Apple Updates MacBook Air Line With Sandy Bridge, Thunderbolt and Backlit Keyboards

Alongside today's launch of OS X Lion, Apple has also released updated MacBook Air models covering both the 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch sizes. As had been previously rumored, the new models are based on Intel's Sandy Bridge platform, sport Thunderbolt connectivity for peripherals, and see the return of backlit keyboards. The new MacBook Airs are offered in the following configurations:

- 1.6 GHz, 64 GB SSD, 2 GB RAM: $999
- 1.6 GHz, 128 GB SSD, 4 GB RAM: $1199

- 1.7 GHz, 128 GB SSD, 4 GB RAM: $1299
- 1.7 GHz, 256 GB SSD, 4 GB RAM: $1599

Build-to-order customers can also choose to upgrade to a 1.8 GHz processor and additional solid-state storage.
With up to twice the performance of the previous generation, flash storage for instant-on responsiveness and a compact design so portable you can take it everywhere,* the MacBook Air starts at $999 (US) and is available for order today and in stores tomorrow.

“Portable, affordable and powerful, MacBook Air is the ultimate everyday notebook,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “MacBook Air features our most advanced technology and is an ideal match for Lion, especially with its new Multi-Touch gestures, full-screen apps, Mission Control and Mac App Store.”
The new MacBook Air models are available for order today and will be available in stores tomorrow. All models ship with OS X Lion preinstalled.

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111 months ago

1.7 Ghz? haha i remember buying a 2.4 white back in 2008 why would anyone subject themselves to such a slow processor

Rating: 28 Votes
111 months ago
RAM was upgraded for 3 of the 4 configurations, storage is the same accross the line-up, battery life remains the same, and the backlit keyboard is back, hopefully killing all the threads about it in the process.

I think the best news today is the Mac Mini getting a dedicated GPU in one of its configurations.
Rating: 16 Votes
111 months ago
it's finally out!! backlit keyboard yes!!!
Rating: 14 Votes
111 months ago

R.I.P White Macbook
Rating: 13 Votes
111 months ago
Goodbye white MacBook.
Rating: 9 Votes
111 months ago

Are you going to be whining on every single thread now?

Uh ? Where was I whining ? I was pointing out that the MBA's size and weight are both specs not to be ignored... :confused:

Geez, at least read my posts or put me on ignore if you don't like them.

I get called a whiner when I post negative Apple stuff, I get called a whiner when I post positive Apple stuff... There's just no pleasing any of you guys.
Rating: 8 Votes
111 months ago

Pretty pathetic. Especially since a $350 HP notebook comes with 4gb of RAM standard!

Yeah, comparing the price of computer with an SSD to one without an SSD is soooo meaningful.
Rating: 8 Votes
111 months ago
It's like this forum remains in a state of perpetual bitching. :rolleyes:
Rating: 8 Votes
111 months ago
2GB RAM for the low-end model? Shame on you, Apple!
Rating: 8 Votes
111 months ago

I am still waiting for a TB -> GbitEthernet adapator.

What ? It was announced today. It just happens to cost 999$ and comes with FW800, USB2.0 and a monitor. ;)
Rating: 7 Votes

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