Anybody hoping for an ARM-based MacBook Air might have to wait ... possibly forever. The iPad and forthcoming iPad 3 release will probably get more attention. Apple Insider is saying: "After meeting with Apple chief executive Tim Cook and chief financial officer Peter Openheimer, Citi analysts noted a strong iPad outlook leaving little likelihood of an ARM-based MacBook Air, vast growth potential in China, an indistinct future role for Apple TV, and the strength and importance of iCloud."
The craziness of rumors for the Apple iPad 3 release date go at a dizzying pace, the release date alone has gone through at least three different phases of rumors, while iPad 3 features and iPad 3 specs have ranged from heavy Siri integration, 4G wireless capabilities, the possibility of it being an iPad2s instead of an iPad3 (a la the old iPhone switcheroo from last fall where the iPhone 5 release date became and iPhone 4s release) and heavy iCloud and iTunes uses for music and videos via TV shows and movies. No matter what happens, an iPad 3 should have many features that allow for music consumption, whether it's MP3 and audio streams, live concert video like the Coachella web cast / live stream or just a daily watching of music videos.
CNET even contemplates MacBook Air going away, saying:
"Tim Cook reiterated his view that rapid innovation on the iOS platform (and mobile OS platforms in general) will significantly broaden the use case for tablets, eventually pushing annual tablet volumes above those of traditional PCs. We have wondered whether Apple might offer an ARM-based version of MacBook Air at some point; we walked away from this meeting with the impression that Apple feels iPad satisfies--or will soon satisfy--the needs of those who might have been interested in such a product."