Apple is said to have prepared a version of the MacBook Air running on an AMD processor, but dropped the version before release, a new report says.
The news comes via SemiAccurate, which says that: “In one of those ‘could have been a contender’ moments, SemiAccurate has learned that Apple had a Llano based MacBook Air on the verge of production.”
According to the publication, Apple developed the AMD Llano-running MacBook Air last spring and that “it was really really close to production.”
SemiAccurate says that the up-to-date version of the MacBook Air available today was originally Apple’s “Plan B” for the current-generation ultra-thin laptop.
“Plan A” is referred to by the site as the AMD MacBook Air, described as “basically a low power Llano in an Air shell”.
It would have been MacBook air with many times more GPU power but the only trade would have been a little less CPU power, the site says.
SemiAccurate says that when Intel announced they are on good terms with Apple again last spring, it was about keeping AMD out of the popular MacBook Air.