Apple has taken the opportunity of refreshing its MacBook Air and Mac Mini line-ups to coincide with the launch of the latest version of Mac OS X.
Mac OS X Lion or 10.7, has just gone on sale in the Mac App store this afternoon for a bargain basement price of £20.99. It is the first time Apple has released a version of its OS available as a download only. While we already knew what to expect from Lion, the refresh of Apple’s MacBook Air and Mac Mini line-ups were much more anticipated.
The new MacBook Airs are not so much revolution as evolution. The 11.6in and 13.3in models look practically identical to the previous versions (here and here) but on the inside it’s a whole different story.
Some people had held back on purchasing the latest Airs because of the older processors inside, but the refreshed line-up has the latest Core i5 and Core i7 chips inside them and both models come with the lightening-fast Thunderbolt port we first saw on the latest iMacs.
The 11.6in MacBook Air comes with a 1.6GHz processor 2GB of RAM and 64GB of storage as standard. However these specs can be boosted up to 1.8GHz processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage (or indeed 256GB if you’re feeling particularly generous).
Looking at the 13.3in model, it comes as standard with a 1.7GHz Core i5 chip, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. This is again configurable up to a 1.8GHz chip and double the storage. All models will of course ship with Mac OS X Lion.
The Mac Mini Line up has also been refreshed and Apple obviously feels there’s no need to tinker with a winning design, keeping the same look as the previous iteration. As with the MacBook Airs, all the significant changes have taken place inside.
The new Mac Mini has ditched the Intel Core 2 Duo processor in favour of Sandy Bridge silicon and again Thunderbolt has been included. The base model comes with a 2.3 GHz Core i5, 2GB of RAM, and a 500GB HDD. The top-tier model comes with 2.5GHz Core i5, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB HDD with an optional Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RM and a 750GB HDD.
Apple has also refreshed the Mac Mini Server model and it now come with a 2.0GHz Core i7, 4GB of RAM and instead of an optical drive, two 500GB HDDs — or if you have the money, 8GB of RAM and dual 256GB SSD. Again Mac OS X Lion comes as standard on all models.
Pricing and Availability
As we said, Mac OS X Lion is available now in the Mac App Store for £20.99. The new MacBook Air line-up is also available today from the Apple website with prices beginning at £849 for the 11.6in model and £1,099 for the 13.3in model. As for the Mac Minis, they will be available today starting at £529 with the server model starting at £849.
We will of course be getting our hands on Mac OS X Lion, the new MacBook Airs and the Mac Minis in due course so keep it at TrustedReviews to get the low-down on all these Apple releases.
Source: Apple Store