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At the MacWorld keynote this morning Steve Jobs saved the best for last.  Of the 4 major things he spoke about, the final thing was the announcement of the crazy-small MacBook Air.  This is the world's thinnest notebook, sporting an LED edge-lit screen, custom Penryn processor, and all that weighing only 3 lbs.  Small enough to fit in an envelope:

(Steve carried it out on stage in an envelope actually.)

MacBook Air specs:

  • A claimed 5 hours of battery life.  The battery actually consumes about 2/3 of the lower portion, pretty much the entire slender area of the machine!  (We can probably expect an honest 3 hours of use)
  • 0.16" to 0.76" wedge.  (The thickest part of the MacBook Air is thinner than the thinnest part of the Sony TZ series.)
  • Magnetic latch
  • 13.3" widescreen display with 1280x800 resolution 
  • Ambient light sensor to automatically adjust the display and keyboard backlighting
  • Full-sized keyboard
  • Multi-touch gestures available on the trackpad.  (Pinch zoom and rotate by twirling a finger around your planted thumb.)
  • 1.8" 80 gig hard drive, or 64 gig SSD as a pricey option
  • 1.6 GHz or 1.8 GHz Core 2 Duo (low-energy Penryn type in a CUSTOM package made just for Apple!)
  • Connectors include power, USB 2.0, Micro-DVI, and audio

In other news from the keynote, Apple has released their version of Home Server, which they call "Time Capsule".  They are also trying to redefine video rentals with what ends up being movie rentals in a simple iTunes-like interface.  You can watch flicks on PC, Mac, iPod, and iPhone.  With $3 rentals (well, $4 for new releases and $5 for HD movies) it's fairly competitively priced.  And the interface looks pretty slick.  After you rent you can start watching the movie right away while it downlods to your PC, and you have 30 days to finish watching it before it self-destructs.  In conjunction with all this video rental news the Apple TV appliance got a software update and a $70 price cut, now $230.  Watch out NetFlix and Blockbuster!

Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2008 6:33 AM Gadgets | Back to top

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Too cool. Looks like I know what I'm buying myself for my birthday.

I knew Apple was JUST about to do something else cool... you can just feel it in the (MacBook)Air. (ok, yeah, that was a bad one...)
Left by Lawrence G. on Jan 15, 2008 12:49 PM

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Still remember the unvailing. ofen
This is one sexy mac book.
Left by kaminofen ofen on Aug 21, 2010 4:35 AM

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