New MacBook Air

Apple just unveiled a needed update to the  MacBook Air.  The new Macbook Air boast flash storage as opposed to mechanical hard disks providing a faster, more reliable and smaller notebook.

Two models were released: an 11-inch and 13-inch model weighing as little as 2.3 pounds. The new MacBook Air uses the same solid state storage technology as iPad™ to deliver instant-on startups, and according to Apple, up to seven hours of battery life and up to 30 days of standby time.

With its precision aluminum unibody enclosure, the new MacBook Air measures an incredibly thin 0.11-inches at its thinnest point and 0.68-inches at its thickest, and weighs just 2.3 pounds for the 11-inch model and 2.9 pounds for the 13-inch. Like iPad, MacBook Air was designed from the ground up to use flash storage exclusively. Apple’s custom-designed flash storage is 90 percent smaller and lighter than a conventional notebook hard drive, contributing to MacBook Air’s mobile, featherweight design.

The new MacBook Air adds FaceTime,  and another USB port for a total of two this time around, as well as full-sized keyboard and glass Multi-Touch trackpad found on Apple’s MacBook. Processing power is courtesy of Intel Core 2 Duo processors and NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics, and boasts high-resolution LED-backlit screens.

Pricing for these beauts are as follows:  The 1.4 GHz 11-inch MacBook Air with 2GB of memory and 64GB of flash storage starts at a suggested retail price of $999 (US) with a 128GB model for $1,199 (US). The 1.86 GHz 13-inch MacBook Air with 2GB of memory and 128GB of flash storage starts at a suggested retail price of $1,299 (US) with a 256GB model for $1,599 (US). Configure-to-order options and accessories include faster processors, 4GB of memory, MacBook Air SuperDrive® and a USB Ethernet Adapter.

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