Apple Announces New MacBook Air Laptop

Apple has unveiled a pair of MacBook Air laptops which inherited a host of features from the firm's other outright success, the Apple iPad. Steve Jobs joked that the new MacBook Air was in effect the equivalent of a love child of an iPad and a Macbook.

The new model is only 0.68-inch thin at its thickest point and 0.11-inch at its thinnest with a weight of only 2.9 pounds, that's 1.32 Kg.

Apart from the fact it features a unibody construction like the rest of the Macbook Pro range, it has a 13.3-inch 1440x900 pixels LED backlit display - slightly better than the old one - and still keeps the same rather thick bezel around the screen.

The rest of the configuration is pretty much similar to the Macbook; a 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo CPU, 2GB Nvidia Geforce 320M, multitouch trackpad and a webcam.

Interestingly, Apple opted for flash memory rather than a conventional hard drive because it is more reliable, provides with instant on capabilities, is up to 2x faster and 90 per cent smaller and lighter.

In practice, that means putting swapping the solid state drive and the extra electronics associated with it (onboard and on the motherboard) for a single memory module that's inserted directly on the motherboard.

Battery life, Jobs added would be up to 7 hours in real life with a jaw-dropping 30 days standby battery life. The new 13.3-inch MBA will cost $1299 (£1099) with 128GB storage and $1599 (£1349) with 256GB storage and are already on sale on Apple's site.