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What's in the air on Apple's MacBook Air?

At the Macworld Keynote address, Steve Jobs held the world in awe as he unveiled the world's thinnest notebook. But it turns out that opinion on the ultra-thin MacBook Air is mixed.

At the Macworld Keynote address, Steve Jobs held the world in awe as he unveiled the world's thinnest notebook. But it turns out that opinion on the ultra-thin MacBook Air is mixed.

Images of the MacBook Air are available from Crave.

The notebook measures a mere 0.16 inches at its thinnest end and maxes out at 0.76 inches.

Ars Technica features a comparison of the MacBook Air spec with other notebooks in the category. Great features on the machine (as with other Apple products) include the multi-touch pad, 13.3 inch wide-screen, and comfortable keyboard.

However, there were also disappointments due to the absence of Ethernet and Firewire ports, a fixed battery, and only one USB slot. The MacBook Air is also missing optical drives.

Apple's stocks went for a slight tumble in what was perceived as a disappointing keynote, compared to the previous iPod and iPhone keynote announcements.

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