Apple has announced a new MacBook Air which Steve Jobs said was "like nothing we’ve ever created before”.
Unveiled at the company's “Back to the Mac” event, the new Air is said to be Apple’s lightest and most portable notebook ever, owing much to the decision to scrap a hard drive for the same flash storage technology used for the iPad which is said to deliver an impressive battery life of up to seven hours.
Available in 11-inch and 13-inch models, they measure in at 0.11-inches at its thinnest point and 0.68-inches at its thickest. The 11-inch Air weighs in at 2.3 pounds and sports a 11.6-inch high-resolution LED-backlit display, while the 13-inch weighs 2.9 pounds and boasts an 11.6-inch high-res LED-backlit display.
There’s a full-sized keyboard and a glass Multi-Touch track pad, mic, speakers and notably a built-in FaceTime camera to make video calls between the iPhone, iPod Touch and now Macs which Apple also announced at the event.
Under the bonnet you’ll find an Intel Core 2 Duo processor and an NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics card which should more than deliver on battery life and performance. All new MacBook Air laptops will also be packed with the Snow Leopard OS and the latest version of iLife.
On the connectivity front, there’s 802.11n Wi-Fi networking, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR two USB ports which should come in handy for charging your other iDevices, and a Mini DisplayPort to hook up your laptop to the 27-inch Apple LED Cinema Display or your HDTV. Additionally the 13-inch MacBook Air comes with an SD card slot
UK pricing for the new MacBook Air models has been announce with the new Mac Airs available to buy from Apple's online and highstreet stores today. The 11.6-inch model with 64GB of flash storage is priced at £849 with the 128GB model coming in at £999. If you are opting for the 13-inch model 128GB of flash storage, it's £1,099 or £1,349 for a 256GB model.