Rumor: New MacBook Airs in July, iPhone 6 in 2012, 15m iPhone 5s in First Batch

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I’m ready for my upgrade, by which I mean from a well-worn early 2010 13-inch MacBook Pro to a shiny new Thunderbolt-equipped 11.6-inch MacBook Air—if Apple does right by me spec-wise with its imminent MacBook Air refresh, anyway. The latest rumors (per DigiTimes) don’t tell us much about what to expect from Cupertino’s ultraportable not-a-netbook (but really, yes Apple, a netbook) product update, save that it’s due to happen in July.

But wait, didn’t we already report as much nearly two weeks ago?

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Sort of. We talked Apple’s putative mass order for 380,000 new units, about the new 32 nanometer ultra-low-voltage Core i5 and Core i7 processors and the memory maximum bump from 4GB to 8GB. And last Friday, we heard Apple was actually delaying the new MacBook Airs so they’d come out at the same time as OS X Lion—Apple’s eighth major Mac OS X release, due in July exclusively through Apple’s Mac App Store, though Apple has yet to say when in July specifically.

What we hadn’t heard, is that Apple’s third-generation mobile processor, the A6, should show up in Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPad 3 at some point in 2012 (the iPhone 5, rumored to arrive in September, will reportedly use the iPad 2’s existing A5). Credit to DigiTimes for this one, too. What do we know about the A6 processor? Nothing a little baseless (but educated) speculation won’t fix. You know, like that it’ll be faster.

And last but not least, looks for as many as 15 million iPhone 5s when Apple launches their fifth-generation iPhone this fall, reports DigiTimes. Manufacturer Pegatron Technology says it expects to reach that number (and share fulfillment responsibilities) with Foxconn Electronics in the first round of orders alone.

(via AppleInsider)

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