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Apple Updates MacBook Air With Next Gen. Processors, Thunderbolt & Backlit Keyboard

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Apple today updated the MacBook Air with next generation processors, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology, a backlit keyboard and Mac OS X Lion, the world’s most advanced operating system. With up to twice the performance of the previous generation, flash storage for instant-on responsiveness and a compact design so portable you can take it everywhere, the MacBook Air starts at $999 (US) and is available for order today and in stores tomorrow.

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When they place the 128GB SSD in the $999 version, then I might consider it. Until then, I just cannot afford it. At least they finally put in a more up to date cpu.
 

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That's funny, because when my brother walked into the Apple store 3 months ago to buy the old generation MacBook Air, but contemplated over waiting because rumors were going around that the Air would upgrade to the new generation Sandy Bridge in due time, and their tech employee says that it's impossible and won't happen.

I look back at that employee and can only laugh...

But the good news was, my brother ended up getting the MacBook Pro. :)
 

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and I was trying to find something in text about "Next Gen. Processors" :laugh:
 
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Great laptop. Wish I could afford it!
 
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Graphics still suck
 
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I CANNOT BELIEVE they left the SDcard slot off the 11" inch again. Once again, I choose a Wintel netbook over Apple for this feature alone! (Camera and camcorder). The bezel is also too wide. Why don't Apple narrow the bezel and get a 12" screen into their 11" size format. Oh, and an SDcard slot! Win-win.

Same pixel pitch as old. So nothing new here... what a shame they didnt add retina displays and get Lion to do scaleable desktop.
 
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$1200 and still no bluray and it still has to be a external drive
 
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Yeah and Apple is going to be facing a lot of flak for going back to Intel craphics. They introed x86 Macs on Intel and there was such an uproar that they had to put NV in. Now back to HD3000s...pathetic. These Macs are going to fail hard and people will buy them and find that out the hard way cause they are just as stupid as they were back when Apple last used Intel. The concept that Apple knows best and Apple is always good hardware, is just as bad as the Mhz myth.

I was actually thinking of getting an Air in the future due to my need to replace my iBook G4. Not going to now. Rather suffer on my old iBook than get Intel craphics. May consider an older model but I wasn't nuts about the 320M either. 330M would have been better in the low end IMO. Apple just fails at GPU selections.
 
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an i5 or an i7 with 5 hours of battery life.. hah! And yeah, you cant game with this .. graphics will suck. Youd end up decoding hd movies using the cpu, which will suck up battery life on a whim
 
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I like the backlit keyboard.
All laptops and net books should have back lit keyboards and touch pads.