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Apple Refreshes MacBook Air, Mac Mini, and LED Cinema Display Product Lines

Just as rumored, an accompanying today’s launch of OS X Lion, Apple has pushed out several new hardware updates.


MacBook Air

The new MacBook Air models, just as rumored, now utilize Intel’s Sandy Bridge CPU architecture, once again have backlit keyboards, and come with a fast Thunderbolt port. The 11.6-inch model comes in two configurations, both of which run at 1.6GHz but the $999 model offers 64GB of SSD storage and 2GB of RAM, while the $1199 model offers 128GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. As for the 13.3-inch models both offer 1.7 GHz processors and 4GB of RAM, but the $1299 configuration offers 128GB of SSD storage, while the $1599 model offers 256GB of SSD storage.


Mac Mini

Apple also released Mac Mini updates today, also utilizing Intel’s Sandy Bridge CPU architecture and now have Thunderbolt I/O built in. Also, all Mac Mini computers have now dropped the optical drive. If you really need one, you’ll have to purchase an external Superdrive.

Anyway, the configurations break down as such: 2.3 GHz, 500GB hard drive and 2GB of RAM for $599, and 2.5GHz, 500 GB hard drive, and 4GB RAM for $799. Of course, Apple is also selling a Server model with a 2.0 GHz processor, two 500GB hard drives, and 4GB of RAM for $999.

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LED Cinema Display

The biggest news in regards to the LED Cinema Display, is that it now sports two Thunderbolt ports (as rumored), so that it can be daisy chained with a second LED Cinema Display and connected to a Mac with enough horsepower to drive both displays. These new displays also offer three USB ports, a FaceTime HD camera, 2.1 Speaker System, one Firewire 800 port and a Gigabit Ethernet port. There is also MagSafe connectivity so you can charge your MacBook while it’s driving the display.


Probably the most interesting news today, comes from a product who saw no refresh at all. Apple has now discontinued the venerable white MacBook. Just yesterday we heard a report that Apple may make this move, and indeed they did.

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