Desktops and Notebooks: Apple MacBook Air Notebooks Feature iLife '11, OS X Lion
Apple CEO Steve Jobs took to the stage at Apple's Cupertino, Calif., headquarters Oct. 20 and introduced two updates to the MacBook Air that he said will "change the way we think about notebooks." Like the iPad, the new notebooks rely on SSD (solid-state disk) flash storage, which is 90 percent smaller and lighter than a hard drive and enabled Apple to build notebooks more robust than a typical netbook. They also have instant-on capabilities, a weight of just 2.3 pounds-in the case of the 11-inch model-and a body that's just 0.11 inches at its thinnest point. Included in both models are Intel Core 2 Duo processors and Nvidia graphics. Jobs saved the MacBook Air introductions for last, however, using the first hour of the event to introduce iLife '11; the next version of the Apple operating system, OS X Lion; and FaceTime for Mac. Within the next 90 days, Apple will also launch The Mac App Store-a desktop-geared version of the app-buying experience that has become an industry standard for mobile devices. Gushing over the MacBook Air, which he called "gorgeous," "stunning" and "amazingly thin," Jobs said, "It's like nothing we've ever created before."