Apple releases new MacBook Air, Mac Mini and Thunderbolt Display

Together with the release of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Apple today unveils new MacBook Air, Mac Mini and Thunderbolt Display.

MacBook Air


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

MacBook Air homepage

Mac Mini


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.

Mac Mini homepage

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.

Apple Thunderbolt Display homepage

Without Fanfare, Here Comes New iMac, Mac mini, Mac Pro, AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule

Apple revamped its entire desktop line on Tuesday, without any fanfare san any press event unlike previous launches of such magnitude. We summarize the essential below. Visit for more details.

  • Mac mini: Two new Mac mini models with 2.0GHz Intel Core2Duo processor and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrateg graphics used in MacBooks. The graphcs is now 5 times better and it comes with Mini DisplayPort. It is bundled with the new iLife 09 and it uses only 13watts of power when idle.
  • iMac: iMac is refreshed with one 20-inch model and 3 other 24-inch models. Pricing for one 24-inch model is the same as last generation 20-inch model. The 20-inch model comes with NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics. For 24-inch model, you can opt for other graphics solution such as NVIDIA GeForce GT120, NVIDIA GeForce GT130 or ATI Radeon HD 4850.

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New Mac mini Appeared On Video Online

A person by the nick ‘monthy’ on MacRumors forum has posted a short video of what could be the next-gen Mac mini. The clip shows a box device in the same design as current Mac mini but sports a Mini DisplayPort at the rear.

The Mini-DisplayPort connector aroused some excitement no doubt. Apple has only begun using Mini-DisplayPort on the recently launched MacBook and MacBook Pro models. The video is titled “Mac Mini 2009 Edition”, suggesting that it will be released this year. Rumors of an imninent new Mac mini has started as early as mid 2008. There are hints that Apple would use NVidia’s chipset for the new Mac mini, following the footsteps of all new Apple Macs in recent releases.

So is it a crazy mod or the real thing? Whatever it is, we hope Apple does refresh Mac mini quick, like in yesterday. Mac mini was last refreshed in August 2007, way too overdued by industry standard. And we wish Apple could offer an option for a mid-range Mac in the desktop form factor this time, a Mac mini with a respectable spec. Not everyone who long for a desktop computer is able to afford a Mac Pro.