MacBook Air is the first of a next generation of notebooks which will replace mechanical hard disks and optical drives with Internet services and solid state flash storage. They come with faster — solid state flash storage which is up to twice as fast as hard drive storage; more reliable — hard drive crashes are eliminated; and lighter and smaller — solid state flash storage is up to 90 per cent smaller and lighter than hard drives.
Available in 28-cm (11-inch) and 33-cm (13-inch) models and weighing as little as 2.3 pounds, the new MacBook Air is claimed to be Apple’s lightest and most portable notebook ever. MacBook Air uses the same solid state storage technology as iPad to deliver up to seven hours of battery life and up to 30 days of standby time.
With its aluminum unibody enclosure, the new MacBook Air measures 0.3-cm (0.11-inch) at its thinnest point and 1.7-cm (0.68-inch) at its thickest, and weighs 2.3 pounds for the 28-cm model and 2.9 pounds for the 33-cm. Like iPad, MacBook Air was designed from the ground up to use flash storage exclusively.
MacBook Air features a full-sized keyboard for typing comfort and productivity, as well as the glass Multi-Touch trackpad found on Apple’s MacBook Pro, so you can scroll through websites, flip through photos, and resize or rotate images all from the trackpad. The built-in FaceTime camera, mic and stereo speakers are perfect for video calls with iPhone 4, iPod touch and other Macs.
It also comes equipped with Intel Core 2 Duo processors, NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics, 802.11n Wi-Fi networking, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR for wireless peripherals and two USB ports making it easy to sync and charge an iPad, iPhone or iPod while using another device. The 33-cm MacBook Air also includes an SD card slot.
The new MacBook Airs are immediately available through the Apple Store (www.apple.com
), Apple’s retail stores and authorised resellers. The 1.4 GHz 28-cm MacBook Air with 2GB of memory and 64GB of flash storage starts at a suggested retail price of $999 with a 128GB model for $1,199. The 1.86 GHz 33-cm MacBook Air with 2GB of memory and 128GB of flash storage starts at a suggested retail price of $1,299 with a 256GB model for $1,599.
Configure-to-order options and accessories include faster processors, 4GB of memory, MacBook Air SuperDrive and a USB Ethernet Adapter. Read More.