Apple Unveils MacBook Air

Today Apple unveiled the much-anticipated razor-thin notebook, the MacBook Air.  One problem though.  More on that later.

During his Macworld Expo keynote address on Tuesday morning, Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the MacBook Air Tuesday, a computer that the company billed as the world's thinnest notebook -- small enough to fit inside an interoffice mailing envelope. It's priced starting at $1,799 and will be available within two weeks.

Sporting a silvery finish, the MacBook Air features a 13.3-inch LED-backlit widescreen display that has a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. The backlighting saves power and provides "instant on" response from the moment you turn it on, according to Jobs. The device has a slightly wedge-shaped profile. It weighs about 3 pounds, and sports a thickness of 0.16-0.76 inches. It's 12.8 inches wide and 8.95 inches deep.

None of that is bad.  It has iSight, 802.11n, 2 GB RAM, all built-in - and more.  But the battery is not user-replaceable!  A phone maybe, but a notebook?  That's crazy!  On the other hand, the "battery replacement plan" is sure to fatten Apple's coffers.