Early in the morning here at Complex, we tech writers like to browse the internet to see what we could report…OH MY GOD NEW APPLE STUFF, GET OUT OF MY WAY *hurdles small children on way to retrieve wallet, begins to throw wads of bills at anything even resembling an apple* 4844-2091-26… whoops, wrong window, sorry.
*Breathing into paper bag* The new Apple MacBook Air comes in two sizes (11 and 13-inch screens), and this year’s models feature a Thunderbolt port (12 times faster than Firewire 800), a backlit keyboard and Sandy Bridge i5 and i7 chips.
The cheapest model for the new Airs is the $999 11-inch screen with 64GB of storage, 2 GB of RAM and 1.6 GHz processor. The next one up, costing $1,199, doubles the RAM and the storage. A custom model can fit a 1.8 GHz processor, 4 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage.
The 13-inch Air boasts a bit more oomph, with the base model coming with a 1.7 GHz processor, 4GB RAM, 128 GB storage for $1,299 and the next model up sporting 256 GB of memory for $1,599.
More new Apple hardware to go along with the Air: the new Mac Mini with Thunderbolt displays. The three new models of the Mac Mini—of which the cheapest is $599—still feature the unibody aluminum casing from last years model, but with a retooled inside. All three feature the Thunderbolt port, which can connect to a variety of other products.
The three tiers for the Mini are as follows: The base level features a Sandy Bridge 2.3 GHz processor and 2 GB of RAM, and 500 GB of storage, the middle model has the same storage, but a 2.5 GHz processor and 4 GB of RAM. The most expensive option has a slower processor at 2.0 GHz, but it maintains 4 GB of RAM and features two 500 GB hard drives.
The Minis will hook up to Apple’s new Thunderbolt display, which can be linked together via the Thunderbolt port, or tethered to other peripherals.
The products are officially for sale starting tomorrow *disappointedly puts away credit card, resumes making it rain on outdoor fruit vendors*.