It has long been rumored that MacBook Air will soon undergo a makeover, winning powerful new Core i5 or even i7 chips from Intel along the way. These chips will far surpass the performance of the Core2Duo 1.4GHz and 1.6GHz that they currently mount (I am writing this article with a 1.4GHz and it goes great, I tell you).
Well, it seems that some specialized publications already have new Sandy Bridge processors that would be ideal for the MacBook Air . They would be Core i5 and i7 that would go from 1.7GHz to 2.7Ghz (2.9GHz for i7) in “turbo” mode. The i5 would be dual-core processors with Hyperthreading capabilities with 3MB of level 3 cache while the i7 would be 4MB. All this with a consumption close to 17W, enough for these small ultraportables.
The availability of these chips would have been last summer , perhaps already fits with the autumn-winter season when the renewed range of MacBook Airs appeared last year. Although they are just rumours, I am starting to believe them, I understand that the next step in these laptops that have become a total sales success is to increase one of their weak points, the processor capacity.