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Apple Rumored to be Building a 15-inch MacBook Air Model

Apple Rumored to be Building a 15-inch MacBook Air Model

We suppose one way for Apple to fight back against Intel's push into thin and light territory with its Ultrabook concept is to release a larger size MacBook Air model, and apparently that's exactly what Apple is planning to do. Citing Apple's upstream suppliers, news and rumor site DigiTimes claims the Cupertino outfit has placed orders for components it will need to build a 15-inch MacBook Air, or to build a thinner MacBook Pro.

The new MacBook, whether it's a slimmed down Pro or upsized Air, is expected to appear perhaps as early as the second quarter of 2012. Mass shipments are expected to begin in March.


As it currently stands, Apple's MacBook Air line is available in 11-inch and 13-inch form factors priced from $999 to $1,599. Before you dismiss the idea of a 15-inch model, keep in mind that 15-inch Ultrabooks are on the horizon, including one from Acer and another from Asus, DigiTimes says. If Apple doesn't respond with a 15-inch model of its own, Intel's Ultrabook platform would stand alone, perhaps giving the platform some much needed momentum.

Would you be interested in a 15-inch MacBook Air, or do you think Apple should stick with 11-inch and 13-inch models only?
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I'm not surprised by this at all, I just thought they would remove the optical drive and keep the macbook pro name. I guess they went with the large air route instead. It will be overpriced.

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Of course it will be overpriced :( Sadly, ALL Apple products are.

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Well... It'll at least have the Apple thinness and user interface people are known for...

@Drake You're right, it is going to be severely overpriced.

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As an pc/adroid guy I shuddered a few months ago when my gf asked me to help her pick out a lappy for grad school.. I feel we really don't have a competitor to the MBA line, especially after the disappointing chromebook launch we went over to the local minimalist store and brought home a 13MBA.. its pretty sick to be honest.. i have to say the interface is slick and snappy thanks to the ssd, also the battery life is really outstanding.. I just am really disappointed with the low screen resolution (14x7) and the lack of blu ray support at cupertino.. other than that it was a very happy purchase for us... on to the cloud! show me a 15MBA with higher resolution and a beefier graphics chipset and we are set, just really hoping the boys at asus can get there first! RIP Flash.

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Wow someone better let Optimus know

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