Apple Releases MacBook Air 2011 Line With Sandy Bridge And Thunderbolt | Full Specifications
As expected Apple has just released upgraded 2011 MacBook Air line with Sandy Bridge processors and Thunderbolt technology. Mac OS X Lion was released earlier along with these new MacBook Airs. The specs of new 2011 MacBook Airs are the same as we revealed earlier today. MacBook Airs are now powered by Intel’s Core i5 and Core i7 processors. The rumors we heard about MacBook Air in past couple of weeks turned out to be true, almost all of them. Apple has also brought back Backlit keyboard in MacBook Airs as rumored.
Talking about specs of these new machines, the standard MacBook Air Model features the same 11.6” display and comes with a 1.6 GHz Core i5 processor, 2 GB of RAM and 64 GB of flash storage for the same price of $999. The second and more expensive 11.6” model sees an increase in RAM to 4 GB and storage to 128 GB for $1,199. It was also rumored that Apple may offer 4GB RAM in all MacBook Airs which not the case here.
On the other hand 13.3” version of the MacBook Air also has two standard models, the first one comes with a 1.7 GHz processor, 4 GB RAM and 128 GB of storage for $1,299. The second model which a little more expensive model simply bumps up the storage to 256 GB for $1,599. Built to order versions can be maxed out with a 1.8 GHz i7 processor, 4 GB RAM and 256 GB of storage. The 13″ model also now includes an SD card slot.
All these new 2011 MacBook Airs comes with Mac OS X Lion pre-installed.
Let’s take a look at some features of MacBook Air 2011 line:
Lightning-fast data transfer.
With one port, MacBook Air gives you access to a world of high-speed peripherals capable of transferring data up to 12 times faster than FireWire 800 and up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0. Or use the Thunderbolt port to connect the new Apple Thunderbolt Display and transform your ultracompact MacBook Air into a complete desktop workstation. Power over 4 million eye-popping pixels while enjoying some major benefits: Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire 800, an additional Thunderbolt port, three USB ports, a FaceTime HD camera, 2.1 stereo sound, and a built-in microphone. The display even charges your MacBook Air, so there’s no need to unpack and unravel your power adapter. With two quick connections — the MagSafe power cord and the Thunderbolt cable — you’re up and running in seconds. Unplug them, and you’re on your way just as fast.
Devices like iPhone and iPad have already demonstrated the advantages of flash storage: reliability, speed, and efficiency. So the decision to use flash storage in an ultracompact notebook like MacBook Air made perfect sense. With flash, your computer starts up in almost no time and accesses data quickly. Flash also gives MacBook Air the astonishing ability to remain in standby mode for up to 30 days.3 Which means your MacBook Air snaps to in an instant, whether you open it tomorrow, next week, or next month.
What you see is what you type
As incredibly compact as MacBook Air is, it still manages to fit a full-size keyboard that makes typing as natural as it is comfortable. And now the keyboard is backlit, so you can type with ease in even the dimmest light. A built-in ambient light sensor detects changes in lighting conditions and adjusts the display and keyboard brightness automatically. From a seat in a sunny café to a seat on a cross-country red-eye, you’ll always have the perfect lighting for any environment.
It goes hand in hand with OS X Lion.
The Multi-Touch gestures in OS X Lion make everything you do on MacBook Air more intuitive, direct, and fun. And the spacious Multi-Touch trackpad is perfectly designed for them, whether it’s a three-finger swipe to activate Mission Control or a four-finger pinch to see all your apps in Launchpad. Gesture responses in Lion are smooth and realistic. So when you’re scrolling up and down a web page or swiping from one full-screen app to another, it’s almost like you’re touching what you’re seeing.
For more features you can check out Apple official site over here.
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