MacBook Air/Mac Mini Released Faster, Flaunting Thunderbolt I/O

Today Apple released OSX Lion to the Mac App Store, and along with it, an abundance of new hardware is available. This morning we were surprised to see the release of a new MacBook Air and Mac Mini alongside OSX Lion, and within 60 days, Apple is to begin shipping they’re 27″ Thunderbolt display.

The new MacBook Air has a few new features, and has resurrected the backlit keyboard from earlier models. Apple have released the new MacBook Airs with intel i5/i7 processors. Opting for the i7 will show an improvement of over 2X the speed of the previous generations. The new MacBook Air also sports Apples new high speed Thunderbolt I/O display port.

The Mac Mini as we see it today, is quite different from previous models. Apple have completely removed the optical drive from these new machines. They seem to be really pushing the digital software revolution to the next level, now completely removing disk drives from their entry-level machines. The new Mac Mini is, however, compatible with the external SuperDrive, and can use Remote Disc functionality to wirelessly use the drive of another computer. The higher end model also allows for discrete graphics with the AMD Radeon HD 6630M. The lower end models see no change from the integrated graphics of previous generations.

Apples new 27″ Thunderbolt display is being marketed as the ‘ultimate docking station’. With a Firewire 800 port, 3 UBS 2.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and of course the high speed Thunderbolt port, this new display is supposed to basically turn your MacBook Air into a 27″ iMac. The Thunderbolt display is to begin shipping within the next 60 days.

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