Together with the release of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Apple today unveils new MacBook Air, Mac Mini and Thunderbolt Display.
New MacBook Air sports the same 11.6 inch and 13.3 inch variants, with Intel’s speedy Sandy Bridge Core i5/i7 processor, Thunderbolt I/O, the return of backlit keyboards and Mac OS X Lion. The new MacBook Air is offered the following base configurations:
- 11.6 inch – 1.6 GHz, 64GB SSD, 2GB RAM, $999
- 11.6 inch – 1.6 GHz, 128GB SSD, 4GB RAM, $1199
- 13.3 inch – 1.7 GHz, 128GB SSD, 4GB RAM, $1299
- 13.3 inch – 1.7 GHz, 256GB SSD, 4GB RAM, $1599
The new Mac Mini sports Sandy Bridge processor, Thunderbolt I/O and for the first time drops the internal optical drive in favor of an optional external SuperDrive. The new Mac Mini is available in the following base configurations:
- Standard model, 2.3 GHz Core i5 processor, 500GB hard drive, 2GB RAM, $599
- Standard model, 2.5 GHz Core i5 processor, 500GB hard drive, 4GB RAM, $799
- Server model, 2.0 GHz, dual 500GB hard drives, 4GB RAM, $999
New Mac Mini comes with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.
Apple Thunderbolt Display
Apple unveils a new 27-inch display called Apple Thunderbolt Display, which has similar appearance to LED Cinema Display but sports Thunderbolt I/O port. With Thunderbolt I/O, it is now possible to drive two displays off a single Thunderbolt port. The highspeed I/O also turns the display into a “docking station” for Mac notebook as the Thunderbolt Display has built-in FaceTime HD camera, three USB ports, one Firewire 800 port, 2.1 speaker system, one Gigabit Ethernet port and a second Thunderbolt I/O to enable daisy chaining. It also includes a MagSafe connector for charging a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air.
“The Apple Thunderbolt Display is the ultimate docking station for your Mac notebook,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing.” With just one cable, users can dock with their new display and connect to high performance peripherals, network connections and audio devices.”
Apple Thunderbolt Display will be available within next 60 days at $999.