Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The thinnest laptop in the world

If the ultra cheap Eee PC laptop didn't appeal to you then maybe this one will.

The MacBook Air weighs just 3lb and is 0.76in, wide narrowing to 0.16in at its slimmest point.It goes on sale in a fortnight priced at £1,199 in the UK compared to $1,799 (£899.50) in America.

The MacBook Air include a 13.3in back-lit screen, a full size back-lit keyboard and a tracking pad which allows users to manipulate images in a similar way to the iPhone's screen.It comes with a standard 80GB hard drive and has 2GB of memory.Its eco-friendly aspects include a fully recyclable aluminium case, a mercury-free display and less external packaging than its predecessors.

The MacBook Air's ultra-slim design was partly made possible by its lack of a CD or DVD drive. Instead users will use a wireless connection to perform those functions.

Steve Jobs has also announced that Apple Inc will start renting movies over the Internet, moving iPhones and iPods into a very competitive market.

Apple will have more than 1,000 movies for online rental through iTunes by the end of February, with prices of £1.50 for older movies and around £2 for new releases.

Users can watch instantly over a broadband Internet connection, or download and keep the movie for 30 days while having 24 hours to finish the movie once it's started.

Apple is partnering with 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers, Walt Disney, Paramount, Universal and Sony on the service, which will work on Macs, Windows-based machines, iPhones, iPods or Apple TV set-top boxes.

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