There were several new Apple products released this morning, but one popular device will no longer be available. It’s the white MacBook and Apple’s not really explaining where it went!
However, it may just be that Apple feels there is not much of a market for it. The white MacBook was sold for $999 new or $849 as a refurbished model. There are a few older models that can still be found at Apple’s online store.
The new MacBook Air with an 11 inch screen starts at $999, as well. It features an Intel core i5 or i7 processor and has Thunderbolt support. The Thunderbolt port can transfer data very quickly – up to 10 GB per second.
That’s a lot faster than an USB 2.0, which only transfers about 480 MB per second. There are no optical drives to be found in this device. For those that want a disc drive, for an extra $79 you can add a portable disc drive or buy one of the more expensive MacBook Pros. There’s a backlit keyboard, which is a nice feature.
The top end model will run you about $1699. On college campuses in the last decade, the white MacBook was found everywhere, so it’s rather surprising that Apple has left this color in the wind.
Another release this morning was the Mac OS C Lion in the Mac App Store. It’s selling for $29.99. You can’t go into a brick and mortar Apple Store and buy a copy on DVD, though. It’s only available as a download.
The employees at an Apple Store will be more than happy to help you download it, though. There are 250 new features to Lion, including pinching your fingers to zoom in and a better hard drive encryption. It will be interesting to see just how many downloads of Lion are done by the end of the week.