Apple introduces 11.6″ Macbook Air

Apple today unveiled their smallest notebook so far — an 11.6″ Macbook Air weighing in at only 2.3lbs (1.05kg).

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It’s much lighter and thinner this time — between 17mm to 30mm on the side — and since it’s just 11.6″ diagonally, this new Macbook Air is bordering into the netbook space.

Apple’s $999 introductory price point targets students the same way as they positioned the white Macbook (also priced at $999).

11-inch Macbook Air
11.6″ display @ 1366×768 pixels
Intel Core 2 Duo 1.4GHz
NVidia GeForce 320M
64GB and 128GB SSD storage
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
2 x USB 2.0 ports
1 x mini display port
64GB – Php51,990 ($999 in the US) inclusive of 12% VAT
128GB – Php61,990 ($1,199 in the US) inclusive of 12% VAT

The Intel Core 2 Duo 1.4GHz chip they installed in here is most probably the Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400 (very close to the SU7300 1.3GHz used on the Sony Vaio Y and the Dell Alienware MX11).

Of course, there’s the usual 13.3″ Macbook Air that’s also been refreshed with the new unibody design and components. Apple claims up to 5 hours with WiFi on for the 11.6″ model and 7 hours on the 13.3″ model. Standby time for both models go up to 30 days.

When you order the new Macbook Air 11-inch at the Apple Philippines online store, you are also given the option to upgrade up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM. The Apple website indicates there’s a 1.6GHz CPU option but it’s not included in the cart. Expect shipment within 6 days or ordering.

On a related note, a previous survey here indicated that the most preferred screen size is 13.3″ with the 11.6″ the least preferred among laptop users. Would be interesting to see responses from people regarding the smaller form factor.

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Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. He is one of the pioneers of blogging in the country and considered by many as the Father of Tech Blogging in the Philippines. He is also a technology consultant, a tech columnist with several national publications, resource speaker and mentor/advisor to several start-up companies.

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  2. Avatar for emangotthemacair emangotthemacair says:

    yehaa! got mine yesterday :) .. Im pretty impressed however I dont quite feel that everything I need is being satisfied by this quite amazing little thing.. I miss bigger screen, some windows applications, sufficient number of usb ports and cd-rom. Btw, it doesnt have ethernet port for your rj45.. so there, you might wanna consider those things first.

  3. Avatar for Law_ren22 Law_ren22 says:

    does anyone know where I can buy a silicon keyboard protector for my MacBook air 11in? Badly need one asap..

  4. Avatar for Alex Alex says:

    I needed a back up laptop because my Windows desktop (Gateway) was giving up on me (it died on me twice). Good thing it’s just one year old and the warranty still covers it. I’m new with Macs and I decided to give these computers a try. (By the way, I already have the iPhone4 and iPad.)

    I went to the Apple store (here at the East coast) and I was contemplating on whether to get a Macbook Air, Macbook pro 13, or MB 15. I ended up with a Macbook pro 13. The Macbook pro 15 is just way too expensive for a backup computer and too heavy to be carrying around on my backpack all day. I had a Nokia booklet 3G and ended up giving it my sister. Aside from the fact that it was darn too slow, it had no CD/DVD drive. Sometimes, no matter how much I justify or convince myself that I do not need a DVD drive, I end up needing one. So, I ended up buying an external DVD drive for the Nokia.

    I’ve played with the MB Air (the $999) at the Apple store and personally didn’t find it that appealing (no offense to anyone’s preference). Most people that I’ve encountered liking it were businessmen and students who use it for work purposes (but not as their main computer). It is way too underpowered and expensive. The fact that I already have the iPad made me shake my head in disagreement that this was not the backup computer for me. So, I ended up with the Macbook pro 13.

    Trust me, it’s just a smaller Macbook pro 13. In my opinion, if you have the iPad, there’s no need for this. Most Americans (as I was asking around) still don’t find the need for this as they would rather have a larger Macbook pro with better specs, or even prefer a Windows laptop (that is about $700) with better specs, say those with Core i7s.

    My co-workers who have macbooks and macbook pros have had their laptops for 3 – 5 years on the average. Damn! The longest time that I have had a PC laptop was 2 years before it died on me. I guess ayaw sa akin nang PC. Hehehehehe….

    Hopefully, this Mac will last me at least 3 years. And if that’s the case, It would be much cheaper owning a Mac considering I buy a new laptop practically every year. As of now, I have installed Windows 7 on it. I had to buy the (expensive) operating system for $199. So far, Macs have been treating me very well.

    I guess if anyone really wants a MB Air, just be prepared for an external hard drive. Build quality for the MB Air is excellent just like the MB Pro. (Trust me, it I was playing with the for an hour).

    Cost for the MB Air depends from State to State. In my area, the tax is at 6%. So, the price would be 999 x 1.06 = go figure.

    I got mine from a military post so I saved (together with the discount and no tax) about $100. I guess regardless of whether you’re getting a MB Air or any Mac, rest assured your paying for a quality gadgetry. Good luck to all buyers!

  5. Avatar for Opium Opinion Opium Opinion says:

    A benchmark was done to compare performance speed of MBA 13″ and Macbook and the Macbook Pro 13″. And the result was not I was expecting. The MBA is way above the Macbook and tied with MB Pro. The slow processor is well compensated by the SSD.

  6. Avatar for alix alix says:

    @warrph only in the apple online store for now. maybe by november it will be available in the powermac.. XD

  7. Avatar for warrph warrph says:

    aside from the apple phils online store, where can I buy this now? :)

  8. Avatar for imagineer312 imagineer312 says:

    i like it pero maganda lang ‘to kc apple.

    specs and price? not practical.

  9. Avatar for alix alix says:

    this notebook is overprice. well what do you expect from apple.. at least boost the ram its 2010 the minimum ram is 4gb in a standard notebook what the hell apple.. i’ll just wait for the new OSX LION and the new mac next year.. buying a new mac now is a waste of money.. XD

  10. Avatar for Dr. Bishop Dr. Bishop says:

    didn’t know how fast is fast with these 11 inchers until i read this:

    Holy Mackerel this thing is fast! 46 tabs in Safari and 21 in Chrome; 18 open applications, including hogs like Safari, Mail and iTunes.

    No spinning beachballs!

    There’s no slowdown whatsoever. It’s amazing. This thing flies. It’s the $999 11-inch MacBook with only 2GBytes of RAM — the machine people said would be underpowered. But it’s not. Not by a long shot.

    It’s the fastest laptop I’ve used in years, and Apple is going to sell boatloads of them. It’s very exciting.

    I’ve got to go on a scout trip with my son. Full review on Monday, and more pictures after the jump.


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