Today (Wednesday 20th July) saw Apple announce its new line-up of MacBook Air portable computers. Both the 11- and 13-inch MacBook Air now feature the latest generation of Intel processors, the Core i5 and i7. With speeds up to 1.8GHz and faster memory, the new MacBook Air gains up to 2.5x the processing performance over the previous generation.
The new MacBook Air also features the Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor, which includes an on-chip engine for video encoding and decoding. It also comes with the new Thunderbolt port, transferring data up to 12 times faster than FireWire 800 and up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0. You can also use it to connect the new Apple Thunderbolt Display.The new display (more of that later) offers over 4 million eye-popping pixels while coming with the following features:
Instead of a traditional hard drive the MacBook Air is now all Flash memory storage (64GB, 128GB or 256GB), offering reliability, speed and efficiency, as well as up to 30 days on stand-by. It also comes with a full-size keyboard that is backlit, as well as a Multi-Touch Trackpad, making use of the new Multi-Touch gestures in Lion (also released today and available only on the App Store).
The display of the MacBook Air measures a mere 4.86 millimetres (0.19 inch) thin, yet the resolution is so high, you’ll feel like you’re looking at a much larger screen. The 11-inch MacBook Air features a resolution equal to that of your typical 13-inch notebook, while the 13-inch MacBook Air wows with a resolution equivalent to a typical 15-inch notebook.
11.6-inch (diagonal) model:
1344×756 and 1280×720 pixels at 16:9 aspect ratio;
1152×720 and 1024×640 pixels at 16:10 aspect ratio;
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Rumours are growing that Apple is about to release a 7-inch version of the iPad, complete with a USB port and two cameras. Some sources claim it will be released in time for Christmas, others that it will not be until early in 2011. The inclusion of two cameras indicates that Facetime will be a feature.
The reports have been lent credence by the Taiwanese Chinese-language Economic Daily News financial newspaper, which has a track record of making accurate report. It was the first source to say Apple was developing the iPad when others were convinced it was to be a netbook. The newspaper also claims that several Taiwanese companies will be involved in the production of the iPad 2.
However, we have to remember that Steve Jobs has in the past been somewhat disparaging about tablets with small screens, so one has to ask what the likelihood is of him giving the go ahead for a 7-inch version.
Although Apple hasn’t yet introduced USB 3.0 to its devices there are third-party interfaces for the Mac, including ExpressCard/34 adapters for older MacBook Pros.
The 2nd-generation Drobo S keeps it’s original FireWire 800 and eSATA connections, and usefully, the USB 3.0 connector is backward-compatible with USB 2.0-equipped computers. The new Drobo S starts at a price of US$799, with a 10 TB version available for $1799. UK prices TBC.
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