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More MacBook Air Speculation: Boxier Design, Upgradeable SSD, Mockup

Following last week’s rumors about a new MacBook Air set to be announced by Apple at its “Back to the Mac” media event on Wednesday, Cult of Mac has now posted a mockup of what they think will be the final design of the new model.

According to their sources, the new MacBook Air will come in 11.6-inch and 13-inch flavors, will feature an extended battery life to 8-10 hours (current model goes up to 5 hours) and upgradeable RAM and SSD. The design will be thinner and “boxier” with fewer curves, two USB ports and SD slot will be on board together with NVIDIA GeForce 320M.

On pricing:

The new MBA is rumored to be considerably cheaper than the current MBA’s $1,500 starting price. Our source suggests the 13-inch machine may be priced as low as $1,100, and the 11-inch MBA at $999. The source points out that the 64GB iPad starts at $700, and the MacBook Air doesn’t have many more components.

We’re skeptical, however. We’re not sure that Apple would price a premium machine like the MBA as low as the entry-level white plastic MacBook, which also starts at $999. More likely, price points will be at $1,100 for the 11-inch MBA and $1,400 for the 13-inch machine.

You can read the whole post here. The mockup surely looks good, what do you think? Personally, I’m excited.

[via MacRumors]

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