We’ve already seen the refreshed lineup for the Apple MacBook Pro back in February, and only last week the new iMac arrived so our thoughts have now turned to the MacBook Air refresh. Recently we speculated on what features there might be on the new MacBook Airs and asked what you wanted to see. Now we want to turn our attention to what price the 2011 refreshed MacBook Airs will be and what you will be willing to pay?
We’re hoping to see the new MacBook Air launch next month and we’re pretty convinced that the new laptops will feature the latest Sandy Bridge processors and also the Thunderbolt technology that appeared on the refreshed MacBook Pro and iMac. Other features that many of you would like to see are an increased display resolution, backlit keyboard, improved graphics and socketed RAM but improvements such as these will come at an increased price…or will they?
Current prices for the Apple MacBook Air start at $999 for the base 11-inch model ranging to $1,599 for the high-end 13-inch model, with configurable options adding to these prices so, at first glance you’d expect these prices to rise with the improvements hoped for. However recently Apple has really made an attempt to hold back pricing increases and there’s evidence to suggest that higher specs may not necessarily add to the finishing price. The Apple iPad 2 was launched in March at the same price as the original iPad and with the refresh of both the MacBook Pro and iMac this year with improved technology, Apple managed to maintain the same starting prices.
So the question we’re asking is how much more you’d be willing to pay for upgraded specs on the next MacBook Air, or are you expecting improvements for the same as the current pricing? Also if you’re willing to pay more, how much more, and for what particular feature/s? We’d be interested to hear what you think about this so why not let us know with your comments.