Apple Update MacBook Air 2011: Specs & Pricing Official

After the months spent anticipating the arrival of the refreshed MacBook Airs for 2011 they were finally revealed, along with Mac OS X Lion, and as expected sported the new Thunderbolt technology and Intel Sandy Bridge processors we were waiting for. Although we gave you some leaked specs before the release we thought we’d give you a rundown on some of the confirmed specs and pricing for the new models.

There are four models in total as leaked prior to the official unveiling, a base and high-end 11.6-inch model and a base and high-end 13.3-inch model. There are also further configurations available for all of these models, which will of course bump up the price. First off then the 11.6-inch base model weighs in at 2.38 pounds and features a Core i5 dual-core processor at 1.6GHz. It also features 2GB of RAM and a 64GB SSD. Screen resolution is 1366 x 768 and there’s a Thunderbolt port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, audio in/out jack and it’s priced at $999.

According to Andrew Cunningham over on Anand Tech, the high-end 11.6-inch model specs are much the same except that there’s an upgrade to 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. That model will cost you $1199. Moving on to the 13.3-inch MacBook Air models, the base model weighs in at 2.96 pounds and has a Core i5 dual-core processor at 1.7GHz. The base model this time comes with 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD, so a real step up from the smaller model. Resolution this time is 1440 x 900 and you’ll also get the Thunderbolt port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, SDHC slot and audio in/out jack. Base model price is $1299.

The high-end 13.3-inch model also has 4GB of RAM but this time upgrades the SSD to 256GB and the price for this model is $1599. Anand Tech notes the performance of the new MacBook Airs is likely to match that of the new MacBook Pro introduced earlier this year with a marked improvement. Configuration upgrades for the new Airs include a Core i7 1.8GHz dual-core processor and you can see more details for upgrades at the Anand Tech link. We think most consumers will be very satisfied with the new Airs, which now feature a backlit keyboard as well.

To find out much more about the new MacBook Air for 2011 check them out in full at apple.com here. Also if you may be purchasing a new MacBook Air you might also be interested in the Apple Thunderbolt Display. We’d welcome your thoughts on the refreshed MacBook Air line so let us have your comments.