Apple's new MacBook Air dubbed world?s thinnest notebook

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in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014
Apple on Tuesday closed out its Macworld keynote address by introducing MacBook Air, the world?s thinnest notebook, measuring 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.



MacBook Air features a 13.3-inch LED-backlit widescreen display, a full-size and backlit keyboard, a built-in iSight video camera for video conferencing, and a spacious trackpad with multi-touch gesture support so users can pinch, rotate and swipe.



MacBook Air is powered by a 1.6 GHz or 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 4MB L2 cache, and 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.

?We?ve built the world?s thinnest notebook?without sacrificing a full-size keyboard or a full-size 13-inch display,? said Apple chief executive Steve Jobs. ?When you first see MacBook Air, it?s hard to believe it?s a high-performance notebook with a full-size keyboard and display. But it is."



MacBook Air has a vibrant 13.3-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display that is energy efficient, and its spacious trackpad offers multi-touch gesture support for pinch, rotate and swipe, making it more intuitive than ever to browse and rotate photos or zoom into web pages in Safari.



MacBook Air also features a full-size keyboard design in a sleek and durable aluminum enclosure. The backlit keyboard makes it ideal for dimly lit environments such as airplanes, studios or conference halls, and a built-in ambient light sensor automatically adjusts the brightness of the keys as well as the display brightness for optimal visibility.



MacBook Air delivers up to five hours of battery life for wireless productivity and includes AirPort Extreme 802.11n Wi-Fi networking, which delivers up to five times the performance and twice the range of 802.11g. Apple?s Migration Assistant software now enables users to quickly transfer files, applications and preferences from your old Mac to MacBook Air right over your wireless network.







MacBook Air users can buy the companion MacBook Air SuperDrive, a compact external drive designed for MacBook Air, for just $99. The MacBook Air SuperDrive is powered by MacBook Air?s USB port, eliminating the need to carry a separate power adapter. Many MacBook Air users will not find a need for an optical drive now that they can wirelessly rent movies from the iTunes Store, wirelessly backup files with Time Capsule and access the optical drives on remote PCs or Macs to wirelessly install software applications on MacBook Air, Apple said.







MacBook Air is powered by Intel Core 2 Duo processors running at 1.6 GHz or 1.8 GHz, and includes as standard 2GB of memory and an 80GB 1.8-inch hard drive. An optional 64GB solid state drive contains no moving parts for added durability. Every MacBook Air includes a micro-DVI port so users can connect to Apple?s 20-inch or 23-inch Cinema Displays to extend their desktop or connect to projectors and other displays via DVI, VGA, Composite and S-video adapters. MacBook Air also includes USB 2.0 for plugging in peripherals or charging an iPod or iPhone, a headphone jack and Apple?s acclaimed MagSafe Power Adapter designed especially for mobile users.







The new MacBook Air ships with iLife '08 and Leopard, and embodies Apple?s continuing environmental progress with its aluminum enclosure, a material highly desired by recyclers; Apple?s first mercury-free LCD display with arsenic-free glass; and brominated flame retardant-free material for the majority of circuit boards as well as PVC-free internal cables. In addition, MacBook Air consumes the least amount of power of any Mac, and its retail box, made primarily from 100 percent post-consumer recycled material, is 56 percent smaller by volume than the previously smallest MacBook packaging.



Pricing & Availability



The new MacBook Air will be shipping in two weeks through the Apple Store, 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 1280x800 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; and45 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.
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  • Reply 1 of 399
    aiolosaiolos Posts: 228member
    It's pretty sweet with new video port on the side and the external optical drive, and the whole no comprimise with the display, keyboard, and processor, but DAMN is the higher end version expensive! Guess you gotta pay for portability.



    Edit: Also that remote disc installation that they show off in the tour on the apple site is mad cool for a business situation: install remote disc on the Mac Pro or whatever (PC works too!), with multiple optical drives, put the main company software install discs there, and if anyone needs to reinstall or whatever, just wirelessly do it. That's very cool.



    Also, hope the MB and MBP's get that trackpad soon, that's mad cool.
  • Reply 2 of 399
    ronsterronster Posts: 153member
    wow $1799 that's not cheap...sure looks pretty though.
  • Reply 3 of 399
    Amazing. The Remote Disc is a stoke of genius I reckon; totally obvious now, but not before. Also being able to do it with a PC is great (not that I have ever owed a PC). I wonder how long it will take them to bring the new trackpad to the macbook pro and macbook. Perhaps they will be overhauling them (at least the MBP) sometime this year. Who knows.



    Regarding Time Capsule, i guess we now know what happened to wireless backup for time machine.
  • Reply 4 of 399
    Apple stock has dropped.



    I purchased @ $170 now it's a little over $166. Figured all the news would have sent it up?



    I'm sure over the next few weeks it will be back up to $200 or so.
  • Reply 5 of 399
    wircwirc Posts: 302member
    They cut some interesting things here. No computer lock? Mono speaker? Analog audio only?



    Otherwise, everything seems executed with characteristic boldness. Well done.
  • Reply 6 of 399
    Question....you guys think we will be able to swap the 80 gig hard drive for a 160 version like in the iPod Classic? Or will it not fit in?



    What about RAM? Can it be upgraded to 4 gigs? Is this Penryn? How fast would 1.8 Ghz C2D be compared to a 2.8 Ghz Pentium 4?
  • Reply 7 of 399
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by aiolos View Post


    It's pretty sweet with new video port on the side and the external optical drive, and the whole no comprimise with the display, keyboard, and processor, but DAMN is the higher end version expensive! Guess you gotta pay for portability.



