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Apple launches world’s thinnest laptop

The MacBook Air goes on sale in two weeks

Steve Jobs unveils the MacBook Air

Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveils the MacBook Air

Apple has unveiled what it says is the world’s thinnest laptop.

The MacBook Air, which costs from £1,199, is about 2cm (0.76in) wide and narrows to 4mm (0.16in) at its thinnest point.

The notebook weighs 1.36kg (3lb) and comes with a 13.3-inch back-lit widescreen display, a full-size and back-lit keyboard and a built-in video camera for video conferencing.

The MacBook Air is powered by a 1.6 GHz or 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, has an 80GB hard drive and 2GB of memory, together with a tracking pad which allows users to manipulate images in a similar way to the iPhone’s screen.

 Ultra-thin design

The ulta-thin notebook was revealed yesterday by Apple chief Steve Jobs, who said the slim design was partly made possible by its lack of a CD or DVD drive, although an external drive can be used.

Mr Jobs said: ‘We’ve built the world’s thinnest notebook—without sacrificing a full-size keyboard or a full-size 13-inch display.

‘When you first see MacBook Air, it’s hard to believe it’s a high-performance notebook with a full-size keyboard and display. But it is.’

The MacBook Air has a battery life of up to five hours, a recyclable aluminium case and uses less power than any other Mac.

 Battery life

It goes on sale in the UK in two weeks and Apple is taking pre-orders now through the Apple online store.

Which? Technology Editor Matthew Bath said: ‘Apple has revealed the thinnest laptop available, and it will certainly score highly with consumers looking for the next must-have technology such as a multi-touch trackpad and new solid-state hard drive.

‘But, potential buyers should question Apple’s choice to not let customers change the battery themselves or add more memory to the Macbook Air.’

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