Apple's brought both sizes of the MacBook Air line straight up to what you'd expect from a laptop in 2011, adding a Thunderbolt port, but more importantly some sweet Sandy Bridge i5 and i7 chips—and backlit keyboards.
Mere moments before Apple shows its hand, and 9to5Mac has leapt in with a killer last-minute reveal. According to them, we can expect new MacBook Airs, Mac Minis and a brand-new Thunderbolt Display, with the following specs:
Apple does like to keep to schedule, so it's not entirely surprising to read they're planning two new MacBook Air models for this June/July. It's also unsurprising that they're to run on Sandy Bridge chipsets, and have Thunderbolt connectivity.
It seems the 11.6-inch MacBook Air falls into the "small and portable electronic items" category that the iPad belongs to, at least where airport security is concerned. 13-inch Air owners will still have to remove them from bags, though.
The folks at iFixIt rushed to tear down the new MacBook Air, but they discovered that Apple apparently really doesn't want you to poke around the gadget. It's full of proprietary parts—right down to the screws.