Apple releases the new Macbook Air

So all the rumors about Apple releasing the next generation of Macbooks at 4Q 2010 were true. Inspired by the iPad, Apple on October 20th released the new MacBook Air which features an all-flash storage, full Multi-Touch support, a long-lasting battery, and a high-resolution display.

Macbook Air
What makes the new Macbook Air light and fast? According to Apple, it has no hard drive, no optical drive, and no unnecessary parts. It uses flash chips, without the need for enclosures thus freeing up about 90 percent more space.

The Multi-Touch technology on the new Macbook Air allows one to perform more gestures in a smooth glass trackpad.

What about the battery? The 11-inch model gives you 5 hours of power while the 13-inch model gives you up to 7 hours in use, and up to 30 days or 720 hours of standby time.

The 11-inch MacBook Air features a widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio and a resolution greater than that of a typical 13-inch notebook, while the 13-inch MacBook Air wows with a resolution equivalent to a typical 15-inch notebook.

The new Macbook Air sells starting at $999 in the U.S.

More details on its features here and the technical specs here.

Macbook Air
Macbook Air Flash Drive and Box
It think buying the new Macbook Air is better than buying the iPad. What do you think?