Updated MacBook Air now available: Starting at $999

Summary:The new MacBook Air -- the perfect student laptop -- has been launched. Starting at $999, the specifications have been vastly updated.

The new and updated MacBook Air is now available around the world.

Starting at $999 for the U.S. market and at £849 for the U.K. crowd, the new MacBook Air comes with the technology we had previously expected.

Gallery: New MacBook Air, Mac mini

Included in the updated specifications:

  • Mac OS X Lion pre-installed
  • 11" and 13" models available
  • 0.11" thick at its thinnest point -- 0.68" at its thickest
  • 128GB/256GB solid-state hard drive
  • 4GB RAM
  • 5 hours battery life
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • Intel Core i5 and Core i7 dual-core processors
  • Thunderbolt I/O technology
  • LED backlit display
  • Glass multi-touch trackpad
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Ultra-fast wireless-n networking

Released today, university students will be offered discounts to significantly reduce the costs of purchasing expensive-in-comparison Apple hardware.

To see updated pictures of the new MacBook Air, the Mac mini, and Mac OS X Lion Server, head over to the gallery.

Students can expect to pay £730 through the Education Store, and U.S. students will find the costs to be knocked down to $949, according to the website.

Students are already taking to Apple more than Microsoft with the back to school offers. Though the advance of an Xbox 360 may be more expensive than Apple's $100 credit on the Mac App Store, more students prefer the appeal of Apple hardware over Windows-based PCs.

MacBook Air's could be the perfect student laptop. Small, slim and incredibly light, along with battery power to last a student all day and powerful technology to rival the majority of other up-to-date laptops, the only downside is seemingly the price.

Nevertheless, with academic discount and financing options available, the new MacBook Air could be seen more of an investment through college than that of 'disposable hardware' from cheap laptop PCs.

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Topics: Laptops, Apple, Hardware, Mobility

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Zack Whittaker writes for ZDNet, CNET, and CBS News. He is based in New York City.

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