Apple is reportedly readying two product refreshes - a new iPod Touch by September and an 11.6-inch MacBook Air with an Intel Core iSeries ULV processor before year's end.
Apple is reportedly readying a new MacBook Air, as well as a new iPod Touch,
reported July 15, citing its senior analyst, Mingchi Kuo.
Kuo, reportedly basing her information on discussions with "upstream
component makers," said the new MacBook Air will feature an Intel Core i
series ultra-low-voltage processor, a slimmer and lighter design, and an
The current model, which was introduced in June 2009-making its refresh a
bit overdue, in the world of Apple-measures 12.8 inches wide, has a 13.3-inch
(diagonal) LED-backlit display, and offers a choice of 1.86GHz or 2.13GHz Intel
Core 2 Duo processors.
The new iPod Touch, according to Kuo, will feature a 3-megapixel camera that's
capable of both taking photos and recording video. Apple's A4 processor, a
boasting point in its iPhone 4, is also said to be included. And while the new
MacBook Air will reportedly arrive in "the second half of 2010," Kuo
offers the more specific estimate of "August or September" for the
new iPod Touch.
Both products are said to be manufactured by Quanta Computer-a notable
Foxconn, another Apple manufacturing partner, has this year struggled with a
dozen-plus worker suicides
as it pushed to meet demands for Apple iPads and
other products. Foxconn has reportedly also assembled Apple iPhones, as well as
products for Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Nokia.
Kuo's iPod Touch prediction is keeping with a
July 10 report from U.K. tech site Pocket Lint
-which wrote that U.K.
retailer John Lewis, during a Christmas sales presentation, revealed that the
iPod Touch would indeed have a 5-megapixel camera, paired with a Apple's
FaceTime video-chatting application. Lewis also shared that the device would
include a gyroscope-a feature well leveraged by developers of applications and
Apple has offered no official comment that either a new iPod Touch or
MacBook Air is eminent. And, at least until next week, the notoriously
secretive company isn't likely to. On July 16, Apple CEO
Steve Jobs had his hands full with, at the very least, a
press conference in which the iPhone 4, and presumably its antenna issues, will