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Apple on Wednesday launched a refresh to it thin-and-light MacBook Air lineup, equipping the ultraportables with Thunderbolt ports, backlit keyboards and Intel's latest Sandy Bridge processors offering up to twice the performance of their predecessors.

Like the previous generation models, the new MacBook Airs start at $999 for the entry-level model. They are available for order today and will be in stores on Thursday.

"Portable, affordable and powerful, MacBook Air is the ultimate everyday notebook," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "MacBook Air features our most advanced technology and is an ideal match for Lion, especially with its new Multi-Touch gestures, full-screen apps, Mission Control and Mac App Store."

MacBook Air is available in 11-inch and 13-inch models that Apple boasts easily slip into a briefcase, purse or bag. The MacBook Air's durable aluminum unibody enclosure measures 0.11 inches at its thinnest point and 0.68 inches at its thickest.

The notebooks all feature flash for instant-on and fast data access, improved reliability and incredible energy efficiency. The 11-inch model weighs 2.38 pounds and provides up to 5 hours of battery life, while the 13-inch weighs 2.96 pounds and provides up to 7 hours of battery life.



With the latest Intel Core i5 and Core i7 dual-core processors, the new MacBook Air is said to be up to twice as fast as the previous generation. The new notebooks also also feature Intel HD Graphics 3000 and offer up to 4GB of faster 1333 MHz memory.

Thunderbolt I/O technology provides expansion possibilities never before available to MacBook Air users. Through a single cable, users can connect to high performance peripherals and the new Apple Thunderbolt Display. Thunderbolt can easily be adapted to support legacy connections such as FireWire and Gigabit Ethernet.

MacBook Air comes with a full size backlit keyboard and a glass Multi-Touch trackpad. The backlit keyboard uses a sensor to automatically detect a change in ambient lighting and adjusts the keyboard brightness for any environment. AppleInsider was first to report the new notebooks would bring back the backlit keyboard earlier this month



The Multi-Touch trackpad supports Lions new Multi-Touch gestures such as momentum scrolling, tapping or pinching your fingers to zoom in on a web page or image, and swiping left or right to turn a page or switch between full screen apps.

MacBook Air also features a high resolution LED backlit display. MacBook Air also includes Bluetooth for wireless peripherals and two USB ports for wired and wireless devices.

The new MacBook Air also meets Energy Star 5.2 requirements and achieves EPEAT Gold status Each unibody enclosure is made of highly recyclable aluminum and comes standard with energy efficient LED-backlit displays that are mercury-free and made with arsenic-free glass. Mac notebooks contain no brominated flame retardants, are PVC-free and are constructed of recyclable materials.



Every new MacBook Air comes with Mac OS X Lion, along with the iLife suite. Lion features more than 250 new features to the Mac, including Multi-Touch gestures; system-wide support for full screen apps; Mission Control for a view of everything running on your Mac; the Mac App Store,; Launchpad, iPad-like home screen for apps; and a completely redesigned Mail app.

Tech Specs
Size and Weight
11.6-inch:
Height: 0.11-0.68 inch (0.3-1.7 cm)
Width: 11.8 inches (30 cm)
Depth: 7.56 inches (19.2 cm)
Weight: 2.38 pounds (1.08 kg)
13.3-inch:
Height: 0.11-0.68 inch (0.3-1.7 cm)
Width: 12.8 inches (32.5 cm)
Depth: 8.94 inches (22.7 cm)
Weight: 2.96 pounds (1.35 kg)
Storage
All flash, available in capacities of 64GB or 128GB in the 11.6-inch model, and 128GB or 256GB in the 13.3-inch model
Processor
11.6-inch: 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with 3MB shared L3 cache
$1199 model configurable to dual-core 1.8GHz Intel Core i7 with 4MB shared L3 cache, only at the Apple Online Store.
13.3-inch: 1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with 3MB shared L3 cache
$1599 model configurable to dual-core 1.8GHz Intel Core i7 with 4MB shared L3 cache, only at the Apple Online Store.
Memory
11.6-inch: 2GB ($999 model) or 4GB ($1199 model) of 1333MHz DDR3 onboard memory, $999 model configurable to 4GB, only at the Apple Online Store.
13.3-inch: 4GB of 1333MHz DDR3 onboard memory
Graphics
11.6-inch: Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor with 256MB or 384MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory
13.3-inch: Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor with 384MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory
Video Support and Camera
FaceTime camera
Dual display and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to 2560 by 1600 pixels on an external display, both at millions of colors
Connections and Expansion
Two USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mbps)
Thunderbolt port
SD Card slot on 13.3-inch
Battery and Power
11.6-inch
Wireless web: Up to 5 hours
Standby time: Up to 30 days
35-watt-hour; 45W MagSafe Power Adapter with cable management system; MagSafe power port
13.3-inch
Wireless web: Up to 7 hours
Standby time: Up to 30 days
50-watt-hour; 45W MagSafe Power Adapter with cable management system; MagSafe power port
Wireless
802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking;5 IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible
Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
Audio
Stereo speakers
Omnidirectional microphone
Headphone port
Support for Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic
Electrical and Operating Requirements
Line voltage: 100-240V AC
Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz
Operating temperature: 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)
Storage temperature: -13° to 113° F (-24° to 45° C)
Relative humidity: 0% to 90% noncondensing
Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet
Maximum storage altitude: 15,000 feet
Maximum shipping altitude: 35,000 feet
In the Box
MacBook Air
45W MagSafe Power Adapter, AC wall plug, and power cord
Printed and electronic documentation
Pricing & Availability
The 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air are available for order on the Apple Store today and in Apples retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers starting July 21.
The 1.6 GHz 11-inch MacBook Air is available in two models, one with 2GB of memory and 64GB of flash storage for a suggested retail price of $999 (US), and one with 4GB of memory and 128GB of flash storage for $1,199 (US).
The 1.7 GHz 13-inch MacBook Air comes in two configurations, one with 4GB of memory and 128GB of flash storage for a suggested retail price of $1,299 (US), and one with 4GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage for $1,599 (US).
Configure-to-order options and accessories include a 1.8 GHz Core i7 processor, additional flash storage, MacBook Air SuperDrive and a USB Ethernet Adapter.

