Apple debuts next-gen MacBook Air

Posted by Trent Nouveau

W00T! The sexy, next-gen MacBook Air has hit Apple stores across the country in sleek 11 and 13-inch form factors.

The latest iteration of the popular laptop features solid state storage technology, instant-on responsiveness, up to seven hours of battery life and an incredible 30 days of standby time.

"MacBook Air is the first of a new generation of notebooks that leaves behind mechanical rotating storage in favor of solid state flash storage," explained Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

Apple debuts next-gen MacBook Air"We've taken what we have learned with the iPad - solid state storage, instant-on, amazing battery standby time, miniaturization and lightweight construction, to create the new MacBook Air. With its amazing responsiveness and mobility, it will change the way we think about notebooks."

Indeed, the new MacBook Air measures an incredibly thin 0.11-inches at its thinnest point and 0.68-inches at its thickest, weighing in at just 2.3 pounds for the 11-inch model and 2.9 pounds for the 13-inch.

And, like the iPad, MacBook Air was designed from the ground up to use flash storage exclusively.

Apple's custom-designed flash storage - which is 90 percent smaller and lighter than a conventional notebook hard drive - provides faster data access and is more reliable than notebook hard drives due to its solid state design.

Addition specs include:

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Full-sized keyboard.
  • Multi-Touch trackpad.

  • FaceTime camera, mic and stereo speakers.
  • Intel Core 2 Duo processors 1.4 GHz & 1.86 GHz.
  • NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics.
  • LED-backlit display.
  • Mini DisplayPort.
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi.
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR.
  • Two USB ports.
  • SD card slot (13-inch model).
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard.
  • iLife '11.

Pricing 

The 1.4 GHz 11-inch MacBook Air with 2GB of memory and 64GB of flash storage starts at $1,000, while the 128GB model is priced at $1,200.

The 1.86 GHz 13-inch MacBook Air with 2GB of memory and 128GB of flash storage carries a $1,300 price tag, with the 256GB version priced at  $1,600.