"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