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Apple introduces Time Capsule, MacBook Air  
Tuesday, January 15, 2008 | by Rob Galbraith
Apple CEO Steve Jobs today unveiled a range of new products during his morning address at Macworld Conference and Expo 2008 in San Francisco. Of interest to photographers is Time Capsule, a combination of Airport Extreme wireless router and either a 500GB or 1TB hard drive, and MacBook Air, an ultrathin 3 pound laptop featuring a 13.3-inch LED-backlit display and a 64GB flash memory "hard drive" as an option.
 
More information is in the press releases below.
 

Press Release

Apple Announces Time Capsule
Wireless Backup for all Your Macs
 
MACWORLD SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Apple(R) today introduced Time Capsule, a backup appliance that automatically and wirelessly backs up everything on one or more Macs running Leopard(TM), the latest release of Apple's Mac OS(R) X operating system including the amazing Time Machine(TM) automatic backup software. Time Capsule combines an 802.11n base station with a server grade hard disk in one small package. Simply plug it in, then easily set up automatic wireless backup for every Mac(R) in your house to a single Time Capsule with just a few clicks. Time Capsule offers the benefits of a full-featured 802.11n Wi-Fi base station, and comes in two models: a 500 gigabyte model for just $299 and a 1 terabyte model for just $499.
 
"Bring Time Capsule home, plug it in, click a few buttons on your Macs and voila -- all the Macs in your house are being backed up automatically, every hour of every day," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "With Time Capsule and Time Machine, all your irreplaceable photos, movies and documents are automatically protected and incredibly easy to retrieve if they are ever lost."
 
Built to work seamlessly with Time Machine, Time Capsule lets users wirelessly back up all of the data on their Macs, find lost files and even restore all of their software. In the event a file is lost, users can wirelessly search back through time to find deleted files, applications, photos and other digital media and then instantly restore the file. If it's ever necessary, Leopard can also easily restore an entire system from the Time Machine backup on Time Capsule.
 
In addition to being the best way to back up a Mac, Time Capsule is also a full-featured Wi-Fi base station with the latest 802.11n technology. Delivering up to five times the performance and twice the range of 802.11g, 802.11n* is built in to Apple's iMac(R) desktop and the entire Mac notebook line up, including MacBook(R), MacBook Pro and the new MacBook Air. Time Capsule features a sleek design with a built-in power supply and connections to print wirelessly to a USB printer. With Time Capsule, it's very easy for users to create a secure, wireless network for up to 50 users and set security restrictions such as Internet access limits for children's computers.
 
At $299 for a 500GB model and $499 for a 1TB model and a fully integrated 802.11n AirPort Extreme(R) Base Station, Time Capsule can serve as a backup solution for multiple computers as well as the backbone for a high-speed, 802.11n wireless network, making it effortless and affordable for everyone at home, school or work to protect their digital files.
 
Additional Time Capsule features include:
    --  dual-band antennas for 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz frequencies;
    --  three Gigabit LAN ports;
    --  one Gigabit Ethernet WAN port;
    --  one USB 2.0 port;
    --  Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA/WPA-2), 128-bit WEP encryption; and
    --  a built-in NAT firewall supporting NAT-PMP for features like Back to My Mac.
 
Pricing & Availability
Time Capsule will be available in February through the Apple Store(R) (http://www.apple.com), at Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $299 (US) for a 500GB hard drive and $499 (US) for a 1TB hard drive.
 
*Time Capsule is based on an IEEE 802.11n draft specification. Actual performance will vary based on range, connection rate, site conditions, size of network and other factors.
 
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Apple Introduces MacBook Air - The World's Thinnest Notebook 
 
MACWORLD SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Apple(R) today unveiled MacBook(R) Air, the world's thinnest notebook. MacBook Air measures an unprecedented 0.16-inches at its thinnest point, while its maximum height of 0.76-inches is less than the thinnest point on competing notebooks. MacBook Air has a stunning 13.3-inch LED-backlit widescreen display, a full-size and backlit keyboard, a built-in iSight(R) video camera for video conferencing, and a spacious trackpad with multi-touch gesture support so users can pinch, rotate and swipe. MacBook Air is powered by a 1.6 GHz or 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 4MB L2 cache, and includes as standard features 2GB of memory, an 80GB 1.8-inch
hard drive, and the latest 802.11n Wi-Fi technology and Bluetooth 2.1.
 
"We've built the world's thinnest notebook -- without sacrificing a full-size keyboard or a full-size 13-inch display," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "When you first see MacBook Air, it's hard to believe it's a high-performance notebook with a full-size keyboard and display. But it is."
 
