Apple Releases New Macbook Airs, Mac Minis & World’s First Thunderbolt Display

Mac OS Lion

Apple is on fire today.

After releasing Mac OS X Lion – the eighth major release of Mac OS X via the Mac App Store earlier today, Apple announced the release of updated Macbook Airs, released new Mac Minis and world’s first Thunderbolt Display.

New Macbook Airs:

Apple has updated the Macbook Air with the latest generation with next generation processors, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology, a backlit keyboard and comes installed with Mac OS X Lion.

With up to twice the performance of the previous generation, flash storage for instant-on responsiveness and a compact design so portable you can take it everywhere,* the MacBook Air starts at $999 (US) and is available for order today and in stores tomorrow.

“Portable, affordable and powerful, MacBook Air is the ultimate everyday notebook,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “MacBook Air features our most advanced technology and is an ideal match for Lion, especially with its new Multi-Touch gestures, full-screen apps, Mission Control and Mac App Store.”

Apple is offering the new Macbook Airs in the following configuration on Apple’s online store and will be available in the retail stores tomorrow:

11.6-inch

– 1.6 GHz, 64 GB SSD, 2 GB RAM: $999

– 1.6 GHz, 128 GB SSD, 4 GB RAM: $1199

13.3-inch

– 1.7 GHz, 128 GB SSD, 4 GB RAM: $1299

– 1.7 GHz, 256 GB SSD, 4 GB RAM: $1599

New Mac Minis:

Apple has also released new Mac Minis with next generation Intel Core processors, new discrete graphics, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology and also comes installed with Mac OS X Lion.

The new Mac mini delivers up to twice the processor and graphics performance of the previous generation in the same amazingly compact and efficient aluminum design.* Starting at just $599 (US), the new Mac mini is available for order today and in stores tomorrow.

“Mac mini delivers the speed and expandability that makes it perfect for the desktop, living room or office,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With faster processors, more powerful graphics and Thunderbolt in an incredibly compact, aluminum design, the new Mac mini is more versatile than ever.”

Apple Thunderbolt Display:

If that was not enough, Apple also unveiled the world’s first Thundebolt Display. With just a single cable of a Thunderbolt port on Macs, users can for the first time connect to two displays.

“The Apple Thunderbolt Display is the ultimate docking station for your Mac notebook,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With just one cable, users can dock with their new display and connect to high performance peripherals, network connections and audio devices.”

Here are some interesting details about the new hardware launched today:

  • The new Macbook Air and Mac Mini come with a new feature called Internet Recovery that downloads and installs OS X Lion even if your Mac has a failed or blank hard drive.
  • The new Mac mini and MacBook Air get Bluetooth 4.0 support.
  • The new Mac mini is designed without an optical drive like Macbook Air.
  • Initial benchmark reports such that the new Macbook Airs outperforms all 2010 Macbook Pros.
  • The new Macbook Air comes with backlit keyboard, which was strangely omitted in last year’s model.
  • Apple has discontinued the white polycarbonate MacBook (will be available only to educational institutions). The 11-inch Macbook Air is the new entry-level Macbook.

Do you plan on buying any of these? Let us know in the comments below.

[via Apple PR, MacRumors]