MacBook Air Gets Overhaul, Keeps Its Green

Apple, besides updating its Mac mini and unveiling the Thunderbolt Display, also earlier this week updated its popular MacBook Air laptops with new technology. The ultra thin notebook computers, similar to earlier models unveiled, are also designed with eco friendly concepts in mind.

On the green side, Apple said the new MacBook Air laptop meets Energy Star 5.2 requirements and achieves EPEAT Gold status. Its body is made from recyclable aluminum and comes with mercury-free, energy efficient LED-backlit displays that are made with arsenic-free glass. They also contain no brominated flame retardants and are PVC-free.

Apple MacBook Air

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On the technology side, Apple has updated the MacBook Air with what it says are next generation processors, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology, a backlit keyboard and Mac OS X Lion. It is available in 11-inch and 13-inch models, and sports a body size that is 0.11-inches at its thinnest point and 0.68-inches at its thickest. It does this in part by lacking a hard drive, instead making use of flash memory for storage.

Pricing on the MacBook Air starts at around $1,000 and runs upwards of $1,600 for the basic configuration choices. Options which can be added to this mix, and also which will up the price, include a 1.8 GHz Core i7 processor, additional flash storage, MacBook Air SuperDrive and a USB Ethernet Adapter.

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