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").