Slim, lightweight and stylish, the MacBook Air has been labelled by many as the original Ultrabook.
The new MacBook Air 2012 hasn’t really changed aspectically speaking, but there have been some significant changes in the system configuration.
As with the MacBook Pros, a major enhancement with all the 2012 MacBook Airs is the inclusion of the new Intel Ivy Bridge processors.
The 11-inch has a 1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 and the 13-inch a 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5. You can upgrade either model to a 2.0GHz dual-core Intel Core i7.
Both the USB 2 ports have been replaced with USB 3 that are now available along with the existing Thunderbolt port.
Flash storage is available up to 128GB on the 11-inch notebook and 256GB on the 13-inch model. It is configurable up to 512GB, depending on the specifications you choose.
The memory has been boosted with 4GB of onboard 1600MHz DDR3L, with the option to upgrade to 8GB. Graphics performance has been improved with an integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 processor.
There is a Built-in, 35-watt-hour, lithium-polymer battery on the 11-inch model and 50 watt version on the 13-inch notebook.
All the new MacBook Airs also come with the new MagSafe2 power connector. The adapter is a different shape so is not compatible with older chargers. You can however purchase an adapter from the Apple website.
OS X Lion is along with a number of applications is installed as standard.
There is due to be a free upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion in the Summer of 2012.