New Apple MacBook Air eliminates hard drive for faster notebook
Posted on 21-Oct-2010 07:54
Filed under: News
Apple today unveiled an all new MacBook Air, the first of a next generation of notebooks which will replace mechanical hard disks and optical drives with Internet services and solid state flash storage.
The company says thanks to solid state flash technology these next generation notebooks are faster thanks, more reliable due to removal of mechanical parts from gone hard drive, lighter and smaller.
Available in 11-inch and 13-inch models and weighing as little as 1.06 kilograms, the new MacBook Air is Apple’s lightest and most portable notebook ever. MacBook Air uses the same solid state storage technology as iPad to deliver instant-on responsiveness, up to seven hours of battery life and up to 30 days of standby time.
“MacBook Air is the first of a new generation of notebooks that leaves behind mechanical rotating storage in favour of solid state flash storage,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We’ve taken what we have learned with the iPad—solid state storage, instant-on, amazing battery standby time, miniaturisation and lightweight construction, to create the new MacBook Air. With its amazing responsiveness and mobility, it will change the way we think about notebooks.”
With a precision aluminium unibody enclosure, the new MacBook Air measures 0.3 centimetres at its thinnest point and 1.7 centimetres at its thickest, and weighs just 1.06 kilograms for the 11-inch model and 1.3 kilograms for the 13-inch.
Like iPad, MacBook Air was designed from the ground up to use flash storage exclusively. Apple’s custom-designed flash storage is 90 percent smaller and lighter than a conventional notebook hard drive, contributing to MacBook Air’s mobile, featherweight design. MacBook Air’s flash storage also provides faster data access and is more reliable than notebook hard drives due to its solid state design.
MacBook Air features a full-sized keyboard, as well as the glass Multi-Touch trackpad found on Apple’s MacBook Pro, so you can scroll through web sites, flip through photos, and resize or rotate images all from the trackpad. The built-in FaceTime camera, mic and stereo speakers are perfect for video calls with iPhone 4, iPod touch and other Macs.
Flash storage combined with power-efficient Intel Core 2 Duo processors and NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics delivers balanced mobility, battery life and performance. MacBook Air features an 11.6-inch or 13.3-inch high-resolution LED-backlit display and Mini DisplayPort to connect external displays, projector or HD TV.
The MacBook Air is the latest Mac notebook to achieve EPEAT Gold status and meet Energy Star 5.0 requirements. Each unibody enclosure is made of highly recyclable aluminium and comes standard with energy efficient LED-backlit displays that are mercury-free and made with arsenic-free glass. Mac notebooks contain no brominated flame retardants, PVC-free internal components and are constructed of recyclable materials.
Apple also used advanced chemistry and Adaptive Charging technology to create a MacBook Air battery that delivers up to seven hours of wireless productivity on a single charge and up to 1,000 recharges.
Every Mac comes with Mac OS X Snow Leopard and iLife, Apple’s suite of applications for creating and sharing photos, movies and music.
The 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air are immediately available through the Apple Store and Apple Authorised Resellers. The 1.4 GHz 11-inch MacBook Air with 2GB of memory and 64GB of flash storage starts at a recommended retail price of NZD$1699 with a 128GB model for NZD$1999. The 1.86 GHz 13-inch MacBook Air with 2GB of memory and 128GB of flash storage starts at a recommended retail price of NZD$2199 with a 256GB model for NZD$2699.