An Airier MacBook Air?

By  |  Friday, September 24, 2010 at 5:54 pm

When Steve Jobs brandished the MacBook Air onstage at MacWorld Expo 2008, it looked amazing (at least I was amazed as I snapped the photo above). After almost three years, though, it’s just another nicely-designed Mac–and a pricey one. (Toshiba’s Portege R700 may not feel as luxe, but its starting price is $600 less and it manages to pack a DVD burner into a case that matches the Air’s three-pound weight.)

But if the rumors are right (NOT A GIVEN! NOT A GIVEN!) Apple is readying an Air that replaces the current model’s 13.3″ display with an 11.6″ one, and shaves about ten percent of the weight off. Normally, I’d be skeptical about rumors of the company making a product cooler through significant downsizing of the display–but given the new iPod Nano, the idea of a sort of MacBook Air Nano is plausible.


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12 Comments For This Post

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Sorry Apple, you're about 3 years late to the Netbook party.

    But if it's packing Nvidia ION 2 hardware (maybe with one of the new Atoms) and reasonably priced for an Apple product, you might see them more than the old model in the wild.

  2. Amit Bhawani Says:

    There are 99% chances that this actually a big rumor and is not going to happen in real

  3. IcyFog Says:

    But the Toshiba doesn't run OSX, and I'm willing to be it doesn't run Linux out of the box.

  4. Tech Says:

    I don't think there's much of a market for an even smaller macbook air.

  5. Chris Says:

    I'd buy a smaller Air. But the price is going to need to be 30% smaller.

  6. Paul Says:

    The Air is not and never has been a "netbook" . Netbooks have been all about their small size (less than 11". The Air was released as an ultra-thin-ultra-light, low powered MacBook.

    Apple has never said that the Air was supposed to be a netbook and I would have never classified it as one since it was the same size as a typical notebook.

  7. Stephan Kinsella Says:

    I have an Air and loved it, but it gets too hot and slow, and battery life is too short. I would LOVE a smaller version that had better battery and did not get hot/slow. I have a MBPro 15" that is great but toooooo big to lug around. Love the iPad but too limited for most intensive tasks I use a computer for. Would just love a smaller, better Air.

  8. JavaGenious Says:

    I Agree with Amit 🙂 …

  9. sam Says:

    its rumors

  10. fever18 Says:

    This is really amazing But its really a disappointed news that Sir Steve Jobs resigned due to his health concerns.

  11. software download Says:

    yes it was bit about Sir Steve Jobs resigned due to his health concerns.

  12. naren Says:

    its rumors.

    Sad to know that Sir Steve Jobs has expired