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New MacBook Air with OS X Lion roars in the distance, but many questions remain

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(Read caption) The MacBook Air should get a refresh this week, according to several tech sites. Here, the 2010 edition of the MacBook Air.

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Apple has long promised that OS X Lion, the latest in the long line of OS X operating system overhauls, will arrive in July. Now comes word that a new line of Lion-powered MacBook Air laptops is set to follow close behind. According to John Paczkowski of All Things D, the third-generation Airs will hit shelves sometime late next week, and come equipped with a range of niceties, including the new high-speed Thunderbolt port.

At the same time, Paczkowski writes, Apple will "winnow down" its configuration options to 128GB and 256GB of flash storage. Over at 9 to 5 Mac, Mark Gurman says consumers should expect four models altogether – two 11-inch MacBook Airs, and two versions with 13-inch screens. Each one of the laptops should ship with Sandy Bridge chips, giving the new Air models a performance boost over the others.

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