Apple has officially launched the new series of MacBook Air laptops with the slimline computers to adding Intel’s i5 and i7 processors as well as Apple’s new Thunderbolt port and the new Mac OS X Lion.
Following a leak earlier today that appeared to out the 2011 Apple MacBook Air specifications, Apple has formally confirmed the new devices with the refreshed ultra-thin laptops available to buy now starting from £849 with backlit keyboards.
Retaining the minimalist form factor of the 2010 models the newly unveiled 2011 Apple MacBook Airs will see the 11- and 13-inch models host a new bevy of innards in a shell that measures just 0.11-inches at its narrowest point.
With two 11-inch and two 13-inch models unveiled the new MacBook Air line-up kicks off with the £849 priced 11-inch base model that boasts a 1.6GHz Intel i5 dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 64GB of flash storage. Intel HD Graphics 3000 feature across the board on all 11- and 13-inch models. Jumping to the £999 price tag and the 11-inch model switches its RAM and flash storage to 4GB and 128GB offerings respectively.
On the 13-inch front the £1,099 base model is to come equipped with a 1.7GHz Intel i5 dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage whilst the £1,349 priced model touts 256GB of storage. 1.8GHz Intel i7 dual-core processors are available as optional extras on all models.
“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,” Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing announced. He added: “Portable, affordable and powerful, MacBook Air is the ultimate everyday notebook.”
Whilst Apple has yet to make a formal announcement, the new MacBook Airs look to have replaced the entry level MacBook range with the traditional MacBook no longer present in the Apple online store.
Apple MacBook Air 2011 video
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