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$999 11.6-inch MacBook Air Targets Netbooks

Apple has introduced a smaller version of the MacBook Air to complement the existing 13.3-inch model, giving a slightly lower pricetag of only $999.

The MacBook Air "mini" - which weighs a smidgen above 1Kg - comes with a smaller 11.6-inch LED backlit display capable of displaying 1366x768 pixels, a Core 2 Duo processor clocked at 1.4GHz, 2GB RAM, Nvidia Geforce 320M graphics and either 64GB or 128GB Flash memory.

Because of the smaller size, some compromise had to be made and it is not surprising that Apple opted for a smaller battery which provides with up to five hours real life autonomy and a 30 days standby battery life.

The rest from the multi-touch trackpad to the webcam and the Full-size keyboard are all present. The new 11.6-inch laptop, which will be an elegant alternative to high end netbooks and so called thin and light CULV-based Intel laptops, will cost either $999 (£849) or $1199 (£999) depending on configuration (opens in new tab).

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.