Apple’s MacBook Air 2011 with “Sandy Bridge” Arrived

Apple has released the MacBook Air 2011 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch ultraportable laptops, which now include the Intel “Sandy Bridge” processors, Mac OS X Lion operating system, and a starting price of $999.

MacBook Air 2011The updated MacBook Airs have the same aluminum unibody cases as the previous generation models, but now sport backlight keyboards, as well as Thunderbolt I/O technology.

The new Air SKUs are the MC968LL/A, MC969LL/A, MC965LL/A, and MC966LL/A. In the table below, you can see the specifications for each SKU.

MacBook Air 2011 SKU Specifications MC968LL/A MC969LL/A MC965LL/A MC966LL/A
Screen 11.6 (1366-by-768) LED-backlit glossy 13.3 (1440-by-900) LED-backlit glossy
CPU (Sandy Bridge) 1.6GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 1.6GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5

(optional 1.8GHz Dual-Core Intel Core
i7, + $150)

1.7GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 1.7GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5

(optional 1.8GHz Dual-Core Intel Core
i7, + $100)

RAM (1333MHz DDR3, onboard) 2GB (optional 4GB, + $100) 4GB 4GB
SSD Storage 64GB 128GB (optional 256GB, + $300) 128GB 256GB
Graphics Intel HD 3000 integrated
USB (2.0) x 2
Thunderbolt I/O Yes
SD slot No Yes
Wireless & Networking 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, LAN available only via USB / Ethernet adapter
Speakers Stereo
Webcam and Mic FaceTime camera & omnidirectional microphone
 
OS Mac OS X Lion
Battery (Lithium-Polymer) 35-watt-hour

Up to 5 hours of web surfing via Wi-Fi

50-watt-hour

Up to 7 hours of web surfing via Wi-Fi

Dimensions (H x W x D) 0.11-0.68 x 11.8 x 7.56 inches 0.11-0.68 x 12.8 x 8.94 inches
Weight 2.38 pounds 2.96 pounds
Warranty One-Year Limited
Price $999.00 $1,199.00 $1,299.00 $1,599.00

The laptops can be found now at Apple.com and via Apple resellers.

MacBook Air (left: MC968LL-A, MC969LL-A , right: MC965LL-A, MC966LL-A)

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Written by Dan


On Laptoping, Dan writes about Windows-based laptop, 2-in-1, and tablet PCs.

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