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The Macbook Air Becomes A Reality

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Another big announcement at Macworld was the Macbook Air. This was Apple’s biggest secret before the show. Everyone was talking Macbook Air but didn’t know if it was actually going to show its face. This little unit sports many features including an optional 64gb solid state drive. Here’s the full release from arstechnica:

MacBook Air

The rumors were true. Steve Jobs unveiled Apple’s latest portable, the $1,799 MacBook Air, which he called the “world’s thinnest notebook.” Dissing Sony’s TX series, Jobs said that other subnotebook manufacturers inevitably compromise on the display, have mini-keyboards, and run too slowly due to heat issues.

Specs:

  • 1.6GHz or 1.8GHz Core 2 Duo
  • 80GB 1.8″ Hard Drive standard, optional 64GB solid-state drive
  • 0.76″ thick at thickest point, weighs 3lbs.
  • 2GB RAM
  • 5 hours of battery life
  • $1,799
  • Full aluminum case

The MacBook Air is silver, weighs 3 lbs. and has a wedge-shaped profile that’s 0.76″ thick at the fattest point and 0.16″ thick at its thinnest point. There’s a full-size keyboard, a 13.3″ widescreen display with LED backlighting, and a built-in iSight. The keyboard has an ambient light sensor similar to that of the MacBook Pro, and the trackpad supports multitouch gestures for panning, zooming, and rotating.

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