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Wednesday, 20 October 2010 09:34

Apple likely to release thinner Air

Written by Nick Farell

Soon you will lose it down the back of the sofa
The dark satanic rumour mill has suggested that Apple is getting ready to release a new version of its ultra-thin, ultra-portable Macbook Air.

Apparently Steve Jobs has not been feeding the Air and its even thinner than before. Sources have told technology website Cult of Mac that the new 13.3-in computer will feature a 50 per cent bigger battery. This will give it eight to 10 hours of battery life, and will weigh less than the current model’s 1.3kg.

Some news sites claim that there will be a netbook version of the MacBook Air, with an 11.6-in screen, however since that would mean a real backtrack from Steve Jobs that is unlikely. Jobs once said that Apple could not make an netbook without it being rubbish. So he made a keyboardless netbook and called it a tablet instead.

We played with one over the weekend and yes, it was rubbish. (You played with an iPad? What, did you lose a bet or something? sub.ed.)
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+2 #1 Wolfesteinabhi 2010-10-20 09:57
(You played with an iPad? What, did you lose a bet or something? sub.ed.)

..nope.. i lost the bet even without playing with it...hehe ;)
-1 #2 LuxZg 2010-10-20 11:25
Actually, Jobs said they couldn't make a "cheap" (
-1 #3 LuxZg 2010-10-20 11:28
Still haven't fixed the bug with "smaller than" ( <
/ < ) and "bigger than" >
/ > ) signs in comments? :P Fix it already, I'm not in mood of retyping comments all the time..
+3 #4 LuxZg 2010-10-20 11:30
Anyway, Jobs said they couldn't make "cheap" netbook (under 500$) without it being a rubbish, and I'm sure that they'll eventually manage to create "awesome new" netbooks that will cost triple than average netbook of same performance.. That's something Apple can do real well! ;)
+1 #5 Exodite 2010-10-20 13:29
An 11.6" Air would actually be a somewhat interesting machine, if it kept the 1280x800 resolution anyway.

I'm fairly agnostic about the OS, MacOS is as functional as Windows or popular Linux distros for the kind of stuff I'm doing.

The problem really is the hardware, lack of standard ports and still rocking the C2D in a Sandy Bridge era doesn't really push the machine into the mainstream segment.
0 #6 Blizzard 2010-10-20 15:37
Fusion chip!!! With good GPU on board, super slim, that will be interesting to see and to touch if it would be real (for the future Macbooks)!
-1 #7 yasin 2010-10-20 18:05
acer.ferrari.one.just as stylish, windows based, wont break, and its about £400 or so....did i mention the dual core cpu, hybrid gpu solution...and a 1366x768 11.6" LED screen, hd ready
0 #8 Dracusis 2010-10-20 22:40
Seems an interesting option for some. Won't draw away windows/linux cheap'n'small netbook fans, but neither will Sony's pricey Viao line - that's not what these devices are spec'd for.

Regardless of weather or not you need it, seeing more options for small/light netbooks with SSDs & 10 hour battery life isn't bad. Dell/Asus ect also love to one-up Apple for less $ so end of day this is good.

Someone give Nick some shiny happy pills already.
0 #9 droid_hunter 2010-10-20 23:28
The air is getting foul in here.
0 #10 yasin 2010-10-21 17:12
its fanboy odour.

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