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Thursday, 21 October 2010 11:10

Apple launches new MacBook Air models

Written by Nedim Hadzic
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13.3- and 11.6-inch
Steve Jobs’ fruit-themed brainchild has announced  two new models to be added to its Apple tree. We’re talking about MacBook Air line, which just got two new models - a 13.3- and a 11.6-inch one.

The 13.3-inch MacBook Air comes with a choice of 1.86GHz or 2.13GHz Intel’s Core 2 Duo processors, resolution of 1440x900 ran by Geforce 320M graphics. It comes with SSD storage and a choice of 2GB or 4GB of DDR3 RAM.

It weighs 2.9 pounds, which is slightly lighter than the old Air, and measures 0.11 inches at the thinnest point, which is again slightly thinner than its predecessor. Thickest point is 0.68 inches, again slightly thinner. Apple claims that the battery should be good for 7 hours of wireless web and 30 days of standby. Pricing starts at $1,299 for the 128GB SSD model and $1,599 for the 256GB SSD model, which is the point where we stop using the word slightly. You can find out more here.

The 11.6-inch MacBook Air comes with a choice of 1.4GHz or 1.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processors and resolution of 1366 x 768 ran by Nvidia Geforce 320M graphics. It also features SSD storage and a choice of 2GB or 4GB of DDR3 RAM. Battery life is shorter than on the 13 incher – 5 hours. This model starts at $999 for the 64GB SSD version and $1,199 for the 128GB SSD model. You can find out more here.

Of course, if you're from Europe, you should expect to pay about the same number, only in euros, and German Apple store confirms this. Well, that's except for the 128GB 11.6 inch version, which is priced at €1,149. Since the US price stands at $1,199, this means that Steve generously opted to still rip off Europeans but lower the price by some €50. Why thanks Steve, you're a doll.

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-4 #1 hellfire 2010-10-21 11:26
actually not bad
 
 
+11 #2 The_Wolf88 2010-10-21 11:33
Quote:
actually not bad



Yes it is !!

They luanches new products as they said but actually with old hardware ! Core2duo ?!

Com'on Apple WTF is this ?! At least use Core i3 instead of 3 years core 2 duo processor !!
 
 
+5 #3 hellfire 2010-10-21 11:40
Quoting The_Wolf88:
Yes it is !!

They luanches new products as they said but actually with old hardware ! Core2duo ?!

Com'on Apple WTF is this ?! At least use Core i3 instead of 3 years core 2 duo processor !!


you know its not possible to make an i3 notebook with an Nvidia IGP. and the IGP inside i3 is tad slower then M320 inside macbook.
 
 
+11 #4 dan 2010-10-21 12:35
Intel's IGP's are total crap, so of course they have to stick with C2D with an Nvidia chipset. Until AMD fusion is available.
 
 
+2 #5 Dracusis 2010-10-21 13:11
Dan's right, for this kind of "trim everything possible" style of system C2D with a discrete GPU is the best fit for the majority of OS-X tasks. Remember, Apple design their machines to run OSX. For this reason their hardware choice makes perfect sense.

No doubt the cost to performance ratio will be way off for most Fudz readers but if you want the increased portability and battery life it's not a bad rub. The best thing for non-OSX fans about Apple releasing new hardware is the rush for other companies to undercut them with similar devices. Hopefully Dell will revive the Adamo as it's always had a similar design focus/philosophy to the Macbook Air.
 
 
0 #6 Bl0bb3r 2010-10-22 06:50
MacBook Air? More like MacBook Fart... why release it now and with such specs? IDK, it seems Jobs has gone bananas... for good!
 
 
-1 #7 hellfire 2010-10-22 07:21
Quoting Bl0bb3r:
MacBook Air? More like MacBook Fart... why release it now and with such specs? IDK, it seems Jobs has gone bananas... for good!


and you expected a 12-core AMD Opteron in it? ofc they went for c2d as more or less good IGP avalible only there
 
 
0 #8 Naterm 2010-10-22 11:24
Good lord you guys don't look at the big picture.

The UVL version of the Arrandale is a lot slower (clockspeed) and has a lot less cache than the C2D ULV processors. The performance boost wouldn't be that great AND...

The ULV Arrandale is much larger. With it's two die package it would be hard to fit into the confines of the MBA. Finally, they'd be stuck with intel's IGP. Apple is pushing OpenCL compatiblity across it's line and intel's current IGP isn't. There is no way they could have done a Arrandale ULV and a discrete GPU in this formfactor and had 7-hour battery life.

They used the same excuses for not putting Arrandale in the 13" MBP, and I think they're full of it there. Here, they're definitely not.
 
 
+1 #9 Naterm 2010-10-22 11:26
Well, at least some of you don't look at the big picture. That's the first time I've seen well thought about responses to a story about an Apple product.
 
 
+2 #10 Taoist 2010-10-23 18:58
"Well, that's except for the 128GB 11.6 inch version, which is priced at €1,149. Since the US price stands at $1,199, this means that Steve generously opted to still rip off Europeans but lower the price by some €50. Why thanks Steve, you're a doll. "

Him, and pretty much every other company/corporation/industry.
 

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