Apple Debuts Envelope-Sized Laptop

The last few days — indeed, the last few weeks — have been filled with much speculation over what Steve Jobs would produce as Apple's newest and neatest offering during his "Stevenote" at the Macworld exposition. He certainly didn't disappoint.

Jobs introduced the Macbook Air by pulling the ¾" laptop from an ordinary manila envelope, and asking "How did we fit a Mac in there?" The system — which is 0.75" at it's thickest point but less than 0.2" at it's thinnest — boasts an instant-on back-lit 13" LED display, a specially created Intel Core 2 Duo processor running at 1.6GHz, integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and an aluminum casing. It lacks a CD/DVD drive, though an external option will be available for $100, and offers an optional built-in camera and 80GB hard-drive as options.

The Macbook Air is already available for pre-order via Apple's website, and will set you back anywhere from $1,800 to more than $5,500 with all the bells and whistles.

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