Apple refreshes Macbook Air, brings great updates
Apple fan’s rejoice! Apple have finally refreshed their premier portable laptop, the Macbook Air with a host of new feature’s which make it worthwhile to finally upgrade to, and give that aging laptop the boot. The Macbook Air’s were last refreshed 9 months ago, but the major change then was the construction and build of the Air, to an aluminum unibody construction for the 11-inch and 13-inch versions. This time over, the body stays relatively the same, but the biggest change (which should excite most people) is the upgrade of the aging processors to the new and beastly Intel Sandy Bridge i5 and i7 processors (2nd generation).
If that wasn’t good enough, Apple has thrown in more great goodies such as thunderbolt ports (the same as in the iMac’s), backlit keyboards (a MUCH asked for feature from users), and Apple’s new Apple Operating System – O SX Lion (which bring’s a host of new feature’s but it’s too long to go into here). Apple’s pricing is fairly on par with the last round, and the cheapest Macbook Air costs USD$999 ($1,099 AUD) and you get:
- 11.6-inch model
- 1.6 GHz Intel Core i5
- 64GB SSD Drive (Solid Slate Drive, a much faster hard drive)
- 2GB RAM (or memory)
- 1366 x 768 resolution
- Up to 5 hours of Battery Life
- An extra $200USD (A$ 250) gets you doubles your RAM and Hard drive capacity.
If you’re more interested in the 13-inch model, pricing for that starts at USD$1,299 (A$ 1,449) and you get:
- 1.7GHz Intel Core i5
- 128GB SSD Drive
- 4GB RAM
- 1440 x 900 resolution
- Up to 7 hours of Battery Life
- An extra $300 (A$ 350) get’s you 128GB SSD Drive.
All models get an Intel HD 3000 graphics card, as well as Apple’s usual bells and whistles such as FaceTime, 2 USB Ports. If Apple’s got you itching to open your wallet and whip that credit card out, then hit the source link below. We’ve included both the US and Australia sites, so you’re welcome.
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Australian Apple – Macbook Air
USA Apple – Macbook Air