MacBook Air – 2011 New Models & Specs: Release Later Today?

We’ve been keeping you up to speed with Apple MacBook Air developments, specifically for the new refreshed Airs which it appears could well be out later today. Yesterday we gave the news that the new Mac OS X Lion operating system and MacBook Air were expected today although there was nothing fully confirmed. However Apple has since confirmed Mac OS X Lion will be available later today and many are now hoping that means the arrival of the MacBook Air refresh too.

We also previously gave details of four new models expected to come for the new MacBook Air and today we have further information of leaked specs for the Airs that are anticipated to see their official release today. The news comes to us from Mark Gurman over on 9to5Mac whose source, a “Mr X” gave details of the new line and as expected there are four models with further configurations available.

All models will see very little change in appearance and all will feature the Thunderbolt ports and new Intel Sandy Bridge processors that we expected. Details given are that the 11.6-inch base Air will have a 1.6GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and flash storage of 64GB. The higher-spec version will also have a 1.6GHz processor but 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage. Configured options will also be available with upgrades to a 1.8GHz processor, 4GB of RAM and a whopping 256GB of flash storage, the first time this has been available for the 11.6-inch model.

For the 13.3-inch models expect the standard version to have a 1.7GHz processor with 4GB of RAM and flash storage of 128GB. The higher-spec model will again feature a 1.7GHz processor and 4GB of RAM but flash storage is upgraded to 256GB. As with the 11.6-inch models built to order is also available with options such as 1.8GHz processor, 4GB of RAM or again 256GB of flash storage.

It had been widely speculated that 4GB of RAM and 128GB storage would be standard across all models but alas that doesn’t seem to have materialized. We previously posted about pricing for the new MacBook Air line where we wondered if Apple might stick to the same as the current line, even though higher specs would be included. Chris Davies over on SlashGear tells how although prices are so far unconfirmed for the new Airs it is expected that they will be around the same price.

Again we must point out that although it is widely expected that we will see the new MacBook Air officially unveiled today this is not yet confirmed although it does seem even more likely now that we know Mac OS X Lion is indeed making its appearance today. Are you waiting for the Air refresh? Let us know with your comments.