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Apple refreshes MacBook Air with Sandy Bridge, Thunderbolt, and backlit keyboards

July 21st, 2011        

Apple refreshes MacBook Air with Sandy Bridge, Thunderbolt, and backlit keyboards

Finally, the highly anticipated update for the MacBook Air has arrived. No ARM processors, no new looks, just some speed bumps, Disney bolts, and trendy backlit keyboard. But that’s good, because that’s what we like about the MacBook Air. Oh yeah, Lion’s tagging along this time!

Apple refreshes MacBook Air with Sandy Bridge, Thunderbolt, and backlit keyboards

Apple’s gone and freshened up its 13-inch and 11-inch ultraportables — the second such update in nine months. Although the industrial design hasn’t changed much since the last generation, both models step up to Sandy Bridge Core i5 and i7 processors, Thunderbolt ports, backlit keyboards, and, of course, OS X Lion.

Apple refreshes MacBook Air with Sandy Bridge, Thunderbolt, and backlit keyboards

The 11.6-inch flavor starts at MYR 3,099 with 64GB of solid-state storage, 2GB of memory and a 1.6GHz Core i5 processor. The higher-end of the two configurations costs MYR 3,699, with the extra six hundred ringgit doubling your RAM and storage. Yes, it is expensive to own an Apple, but I’m pretty sure you don’t care when you’re getting this.

Apple refreshes MacBook Air with Sandy Bridge, Thunderbolt, and backlit keyboards

The 13-inch Air, meanwhile, starts at MYR 3,999 with a 128GB SSD, 4GB of RAM, and a 1.7GHz Core i5 CPU. Step up to the MYR 4,999 model and you’ll get a 256GB SSD instead. That’s a grand’s bump for doubling the size of your SSD. Your choice, of course.

Apple refreshes MacBook Air with Sandy Bridge, Thunderbolt, and backlit keyboards

Regardless, you’re looking at Intel HD 3000 graphics across the board, along with FaceTime webcams, two USB ports (plus an SD slot on the 13-inch version), 802.11n WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0. The two differ when it comes to resolution and battery life: the 11-incher has a 1366 x 768 panel and is rated for up to five hours of battery life, whereas the 13-inch model has a 1440 x 900 screen and promises up to seven hours of juice. And it’s still bloody thin.

Apple refreshes MacBook Air with Sandy Bridge, Thunderbolt, and backlit keyboards

As for that 1.8GHz Core i7 CPU, it’ll set you back an extra MYR 304 on the 13-inch version, and MYR 457 for the 11-inch version. Whichever size you choose, it’s only an option for the higher-end configuration. Hit the source link to view the limited specs to choose from, and buy one to join the Mac gang.

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