Notebooks Guide

Macworld 2008 Highlights

Macworld 2008 Highlights



Macbook Air Unveiled

Another Macworld, Another Macbook

With CES behind us and Macworld 2008 upon us this week (14-18 January 2008), the biggest buzz would be Apple CEO Steve Jobs' unveiling on what is believed to be the world's thinnest notebook - the MacBook Air. Announced during his keynote speech on 15th January 2008 at the Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco, the MacBook Air measures 0.16 inches at its thinnest tapered point and 0.76 inches at its highest rear portion. With a 13.3-inch LED backlit widescreen display, built-in iSight camera and the much talked about (at the showfloor) trackpad that uses the multi-touch gesture support similar to the iPhone and iPod Touch that allows users to pinch, rotate and swipe their fingers across the pad to expand, slide, zoom-in and rotate images. The notebook comes without an optical drive though, but it supports 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1.

While the MacBook Air doesn't come with any drives, it has built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1, as well as a pull-out slots for USB 2.0, audio port and a micro-DVI port. Users can use the micro-DVI port to connect to Apple's 20- or 23-inch Cinema Displays to extend their desktop displays. Users can also consider getting the MacBook Air SuperDrive, an external drive for US$99 that uses the USB port. The key message however is that if you want to watch movies or listen to music, there's the iTunes Store which users can rent from, utilize the new Time Capsule to wirelessly backup files and access optical drives on remote PCs or Macs with the 802.11n Wi-Fi access on the MacBook Air.