After much talk and even more speculation, Apple unveiled their newest line of MacBook Air mini-notebooks at the “Back to the Mac” event today in Cupertino. Steve Jobs announced the launch of two new MacBook Airs, one 13.3 inch, 2.9 lb. model and one 11.6 inch, 2.3 lb. model. These Airs are special though, because they are the first MBAs to rely completely on flash storage, allowing for an “instant-on” experience, much like the iPad. The new battery configuration boosts the stand-by time to 30 days.
Pricing starts at $999 for the 11.6-inch model with a basic 64GB SSD, a 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo and 2GB of RAM. An $1,199 configuration moves up to a 128GB SSD for $1,199. 13-inch models start at $1,299 for a 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo 2GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD, while a $1,599 model goes to a 256GB SSD. Users can upgrade as high as a 1.6GHz processor on the 11.6-inch system or 2.13GHz on the 13.3-inch. Both can be upgraded to 4GB of RAM, with the option of a Mini DP to HDMI adapter. The new MacBook Air is available today.