Well here’s an interesting story. According to a report from Semiaccurate (don’t let the name throw you), Apple was close to releasing a Macbook Air with an AMD Llano chip. The device was reportedly on the verge of production before Apple decided to scrap the initiative.
If you are wondering why the Air wasn’t really revamped much this last time, it is because you are looking at plan B. Plan A was basically a low power Llano in an Air shell, and that would have been a really tasty machine. Instead of awful graphics with questionable drivers, you would get many times the GPU power but lose a bit of CPU power. I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t make that tradeoff
So what was the hold up?
Semiaccurate says that one of the reasons was due to the fact that AMD would have had problems manufacturing the chip in sufficient supply to meet Apple’s needs.
Still, the revamped MacBook Air is may still be a possibility down the line as Apple has had ongoing complaints regarding Intel’s inability to produce a power efficient chip deemed appropriate for Apple’s notebook line. What’s more, Intel’s integrated GPUs haven’t exactly garnered much adoration.