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MacBook Air Guided tour.

Cool, but still its worthless. I don’t mind carrying around a few extra pounds as long as it has the specs I want. Imagine carrying an extra CD-DVD box thing…

MacBook Air

MacBook Air closed. MacBook Air slightly open. MacBook Air open.

Introducing MacBook Air. The world’s thinnest notebook.

MacBook Air is ultrathin, ultraportable, and ultra unlike anything else. But you don’t lose inches and pounds overnight. It’s the result of rethinking conventions. Of multiple wireless innovations. And of breakthrough design. With MacBook Air, mobile computing suddenly has a new standard.


What makes the
Air so thin?

MacBook Air is nearly as thin as your index finger. Practically every detail that could be streamlined has been. Yet it still has a 13.3-inch widescreen LED display, full-size keyboard, and large multi-touch trackpad. It’s incomparably portable without the usual ultraportable screen and keyboard compromises.
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So many innovations.
So little space.

The incredible thinness of MacBook Air is the result of numerous size- and weight-shaving innovations. From a slimmer hard drive to strategically hidden I/O ports to a lower-profile battery, everything has been considered and reconsidered with thinness in mind.


Built for the
wireless world.

MacBook Air is designed and engineered to take full advantage of the wireless world. A world in which 802.11n Wi-Fi is now so fast and so available, people are truly living untethered — buying and renting movies online, downloading software, and sharing and storing files on the web.

Without wires, you’re free to go anywhere.

MacBook Air is the notebook that allows for a fully wireless lifestyle. It all starts with the fastest-available, next-generation 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR built in. And that’s just the beginning of the unprecedented wireless capabilities of MacBook Air.

Ahead of the curve.

In redefining thin, MacBook Air has shed something you no longer need: the optical drive. That’s because MacBook Air is built for the wireless world. So instead of watching DVDs, you can rent movies wirelessly from the iTunes Store. And instead of backing up files to a stack of discs, you can back up files wirelessly using Apple’s new Time Capsule.
However, for those times when you still need to install software on MacBook Air from a CD or DVD, a new feature called Remote Disc lets you wirelessly use or “borrow” the optical drive of a Mac or PC in the vicinity. So you can have full access to an optical drive without having to haul one around.

Remote Disc: How it works.

iMac, iMac, MacBook Air.

  1. Set up Remote Disc on a nearby Mac or PC.

    Select a nearby Mac or PC with an optical drive. On that computer, install the Remote Disc Setup software (found on the supplied Mac OS X Install DVD). It is now permanently enabled for Remote Disc.

  2. Insert the software disc you want to install.

    Insert the DVD containing the software you want to install on MacBook Air into the optical drive of the Remote Disc-enabled Mac or PC.

  3. Install the software on MacBook Air.

    In the Finder on MacBook Air, under Devices, select the icon that says Remote Disc. Click on the computer you enabled, and then double-click to open the software DVD. Now proceed with the installation just as if you had a built-in optical drive.

Even migration is wireless.

How do you transfer all of your files, music, photos, and other valuable content from your old Mac to your new MacBook Air? Forget the FireWire cable — that’s the old way. MacBook Air lets you migrate everything wirelessly.

When you turn on MacBook Air for the first time, Setup Assistant walks you through the initial setup. Install the Remote Disc Setup software on the old Mac, and it will then be available to transfer information onto your new MacBook Air. It’s all wireless. All simple. And all secure.

Time Machine.

Introducing wireless backup.

Mac OS X Leopard brought you Time Machine, the built-in backup that automatically copies files to an external drive. And now, Time Capsule — the new hard drive plus Wi-Fi base station — lets you use Time Machine to wirelessly back up your files. It’s effort free and yet another way MacBook Air lets you live and work untethered. Learn More

MacBook Air and iTunes.

Wireless movie rentals.

