New Macbook Air: 8-10 Hours Of Battery Life

Posted: Oct 18 2010, 10:07am CDT | by , in Apple


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New Macbook Air: 8-10 Hours of Battery Life

13" and 11" versions to launch

The new MacBook Air is shaping up to be one hell of a competitor in the ultralight / tablet market. While the old Air only bragged a 5 hour battery life, Cult of Mac has found that Apple's next iteration will have a 50% larger battery capable of delivering 8-10 hours of juice. Unlike earlier rumors, this one gives the new Air's display size as 13.3".

They do say that there will also be a second 11.6" "netbook" version. These new Airs seem to be focused on closing some of the gaps between Apple's ultra-light line and the new tablets and netbooks rolling out. Boot time has been minimized, "It boots so fast, it's unbelievable," says one source.

The old Air weighed around 3 lbs, and the new one will be at least somewhat lighter. It will have an aluminum unibody enclosure with a much straighter, boxier design- " the iPhone 4." Expect to see two USB ports and an SD card slot on the right side, plus a mini DisplayPort adapter on the left side next to the power plug. The base Air will pack 2 GB of RAM, and both the RAM module and the SSD will be upgradeable.

Graphics come courtesy of the Nvidia GeForce 320M. The basic processor options will be 2.1 GHz (2 GB of RAM) and 2.4 GHz (4 GB of RAM). Expect the 13" model to start at $1,100 while the 11" model will launch at $999. They should be unveiled next Wednesday at Apple's Back to the Mac event.

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