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Apple updates Macbook Air and Mac Mini

Faster but not thinner
Wed Jul 20 2011, 16:38

MAKER OF SHINY TOYS Apple has launched its updated Macbook Air laptop and Mac Mini desktop at the Apple Store.

The online Apple Store was down earlier today so we started wondering what the fruit themed firm was going to add to it. It turns out that it has refreshed the Macbook Air and Max mini, both with faster processors.

Philip Schiller, SVP of worldwide product marketing at Apple said, "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."

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The Macbook Air is apparently no thinner than it was before. This comes as a surprise and a bit of a let down from the company that is seemingly obsessed with making things thinner. It does have a faster Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor though, and will ship with Apple's latest Mac OS X Lion operating system.

The cappuccino company claims that OS X Lion is the "the world's most advanced operating system" and said its Macbook Air has up to twice the performance of the previous model.

Other additions to the wafer thin laptop include Thunderbolt I/O technology, a glass Multi-Touch trackpad and the keyboard, wait for it, is now backlit. Models are still the 11in and 13in sizes as before, with Intel HD Graphics 3000 and up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM. Prices start at £849 for the 11in model with 64GB of storage and peak at £1,349 for the 13in model with 256GB of storage.

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The latest Mac Mini has also has the Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor, which is accompanied by an AMD Radeon HD 6630M discrete graphics card. Like the Macbook Air, it has Thunderbolt I/O and OS X Lion.

You can opt for up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM and a 256GB solid state drive. If you don't fancy these extras then the Mac Mini will come with 2GB or 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive.

Connectivity includes four USB 2.0 ports, Firewire 800, Ethernet, HDMI, microphone, headphone and a card reader. There's also built in WiFi and Bluetooth.

Prices start at £529 for a configuration with a Core i5 chip, 2GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive. If you're feeling like splashing the cash then you can opt for the Mac Mini with OS X Lion Server for £849. µ

 

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