With iTunes, you can now rent, download, and watch the latest blockbuster hits as well as classic movies on MacBook Air. So you can have one of the world’s thinnest, lightest cinemas with you wherever you go.

MacBook Air.

The brilliance of multi-touch.

MacBook Air includes an oversize trackpad with multi-touch technology. You can pinch, swipe, or rotate to zoom in on text, advance through a photo album, or adjust an image. This gesture-based input so successful on iPhone and iPod touch now comes to MacBook.

13” LED display.

A smart LED display.

The backlit LED display allows for an even thinner build. It provides instant full-screen brightness the moment you open MacBook Air. The mercury- and arsenic-free display is also more power efficient, which translates to longer battery life.

Thin is in the details.

The innovative now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t port hatch flips down to reveal (and closes to hide) all the ports you really need: a USB 2.0 port, a headphone jack, and a micro-DVI port that supports DVI, VGA, composite, and S-video output. Even the MagSafe power connection has been reconsidered and slimmed to fit MacBook Air.
  • Keyboard Illumination

    Flip-down door.

    The innovative port hatch flips down for access.

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MacBook Air.

So thin yet so expansive.

MacBook Air comes with a way-more-than-generous 2GB of RAM built in — ample memory for working with your favorite applications. The 80GB hard drive provides plenty of storage space. And you have the option to upgrade to a 64GB solid-state drive, which has no moving parts for enhanced durability.1

Hard drive and solid state drive.

Intel Core 2 Duo processors.

Micro. Chip.

MacBook Air performance is as impressive as its form, thanks to its 1.6GHz or 1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor. This chip was custom-built to fit within the compact dimensions of MacBook Air.

Built-in iSight camera.

Unlike most other ultraportable notebooks, MacBook Air includes a built-in iSight camera. It’s so smartly integrated, you hardly notice it’s there. The iSight camera and iChat software make video chatting easy anywhere there’s a wireless network.2

5 hours wireless productivity.

The battery is slimmer.
The performance isn’t.

The MacBook Air battery is our thinnest ever, yet it doesn’t compromise power. You can access the web wirelessly for five full hours.

A no-compromise display.

The glossy 13.3-inch, widescreen LED backlit MacBook Air display is the same viewable size as the screen on MacBook. The 1280-by-800 resolution gives you vibrant images and rich colors at full brightness the moment you open MacBook Air. So you get full-screen performance with all the benefits of a slim design.

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MacBook Air from above.

Full-size, full-feature keyboard.

The keyboard is full-size with crisp keys just like the ones on MacBook. But MacBook Air goes further by adding backlit key illumination, making it easy to work in low-light settings such as airplanes and conference halls. A built-in ambient light sensor automatically adjusts keyboard and display brightness for optimal visibility. And with the oversize multi-touch trackpad, it just keeps getting better for fingers.

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  • Keyboard Illumination QTVR

Time Capsule

Time Capsule802.11n

Automatic wireless backup for your Mac.

Introducing Time Capsule. Automatic wireless backup for your Mac. Available in 500GB and 1TB models.

Time Machine screens

Automatic backup

Time Capsule is a revolutionary backup device that works wirelessly with Time Machine in Mac OS X Leopard. It automatically backs up everything, so you no longer have to worry about losing your digital life.

Wi-Fi icon

Wi-Fi base station

Time Capsule is also a full-featured 802.11n Wi-Fi base station. Every computer in your house can work off a wireless network at blazing speeds. And they can back up wirelessly to the same Time Capsule.

Backing up is something we all know we should do, but often don’t. And while disaster is a great motivator, now it doesn’t have to be. Because with Time Capsule, the nagging need to back up has been replaced by automatic, constant protection. And even better, it all happens wirelessly, saving everything important, including your sanity.

Time Machine screens

Built for Time Machine.

