Welcome the MacBook Air
Steve Jobs keynote speech at Macworld SF just wrapped up – here are some highlights:
- The much-anticipated unveiling of the MacBook Air, allegedly the world’s thinnest notebook. It ranges from 0.16″ to 0.76″, with the thickest section of it thinner than the slimmest part of the Sony TZ series (what most consider the competition in terms of thinness). Among the added features most worthy of note is the multi-touch trackpad which will appeal to iPod Touch/iPhone users: the pad allows you to move windows by double-tapping and dragging; pinch and zoom, and rotate photos with a rotating flick of your index finger and thumb. It retails at $1799, with the site taking pre-orders today for shipment in two weeks.
- A firmware update for the iPhone is available today, offering multiple recipient SMSing, hybrid maps (with location), and limited homescreen customization
Interestingly, Jobs was also sure to highlight the environmental element of the new MacBook Air, including a completely lead and mercury-free display (a first) and retail packaging that comes in at 56% less volume than the MacBook’s.