Powered by the latest Intel Core i5 and Intel Core i7 dual-core chips, MacBook Air 2011 - which, if I may say so, looks almost exactly like Macbook Air 2010 - is supposedly up to twice as fast as the previous generation, having the power you need for editing photos and movies, playing games, and working on presentations and documents. The improved notebook also features Intel HD Graphics 3000 and comes with up to 4GB of 1333 MHz memory.
Coming in 11-inch and 13-inch variants, Macbook Air 2011 flaunts a full-size backlit keyboard and a glass Multi-Touch trackpad. Designed by Apple for comfort and ease of typing, the backlit keyboard uses a sensor to automatically detect change in ambient lighting and adjusts the keyboard brightness accordingly for any environment. The Multi-Touch trackpad, on the other hand, supports Mac OS X Lion's new Multi-Touch gestures such as momentum scrolling, tapping or pinching your fingers to zoom in and out on a web page or image, and swiping right or left to turn a page or switch between apps.
Thunderbolt I/O technology provides expansion possibilities that weren't available to previous MacBook Air users. Through a single cable, users can connect to high performance peripherals and the new Apple Thunderbolt Display, a new docking station for the Macbook Air. Thunderbolt can also be adapted to support legacy connections like FireWire and Gigabit Ethernet.
MacBook Air 2011 comes with the recently released Mac OS X Lion, the eighth major release of Apple's notebook and desktop operating system, and iLife apps for creating and sharing photos, movies and music.
How much?! And when will it be available in the Philippines?
Great news! All variants of Macbook Air 2011 are now available via Apple Store Philippines.
Here's the price schedule --
Macbook Air 2011 starts at Php 49,990 - that's for the 64GB 11-inch variant with 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 2GB memory and Intel HD Graphics 3000. The 128GB 11-inch variant sells for Php 59,990 - that one features 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB memory and Intel HD Graphics 3000. The more affordable 13-inch model comes with a Php 65,990 price tag - it ships with 1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 CPU, 4GB memory, 128GB flash storage, Intel HD Graphics 3000. The other 13-inch variant, which sells for Php 79,990, comes with 1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB memory, 256GB flash storage and Intel HD Graphics 3000.
All models are configurable to dual-core 1.8GHz Intel Core i7 with 4MB shared L3 cache. In the US, upgrading to Core i7 costs an extra $100 for the 13-inch variants and $150 for the 11-inch variants. I'm expecting similar upgrade cost to be implemented in the Philippines.