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Apple Thunderbolt Revives Faster, Lighter MacBook Air $1,099

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The Mac makers from Cupertino, California have unveiled its revamped MacBook Air with next gen processors, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology and backlit keyboard, all running on its new Mac OS X Lion. 

 MacBook Air, which comes in “brilliant” 11″ or 13″ high resolution LED backlit displays, boasts double the speed of  previous generations, thanks to Intel Core i5 and Core i7 dual processors, flash storage and Thunderbolt I/O.  
The screen, although slim looking, has the resolution of a much larger, bulkier screen. 
And Flash storage promises “instant-on responsiveness and quicker access to data” allowing for better reliability and energy efficiency. 
 The new Air also features Intel HD Graphics 3000 and offers up to 4GB of faster 1333 MHz memory, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and two USB ports for easy connectivity. 
 It also boasts an ultra compact design with an “incredibly thin” durable aluminium unibody enclosure which measures 0.3 cm at its thinnest point and 1.7 cm at its thickest. 
 The 11-inch model weighs in at 1.08 kg and provides “up to” 5 hours of battery life, while the 13-inch is 1.35 kg and gives 7 hours of use, according to Apple estimates. 
The revamped notebook brings Thunderbolt I/O technology which allows the connection of peripherals through a single cable and can support FireWire and Gigabit Ethernet. Users can also avail of Thunderbolt’s Display, described as “the ultimate docking station for your Mac notebook.” 
 The new MacBook Air comes with a full size backlit keyboard, which adapts its brightness for any environment via a sensor and glass ‘Multi-Touch’ trackpad, which supports Lion X OS new Multi-Touch gestures like momentum scrolling, tapping or pinching your fingers to zoom in on a web page or image, and swiping left or right to turn a page. 
The notebook is the industry’s greenest, Apple claims, and meets standards like Energy Star 5.2 and achieves EPEAT Gold status. 

Each unibody enclosure is made of highly recyclable aluminium and the energy efficient LED-backlit displays are mercury-free, use arsenic-free glass and constructed from recyclable materials only. 

 The MacBook Air starts at RRP AUD$1,099 and is available for order and will hit retail stores later today. 
 “Portable, affordable and powerful, MacBook Air is the ultimate everyday notebook,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. 
 “MacBook Air features our most advanced technology and is an ideal match for Lion, especially with its new Multi-Touch gestures, full-screen apps, Mission Control and Mac App Store.” 
 The 1.6 GHz 11-inch MacBook Air is available in two models, one with 2GB of RAM and 64GB of flash storage for $1,099, and one with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage for $1,349. 
 The 1.7 GHz 13-inch MacBook Air comes in two configurations, one with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage for $1,449 and one with 4GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage for $1,799. 
Configure-to-order options and accessories include a 1.8 GHz Core i7 processor, additional flash storage, MacBook Air SuperDrive and a USB Ethernet Adapter. 

All prices quoted include GST.