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New MacBook Air, iLife '11 spoiled by leaks, Apple itself

updated 07:30 am EDT, Wed October 20, 2010

MacBook Air and new iLife given away by

Plans to launch a new MacBook Air and iLife '11 have been virtually confirmed this morning both by unofficial leaks and by Apple itself. The company's discussion forums already have placeholder categories for the "MBA" notebook as well as iMovie '11, GarageBand '11 and iPhoto '11. Polish site Spidersweb, who first found the leaks, also discovered a mystery "Reserved 10 20" category that could represent a new app or piece of hardware.

More refined details have also emerged in a rumor reinforcing many of the base specs. A new 11.6-inch model and a redesigned 13.3-inch model are still both anticipated, with a second USB port and an SD card slot improving the expansion for at least one model. Engadget has now claimed that the 11.6-inch Air may still start with just 2GB of RAM and would have a 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo, with the high end falling slightly short of 2.4GHz rumors with 2.33GHz. The speeds both line up with Intel's current Core 2 Duo S models and would line up with expectations that Apple is still using older processors to deliberately avoid Intel's slow integrated graphics in favor of NVIDIA's faster GeForce 320M.

A pair of design touches may have been disclosed at the same time. The 11.6-inch model would still be as thick as its 13.3-inch counterpart, but the need to save space would move the aluminum power button on the side to a black power button next to the eject key on the keyboard. A "buttonless" glass trackpad should reach the design.

Launch details still aren't known, including the ship date or the price, but it's expected that the new Air will run well under the $1,499 asking cost of the current model and could dip below $999 for the 11.6-inch version.

by MacNN Staff



  1. malax

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Yeah finding out there are going to be iLife '11 products and a new MBA and "something else" released today really "spoils" the announcement. Hardly worth tuning in now.

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The Real Question...

    ... Is WHEN will the announcements be made?

    Is it a big Apple media event with Steve Jobs making the presentation, or a simple Apple Store refresh?

    I don't use iLife, so what about iWork?

  1. lysolman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Today at 10am PT, 1pm ET

    Steve Jobs on Apple's campus.

  1. Ryszard

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Editor needed

    What kind of a frigging headline is "New MacBook Air, iLife '11 spoiled by leaks, Apple itself"? You guys need an editor and writers that passed English 101.

  1. sdfalk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Editor needed

    ...Says the person who includes "frigging" in a sentence.

  1. WTEffyall

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Re: Editor needed

    Sadly, "frig" now shows up on

    Hilariously, the results page includes a bunch of ads for refrigerators.

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