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MacBook Air floats in!

ThinnovationMac Air  It’s 10:48 AM on the left coast and Steve Jobs just concluded his MacWorld keynote. The highlight (if it really IS a highlight) is the MacBook Air. This ultra thin, three-pounder packs some sweet features into the thinnest frame on the planet (including a 13.3” screen and full-size keyboard).

From Apple.com:  Apple introduces MacBook Air—the world’s thinnest notebook

Apple today introduced the world’s thinnest notebook: MacBook Air. It measures an unprecedented 0.16 inches at its thinnest point while its maximum height of 0.76 inches is less than the thinnest point on competing notebooks. In addition to a stunning 13.3-inch LED-backlit widescreen display, MacBook Air offers a full-size and backlit keyboard, a built-in iSight video camera for video conferencing, and a spacious trackpad with multi-touch gesture support, letting users pinch, rotate and swipe. The new notebook is powered by a 1.6 GHz or 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 4MB L2 cache, and it includes as standard features 2GB of memory, an 80GB 1.8-inch hard drive, and the latest 802.11n Wi-Fi technology and Bluetooth 2.1. Starting at just $1,799, MacBook Air begins shipping in two weeks. [Jan 15, 2008]

Pricing & Availability The new MacBook Air will be shipping in two weeks through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $1,799 (US), and includes: 13.3-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with 1280×800 resolution; 1.6 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 4MB L2 cache; 800 MHz front-side bus; 2GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 80GB hard disk drive with Sudden Motion Sensor; Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100; Micro-DVI port (includes Micro-DVI to VGA and Micro-DVI to DVI Adapters); built-in iSight video camera; built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR; one USB 2.0 port; one headphone port; multi-touch TrackPad with support for advanced multi-touch gestures including tap, scroll, pinch, rotate and swipe; and 45 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.  Build-to-order options and accessories include the ability to upgrade to a 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor; 64GB solid state drive, MacBook Air SuperDrive, Apple USB Ethernet Adapter, Apple USB Modem, Apple MagSafe Airline Adapter, Apple Remote and the AppleCare Protection Plan. Additional build-to-order options also include pre-installed copies of iWork ‘08, Logic® Express 8, Final Cut® Express 4 and Aperture™ 1.5.

*Battery life depends on configuration and use. See http://www.apple.com/batteries for more information. AirPort Extreme is based on an IEEE 802.11n draft specification. Actual performance will vary based on range, connection rate, site conditions, size of network and other factors.

January 15, 2008 - Posted by | Education-related, Mac, Technology |

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