Save when buying

The new MacBook Airs began making their way to Apple stores and authorized resellers on Thursday. Readers in the market for one of the notebooks can check out AppleInsider's Mac Pricing Guide (also below), where MacMall is already offering readers an additional 3% discount off its already reduced MacBook Air (and MacBook Pro) prices. The discount is instant when using the links below but available only when placing orders on line -- you do not need to call MacMall to place a pre-order. Orders placed online will ship as soon as the reseller receives stock from Apple.

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looks powerful . what games will play on this new MBA ??
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Apple on Wednesday launched a refresh to it thin-and-light MacBook Air lineup, equipping the ultraportables with Thunderbolt ports, backlit keyboards and Intel's latest Sandy Bridge processors offering up to twice the performance of their predecessors.

Like the previous generation models, the new MacBook Airs start at $999 for the entry-level model. They are available for order today and will be in stores on Thursday.

"Portable, affordable and powerful, MacBook Air is the ultimate everyday notebook," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "MacBook Air features our most advanced technology and is an ideal match for Lion, especially with its new Multi-Touch gestures, full-screen apps, Mission Control and Mac App Store."

MacBook Air is available in 11-inch and 13-inch models that Apple boasts easily slip into a briefcase, purse or bag. The MacBook Air's durable aluminum unibody enclosure measures 0.11 inches at its thinnest point and 0.68 inches at its thickest.

The notebooks all feature flash for instant-on and fast data access, improved reliability and incredible energy efficiency. The 11-inch model weighs 2.38 pounds and provides up to 5 hours of battery life, while the 13-inch weighs 2.96 pounds and provides up to 7 hours of battery life.

With the latest Intel Core i5 and Core i7 dual-core processors, the new MacBook Air is said to be up to twice as fast as the previous generation. The new notebooks also also feature Intel HD Graphics 3000 and offer up to 4GB of faster 1333 MHz memory.

Thunderbolt I/O technology provides expansion possibilities never before available to MacBook Air users. Through a single cable, users can connect to high performance peripherals and the new Apple Thunderbolt Display. Thunderbolt can easily be adapted to support legacy connections such as FireWire and Gigabit Ethernet.

MacBook Air comes with a full size backlit keyboard and a glass Multi-Touch trackpad. The backlit keyboard uses a sensor to automatically detect a change in ambient lighting and adjusts the keyboard brightness for any environment. AppleInsider was first to report the new notebooks would bring back the backlit keyboard earlier this month

The Multi-Touch trackpad supports Lions new Multi-Touch gestures such as momentum scrolling, tapping or pinching your fingers to zoom in on a web page or image, and swiping left or right to turn a page or switch between full screen apps.

MacBook Air also features a high resolution LED backlit display. MacBook Air also includes Bluetooth for wireless peripherals and two USB ports for wired and wireless devices.