Time Capsule includes a wireless 500GB or 1TB hard drive1 designed to work with Time Machine in Mac OS X Leopard. Just set Time Capsule as the designated backup drive for Time Machine, and that’s it. Depending on how much data you have, your initial backup with Time Capsule could take overnight or longer. After it completes, only changed files are backed up — automatically, wirelessly, and in the background. So you never have to worry about backing up again.

Multiple Mac backup

Backup for everyone.

Have multiple Macs in your house? Time Capsule can back up and store files for each Leopard-based Mac on your wireless network. No longer do you have to attach an external drive to each Mac every time you want to back up. Time Capsule spares you the work.

500GB and 1TB sizes

Room for it all.

Time Capsule is your one place for backing up everything. Its massive 500GB or 1TB server-grade hard drive gives you all the capacity and safety you need. So whether you have 250 songs or 250,000 songs to back up, room is the last thing you’ll run out of. And considering all that storage and protection come packaged in a high-speed Wi-Fi base station starting at $299, data isn’t the only thing you’re saving.

More than just a wireless hard drive, Time Capsule is also a full-featured AirPort Extreme Base Station with 802.11n technology. Experience a high-speed wireless network and a breakthrough way to back up all the Mac computers on your network. All in one device.

iPhone, iPod touch, iMac, and MacBook

Fits your Wi-Fi lifestyle.

Time Capsule uses the 802.11n draft 2.0 specification, so you can rest assured that it works with certified 802.11n draft 2.0 products. And it’s compatible with Macs and PCs that use 802.11a, b, or g technologies, as well as wireless devices such as iPhone, iPod touch, and Apple TV.

Wireless printing

Print command central.

The included USB port is great for sharing a printer throughout your wireless network. Time Capsule and the Bonjour networking technology let everyone in the house or office — Mac and PC users alike — take advantage of one centrally located printer. And if you want to share both a printer and an additional hard drive, you can. Just connect a USB hub to Time Capsule. Whatever the combination, Time Capsule divides and conquers.

Works with Mac and PC

Works with Mac and PC.

Time Capsule with Time Machine in Leopard is the ideal backup solution. But that doesn’t mean Tiger, Windows XP, and Windows Vista users can’t enjoy the benefits of Time Capsule, too. Because it mounts as a wireless hard drive, Tiger and Windows users simply access Time Capsule directly from the wireless network for exchanging and storing files quickly and easily.

Just finishing up….

Just finishing up what I couldn’t do last night.
Jason Chen:
Aaaand it’s over. Holy crap. Who knew Randy Newman, the guy who makes the songs your kids play over and over and over again, would sing such crazy crap about our government?
10:41 am ON Jan 15 2008

Jason Chen:

The first song’s over, but now Randy Newman’s just riffing about random stuff. The next song is from Toy Story. Randy says he wrote another song to go with the love scene between Buzz and Woody, but the scene was cut. This guy is blowing our minds right now.
10:39 am ON Jan 15 2008

Jason Chen:

“It pisses me off a little that the Supreme Court is going to outlive me.” What the crap is he singing about? We have no idea. We think he’s gone nuts.
10:36 am ON Jan 15 2008

Jason Chen:

Randy’s singing a song about America, the president, and comparing them to Hitler and Stalin. USA! USA! USA!!!!!
10:34 am ON Jan 15 2008

Jason Chen:

And for the entertainment at Today’s keynote, Randy Newman.
10:32 am ON Jan 15 2008

B. Lam:

10:30 am ON Jan 15 2008

Jason Chen:

To recap on what he’s talked about today. 1) Time Capsule, the wireless backup utility. 2) iPhone update and iPod Touch update. 3) AppleTV + iTunes movie rentals. 4) MacBook Air.

“All this stuff in the first two weeks, and we’ve got 50 more weeks in the year to go.”

