MacBook Air, the World’s Thinnest Notebook, Latest Innovation from Apple

MacBook Air NotepadYou would have already read about MacBook Air, the world’s thinnest notebook by Apple, revealed by Apple CEO Steve Jobs at the Macworld Conference & Expo last month. If you haven’t, read on!

It is very thin, fast, cute, stylish and totally wireless. MacAir weighs just 1.36 kg and has Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 4MB on-chip shared L2 cache at 1.6 GHZ processor, 80GB hard disk and 2GB RAM

The display is glossy 13.3-inch, widescreen LED backlit, with a default 1280×800 resolution. The keyboard is full-size with crisp keys with backlit key illumination, making it easy to work in low-light settings such as airplanes and conference halls. A built-in ambient light sensor automatically adjusts keyboard and display brightness for optimal visibility.


It comes with Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard (includes Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Photo Booth, Front Row, Xcode Developer Tools, and iLife ’08 (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand). MacBook Air includes a built-in iSight camera. The iSight camera and iChat software make video chatting easy anywhere there’s a wireless network. MacBook Air includes an oversize trackpad with multi-touch technology. You can pinch, swipe, or rotate to zoom in on text, advance through a photo album, or adjust an image. This gesture-based input so successful on iPhone and iPod touch now comes to MacBook.

MacBook Air promotes a fully wireless lifestyle, with 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR built in. Please note that MacBook Air does not have the Enthernet LAN port. You may need to get an USB to LAN port adapter accessory. Also, MacBook Air does not have an optical drive, because MacBook Air is built for the wireless world and to keep it thinner. Also instead of backing up files to a stack of discs, you can back up files wirelessly using Apple’s new Time Capsule. Even the migration from old Mac to the notebook can be performed wirelessly.

If you need to install software on MacBook Air from a CD or DVD, a new feature called Remote Disc lets you wirelessly use or “borrow” the optical drive of a Mac or PC in the vicinity. So you can have full access to an optical drive without having to haul one around. And for those times when you need to run a Windows application, Boot Camp lets you start up your Mac in Windows.

The price starts at USD 1799 (approx. INR 70,000). The MacBook Air and the Time Capsule will be announced in India on Feb 12, 2008. Let us see how much it will be priced in the Indian market.

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