/Apple updates MacBook Air line with SandyBridge

Apple updates MacBook Air line with SandyBridge

Next in line for the Sandy Bridge refresh after the 2011 MacBook Pros is Apple’s MacBook Air family.

The 2011 Macbook Air line up are split as follows:

2011 MacBook Air Lineup
11.6-inch 13.3-inch
Regular High-end Regular High-end
Dimensions H: 0.11-0.68″
W: 11.8″
D: 7.56″
H: 0.11-0.68″
W: 12.8″
D: 8.94″
Weight 2.38 lbs (1.08kg) 2.96 lbs (1.35kg)
Cores/Threads 1.6GHz dual-core Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core Core i5
GPU Intel HD 3000
RAM 2GB DDR3-1333 4GB DDR3-1333
Resolution 1366 x 768 1440 x 900
Ports Thunderbolt, 2x USB 2.0, composite audio in/out jack Thunderbolt, 2x USB 2.0, SDHC slot, composite audio in/out jack
Price $999 $1199 $1299 $1599

Just is the case with the 13″ 2011 MacBook Pro, Apple drops the discrete GPU for the new MacBook Airs (which will saddened the few folks who are interested in gaming with them) in favor of Sandy Bridge’s integrated GPU.  However with the inclusion of a Thunderbolt port, an external GPU for gaming is still a possibility.

All of the 2011 Macbook Air models (except for the low end 11.6″) model sport 4GB DDR3-1333 RAM, are equipped with back-lit keyboard found in MacBook Pros and ships with OSX Lion pre-installed.

If you noticed the price point the $999  11.6″ MacBook Air effectively replaces the now defunct white MacBook.

Pricing for the Philippines are as follows:

Model Price
MBA 11.6 (Dual Core i5, 2GB DDR3, 64GB SSD) Php49,990
MBA 11.6 – High End (Dual Core i5, 4GB DDR3, 128GB SSD) Php59,990
MBA 13.3 (Dual Core i7, 4GB DDR3, 128GB SSD) Php82,020
MBA 13.3 – High End (Dual Core i7, 4GB DDR3, 256GB SSD) Php65,990

source YugaTech, Apple Store