New MacBook Air : Apple Discontinues White MacBook

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Apple introduces the new MacBook Air.

The 11-inch MacBook Air starts at $999, the same price as Apple’s white MacBook.

“Portable, affordable and powerful, MacBook Air is the ultimate everyday notebook,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing in an Apple press release.

The new Apple product will feature new Intel Sandy Bridge CPU options, a data port for Thunderbolt peripherals, a backlit keyboard, and Mac OS X Lion, among other new features.

The new MacBook Air is available in 11-inch, which weighs 2.38 pounds and provides up to 5 hours of battery life; and 13-inch models, which weighs 2.96 pounds and provides up to 7 hours of battery life.

The laptop is 0.11-inches at its thinnest point and 0.68-inches at its thickest.

Apple also announced a new Mac Mini and revealed that the white Macbook would be discontinued.

According to CNET, So far, Apple hasn’t commented on why it discontinued the white MacBook, and the company did not immediately respond to CNET’s request for comment.