updated 01:25 pm EDT, Mon October 18, 2010
New MacBook Air seen so far is smaller, not final
The spied MacBook Air prototype may actually be the smaller model and isn't quite the final version, a source added this afternoon. Backing some early suspicions, the AppleInsider tip said it was the 11.6-inch version and that some parts, such as the batteries, had been changed in the run-up to production. The 13.3-inch model has more space and doesn't match what was seen this weekend, the contact claimed.
The redesign is still expected to make its appearance at the October 20 event and could significantly reshuffle Apple's lineup. It may top out with a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo but could make up for this with SSDs across the board, 4GB or more of max RAM and GeForce 320M video. Pricing could also come significantly lower, and the 11.6-inch version may be one of Apple's first Macs to break the $999 limit in a significant way.
Mac OS X Lion has as already been indirectly confirmed by Apple for a preview at the Wednesday gathering. It's now known to have the internal codename Barolo, after the Italian red wine, and may have FaceTime hooks, other iOS integration and an unspecified "revolutionary" feature, although Apple might not have had time to add the feature so soon after it hired a key engineer for the project. [image via Engadget]