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According to multiple stories out of 9to5Mac today, Apple Stores are reportedly receiving shipments of updated MacBook Air models that are expected to be available for sale tomorrow, both online and in stores.
However, before you go double-checking your credit limit for a potentially huge purchase, note that the reports peg this as a very minor refresh — one primarily concerned with bumping the processors up to Intel’s latest Haswell chips. Based on a purported specs label obtained by the site, the entry-level 13-inch Air model will only see a bump from an i5 processor at 1.3Ghz (with Turbo Boost up to 2.6Ghz) to an i5 at 1.4Ghz (with Turbo Boost up to 2.7Ghz). Higher-end models are expected to see similarly slim updates, as well.
Otherwise, the basic design and overall weight will reportedly be retained for this refreshed model — which begs the question as to whether Apple will put much muscle behind marketing this latest enhancement. Then again, if you were already planning to buy a MacBook Air in the near future, it’s hard to argue with a performance boost without a price surge to match.
Apple is still rumored to release a long-expected MacBook Air with Retina display sometime in the second half of 2014, based on reports that surfaced late last month. But based on today’s news, those are likely to seem ever further off in the distance if such lightly tweaked Air models really do debut tomorrow.