D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

MacBook Air Revealed at MacWorld

Tuesday, January 15, 2008 12:35 PM

I was beginning to think that this year's Macworld was going to be a bust...new iPhone apps, new movie rentals, blah blah blah.

But then came the payoff...

Apple will be releasing a new line of laptops called the MacBook Air, the "world's thinnest laptop". This thing just screams geek-envy all over it! A review of the features:

- .16" to .76" thick (fits in a manilla envelope)
- 13.3" widescreen display
- Backlit keyboard
- Multi-touch trackpad (similar to iPod Touch, so you can pinch in/out, rotate photos by pivoting your finger, etc.)
- 1.8" 80 GB hard drive standard with an option (!!!) for 64 GB SSD!
- 1.6 Ghz standard Core 2 Duo with 1.8 Ghz option (not crazy impressive, but its first gen)
- Comment from Intel CEO: the processor is as thick as a nickle and as wide as a dime. Wow.
- Built in 802.11n + Bluetooth
- 1 USB 2.0 port (lame), Micro-DVI, Audio Out
- No optical drive, but Superdrive accessory is available for $100...OR (this is kewl), software that allows you to "borrow"
  a Mac or PC's optical drive. (yeah yeah, in the Windows world we'd just share out the drive...nothing crazy new here,
  but the fact you can share a Mac with a PC optical drive is pretty kewl)
- 5 hours battery life
- 2 GB memory standard
- $1800.00 USD, taking pre-orders and shipping in two weeks.

Very interesting addition to the MacBook lineup. I'm not necessarily sold on one myself...although it would be a kewl toy to have, especially for taking to presentations or general business use, but you wouldn't want it for development or anything like that. The solid state drive is attractive, but the price is going to be astronomical (Steve even mentioned that it was "pricey but fast").

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# re: MacBook Air Revealed at MacWorld

USD3,098.00 counts as "pricey" in my books (CAD3248 ... hasn't Steve heard of parity?) I agree it would be major schwing to carry this into meetings or presentations, but I doubt it would do justice to VS2008.

Considering a Time Capsule though -- I've been wanting a NAS for backup. 1/15/2008 1:23 PM | Kent Sharkey

# re: MacBook Air Revealed at MacWorld

$1000 of the $3098 appears to be the price of the 64Gb ssd. (it's a $999 upgrade on the build to options of the cheaper Macbook air)

It may be fast, but i'm not quite willing to dump that much cash for what is equivalent to 32 2gb flash drives (currently 24 bucks as futureshop X 32 = $760... minus futureshop's markup, and fees for the extra plastic... it should be a lot cheaper).

For that price i'll stick with the 80gb drive in the base model that's the same one used by the current gen of ipods. 1/15/2008 1:39 PM | Cam

# re: MacBook Air Revealed at MacWorld

I have been thinking about getting a mac as my next notebook, particularly after seeing what JP and Scott Bellware are doing with their macbooks, and I think this has officially just sold me on it. I'd have to spend about $3k on the laptop I want anyway. My only concern is that my cat likes to sit on my laptop when it's closed and I'd be afraid that my 8.9lb cat would crush this thing like a soda can. 1/15/2008 3:15 PM | Jeff Tucker

# re: MacBook Air Revealed at MacWorld

Really? That's the payoff? A thin notebook. Where's the one more thing where the screen folds open into a tablet?

I would have much rather heard 3G iPhone with 16GB and 32GB capacity. 1/15/2008 3:53 PM | Scott Kuhl

# re: MacBook Air Revealed at MacWorld

LOL...my buddy Cam had a good MSN sig today:

"Man that new Mac laptop is thin...Nicole Richie thin" 1/16/2008 10:23 AM | D'Arcy from Winnipeg

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