Apple's return to lightweight laptops has finally been announced: the Apple Air.
Initial reports suggested that the Air might feature anything from a 10” to a 12.1” screen, and a mini-keyboard. The Air is actually none of these, especially no a mini-keyboard with odd key combinations for function keys as early photos suggested.
“The Air also has a full size 13.3" display driven by the same Intel GMA X3100 graphics processor as the MacBook (both share 144 MB DDR2 SDRAM from main memory for the display), which supports external display resolutions up to 1920 x 1200, the native resolution of a 23" Cinema Display. It also supports analog VGA and TV output in composite and S-Video flavors.
The new laptop also has a capable processor slightly slower than the current MacBooks (a Core Duo running at 1.6 or 1.8 GHz versus 2 or 2.2 GHz in the MacBooks, and 2.2 to 2.6 GHz processors available in the MacBook Pro), and 2GB of RAM built in as standard. Unlike the other MacBook models, there is no user serviceable upgrades or replacements for RAM, hard drive, battery, nor an ExpressCard expansion slot.”
The Air seems to be slotting into Apple's professional lineup, but the lack of dedicated video memory and a 4 GB RAM option could potentially be a turn-off for serious power-users.