Apple premieres world’s thinnest notebook

By Ashley Cook
February 7, 2008

MCT campus

After a long wait from Apple fans and road warriors, Apple Inc. finally delivers the latest state-of-the-art product, the MacBook Air.

Light-weight, thin and mobile, the MacBook Air is an exciting addition to the Apple line.

Priced at U.S. $1,799, it is the third installment in the Mac notebook lineup after the MacBook and MacBook Pro.

The MacBook Air is ideal for professionals, graphic designers, creative types and anyone who finds themselves constantly on the run.

Famously referred to as “the world’s thinnest notebook,” the MacBook Air measures a mere 0.76 inches in height and a measly three pounds in weight.

Sporting a 1.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2 GG of RAM memory, 80GB PATA hard disk drive, 13.3-inch glossy widescreen display, MacBook-style keyboard with backlighting, cool iPhone-like multi-touch trackpad, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth installments and the best part, five hours of battery life, MacBook Air is overflowing with goodies.

Ideal for airplanes, studios or conference halls, the MacBook Air has a built-in ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts to brightness of keys as well as display brightness for optimal visibility.

Unfortunately, all good things have their flaws. The MacBook Air does not include an optical drive-space because Apple wanted to make it as thin as possible.

An alternative? A remote disc feature, which is software you can install on another computer or you can purchase the external SuperDrive for $99.

Also, some headphones will not properly jack into the Mac.

But these are just a small price Apple Inc. pays for going thin.

In an interview with, Apple’s CEO expressed his excitement.

“We’ve built the world’s thinnest notebook-without sacrificing a full-size keyboard or a full-size 13-inch display,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO.

“When you first see MacBook Air, it’s hard to believe it’s a high-performance notebook with a full-size keyboard and display. But it is.”

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