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Apple Replaces Plain Macbook With Macbook Air

Apple has quietly canned the white Macbook, leaving only the Macbook Air and the Macbook Pro as the remaining laptops in the company's portfolio.

The move coincided with the release of the new Macbook Air yesterday which now means that customers will need to pay at least £529 to get a computer that runs an Apple OS (the Mac Mini) or £849 for a portable device (the 11.6-inch Macbook Air).

It also means that all the Apple laptops now have a Thunderbolt port, the super fast interface that many expect will be as ubiquitous as the USB and Firewire ports in the future.

Users will still be able to buy the white Macbook from educational outlets, from Apple's own official outlet online and from participating retailers like Amazon or DSGi while stocks last.

Incidentally, the old Macbook cost £849, the same as the new Macbook Air, but is likely to be significantly slower. It came with an Intel Core 2 Duo clocked at 2.4GHz, a 250GB hard disk drive, 2GB RAM, an Nvidia Geforce 320M GPU, a 13-inch 1280x800 pixel display, a white polycarbonate chassis and up to 10 hours battery life.

The Macbook Air on the other hand comes with a brand new second-generation Intel Core i5, a screen with a better display resolution, the same amount of memory and 64GB Flash storage but with a worse battery life, no SuperDrive and an Intel graphics solution.

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 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.