The new MacBook Air also meets Energy Star 5.2 requirements and achieves EPEAT Gold status Each unibody enclosure is made of highly recyclable aluminum and comes standard with energy efficient LED-backlit displays that are mercury-free and made with arsenic-free glass. Mac notebooks contain no brominated flame retardants, are PVC-free and are constructed of recyclable materials.

Every new MacBook Air comes with Mac OS X Lion, along with the iLife suite. Lion features more than 250 new features to the Mac, including Multi-Touch gestures; system-wide support for full screen apps; Mission Control for a view of everything running on your Mac; the Mac App Store,; Launchpad, iPad-like home screen for apps; and a completely redesigned Mail app.






LION IS ONLINE NOW!!!


Did a search for lion about 5 min ago, bought it and am downloading NOW!!
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http://www.apple.com/mac/


White Macbook has been phased out!
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It seems they didn't imporve the Macbook Air battery life. At this point, that is the only thing keeping me from buying one. I guess the Macbook Pro is still in my future.

If you want the white one, better hit the refurb store soon!

Strange that Apple didn't make Lion THE Featured App of the day/week.
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Sweeeeeeeeet!
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It seems they didn't imporve the Macbook Air battery life. At this point, that is the only thing keeping me from buying one. I guess the Macbook Pro is still in my future.

If you want the white one, better hit the refurb store soon!

I thought the battery in the 13-inch models was similar in both the MBA and MBP, at least the marketing wording names both as "7 hour lasting" (and I can tell you that my late 2010 13-inch MBA lasts for nearly 7 hours on battery)
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Can you get one without Lion?
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I tried to order new Air 13" 128GB with i7 CPU upgrade and its not possible. Only with 256 GB storage.

A web bug? Or Apple wants us to buy 256 GB storage first before i7?

Am disappointed .
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It seems they didn't imporve the Macbook Air battery life. At this point, that is the only thing keeping me from buying one.

Agreed. I would have sold my October 2010 MBA in a second and upgraded if the battery life improved. The backlit keyboard, faster cpu and thunderbolt are not compelling enough reasons for me to upgrade. Especially since I just bought my current 11" Air a few months ago.
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White Macbook has been phased out!

Yes, the Air must be the new entry level (or the iPad, depending on how you look at it).
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Amusing pricing for us UK customers - $999 = £620, but using Apple's magic currency converter it comes out at £849 ($1369).

Oh Apple, you are such tinkers.
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Can't wait to get one probably in a few weeks, and I'm so happy they've phased out the White Macbook.

So Lion's out... When's iOS 5 coming? Let the rumors begin.
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Amusing pricing for us UK customers - $999 = £620, but using Apple's magic currency converter it comes out at £849 ($1369).

Oh Apple, you are such tinkers.

Gotta add in VAT and cost to do business in the UK...
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Man, why can't you upgrade this machine to 8GB of RAM? Makes me worry this won't last as long as my previous machine since the RAM isn't upgradable. But maybe that's the goal
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A superb MacBook Air line, horribly marred only by their lack of a modern, FaceTime HD camera. It makes no sense whatsoever. Apple's cost to add such a camera is insignificant.
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I was hoping they would upgrade the memory capacity to 8GB. Seems a bit disappointing among all the other good news.
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Not that clear, but when I just ordered my new 11 inch, I could upgrade proc speed and I could upgrade storage to 256MB - on the 11 inch! cool
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I was hoping they would upgrade the memory capacity to 8GB. Seems a bit disappointing among all the other good news.

apple knows whats best for you. you don't need more than 4.
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No HD camera and no 8GB RAM option is a shame but I'll still be getting this this week and giving my white MacBook to someone.

Question is should I wait 3 months to see if new MacBook Pros will come out because I already have an iPad2.
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A superb MacBook Air line, horribly marred only by their lack of a modern, FaceTime HD camera. It makes no sense whatsoever. Apple's cost to add such a camera is insignificant.

And you know this...how?
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The 13" with 4GB/256GB used to be $1799. Now it's $1599.
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Where is the 15'' model (with mate hi-res display) ?
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A superb MacBook Air line, horribly marred only by their lack of a modern, FaceTime HD camera. It makes no sense whatsoever. Apple's cost to add such a camera is insignificant.

Apple wants you to buy the new display to get Facetime HD
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It seems they didn't imporve the Macbook Air battery life. At this point, that is the only thing keeping me from buying one. I guess the Macbook Pro is still in my future.

They doubled the performance, added Thunderbolt and backlighting while maintaining the 7 hour battery life and you think it hasn't improved? It would have had to improve in order to maintain the same life while performing twice as fast.
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I wonder if it is a cost or reliability issue.
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Amusing pricing for us UK customers - $999 = £620, but using Apple's magic currency converter it comes out at £849 ($1369).

