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MacBook Air: live photos, new details

updated 03:20 pm EST, Tue January 15, 2008

MacBook Air Live Photos

Apple today released its hotly anticipated MacBook Air ultraportable notebook at Macworld San Francisco. MacNN is on the scene at the expo's show floor and has taken photos of the new computer and has additional details about its more intricate features. Notably, Apple explains that the notebook's battery is non-removable; the size of the system and the placement of the MagSafe connector makes it impractical, according to the company. However, buyers disappointed in the lack of built-in Ethernet can buy a USB-to-Ethernet adapter ($29) that restores the functionality at the expense of the lone USB port.

Other details (more may appear with subsequent updates):

- RAM is not upgradable; users must use the 2GB supplied with the system.

- Users can custom-order the solid-state drive ($999) and faster 1.8GHz processor ($300) independently of each other.

- There is no audio input.

- It uses Bluetooth 2.1, which adds secure simple pairing and improves power use when idle.

- The MagSafe connector is proprietary, again due to the nature of the device. Apple has not said how well existing MacBook or MacBook Pro connectors will function.

- Micro-DVI supports up to 1920x1200, which lets it connect up to a 23-inch Apple Cinema Display or many 23-, 24-, and 27-inch LCDs.

- The folding door with side ports likely relies on an Apple collapsible port patent that partially folds the connectors when not in use.

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  1. psdenno

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    Joined: May 2003


    I need to know more.....

    but sounds a little wonky so far - like a big iPod. Except it won't be so easy to toss into a drawer & forget when the battery fails to hold a charge.

  1. Tanker10a

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    Joined: Jan 2003


    Big Deal

    It's another portable mac. Yeah I agree...It's another big ipod.

  1. panjandrum

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    Joined: Dec 2004


    First iteration

    Well, I agree that this first iteration definitely has a few problems. I see the non-replaceable battery as a major stumbling-block. The lack of a video chipset with acceptable performance is also a big minus. BUT, there are also a lot of great features here. The form-factor alone is enough to sell a ton of these things. Hopefully we'll see a revision in year or two which eliminates the design compromises yet retains the essence of this machine.

  1. slaurel

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    Joined: Aug 2007


    yawn yawn

    It just looks like another laptop. Nothing really exciting about it. In fact it really looks like everything else in the laptop world. At least when you see a MacBook Pro or MacBook you know it's a MAC. I might mistake this for a any laptop at any retail store. And what is new about it. Other manufactures have been making laptops similar to this for years. I can't believe a product is going to sell for one main feature - thin. Loving my MacBook right now.

  1. Deal

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Apr 2001



    This thing will sell like hot-cakes. So many of the clients I help are clinging to their 12" Powerbooks and refused to upgrade to a larger model or step down to a MacBook.

    This thing fits the bill. Finally I can quite fixing those old G4 12" Powerbooks!

    The one thing I personally miss on this device is a firewire port. I really wish it had firewire—maybe in the future when a beefed up battery can handle the extra draw.

  1. TheSnarkmeister

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    Are they crazy? The battery is not replaceable? You are supposed to throw away a 1700 dollar machine after a certain number of battery cycles? And there is no audio input?, the people you iSight video conference with can see you, but not hear you?

    AND all of this is sacrificed for a quarter of an inch in appearance, which undoubtedly only makes the machine hotter too!

    It is time for a change at Apple -- a change at the top. Job's anorexic fixations are becoming a liability. So far Apple's stock is down over $10 on this. I have no doubt that the iTV/video announcements will bounces it back and more, but the Macbook Air is a public relations disaster waiting to happen.

  1. moldyapples

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    Joined: Jul 2006


    no audio input

    does not mean it doesn't have a microphone! From Apple's tech specs page: "Built-in omnidirectional microphone"

  1. robopope

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  1. Guest

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  1. RKDinOKC

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    Joined: Jul 2007


    Connect me

    Wheres the wireless internet with G3 network?

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