New ultra-light MacBook Air jets in
Apple has unveiled a new generation of MacBook Air laptops – its thinnest and lightest notebook computers yet.
Coming in the traditional 13.3in and a new 11.6in size, the new MacBook Air is just 17mm thick at its thickest point, and just 28mm at its thinnest, with Apple having ditched the optical drive and opted for solid state storage instead of a hard disk to keep the size down.
Apple says the result is a device that offers all the convenience and lightweight portability of the iPad together with the a full physical keyboard and the computing power of OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.
The larger 13.3in model comes as standard with 128GB or 256GB of flash storage, a 1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, FaceTime camera, 2GB of RAM, dedicated graphics and a promised seven hours of battery life.
The smaller 11.6 model, which weighs just a touch over 1kg versus the larger model’s 1.3kg, also comes with a smaller 1.4GHz processor and a choice of 64GB and 128GB storage. Prices start at $999 in the US, where the new MacBook Airs are available now. We’ll be keeping an eye out for UK details as soon as they’re announced.