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Apple updates MacBook Air and Mac Mini (photos)

Apple's summer 2011 hardware refresh includes updates to the MacBook Air and Mac Mini computers, now with Thunderbolt.

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Justin Yu
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Multitouch

The trackpad on the new Macbook Air is multitouch enabled, meaning you can use its glass surface to gesture and scroll, and the whole thing is a button.
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Keyboard

The keyboard is backlit and can automatically adjust to changes in surrounding light.
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Build

The Air's flash chip and solid-state hard drive allow the hardware to measure less than an inch thin, leaving room for a larger battery with up to 5 hours on the 11-inch model and up to 7 hours on the 13-inch.
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Unibody

The Macbook Air's enclosure and display both feature Apple's unibody design, allowing the chassis to remain wafer-thin.
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Unibody

The Macbook Air's enclosure and display both feature Apple's unibody design, allowing the chassis to remain wafer-thin.
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Thunderbolt

The right side of the body now features a Thunderbolt port in addition to an SD card slot (13-inch only) and a USB 2.0 port. The new Thunderbolt interface can transfer up to 12 times faster than FireWire 800 and works with Apple's new Thunderbolt Display.
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Left-side connections

On the left of both sizes, you'll find an additional USB 2.0 port, microphone and headphone jacks, and Apple's MagSafe power cord.
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FaceTime

Unlike the Nvidia graphics processor found in the last iteration of the MacBook Air, the 2011 models use the Intel HD Graphics 3000 GPU that's built into the Core i-series chips.
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Unlike the built-in 3G or 4G broadband options found on many Windows laptops, the MacBook Air still only supports Wi-Fi.
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Thunderbolt

The right side of the body now features a Thunderbolt port in addition to an SD card slot and a USB 2.0 port. The new Thunderbolt interface can transfer up to 12 times faster than FireWire 800 and works with Apple's new Thunderbolt Display.
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Build

A power supply built into the chassis allows the Mac Mini to remain small inside a small hardware enclosure with fewer cables to connect.
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Panel

The removable bottom panel makes it easy to upgrade.
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The new Mac Minis feature Intel Core i7 and Core i5 processors, up to 8GB of optional memory, and dual 500GB on the Lion Server model.

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