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MacBook Air 2011 refresh to up minimum RAM and SSD capacities

MacBook Air 2011 refresh may include 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD minimum
MacBook Air 2011 refresh may include 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD minimum
All 2011 models expected to come standard with 4GB RAM and 128GB discrete SSDs

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As the supposed MacBook Air 2011 reveal nears, the frequency of related rumors appears to be growing.

This time, Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo told AppleInsider that MacBook Airs with just 2GB will be out of the equation. The new MacBook Air models will all instead carry 4GB of RAM as standard. This may be due to the higher requirements of the rumored Mac OS X Lion software that will supposedly make its debut with the 2011 MBA lineup as well.

Additionally, Kuo claims each Air model will come with a minimum 128GB SSD, meaning 64GB models will no longer exist for the 2011 series. Unfortunately, the analyst also shot down rumors reported just last week about soldered-in SSD drives. He expects the SSD to remain detachable to the notebook, possibly implying user-removability. Kuo, however, did acknowledge and confirm backlit keyboards for the 2011 lineup.

Like iPhone and touch panel’s story, Apple is redefining the notebook and we believe our brand vendors will follow Apple’s design requirements so some components will benefit a lot from the trend such as metal casing, SSD, thermal module, slim hinge and backlight keyboard,” said Kuo.

The 2011 MBA is reportedly already in production with a launch within the coming months. Along with the upgrades mentioned above, each model is expected to sport ULV Sandy Bridge offerings from Intel as well.

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Allen Ngo, 2011-07-14 (Update: 2012-05-26)
Allen Ngo

Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.