    The higher end version is not more portable - it's faster.



    I wonder how much the Superdrive weighs - no specs on that. I suppose you can leave it in your room. I wonder how much thickness and weight they "saved" by not including the optical drive in the computer, and how much it adds being a separate item. In the MacRumorsLive transcript they had Steve saying "3 lbs was a good target weight, but required too many compromises with features." Then no weight mentioned at all. So I expected a weight of 3.5 lbs or so. But the spec say 3.0 lbs. Something must have got lost in the translation (aside from the optical drive).
  • Reply 8 of 399
    Ooh I like! Now I just have to find a reason to buy one. I wonder what excuse I can use?
  • Reply 9 of 399
    jeffdmjeffdm Posts: 12,949member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by aiolos View Post


    It's pretty sweet with new video port on the side and the external optical drive, and the whole no comprimise with the display, keyboard, and processor, but DAMN is the higher end version expensive! Guess you gotta pay for portability.



    There is a compromise on the processor, but it's probably still perfectly useable.



    The high end model is because of the $1000 solid state hard drive update. If you just want a faster CPU, you can buy the lower end model and BTO up the CPU for $300.



    Now wired ethernet is an option, the funny thing is that it's cheaper than their modem! I guess they aren't exploiting their patent on more compact connectors.
  • Reply 10 of 399
    flounderflounder Posts: 2,674member
    If this had been available with I needed to get a laptop this summer, I probably would have purchased this and kept my iMac, instead of getting a MBP and selling the iMac to my mother.
  • Reply 11 of 399
    Where are the Macbook / Macbook Pro Updates???
  • Reply 12 of 399
    wircwirc Posts: 302member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Tracker View Post


    Apple stock has dropped.



    I purchased @ $170 now it's a little over $166. Figured all the news would have sent it up?



    I'm sure over the next few weeks it will be back up to $200 or so.



    Citibank just posted a $9.1 billion loss and massive slowdown is predicted in every sector. The MacBook Air would have to resolve your debt to make the stock go up, when in fact it generally does the opposite.
  • Reply 13 of 399
    flounderflounder Posts: 2,674member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Tracker View Post


    Apple stock has dropped.



    I purchased @ $170 now it's a little over $166. Figured all the news would have sent it up?



    I'm sure over the next few weeks it will be back up to $200 or so.





    Haven't been watching apple stock very long I take it?



    I can't think of a keynote where the stock didn't go down several dollars immediately after. That's just the way it is, and always shall be.
  • Reply 14 of 399
    pbg4 dudepbg4 dude Posts: 1,611member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by wirc View Post


    They cut some interesting things here. No computer lock? Mono speaker? Analog audio only?



    Otherwise, everything seems executed with characteristic boldness. Well done.



    Don't forget, no Firewire port either. So there's just no way to import video at all without using another computer.
  • Reply 15 of 399
    melgrossmelgross Posts: 32,982member
    I'm going to crosspost part of another post I made on another, older, thread, because I think it fits here as well.



    [quote]There is very little here that we weren't hearing about, though without the detail and accuracy.



    Thin. About 13/16" at its thickest, which is what I've said. Actually, most of the computer is almost that thick, tapering at the edges.



    No optical drive. Pretty obvious for an ultrlight. But, one IS optional at a fair price, and will be small, and weigh little.



    Drives!!! The biggest contention. A 1.8" 80 Gb standard. That shows that Apple does believe tha people will want more than a 32 GB SSD as standard?at a much lower price point.



    The price for the 64 GB upgrade to that is what is expected. Those who niavely thought that Apple could just buy cheap Flash chips and solder them to the board were so far out on this it's a joke.



    The price is a bit more than I expected. I was with the $1,500 estimates on this. But, as I said, the thinner it is, the more expensive it is.



    But, the aluminum enclosure also adds to the cost, as does the all built-in status of WiFi, Bluetooth, lighted keyboard, LED backlighting, multitouch pad, etc.



    So, even though it doesn't carry the moniker of "Pro", it clearly is in that line.
  • Reply 16 of 399
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by aiolos View Post


    It's pretty sweet with new video port on the side and the external optical drive, and the whole no comprimise with the display, keyboard, and processor, but DAMN is the higher end version expensive! Guess you gotta pay for portability.



    Yeah, the Solid state drive option is hugely priced. But I guess that's what it costs. However the regular hard drive version, even with the 1.8 Ghz CPU is competitive. How much does a Sony TZ cost?
  • Reply 17 of 399
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by green-bee.salsa View Post


    Where are the Macbook / Macbook Pro Updates???



    They will just have a processor bump in spring or by the WWDC. They are state of the art now.



    I configured the top end MacBook Air and it comes close to $4000!!! Wow. Very nice though.



    No 4 Gig option because it uses a new motherboard completely different than the MacBooks (pros)
  • Reply 18 of 399
    amac4meamac4me Posts: 282member
    This is really sweet. It's gonna be a hot item. Looking forward to purchasing mine!
  • Reply 19 of 399
    I really like the look of this new thing and it will serve my needs perfectly.



    Though I almost impulse-ordered, I will hold off until I see it in person and can check the quality of construction. Apple has slipped badly in quality control and I don't want to waste 2 grand.



    Otherwise, WOW!
  • Reply 20 of 399
    jamezogjamezog Posts: 163member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by green-bee.salsa View Post


    Where are the Macbook / Macbook Pro Updates???



    My thoughts exactly. I'm disappointed that there's no MBP update...
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