We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Apple announces new MacBook Air range

Sandy Bridge processors, Thunderbolt ports all present and correct

Apple has unveiled a new generation of MacBook Airs, sporting Intel Sandy Bridge processors and high-speed Thunderbolt ports.

Prices begin at £849 including VAT and the new models are available to order today, with stocks arriving in Apple Stores tomorrow, the company said.

"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."

According to Apple, the new MacBook Airs are up to twice as fast as the previous generation of MacBook Airs. The backlit keyboard, present in the original MacBook Air but missing from the second generation has returned.

Thunderbolt ports are also present in the new MacBook Air range, bringing them up to speed with the MacBook Pro and iMac product lines. The new MacBook Airs all sport Intel's Sandy Bridge processors, which promise increased performance and better power efficiency. All of them also come with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion installed.

The 1.6 GHz 11in MacBook Air is available in two models, one with 2GB of memory and 64GB of flash storage for a suggested retail price of £849 inc VAT, and one with 4GB of memory and 128GB of flash storage for £999 inc VAT.

The 1.7 GHz 13in MacBook Air comes in two configurations, one with 4GB of memory and 128GB of flash storage for a suggested retail price of £1,099 inc VAT, and one with 4GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage for £1349 inc VAT.

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.

IDG UK Sites

Android M Developer Preview announced at Google I/O: Android M UK release date and new features. Wh?......

IDG UK Sites

Why I think the Apple Watch sucks and you'd be mad to buy it

IDG UK Sites

Ben & Holly's Game of Thrones titles spoof is delightfully silly

IDG UK Sites

Mac OS X 10.11 release date rumours: all the new features expected in Yosemite successor