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The lovechild of a MacBook and an iPad

The lovechild of a MacBook and an iPad

What happens when a MacBook and an iPad get together in the backseat of a car and make sweaty, mechanical lovin’?  That’s what Steve Jobs asked himself whilst sitting at his desk one day (weirdo), and the result of that coupling is this sexy little number: the new and vastly improved MacBook Air.  Like its forefather, the MacBook air is an ultra-portable, ultra-thin MacBook, although it takes that whole thinness thing to a whole new level.  It’s 0.68-inches thick at its thickest, and 0.11-inches at its thinnest, making the previous, svelte MacBook Air look downright obese in comparison.  The Air also features the unibody construction method and giant, glass trackpad that the MacBook line adopted a couple of years ago.  It’s only really when you peek under the hood that you get to see where the iPad mating comes into play.  The Air now features a solid state flash drive (which makes for instantaneous wake times), a 1.86GHz or 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo processor , NVIDIA GeForce 320m graphics, and 2GB of RAM standard (the higher end model features 4GB of RAM).  Battery life has also taken a turn for the better, with 7 hours of normal usage and 30 days of standby time available.  The other thing to migrate over from the iPad?  An improved 13.3 inch high-res display running at a 1440 x 900 resolution.  Just in time too since there’s also a built in camera thrown in for good measure that’ll allow you to conduct some Face Time conversations with your iPhone totting friends.  It’s available today (along with its adorable, 11.6 inch little brother) starting at $1,299 for the standard 128GB one  or $1,599 for 256GB of storage. Just don’t dare call it a netbook.

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