Apple MacBook upgrade expected
Changes to online MacBook availability have sparked rumours that Apple is to announce upgrades as soon as this week
Customers wishing to buy a new MacBook from Apple’s online store in the US and the UK will now find that the usual "Dispatched within 24 hours" signs have disappeared.
The move has sparked rumours that the computer giant could announce a hardware ‘refresh’ as soon as this Thursday.
All US models and some UK versions are now shown as available in “3-5 business days”. Rumour site Appleinsider has also reported that Apple has told stores to expect “sealed packages” this week. The company usually sends new models with strict instructions that they are not to be opened until an agreed date.
Recent computer hardware updates from Apple, as opposed to the iPod and iPad lines, have been met with critical acclaim. The MacBook Air ultraportable was praised for both its lightweight design and its extremely fast start-up times.
Sony, however, is also expected to use this week to launch a new range of Vaio computers in the UK.
The company does not have a serious rival, for instance, to Apple’s Air but has focused in the past on highly portable versions of very powerful PCs.
Specifications for any new Apple MacBooks have been the subject of much speculation, but Apple has declined to comment. Full details are likely to be released on Apple’s website.