We reported to you earlier today that the Apple Store was down, and wondered if the MacBook Air refresh was inbound. Now we can report that the New MacBook Air and Mac OS X are now live, and we have the detailed specs for the new laptop.
As reported before the new line of MacBook Airs now have backlit keyboards along with Intel’s Sandy Bridge processors. There is also Thunderbolt ports and are available to order today via the online Apple Store, or via its retail outlets from tomorrow. The new model starts at $999 for the 11-inch 64GB model, which gets you 2GB of memory and a 1.6GHz dual core Intel Core i5.
The 13-inch model starts at $1,299 which provides you with 128GB of flash storage and 4GB of memory, and is powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5. All the models have flash storage for faster access to data, and the 11-inch model is said to have 5 hours of battery life, with the bigger model getting 7 hours. The 13-inch model with 256GB of flash storage is priced at $1,599 and all models are currently showing shipping times of 24 hours.
Mac OS X Lion is also available from the Mac App Store now for Mac users to upgrade to for $29.99. All the new MacBook Air models will ship with the new operating system. The update is a download of 3.49GB of data and brings with it 250 new features. If you have recently purchased a new Mac anytime from June 6 you can get the upgrade for free.
All users need to do is request their Up-to-Date upgrade within thirty days of purchase, and have until August 19. Click here for more information on the update program. For users who don’t want to download the update, AppleInsider are reporting that a physical version will be available next month. This will be via a USB thumb drive that can be ordered through the online store in August, but it will come at a price.
For the privilege users will be expected to pay $69 for the USB which is more than double the price of the download version. Another solution Apple is offering to users is through their retail stores. Users can go along to their local store and download the update now.
Have you upgraded to Mac OS X Lion yet? What do you think of it?