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  • "The Future of Notebooks:" New MacBook Air


    As expected, Apple updated the MacBook Air line today, offering two different sizes and featuring new slim unibody enclosures, improved battery life, and solid state drives on both. The larger MacBook Air has the same 13.3 inch screen size as the previous model, but provides 1440 x 900 native resolution. It comes with Core 2 Duo processor clocked at 1.86 GHz with a 128GB SSD card for $1299 and with a 256GB SSD for $1599. The smaller Air has an 11.6-inch backlit LCD at 1366 x 768 and a Core 2 Duo at 1.4 GHz, with a 64GB SSD at $999 and a 128GB SSD at $1199.

    Steve Jobs, introducing the new MacBook Air, joked that it answered the question "what would happen if a MacBook and an iPad hooked up?" Calling it "the future of notebooks," he touted the new MacBook Air's flash drive for its reliability and its instant-on capability. The new unibody case is a departure from previous Airs and from the main MacBook line. The design is more sharply angular, and even thinner than the previous MacBook Air, with the 13-inch model at just 0.68 inch at its thickest point, tapering to a knifelike 0.11 inch. Due to the absence of hard drive and optical drive, the 13-inch model weighs 90% less than the previous model. The keyboard case itself is only slightly thicker than the USB port. The port door that was a hallmark of the MacBook Air is gone, with two USB ports, one on each side, an SD card reader and mini displayPort on the case sides like a standard MacBook. Both MacBook Airs have expanded batteries offering 5 hours (for the 11-inch) and 7 hours (for the 13-inch) of wireless web browsing; both models claim thirty days of standby time on a full charge.

    The new MacBook Air is available today, but the Apple Online Store is having some problems as of this writing and you can configure and buy yours on the Apple Online Store.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: "The Future of Notebooks:" New MacBook Air started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 50 Comments
    1. wrcsti's Avatar
      wrcsti -
      I have a personal hate for macs but if this one can run windows under bootcamp well i may have to get one.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      Quote Originally Posted by bignighttrain View Post
      Jailbreak your MacBook Air sounds good to me but what about DVD drive I read some ware that a new MacBook Air cd/DVD was coming out and can I use all my other apps like on the iPad. Besides that can't wait to get my hands on the 128GB MBA and everyone thought it was going to be a smaller iPad WRONG.
      lol wtf are you trying to say?

      Quote Originally Posted by wrcsti View Post
      I have a personal hate for macs but if this one can run windows under bootcamp well i may have to get one.
      all intel macs can run windows.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      The future of notebooks do not cost over a thousand dollars. Although it is very sexy, Apple still isn't reaching out to their largest possible audience with their ludicrous pricing.
    1. carolinamic's Avatar
      carolinamic -
      I thought Steve said he would never make a net book. SMH
    1. flintoff's Avatar
      flintoff -
      That's too expensive.. For that price u can get really powerful windows laptop..
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      Quote Originally Posted by flintoff View Post
      That's too expensive.. For that price u can get really powerful windows laptop..
      that weighs 6+ lbs.... the point is portability, not to be a super computer.
    1. sharpjunkie76's Avatar
      sharpjunkie76 -
      Quote Originally Posted by carolinamic View Post
      I thought Steve said he would never make a net book. SMH
      Apple is evolving the pc market if you can't see that then you're blind. The only time I have used the optical cd/DVD drive on my MacBook in the past four years was to reinstall leopard twice. DVDs, CDs, blurays are all a waste of time and waste of plastic. All my drivers all my music all my videos are either streamed, stored in cloud storage or harddrives, or available in other formats. Electronics now a days come with a USB flash drive for an 80 page manual rather than waste paper to print it. The new MacBook air is hardly a netbook. It's a cross between a MacBook laptop and an iPad tablet. Perfect for me as it's time for me to upgrade my laptop and I don't want to buy an iPad even though I want one. We need to get rid of optical and hard drives all together and move towards solid state drives and streaming so that you can have anything you want with a flick if the wrist instead of looking for a cd or DVD in the closet. Makes sense to me. If ya don't like it don't buy it.
    1. sharpjunkie76's Avatar
      sharpjunkie76 -
      Quote Originally Posted by flintoff View Post
      That's too expensive.. For that price u can get really powerful windows laptop..
      Then go get a windows laptop. No one said that you have to buy one and I'm sure apple isn't going to have any problems selling them. Same people said the same thing about the iPad now look at the iPad. Hottest toy out there.
    1. jomo25's Avatar
      jomo25 -
      Like others have said, the new 11" MBA will be my first Mac also.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      Quote Originally Posted by jomo25 View Post
      Like others have said, the new 11" MBA will be my first Mac also.
      if you don't need an ulta-portable, better just get the regular macbook. You'll probably be happier with the bigger screen and it's really not too much heavier or bulkier.
    1. carolinamic's Avatar
      carolinamic -
      Quote Originally Posted by sharpjunkie76 View Post
      . The new MacBook air is hardly a netbook. It's a cross between a MacBook laptop and an iPad tablet.
      C'mon man or woman.
      Its 11 inch screen is comparable to a net book.
      It doesn't have a optical drive like a net book.
      Built in memory isn't that great just like a net book.
      Long battery life like newer net book.

      Keep fooling yourself, its a net book. I'll be waiting for the second generation iPad myself.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      This price point is EXACTLY what was hoping for. I truly thought that I had pie in the sky dreams. Will be getting one this XMAS for sure. Wish they did an 11 inch with a 1.8ghz processor though
    1. mosesh's Avatar
      mosesh -
      is this an absolute joke? starting at 1k for 68gb of HD, 1.4 ghz? 2gb of ram? there kidding right?
    1. JAE's Avatar
      JAE -
      Let's see how easy it breaks.
    1. Darrius777's Avatar
      Darrius777 -
      I wonder how hot it will get. I'd like to get one, but for $200 more I think I'm going to go with the iMac.
    1. rocky5's Avatar
      rocky5 -
      Is it me or are most of the peeps in this thread, ether nuts or have to much money? this MacBook air is a rip off, 1K+ for a netbook nuts.

      My GF's acer netbook cost 200 it does everything she needs it to do and has 160gb hdd, wifi, 3G, blutooth, 4 USB ports, Ethernet port, sd card reader, VGA out and a mic in, audio out and it tiny less than an inch or just over tall 10inch screen.

      Apple really need to sort out here pricing, I know people don't buy a mac for the specs but even then they shouldn't be spending 1K on a neetbook.
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Still too expensive and no backlit keyboard. I guess I'm waiting for iPad 2.
    1. Jay316's Avatar
      Jay316 -
      Is it just me or are Apple kind of saying that the iPad is ****, but release an 11 inch Macbook Air otherwise known as an Apple NETBOOK! a clunky, old, outdated NETBOOK! lol and for 1000?! What **** are they smoking, Just buy an OSX compatible netbook like a Dell Mini and save yourself 800
    1. vruls's Avatar
      vruls -
      apple keynote fail, this new macbook is useless, what am i going to do with it???
    1. MikePA's Avatar
      MikePA -
      For about $300 you can get a Dell 10v with 2 gigs of memory and a half terabyte hard drive, and install OSX on it. Anyone who thinks these Apple offerings are worth it are smokin' crack.