Digitimes is reporting that Apple has plans to release revamped MacBook Air models later this Summer (in either June or July) that will feature Intel’s new Sandy Bridge chipset and, of course, the Thunderbolt technology Apple jointly developed with Intel and is slowly rolling out across its entire product line.
Main supply chain makers for the new models remain about the same as for the existing MacBook Air, with Quanta Computer solely responsible for assembly, Catcher Technology supplying casings, Auras Technology a main supplier of thermal modules, Shin Zu Shing supplying hinges, and Simplo Technology and Dynapack supplying batteries, the sources pointed out. However, none of the makers have confirmed their participation in making new MacBook Airs.
Meanwhile, note that CNET reported back in February that a MacBook Air refresh was being planned for June. So whether it’s June or July, some new Apple hardware will be nice in light of the fact that we won’t be seeing updated iPhones until later this Fall. At the very least, hopefully developer previews of iOS 5 will be tantalizing enough to hold us over during those warm Summer months.