Apple has updated the MacBook Air with next generation processors, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology, a backlit keyboard and Mac OS X Lion, the world’s most advanced operating system.
With up to twice the performance of the previous generation, flash storage for instant-on responsiveness and a compact design so portable users can take it everywhere, the MacBook Air is available from this week in South Africa.
“Portable, affordable and powerful, MacBook Air is the ultimate everyday notebook,” says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior VP 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 slip easily into a briefcase, purse or bag. The MacBook Air’s durable aluminum unibody enclosure measures an incredibly thin 0.11-inches at its thinnest point, and 0.68-inches at its thickest.
Flash storage allows MacBook Air to turn on instantly and deliver fast data access, improved reliability and incredible energy efficiency. The 11-inch model weighs 2.38 pounds and provides up to five hours of battery life, while the 13-inch weighs 2.96 pounds and provides up to seven hours of battery life.
With the latest Intel Core i5 and Core i7 dual-core processors, the new MacBook Air is up to twice as fast as the previous generation and has all the power users need for editing photos and movies, making FaceTime calls, playing games and working with documents and presentations.
MacBook Air also features Intel HD Graphics 3000 and offers 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, a docking station for the Mac notebook.
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 an innovative glass Multi-Touch trackpad. Designed for comfort and ease of typing, the backlit keyboard uses a sensor to automatically detect a change in ambient lighting and adjusts the keyboard brightness for any environment.
The Multi-Touch trackpad supports Lion’s new Multi-Touch gestures such as momentum scrolling, tapping or pinch-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 brilliant, high resolution LED backlit display that is thin yet has the resolution of a much larger, bulkier screen. With ultra-fast WiFi, users can wirelessly download apps from the Mac App Store, back up data to Time Capsule, and quickly and easily share files using AirDrop.
MacBook Air includes Bluetooth for wireless peripherals and two USB ports for easy connectivity for the wired and wireless devices used every day. Apple makes the industry’s greenest notebook lineup, and the new MacBook Air 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, the eighth major release of the operating system, and iLife apps for creating and sharing great photos, movies and music.
The 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air will be available from Apple premium resellers and Apple authorised resellers this week. 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 R8 999.00, and one with 4Gb of memory and 128Gb of flash storage for R11 499.00.
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 R11 999.00, and the other with 4Gb of memory and 256Gb of flash storage for R15 499.00. 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.