Apple Releases Two New Macbook Air Models

Posted by at 11:34 am on October 20, 2010

Apple today has released two new Macbook Air Models, an 11 inch and a 13 inch. Both models are unibody and feature a multi-touch trackpad. The big kicker is that

both use SSD drives (Flash storage) for instant-on use. Both also have  802.11n  Wi-Fi wireless  (802.11a/b/g compatible) and  Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate).

11 Inch Model

The 11 inch models is 2.3 pounds with 1366×768 16:9 aspect ratio display.  The body height ranges from  0.11 to 0.68 of an inch.

1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB on-chip shared L2 cache or the  optional 1.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB shared L2 cache power the machine.  The front side bus is 800 MHz.  Hard drive storage is either 64GB  or 128GB SSD (Flash) drive.

NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory handles the display work.

Apple claims 5 hours of wireless use, 30 days of standby on single charge.

13 inch model

The 13 inch model is 0.68 inches thin at its thickest point and tapers down to 0.11 inches. It weighs in at 2.9 pounds. Unibody; full-size keyboard and trackpad. 13.3-inch display has a resolution of 1440×900.

1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 6MB on-chip shared L2 cache or the optional 2.13GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 6MB shared L2 cache powers the machine.  The front side bus is  1066MHz.  2GB of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM onboard (4GB maximum).  Hard drive storage is either 128GB  or 256GB SSD (Flash) drive.

NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory handles the display work.

Apple claims  7 hours of standard use and 30 days standby on single battery cycle.

Price and Availability

11-inch: 1.4GHz, $999 for 64GB SSD, $1,199 for 128GB SSD. 13-inch at $1,299 for 1.86GHz and 128GB SSD, and $1,599 for 256GB SSD.  All are shipping from apple’s web store from 1 to 2 business days.

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