Free Parallels Desktop 5.0 English for Mac worth £58. The Apple MacBook Air is light, thin and strong enough to take with you wherever you go. It's designed around all-flash storage for better responsiveness and reliability. It features a trackpad with full Multi-Touch support. And though it's incredibly thin and light, its large battery gives you portable power that lasts for hours. Just like the main enclosure, the Apple MacBook Air's display housing is crafted from a single piece of aluminium, with all the structural elements machined directly into it. Total unibody construction means a less complex design with fewer parts. That makes MacBook Air exceptionally thin and light, yet still durable enough to handle the rigours of everyday use.
Apple MacBook Air main features
All-Flash Storage: Instant-on gratification.
If you have an iPod, iPhone or iPad, you’re already taking advantage of all that flash storage has to offer: reliability, speed and efficiency. So the decision to use flash storage in an ultra-compact notebook like MacBook Air makes perfect sense. Flash allows you to access data quickly, and it gives MacBook Air the astonishing ability to remain in standby mode for up to 30 days. Which means your MacBook Air snaps to in an instant, whether you open it tomorrow, next week or next month.
Multi-Touch Trackpad: It’s love at first click, tap and scroll.
The new MacBook Air includes a spacious Multi-Touch trackpad with a buttonless design, so you can click anywhere. The Multi-Touch trackpad also lets you pinch, swipe or rotate to adjust an image, zoom in on text or advance through a photo album. Try the four-finger swipe, swiping up or down to use Exposé and swiping left or right to switch between active applications. Or perform the new three-finger drag to move your windows from one place to another.
Long-Lasting Battery: Instant on - even after a month off.
Since space-saving flash storage leaves room for a bigger battery, you can devote more time to the things you enjoy most. Things like browsing the web, editing photos and watching videos. Get up to 7 hours on the 13-inch model. Put MacBook Air to sleep, and it enters standby mode to conserve battery life for up to 30 days. When you come back to your MacBook Air and open it up, it’s on in an instant. So you’re free to go off the grid knowing you’re still on a charge.
Display and Camera.
- High-Resolution Display. Millions of pixels. Millimetres thin.
Corner to corner and pixel by pixel, the display on the new MacBook Air is both an engineering feat and a design breakthrough. It measures a mere 4.86 millimetres (0.19 inches) thin, yet the resolution is so high, you’ll feel like you’re looking at a much larger screen. And with good reason. The 13-inch MacBook Air features a widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio and a resolution equivalent to a typical 15-inch notebook.
- FaceTime Camera. Hello, iPhone. (You too, iPod touch.)
Hidden inside the wafer-thin MacBook Air display is another engineering achievement — the FaceTime camera. It’s so thin (even thinner than the camera on iPhone 4), you barely notice it, but it’s incredibly capable. Using the new FaceTime for Mac application, currently in beta, you can make FaceTime calls over Wi-Fi with anyone who has a Mac, an iPhone 4 or the new iPod touch. And the video quality is so good, you can even chat in low-light conditions.
- Stereo Speakers. Heard but not seen.
Despite its compact form, MacBook Air delivers full stereo sound. Space-efficient design inside the enclosure allows for the placement of left and right speakers that project sound through the keyboard. So you’re able to enjoy a richer audio experience while chatting online, watching TV programmes, watching videos, listening to music or playing games.
- NVIDIA GeForce Graphics. Power in motion.
MacBook Air features the NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor — the same one used in the 13-inch MacBook Pro. With a performance boost of over 2x that of the previous-generation MacBook Air, the NVIDIA graphics processor provides outstanding speed and power for browsing photos, watching films or playing games. It also makes all the everyday things you do on MacBook Air — like writing email and surfing the web — fast and energy efficient.
- Intel Core 2 Duo Processors. Small in size. Big on performance.
MacBook Air weighs less than 1.4 kilograms, but it’s a heavyweight where it counts. Intel Core 2 Duo processors get the work done fast. So you can be every bit as productive on MacBook Air — but in more places. Live-blog the event of the year straight from the convention floor. Perfect your sales-winning presentation from the airport terminal. Cite references down to a T from the library stacks. MacBook Air lets you do everything you need to do whenever and wherever it needs to be done.
Connectivity: You’re free to go.
To be truly mobile, you need to go wireless. That’s why MacBook Air features 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR. Wireless connectivity allows you to browse the web, send email and print documents. It also lets you download music, videos and — coming soon with the Mac App Store — applications. No matter where you are. MacBook Air has you covered when you’re staying in one place for a while, too. Two USB 2.0 ports, an SD card slot and a headphone mini-jack give you plenty of options. And a Mini DisplayPort connects to a 27-inch Apple LED Cinema Display, projector or HDTV for those times when you’re looking to broaden your desktop horizon.
It’s like having your own team of experts.
Every new Mac comes with professional advice, award-winning service and support, and a world of online resources.
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- Support from AppleCare.
A Mac includes 90 days of free telephone technical support and a one-year limited warranty. If you purchase the AppleCare Protection Plan, you can extend that coverage to three years from the original purchase date of your Mac.
- Online tutorials at Apple.com.
You can find everything you need to know about a Mac online at Apple.com. Watch video tutorials on iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Mac OS X, accessing Wi-Fi networks and more. Learn great Mac tricks and tips. And find out how to get the most out of your Mac.
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||2x USB 2.0, Mini DisplayPort, MagSafe, Headphone, Microphone
||NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory
|Processor Speed (GHz)
||Intel Core 2 Duo
|Screen Size (Inches)
||17 x 325 x 227mm
||Mac OS X Snow Leopard