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Is Apple really readying a pint-sized MacBook Air?

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(Read caption) The Apple MacBook Air is shown in 2008. Apple is reportedly readying a new MacBook Air with a much smaller display.

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Apple will release a scaled-down MacBook Air – kitted out with a 11.6-inch display – by the second half of 2010, according to the tech site Digitimes Research. If the Digitimes report is accurate, it would edge the MacBook Air, which currently features a 13.3-inch display, into territory traditionally occupied by Netbooks, the highly-portable, slimmed-down laptop computers.

As PC World's Jeff Bertolucci notes, "Apple management in the past hasn't been shy about expressing its disdain for Windows-based mini-notebooks, particularly models in the sub-$500 price range." Of course, even in rejiggered form the MacBook Air will be too pricey to go head-to-head with a regular old netbook. But a sleek and super-slim MacBook would certainly look like a netbook – and carry like one, too.


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