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Apple unleashes tiny new laptop

A few hours ago at the Macworld conference Steve Jobs unwound the string on a standard-sized manila office envelope and slid out something that has delighted fans still cooing and gleaming with excitement: the ultra-thin MacBook Air notebook computer.
[If you're here you might want to check out All about the MacBook Air]

A few hours ago at the Macworld conference Steve Jobs unwound the string on a standard-sized manila office envelope and slid out something that has delighted fans still cooing and gleaming with excitement: the ultra-thin MacBook Air notebook computer.

At its beefiest, the new computer is .76 inches thick; at its thinnest, it's .16 inches, Jobs says. It comes standard with an 80-gigabyte hard drive, and has an upgrade option of a 64GB flash-based solid state drive.

Unfortunately, as Mac fans have been buzzing all along, the machine doesn't come with a built-in optical drive for reading CDs and DVDs. Jobs feels consumers won't miss it as they can download movies and music over the Internet and access optical drives on other PCs and Macs to install new software. They can, however, buy an external drive that will retail for $99.

The MacBook Air has a 13.3-inch screen and full-sized laptop keyboard, and will cost $1,799 when it goes on sale in two weeks. Apple is already running crazy with orders. [source/image: Yahoo! News]

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