Apple beefs up MacBook Air with more storage and better graphics, but it's still thin

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The original MacBook Air launched just over eight months ago, claiming to be the thinnest and lightest laptop available.

It came with either 80GB hard drive or 64GB solid state drive (at a price), 2GB of RAM, 13.3-inch widescreen display, and Core 2 Duo processor.

Today, Apple unveiled its successor, offering more memory and beefier graphics for around the same price. It’s still bank-account-drainingly-expensive, but chic always costs.

Now it offers up to 1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB RAM, up to 120GB hard drive or 128GB solid state drive, and an NVIDIA GeForce 9400M processor (as found in the new MacBook) which Apple says gives it a quadruple boost in graphics performance.

It also has the new multi-touch, multifunction trackpad, backlit keyboard, and mini DisplayPort.

Price starts at £1,199 for the hard drive version, rising to £1,799 for the 1.86GHz model with SSD.

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Andy Merrett