When Apple unveiled the MacBook Air most every technophile stifled a lustful moan. However, the paltry specifications included in the Air leave something to be desired -- even to the most ardent of Steve Jobs protégés.
PC manufacturers expect to fill the gap. InformationWeek reports that two PC makers will release similarly size Windows systems using the miniaturized Core 2 Duo processor found in the svelte MacBook Air.
The low-voltage Core 2 Duo processor found in the MacBook Air is not present in any other computer to date. Some would claim Intel designed the processor specifically for Apple, though Intel roadmaps designate the ultra-low voltage processor as "publicly available" to any system integrator.
The low-voltage Core 2 Duo played a big part in the ability for Apple to make the Air so thin. The processor is built on the older Intel Merom processor family, though the "mini" version is 60% smaller that other Merom processors.
quote: I think people that need to bring a laptop around in a back pack won't spend $1800 for a laptop.
quote: What's the utility of having such a slim laptop?
quote: We're not the market. Get over it. =]
quote: Similar performing 90nm Yonah processors at 1.8 GHz debuted almost a year before that.
quote: Looks to me like a car without the backup wheel(you'll never use it at all, right)
quote: I'm not really sold on how bad not having an Ethernet port is right now. The only time it is useful is in corporate settings
quote: At home - oddly enough I don't have Ethernet cables hanging around the place, I use wireless.
quote: Pervasive Wireless is the future
quote: seriously; and why would creating something more fragile be an something people want, I want durability when I buy a laptop, eg. toughbook.
quote: I don't know how many people posting here has seen and used a MBA
quote: The SSD is the way to go
quote: As far as a internal burner, I seldom use the ones I have in my other machines, so I don't really need one.
quote: For my needs, I will buy one shortly.
quote: The low-voltage Core 2 Duo played a big part in the ability for Apple to make the Air so thin. The processor is built on the older Intel Merom processor family, though the "mini" version is 60% smaller that other Merom processors.The 1.6 GHz Core 2 Duo certainly won't set any speed records. In fact, the 65nm processor first got its debut at 1.8 GHz in 2006. Similar performing 65nm Yonah processors at 1.8 GHz debuted almost a year before that.
quote: I did not have the opportunity to open up the Mac air-
quote: Actually, isn't this in some ways what some businesses/schools want? The lack of an optical drive is one more layer of security (prevention of external software getting on the network, just a little harder to take sensitive data out). Just expensive.
quote: And as for all of you who are saying that people may be afraid to break this - actually go take a look at it - the metal case makes it feel no less sturdy than a MacBook Pro
quote: dude, it does have wireless, it is using the new wireless N standard. read a bit before you post. if you dont understand much of the MBA go wiki-ing or something.
quote: read a bit before you post.
quote: Intel's corporate roadmap claims 45nm versions of Penryn, the current processor generation, will be available this fall.