Apple finally got official with the second generation of the MacBook Air, and here's everything you need to know about the ultra-slim notebook.
The Cupertino-based company has taken design and technology specs from several other products in its store and implemented them into the new MacBook Air. Apple CEO Steve Jobs even posed the question, what would happen if an iPad and MacBook hooked up? You'd have the revamped MacBook Air, featuring a trackpad with Multi-Touch support, a much longer battery life, and flash storage options only.
As predicted, there are two different options when it comes to size. But we also have four options when it comes to configuration too. More on that second part later.
Most of the features on both versions of the latest MacBook Air are the same, and here are the similiarites:
- Mac OS X Snow Leopard
- HD LED-backlit glossy widescreen display (1,366 x 768 native resolution)
- 2GB of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM onboard (4GB maximum)
- NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor with 256MB of dedicated DDR3 SDRAM
- 802.11n Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
- Stereo speakers
- FaceTime camera
- Connectivity: Two USB 2.0 port; mini DisplayPort (support for DVI, VGA, dual-link DVI, and HDMI), Microphone, headphones
- 11-inch, 64GB SSD: $999
- 11-inch, 128GB SSD: $1,199
- 13-inch, 128GB SSD: $1,299
- 13-inch, 256GB SSD: $1,599
Still a bit much for the average consumer. Even though Apple says this is where computers are going, the MacBook Air still seems intended as a businessperson's ever-so-portable laptop. At least shipping is free.
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