This is great news! According to some sources, the one thing that I really, really wanted to see return in the next MacBook Airs was its backlit keyboard, and now that appears that it will indeed be returning!
Not only is it expected that the next MBA's will include backlit keyboards, but to sweeten the deal they'll also including Intel's Sandy-Bridge architecture, ThunderBolt ports, and possibly a new type of 400MBps high-speed memory chip.
According to AppleInsider:
" Given Apple's energy saving controls, software expertise, and the nominal cost associated with including keyboard backlights, it was never particularly clear why Apple opted to leave out the feature when it redesigned the MacBook Air line last October. One industry watcher even went as far as to call it "planned obsolescence" on Apple's part."
AppleInsider also reported that: "analysts like Deutsche Bank's Chris Whitmore sees the upcoming generation of Lion-equipped Airs boosting sales by some 50%, or to 1.5 million units per quarter."
The latest MBA's are expected to also ship with Lion on board, and apparently Apple has already pre-stocked up to 400,000 units that are expected to be released immediately along side Lion, sometimes later this month.
What can I say? It has been a long wait and the only thing negative I can say is that a lot of folks who may have recently bought a new MBA might be a little ticked off that they hadn't waited a wee-bit longer. Not that the current MacBook Air is a bad machine, not at all, but knowing that Apple likes to upgrade its hardware and features at current prices, well, I can see why some might be a tad-bit disappointed indeed. But, that's progress, I guess, as painful as it seems at times.
So, in conclusion, let me say that the return of the MacBook Air backlit keyboard is great news for people like me. Unfortunately, for people like me, the only other negative thing about the new MBA's is that I can't afford one....... that's cause I'm saving up to return to beautiful and wonderful Germany in the fall.... yeah! However, in the meantime, for all you lucky stiffs out there that'll be getting your hands on one of Apple's new wonder-lust devices, well, then ..... I'm jealous, just plain and down-right jealous of you, so there!
And that's my 2 cents 4 this rainy, cloudy and dreary Tuesday, July 12, 2011