proliferation of netbooks, Apple needs a smaller notebook (even if it is more expensive).

    The last thing they need is a big 15 inch Macbook air...

    Also, where is the new mini???

  1. bjojade

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Aside from increasing screen space, a larger Air could offer advantages such as an optical drive, faster processors and/or mor e ports.

    Um, this product already exists. It's called the MacBook Pro. Why would apple offer another form factor of a machine that they already have? I vote this rumor as non-logial

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