hardware Apple MacBook Air and Mac mini refreshed, MacBook (White Plastic) dropped

Hot on the heels of the Mac OSX 10.7 Lion release on the App Store, the Cuppertino based fruit themed manufacturer have updated their MacBook Air ultraportable and Mac mini to (finally) feature the latest Core i5/i7 Sandy Bridge processors from Intel, Thunderbolt (aka Light Peak) I/O ports and battery sapping backlighted keyboards. Eagle-eyed Apple cultists have also noticed the disappearance of the (Plastic) MacBook.

mac Apple MacBook Air and Mac mini refreshed, MacBook (White Plastic) dropped

Hot on the heels of the Mac OSX 10.7 Lion release on the App Store, the Cuppertino based fruit themed manufacturer have updated their MacBook Air ultraportable and Mac mini to (finally) feature the latest Core i5/i7 Sandy Bridge processors from Intel, Thunderbolt (aka Light Peak) I/O ports and battery sapping backlighted keyboards. Eagle-eyed Apple cultists have also noticed the disappearance of the (Plastic) MacBook.

Just in time for the back to school period, the new refreshed MacBook Air starts at S$1288 (1.6ghz dual core i5, 2GB memory, 64GB SSD) and can be speced up to a (dual core) 1.8ghz i7, 4GB Memory and 256GB of flash storage. The 11-inch has a 1366×768 screen and is rated up to 5 hours of battery life, while the 13-inch SKU has a 1440×900 panel and is leaning closer to a more productive 7 hours of battery life. We suspect the positioning and attractive pricing of these new aluminium surfboards have made the old and unfashionable plastic MacBook decadent.

Meanwhile, the Mac mini starts at S$788 (2.3ghz dual core i5, 2GB memory, 500GB 7200rpm) but can be configured to a more interesting 2ghz Quad Core i7 and Dual 500GB Hard Drives (both only on the server variant), solid state drives and discreet AMD Radeon 6630M graphics.

27monitor Apple MacBook Air and Mac mini refreshed, MacBook (White Plastic) dropped

imac connected Apple MacBook Air and Mac mini refreshed, MacBook (White Plastic) dropped

Another new item on the store is a S$1348 27-inch Thunderbolt display. This 2560×1440 IPS LED panel is a daisy chain warrior with a HD camera for FaceTime, 49 watt speakers, 3 USB 2.0 ports (still no USB 3.0), a (increasingly less used) FireWire 800 port, a Gigabit Ethernet port (a must have for serious MacBook Air users) and another Thunderbolt port for new fangled expansion options.

Source: Apple Store SG