MacBook Air has a vibrant 13.3-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display that is energy efficient, and its spacious trackpad offers multi-touch gesture support for pinch, rotate and swipe, making it more intuitive than ever to browse and rotate photos or zoom into web pages in Safari(TM). MacBook Air features a full-size keyboard design in a sleek and durable aluminum enclosure. The backlit keyboard makes it ideal for dimly lit environments such as airplanes, studios or conference halls, and a built-in ambient light sensor automatically adjusts the brightness of the keys as well as the display brightness for optimal visibility.
 
MacBook Air delivers up to five hours of battery life for wireless productivity and includes AirPort Extreme(R) 802.11n Wi-Fi networking, which delivers up to five times the performance and twice the range of
802.11g*. Apple's Migration Assistant software now enables users to quickly transfer files, applications and preferences from your old Mac(R) to MacBook Air right over your wireless network.
 
MacBook Air users can buy the companion MacBook Air SuperDrive, a compact external drive designed for MacBook Air, for just $99. The MacBook Air SuperDrive(R) is powered by MacBook Air's USB port, eliminating the need to carry a separate power adapter. Many MacBook Air users will not find a need for an optical drive now that they can wirelessly rent movies from the iTunes(R) Store, wirelessly backup files with Time Capsule and access the optical drives on remote PCs or Macs to wirelessly install software applications on MacBook Air.
 
MacBook Air is powered by Intel Core 2 Duo processors running at 1.6 GHz or 1.8 GHz, and includes as standard 2GB of memory and an 80GB 1.8-inch hard drive. An optional 64GB solid state drive contains no moving parts for added durability. Every MacBook Air includes a micro-DVI port so users can connect to Apple's gorgeous 20-inch or 23-inch Cinema Displays to extend their desktop or connect to projectors and other displays via DVI, VGA, Composite and S-video adapters. MacBook Air includes USB 2.0 for plugging
in peripherals or charging an iPod(R) or iPhone(TM), a headphone jack and Apple's acclaimed MagSafe(R) Power Adapter designed especially for mobile users.
 
Every MacBook Air comes with iLife(R) '08, the most significant update ever to Apple's award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications, featuring a major new version of iPhoto(R) and a completely reinvented iMovie(R), both seamlessly integrated with the new .Mac Web Gallery for online photo and video sharing. The new MacBook Air also comes with Leopard(TM), the sixth major release of the world's most advanced operating system. Leopard introduces Time Machine(TM), an effortless way to automatically back up everything on a Mac; a redesigned Finder that lets users quickly browse and share files between multiple Macs; Quick Look, a new way to instantly see files without opening an application; Spaces, an intuitive new feature used to create groups of applications and instantly switch between them; a brand new desktop with Stacks, a new way to easily access files from the Dock; and major enhancements to Mail and iChat(R). .Mac members can use the new Back to My Mac feature to browse and access files on their home computer from a MacBook Air over the Internet while out on the road.
 
The new MacBook Air embodies Apple's continuing environmental progress with its aluminum enclosure, a material highly desired by recyclers; Apple's first mercury-free LCD display with arsenic-free glass; and brominated flame retardant-free material for the majority of circuit boards as well as PVC-free internal cables. In addition, MacBook Air consumes the least amount of power of any Mac, and its retail box, made primarily from 100 percent post-consumer recycled material, is 56 percent smaller by volume than the previously smallest MacBook packaging.
 
Pricing & Availability
The new MacBook Air will be shipping in two weeks through the Apple Store(R) (http://www.apple.com), Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $1,799 (US), and includes:

    -- 13.3-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with 1280x800
       resolution;
    -- 1.6 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 4MB L2 cache;
    -- 800 MHz front-side bus;
    -- 2GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM;
    -- 80GB hard disk drive with Sudden Motion Sensor;
    -- Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100;
    -- Micro-DVI port (includes Micro-DVI to VGA and Micro-DVI to DVI
       Adapters);
    -- built-in iSight video camera;
    -- built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth
       2.1+EDR;
    -- one USB 2.0 port;
    -- one headphone port;
    -- multi-touch TrackPad with support for advanced multi-touch gestures
       including tap, scroll, pinch, rotate and swipe; and
    -- 45 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.
 
Build-to-order options and accessories include the ability to upgrade to a 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor; 64GB solid state drive, MacBook Air SuperDrive, Apple USB Ethernet Adapter, Apple USB Modem, Apple MagSafe Airline Adapter, Apple Remote and the AppleCare Protection Plan. Additional build-to-order options also include pre-installed copies of iWork '08, Logic(R) Express 8, Final Cut(R) Express 4 and Aperture(TM) 1.5.
 
*Battery life depends on configuration and use. See http://www.apple.com/batteries for more information. AirPort Extreme is based on an IEEE 802.11n draft specification. Actual performance will vary
based on range, connection rate, site conditions, size of network and other factors.
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