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.
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.
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.’