One of the big bits of news coming out of MacWorld during Steve Job’s keynote address today is the confirmation of the latest Apple laptop, which is something quite different.
The MacBook Air boasts a slimmer than slim profile, with a thickness of only .76 inches at its thickest part. Apple is pronouncing the Macbook Air to be the world’s thinnest notebook.
Some of the coolest features of the MacBook Air include a large touch pad that utilizes multi-sensory touch. What that means is that you can use more than one finger on this touch pad, such as rotating a photo by virtually grabbing it through the touch pad and twisting your fingers. Another nice feature of the new MacBook Air is the ambient light sensor that works much the same way as some high definition televisions. A standard Mac keyboard and a LED backlit display round out the laptop.
The MacBook air is the first in a line of computers that are bound to be known as “ultraportables,” full-capacity computers that are lightweight and bound to be carried around everywhere, much like today’s cell phones.
How does the MacBook Air manage to be so slim? Mostly it is thanks to a specially made Intel Core 2 Duo chip that is made specifically to fit into the slim laptop. One thing you won’t find in this “ultra portable” laptop is an optical drive, but the MacBook Air can use external drives or connect wirelessly to another computer that does have an optical drive.
In addition to the 1.6Ghz or 1.8 Ghz CPU, the laptop features 2GB of RAM, and the choice of a 80GB 1.8-inch hard drive or 64GB SSD drive. You can pre-order the MacBook Air, which is expected to begin shipping in two weeks. Prices start at $1,799.
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