Apple has released a 2nd update of the MacBook Air in 9 months with the latest Intel Sandy Bridge processors, thunderbolt and backlit keyboards.

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Intel are claiming that the new Core i5 and i& processors make the MacBook up to 2.5x faster than previous generations, it also comes with the Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor, which includes an on-chip engine for video encoding and decoding.

The new MacBook also has the new Thunderbolt port which Apple has been pushing a lot recently, this is a dual channel port running at 10 Gbps, that is twice as fast as the single channel USB 3m and over ten time faster than USB 2.0. Unlike USB technology, Thunderbolt provides native support for Mini DisplayPort displays. It also supports DisplayPort, DVI, HDMI and VGA displays through the use of existing adapters.

The 11.6-inch MacBook Air starts are £849.00 with a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 2GB memory and 64GB flash storage, and the 13 inch models starts at £1,099.00 including a 1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 4GB memory and 128GB flash storage.