Apple released the new MacBook Airs and Minis today. Right off the bat, I noticed something curious:
Reported battery life on the Airs has decreased at least by an hour from the previous models. One could chalk this up to the backlit keyboard…
but it could also indicate that the processors are not of the Sandy Bridge variety*, which offer increased performance for what amounts to about the same power consumption.
So question 1: Do the new MacBook Airs (and consequently the Minis) have Sandy Bridge processors?
* EDIT! – Yes, the new Airs and Minis are both Sandy Bridge (duh, they have thunderbolt!) That backlit keyboard must constitute a good chunk of the lost battery life.
Another curious omission on the new MacBook Airs is a lack of an HD FaceTime camera. Apple lists it as the vanilla ‘FaceTime Camera’, with the ‘HD’ nowhere to be found. Apple sometimes makes mistakes and changes their product descriptions later, but I doubt they would mess this up. Perhaps there simply wasn’t enough room in the svelte Air lid for a camera of the HD variety. That’s a shame… but at least we got the backlit keyboard!
One final question regarding the Airs (and even Minis, if you configure it such): Are the SSDs faster? Are we blessed with the 6MBs pipeline?
Time will tell on all of these answers and observations…. For now, the upgrades are still amazing and welcomed, and we await the benchmarks and tear-downs!