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The rumors were true. Today Apple released the MacBook Air, “The World’s Thinnest Notebook”. The competition specs in the “thin notebook” world are around 3 pounds, 1 inch thick, miniature keyboards, and slow processors. The new MacBook Air is 0.16″ to 0.76″ at its thickest part […]

MacBook Air

The rumors were true. Today Apple released the MacBook Air, “The World’s Thinnest Notebook”.

The competition specs in the “thin notebook” world are around 3 pounds, 1 inch thick, miniature keyboards, and slow processors.

The new MacBook Air is 0.16″ to 0.76″ at its thickest part and has a 13.3″ widescreen display.

A few features:

  • LED backlit display
  • Built-in iSight
  • Ambient light sensor for keyboard
  • Multi-touch trackpad – Move a window by double-tap and move. Rotate a photo by pivoting your index finger around your thumb
  • 80GB drive as standard, 64GB SSD as an option
  • 1.6 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo as standard, 1.8 GHz as an upgrade
  • 45w MagSafe
  • 1 USB 2.0 port
  • Micro-DVI
  • 802.11n and Bluetooth 2.1/EDR
  • 5 hour battery life
  • 2GB memory as standard

The processor on this thing is unreal. Intel shrunk the Core 2 Duo by 60%. It’s the thickness of a nickel and the width of a dime.

Something worth noting here is that the MacBook Air does not have an optical drive. Jobs says we’re moving towards an age of not needing one. You can get movies via iTunes purchase or rental, use Time Capsule for backups, and install things from CD/DVD via their new “Remote Disc” feature that lets you “borrow” the drive from a nearby machine.

Base price for the MacBook Air is $1799. They are taking pre-orders today and it will be shipping in two weeks.

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  1. Truly stunning but not sure I can justify spending $1799 to upgrade my MacBook.

  2. Thanks Steve! I was afraid this new computer would be small rather than thin and make me regret getting that MacBook last fall. Instead, you’ve created a new MacBook that’s a “babe magnet” and that many will be eager to have, but that doesn’t interest me in the slightest. My bank account thanks you too.

    Now how about giving the rest of us a small MacBook with perhaps a 10-inch screen, a non-metallic body (for WiFi range), and a 10-hour battery life. Make it rugged as a brick and limited in features, so you can price it at $999. It’s be the perfect writer’s and backpack traveler’s tool.

    And while you’re at it, why not license the MacBook power connector to others. I have a iGo power gadget that’ll run any laptop from any power source in the galaxy, that is, any laptop but MacBooks and MacBook Pros.

    –Mike Perry, author of Untangling Tolkien

  3. No optical drives? You lost me Steve… I don’t have any other drives to use or an external drive to backup to. I still depend on cd/dvd. As cool as this machine is I think that alone makes it a dud.

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  5. Adrian Aioanei Tuesday, January 15, 2008

    Heck, it doesn’t have optical drives ? Then how do we load all the stuffs that we have on cd’s/dvd’s ? By “AIR” ?

    Another problem would be with the heat, actual MacBook’s and MacBook Pro’s raise some issues on this matter. Wonder how MackBook AIR handles this being much thiner.

    Adrian.

  6. This is a gutsy move by Apple, methinks. I love the commercial though.

  7. #4 – Heck, it doesn’t have optical drives ? Then how do we load all the stuffs that we have on cd’s/dvd’s ? By “AIR” ?

    You have two options. There is a $99 external superdrive available. The other truly is by “Air” – you install a bit of software on either a Mac or Windows machine that has wireless capabilities, you pop what ever optical media you have into that machine and it becomes available to the Air for install, etc.

  8. I’m a photographer and The MBA is not practical for me to use as a location computer. I need one more USB port (i realize i can get a hub but that defeats the purpose of portability) and I need a fire-wire port. A lower price would be nice as well, but I understand that smaller means more $$$.

  9. The multi-touch trackpad raises a question. Is this a hardware advance or simply software?

    I’m wondering if a software update to the current Mac laptop range could make them multitouch in much the same way Front Row could be hacked onto technically non-Front Row Macs.

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