Apple today updated the MacBook Air with faster processors, Thunderbolt I/O technology, a backlit keyboard and Mac OS X Lion. The MacBook Air starts at $999 (Cdn) and is available for order today and in stores tomorrow.
“Portable, affordable and powerful, MacBook Air is the ultimate everyday notebook,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “MacBook Air features our most advanced technology and is an ideal match for Lion, especially with its new Multi-Touch gestures, full-screen apps, Mission Control and Mac App Store.”
Apple boasts the new MacBook Air is up to twice as fast as the previous generation and has all the power you need for editing photos and movies, making FaceTime calls, playing games, and working with documents and presentations. MacBook Air also features Intel HD Graphics 3000 and offers up to 4GB of faster 1333 MHz memory.
Thunderbolt I/O technology provides new expansion possibilities to MacBook Air users. Through a single cable, users can connect to high performance peripherals and the new Apple Thunderbolt Display. Thunderbolt can be adapted to support legacy connections such as FireWire and Gigabit Ethernet.
Every new MacBook Air now comes with Mac OS X Lion, the eighth major release of Mac OS X.
The 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air are available for order on the Apple Store today and in Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers starting July 21. The 1.6 GHz 11-inch MacBook Air is available in two models, one with 2GB of memory and 64GB of flash storage for a suggested retail price of $999 (Cdn), and one with 4GB of memory and 128GB of flash storage for $1,199 (Cdn). The 1.7 GHz 13-inch MacBook Air comes in two configurations, one with 4GB of memory and 128GB of flash storage for a suggested retail price of $1,299 (Cdn), and one with 4GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage for $1,599 (Cdn). Configure-to-order options and accessories include a 1.8 GHz Core i7 processor, additional flash storage, MacBook Air SuperDrive and a USB Ethernet Adapter.
Debating between the fully loaded 11" Macbook Air and the fully loaded 13" Macbook Air. Its unfortunate that Apple underclocked the regular i5 and i7 mobile processors to combat over heating, but from the way they apply thermal paste its unsurprising.
I guess it all comes down to 1336x768 vs 1440x900, coming from 1440x900 on my current laptop.
Last edited by Chas3; Jul 20th, 2011 at 11:16 AM.
Getting ready to pull the trigger on an 11". Can't decide whether to go with the i5 or i7. Will likely wait for test results to see whether the faster processor impacts battery life.
With the 2010 models, the 2.13Ghz C2D somehow reduced battery life (vs. the 1.86 on the 13" Model). I noticed it with a 2.13Ghz and two different 1.86Ghz models that I played with. So I'd expect the same might hold true for the 2011 models. But like you said, let's wait and see for test results.
BTW, I'm SO HAPPY they brought back the BL Keyboard! Now I just have to find someone to buy my 2010 MBA so I can get a 2011 model.
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Nevermind about the 11", it lacks a SD card slot and has a mere 5 hours battery life (Without any flash browsing). Does anyone know if these laptops can handle outputting HD video? I may use this computer to live preview 1080p footage taken off my Canon 60D.