Oh Apple, you are such tinkers.

We always see these complaints. They always ignore VAT and the fact that it simply costs more money to do business in the UK. Apple does not want to have one price online and a higher price in their retail store. You really should not blame Apple for the Tax and Economic situation in the UK.
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I thought the battery in the 13-inch models was similar in both the MBA and MBP, at least the marketing wording names both as "7 hour lasting" (and I can tell you that my late 2010 13-inch MBA lasts for nearly 7 hours on battery)

Precisely. My late 2010 13-inch MBA lasts at least 7 hours at school. The read-out actually starts at about 10 hours with brightness at its lowest visible setting and MS Word + light browser lookups every now and then. My MBA compared favorably to my MBP (late 2009). Oh, and then there's the snappiness of the SSD and that lightweight, sexy body! Now with a backlit keyboard and other new features it's even more attractive.

Highly recommend the MBA unless you really need more processing power.
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So 2GB RAM as standard, 4GB as max. Also, not doubling of storage, thought the 11" now has 256GB option.
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Where is the 15'' model (with mate hi-res display) ?

Our ultra-portable line just got less portable!

Seriously, though -- my wife's been using a 12" PowerBook for the last year or so. I think I'm saving up for Christmas. This is plenty of computer for someone who just needs email, web, Word & Excel.

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apple knows whats best for you. you don't need more than 4.

I actually would like 12GB or 16GB. 8GB isn't really enough for me anymore.

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Amusing pricing for us UK customers - $999 = £620, but using Apple's magic currency converter it comes out at £849 ($1369).

Oh Apple, you are such tinkers.

Amusing that your government charges 10% import duties and 20% VAT. Every time I go to London, I'm shocked at how high pricing is for all electronics (and food, and well, pretty much everything else).
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I'm guessing that the next refresh will have the memory and SSD upgrades that lots of people were predicting/hoping for this time around. This does look like a pretty awesome update though. I've been tinkering around with the idea of getting one of the new iMacs, but now I'm wondering if I just get the wife a newer Air and swipe her new MBP.

My biggest concern is running a couple of upcoming titles on the MBP like Skyrim and The Old Republic. Yeah, I'm kind of a gamer though I'm not hard core by any stretch. I'm guessing that those would run very playable on the new MBPs.
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I wonder if it is a cost or reliability issue.

Cost. 480GB at OWc costs $859 for their cheapest model, and $1249 for their fastest model. That half of what it was several months ago, but still pretty high. Apple would have to charge more, as all computer manufacturers do.
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Where is the 15'' model (with mate hi-res display) ?

There was never a 15" Air. These are ultra portable models.
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"The 1.6 GHz 11-inch MacBook Air is available in two models, one with 2GB of memory and 64GB of flash storage for a suggested retail price of $999 (US), and one with 4GB of memory and 128GB of flash storage for $1,199 (US)."

Sears does this same thing. Have a "good" model that's just cheap enough to get people into the store. Once there, they begin to realize that :"good" really isn't that good and opt for the more pricey "better" or "best" models.

The bad news is that battery life has been reduced, probably due to the new chips. That's a serious problem. I get four hours on my aging white MacBook and expect the OWC flash drive I just got to raise that to six hours. I'll get fast boots and app startups along with an equivalent battery life for just over $100 rather than $1000+. Thank you OWC!
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I actually would like 12GB or 16GB. 8GB isn't really enough for me anymore.


These aren't Photoshop machines. They're actually most popular with business people on the go.
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A superb MacBook Air line, horribly marred only by their lack of a modern, FaceTime HD camera. It makes no sense whatsoever. Apple's cost to add such a camera is insignificant.

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I was hoping they would upgrade the memory capacity to 8GB. Seems a bit disappointing among all the other good news.

Again it's Apple not releasing everything you want so you have to upgrade later.

I seriously can't understand the lack of a FaceTime HD camera though. The 8GB RAM is annoying but I understand it.

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No HD camera and no 8GB RAM option is a shame but I'll still be getting this this week and giving my white MacBook to someone.

Question is should I wait 3 months to see if new MacBook Pros will come out because I already have an iPad2.

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A superb MacBook Air line, horribly marred only by their lack of a modern, FaceTime HD camera. It makes no sense whatsoever. Apple's cost to add such a camera is insignificant.

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Apple wants you to buy the new display to get Facetime HD

Actually, good news!

I chatted with an Apple Rep who says it DOES have a FaceTime HD camera.

It's on the product page, but only under the Thunderbolt I/O paragraph. Guess they forgot to update the page. I expect it'll be changed in a couple days.
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