A MacBook Air refresh is due for early 2012, and the major rumour is that Apple is set to introduce a new bigger display model this time round.
Currently the MacBook Air is available in 11 inch and 13 inch formats (with two sizes of solid-state drive to select from), but Apple plans on producing a 15 inch model, according to DigiTimes.
This more traditional laptop size creation will go up against the super-thin Intel Ultrabooks, which were “inspired” by the MacBook Air, along with the need to defend notebook territory against the advance of the highly portable tablet.
The sources who spoke to DigiTimes said that manufacturers have begun pilot production of the new MacBook Airs.
Prices of the current range are expected to drop before long, in the wake of the upcoming launch. Currently the most basic 11 inch MBA with a 64GB SSD costs £849.
Given that the 13 inch MacBook Air costs between £1,099 and £1,349 depending on the storage size, the consumer wallet may well tremble in fear as to what the 15 inch model will run to.
Particularly when some companies are managing to keep the relative cost of their Ultrabook down, such as Acer, whose Aspire S3 can be had for around the £700 mark (granted, that’s a 13 inch laptop, though).
We shall see what sort of pricing Apple is pitching at, however, come the first quarter of 2012 when the new Airs should be floating into the shops.