The online Apple store went down at around 7 pm tonight, and lo and behold when it reopened just after 10.30 pm there was a new MacBook Air on offer.
Packed into the still very slim MacBook Air, available in 11- and 13-inch screen sizes, is a little more grunt, and some new features. Firstly, processors. On-board are the Intel Core i5 and Core i7 dual-core processors, providing what Apple claim is up to twice the speed of the last MacBook Air model.
Both sizes also house the new Thunderbolt port, that allows 10 Gbps of throughput in both directions. That’s 20 times faster than with USB 2.0, and over 12 times faster than FireWire 800.
Left-hand side view of the Apple Macbook Air…
… and the right-hand side
A very welcome new feature is the backlit keyboard. It might not sound sexy, but once you’ve used a computer with a keyboard that lights up in the dark you curse anything you use that lacks such a feature.