10:30 am ON Jan 15 2008

Jason Chen:

And here are the details on the MacBook Air that eco-fanatics care about. It’s got an Aluminum case, and a mercury-free and arsenic-free glass display. The circuit boards are BFR free and PVC free. The packaging has 56% less volume than the regular MacBook. ARE YOU HAPPY NOW?!
10:28 am ON Jan 15 2008

B. Lam:

10:27 am ON Jan 15 2008

Jason Chen:

Steve just threw up a new ad showing off the MacBook Air, using the same MANILLA envelope technique he used earlier.
10:27 am ON Jan 15 2008

Jason Chen:

So to recap, here are the features. 3.0 pounds, 0.16 -0.76 inches, 13.inch display, full-sized keyboard, multi-touch gestures, iSight, 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo standard, 2GB memory standard, 80GB hard drive standard (64GB SSD optional), 802.11n Wi-Fi standard, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR standard, and MagSafe.
10:26 am ON Jan 15 2008

B. Lam:

10:26 am ON Jan 15 2008

Jason Chen:

MacBook Air Price: $1799. Ships in two weeks. You can pre-order online now.
10:25 am ON Jan 15 2008

B. Lam:

10:25 am ON Jan 15 2008

Jason Chen:

Battery life: With Wi-Fi on, browsing the web, you get 5 hours of battery life.
10:23 am ON Jan 15 2008

B. Lam:

10:23 am ON Jan 15 2008

Jason Chen:

Remote Disc: Special software loaded on other machines with optical drives that allows MacBook Air to borrow their drives to install things from CDs/DVDs. You can even borrow drives from PCs.
10:23 am ON Jan 15 2008

B. Lam:

10:22 am ON Jan 15 2008

B. Lam:

10:22 am ON Jan 15 2008

Jason Chen:

What do you do with an optical drive? Play movies, install software, make backups, burn CDs. What’s Apple’s alternative? iTunes movie rentals, Time Capsule for backups, iPods for listening to stuff in your car, and a new feature called “Remote Disc” for installing stuff via CDs and DVDs.
10:22 am ON Jan 15 2008

B. Lam:

10:21 am ON Jan 15 2008

Jason Chen:

The other features: flip-down door that has USB 2, microDVI port, and a headphone jack. The other side is a MagSafe connector. As for wireless, it’s got 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR. It doesn’t have an optical drive internal, but you can buy a separate USB-powered SuperDrive that’s especially made for the MacBook Air. $99.
10:21 am ON Jan 15 2008

Jason Chen:

Paul says: The CPU is the width of a dime, the thickness of a nickel, and we didn’t think we could do it.


You can turn on different types of gestures in the settings, like moving around a window with your finger, panning around a photo with two fingers, rotate a photo by twisting a finger, swipe between photos with three figners, and zoom in and out with pinching.
10:15 am ON Jan 15 2008

B. Lam:

10:15 am ON Jan 15 2008

B. Lam:

10:14 am ON Jan 15 2008

Jason Chen:

Out comes the MacBook Air. It’s silver (aluminum?), has black keys, is super super thin, and Steve can hold it easily with his fingertips. “It’s the world’s thinnest notebook,” he reiterates. It has a 13.3-inch widescreen display. “And the display is gorgeous.” It’s an LED backlit display that’s instant-on. It also has a built-in iSight camera, and a full-sized keyboard. Backlit too, with a trackpad and multi-touch gesture support on the trackpad.
10:14 am ON Jan 15 2008

B. Lam:

10:12 am ON Jan 15 2008

Jason Chen:

Thinness: MacBook air goes from 0.76 inches down to 0.16 inches at the thin end. The thickest part is thinner than the Sony TZ Series. 0.76 vs. 0.8. It’s so thin, it even fits inside a vanilla envelope. Steve whips out a vanilla envelope.


Thinness: MacBook air goes from 0.76 inches down to 0.16 inches at the thin end. The thickest part is thinner than the Sony TZ Series. 0.76 vs. 0.8. It’s so thin, it even fits inside a vanilla envelope. Steve whips out a vanilla envelope.
10:11 am ON Jan 15 2008

B. Lam: