Apple today announced an all-new 11″ MacBook Air, the closest its ever got to a netbook. The smallest Apple notebook ever released, the MacBook Air measures a mere 0.68 inches (17mm) at its thickest point, and an incredible 0.11 inches (3mm) at its thinnest point.
It also sports SSD storage directly on the motherboard as opposed to a standard 1.8″ hard drive bay, and has 2GB RAM as standard at 1066MHz (frontside bus of 800MHz), upgradeable to 4GB. The new MacBook Air range moves aware from Intel’s low voltage processors, and now sport the standard Core 2 Duo processors at 1.4GHz, with an option to upgrade to 1.6GHz.
An extra USB port has made its way onto the new MacBook Air, and it loses the previous ports flap. The 11.6″ LED-backlit screen has a 1280×768 resolution with a 16:9 aspect ratio, and the newly upgraded nVidia GeForce 320M graphics pack 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM, with a Mini DisplayPort capable of powering Apple’s recently announced 27″ cinema display.
The battery life is also impressive, with a standby time of 30 days, and a real-world “wireless productivity” battery life of 5 hours. The price point is also more aggressive for Apple, at $999, which may still be a far cry from today’s current netbook prices, but for Apple’s premium products this is a bit more reasonable, certainly when compared to the outgoing 13″ MacBook Air model.
Let us know what you think of the new MacBook Air and if will or won’t be getting one and why.