Apple could offer its next MacBook Air in black, according to new rumors. Black is a rare color in the Mac universe, having been previously available for the MacBook.
Apple could be
back in black, at least when it comes to the MacBook Air.
"Over the past
week, we've received several anonymous tips claiming that at least some models
of the next-generation MacBook Air will be available with a black finish," read
a June 20 posting on the Apple-centric blog MacRumors
. "The most specific of the claims
suggests that a black anodized aluminum case would be available on a top-end
MacBook Air model."
forget, this wouldn't be the first time that Cupertino has offered a laptop in
the same shade as one of Apple CEO Steve Jobs' famous turtlenecks: Once upon a
time, for a slightly higher price than its white-cased cousin, you could
purchase a MacBook with a black matte finish. But Apple discontinued that part
of its line in 2008.
that Apple will introduce the new line of MacBook Airs following the release of
Mac OS X "Lion," the latest version of its operating system. New features of
Lion include a baked-in Mac App Store, with access to a variety of full-screen
applications-a spiritual descendent of the App Store long available for iOS
devices like the iPhone and iPad. In addition to those applications, Lion will
also offer some rejiggered operating-system fundamentals, including trackpads
with an increased range of gesture control and scroll bars that remain visible
only when in use; software additions include AirDrop, which wirelessly sends
files to other users, and FileVault, which keeps information secure with
XTS-AES 128 data encryption.
retail for $29. Apple will make the operating system available for download via
the Mac App Store.
rumors also suggest the next MacBook Airs will feature some tweaked hardware,
including Intel's "Sandy Bridge" Core processors and ThunderBolt I/O
technology, which brings together PCI Express high-speed data transfer and
DisplayPort high-definition display support on a single cable. According to
Intel, ThunderBolt is capable of transferring a full-length high-definition
movie in less than 30 seconds.
the vision of simple, fast transfer of content between PCs and devices, and
made it a reality," Mooly Eden, general manager of Intel's PC Client Group,
said in a February statement accompanying ThunderBolt's introduction.
previous MacBook Air refresh took place in October 2010. Those units measured
0.68 inches thick with the lid closed, tipped the scales at 2.3 pounds and
featured SSD (solid-state disk) storage in place of hard drives.
everything we've learned about miniaturization from the iPhone and iPad and
applied it to the MacBook," Jobs told an audience assembled for the unveiling.
the new MacBook Airs take, there's a chance you'll have your option of exterior