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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. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      don't bash the computer until you look at the specs, people. You obviously don't understand why this computer will own a netbook any day! So shut up until you know what you guys are talking about. Then we can have an intellectual conversation.
    1. anekin007's Avatar
      anekin007 -
      nice but apple needs to step away from the core 2 duo. its outdated especially when the new processors are coming out beginning of jan. when apple updates a 13" with an updated processor then i will get one until then im holding off.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      Quote Originally Posted by anekin007 View Post
      nice but apple needs to step away from the core 2 duo. its outdated especially when the new processors are coming out beginning of jan. when apple updates a 13" with an updated processor then i will get one until then im holding off.
      I can agree with this, but the reason for this is because if they updated to the core series, they would have to use intel's sucky HD graphics. If the use core 2 due's, then they can use an nVidia integrated graphics card. much better performance.
    1. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      Is the thickness any different from the previous version I can't remember? They really seemed to emphasize it during the keynote.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Quote Originally Posted by moon#pie View Post
      I can agree with this, but the reason for this is because if they updated to the core series, they would have to use intel's sucky HD graphics. If the use core 2 due's, then they can use an nVidia integrated graphics card. much better performance.
      Exactly. In detail discussion about why they stuck with core 2 duo and why they stepped down to 1.4 Ghz on the 11"...


      Why Apple saddled the MacBook Air with "gimped" CPUs
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by moon#pie View Post
      I can agree with this, but the reason for this is because if they updated to the core series, they would have to use intel's sucky HD graphics. If the use core 2 due's, then they can use an nVidia integrated graphics card. much better performance.
      Whoa you really know what you're talking about.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      And also, i believe that iphoto uses GPU acceleration to help it run faster. meaning that even if it had an ULV i7, the core 2 due with a 320m would probably run better, and longer not to mention.
    1. mmracing1981's Avatar
      mmracing1981 -
      When Jobs announced the ipad back in january, didnt he come out and say there was no market for netbooks and that ipad was all you would ever need? 11.6" is the same size as some of the larger netbooks. how come he likes to come out and knock other manufacturers and turn around and release a product that is the "same"? Don't get me wrong, I love what apple is doing and I love their products, I just wish he wouldn't be such a douche about it all the time. And where the hell is flash support for the ipad?!
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      Quote Originally Posted by mmracing1981 View Post
      When Jobs announced the ipad back in january, didnt he come out and say there was no market for netbooks and that ipad was all you would ever need? 11.6" is the same size as some of the larger netbooks. how come he likes to come out and knock other manufacturers and turn around and release a product that is the "same"? Don't get me wrong, I love what apple is doing and I love their products, I just wish he wouldn't be such a douche about it all the time. And where the hell is flash support for the ipad?!
      One, flash sucks on mobile. use it and you'll realize.

      Two, the 11.6in MBA is NOT a netbook. What processors do netbooks use? single core intel atoms, their graphics are non-exsitent, and their better pretty much sucks.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by moon#pie View Post
      One, flash sucks on mobile. use it and you'll realize.
      +1 Today I zipped up Frash so I could only turn it on with iFile when I really needed it. I hate how it takes over the YouTube plugin when it can't even function fast enough to render ANY Flash content with buttons.