Updated MacBook Air now available: Starting at $999

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.

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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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  • RE: Updated MacBook Air now available: Starting at $999

    Seriously Zack? The Lenovo 220 offers a similar experience and is very well built. It also features 9 hours of battery life... As for students choosing Apple more, then why hasn't Apple crossed 10% Market Share?

    Don't get me wrong, I want one of these and will be buying one over the next month but this isn't the only option.
    slickjim
    • RE: Updated MacBook Air now available: Starting at $999

      @Peter Perry
      Ouch (specs)!
      Looking at this, there are several non-Apple options that look much better. :O
      rhonin
    • Apple has crossed 10% on college campuses. It's something

      a bit north of 30%.
      fr_gough
      • RE: Updated MacBook Air now available: Starting at $999

        @fr_gough -Stats with Link please?
        ItsTheBottomLine
      • @Its

        you know how to use Google.
        fr_gough
      • ItsTheBottomLine, his perfect defense

        @fr_gough
        you ask for stats, he says "you know how to use Google"

        When you can't find any stats, he'll say "they're there, but I'm not looking for you because you don't know how to use google"
        ;)
        William Pharaoh
      • Your claim, your obligation to support it.

        @fr_gough: [i]you know how to use Google.[/i]

        It's not his responsibility to find support of your claim.
        ye
      • RE: Updated MacBook Air now available: Starting at $999

        @fr_gough I can't speak for all universities, but here is a September 2009 piece from where I used to work:

        "Each year?s incoming student class measures the changing course of personal computing. This year?s seniors, when they arrived at Emory, were roughly 65 percent Microsoft Windows and 35 percent Mac OS X users. This year?s freshman were roughly 55 percent Mac OS X and 45 percent Microsoft Windows. "

        http://www.emory.edu/EMORY_REPORT/erarchive/2009/September/Sept14/report_from_it.htm

        For the incoming class of 2010, the figures were 52% Mac and 48% PC.
        http://www.emorypa.org/technology@emory.htm
        S_Deemer
      • RE: Updated MacBook Air now available: Starting at $999

        @deemer okay, now pull those stats from some place like a community college and see if the numbers add up.
        slickjim
    • RE: Updated MacBook Air now available: Starting at $999

      @Peter Perry
      Sure but it has nothing going as far as looks go, it looks exactly like the IBM thinkpads from 10 years ago... I'm paying a bit extra and getting the MacBook Air.
      Hasam1991
      • RE: Updated MacBook Air now available: Starting at $999

        @Hasam1991

        Once again you prove the stereotype... Looks are more important than functionality and value.
        bobiroc
      • RE: Updated MacBook Air now available: Starting at $999

        @Hasam1991
        People will finally realize Windows is crap. I had a Think Pad, then MacBook Pro, now going to Mac Air. Light IS better. But like the book "Dress For Success," your computing system better be the best. Just like your clothes. Try going to a business meeting bringing an Osborne computer.
        nemobirch
    • 10% Market Share?

      @Peter Perry
      According to IDC they already have... In the US that is.

      http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9218508/
      drquakingtosh
      • RE: Updated MacBook Air now available: Starting at $999

        @drquakingtosh - as for value, don't forget to add in price for anti-spyware and anti-virus and sfw to create PDFs
        kulyk@...
      • No need for anti-virus software

        @kulyk: [i]don't forget to add in price for anti-spyware and anti-virus and sfw to create PDFs[/i]

        But if you want to use it Microsoft Security Essentials is free. The same for PrimoPDF for creating PDF files (there are likely others as well).

        When will you stop with this nonsense?
        ye
      • RE: As for value

        @kulyk@...

        [i]"as for value, don't forget to add in price for anti-spyware and anti-virus and sfw to create PDFs"[/i]

        Well if Macs offer so much value and include everything you need as you are trying to claim then why do many Mac owners choose to pay for a retail copy of Windows to run on it.
        bobiroc
      • RE: Updated MacBook Air now available: Starting at $999

        @drquakingtosh has a valid point, but perhaps not to the extent that the only option is purchase A/V or PDF software.
        The fact remains that Mac's are not invulnerable! I/T pro's and experienced users might know the simple steps to protect their Mac, but some STILL choose to run an administrator account fulltime because itis 'easier'. Many people buy into the 'aura' of Mac safety without understanding 'why'.
        nkfro
      • RE: Updated MacBook Air now available: Starting at $999

        @kulyk@... Mac Defender should have taught you that Malware can pretty much hit any machine. So, I wouldn't rule that cost out for Mac either.

        Also, PDF makers are free and MS Office saves to that format.
        slickjim
    • RE: Updated MacBook Air now available: Starting at $999

      @Peter Perry
      > "The Lenovo 220 offers a similar experience"
      You must be on drugs.
      kenift
      • RE: Updated MacBook Air now available: Starting at $999

        @kenift Keyword is similar... it is a 12.5" IPS Screen with an I Series CPU, it maxes out at 8 Gigs of RAM and if you throw in an SSD it is probably pretty much in line with the Air 13" over all.
        slickjim