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Apple makes MacBooks Air available to the educational market; notebook design is expected to change in 2012

This week Apple finished killing white MacBooks by declaring ?EOL? (End of Life end of life) for the old laptop. Although the company's moves (1, 2, 3) indicate that the iPad * is the company's educational gadget *, this does not mean that it will not offer specific Macs to schools.

According to 9to5Mac, as of today educational institutions will be able to purchase packages of five MacBooks Air, as described below:

  • Five 11.6-inch MacBooks Air, 1.6GHz, 2GB RAM and 64GB SSD: $ 4,645 ($ 929 each);
  • Five 11.6-inch MacBooks Air, 1.6GHz, 2GB RAM, 64GB SSD and AppleCare warranty: $ 5,560 ($ 1,112 each);
  • Five 11.6-inch MacBooks Air, 1.6GHz, 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD: $ 5,645 ($ 1,129 each);
  • Five 11.6-inch MacBooks Air, 1.6GHz, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD and AppleCare warranty: $ 6,550 ($ 1,312 each);
  • Five 13.3-inch MacBooks Air, 1.7GHz, 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD: $ 6,145 ($ 1,229 each);
  • Five 13.3-inch MacBooks Air, 1.7GHz, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD and AppleCare warranty: $ 7,060 ($ 1,312 each).

In addition, Apple launched the mobile lab program, which consists of 10 or 20 13.3-inch MacBooks Air and an AirPort Extreme, all within a mobile cart. The cost of this game is $ 11,399 (10 units) and $ 21,599 (20 units).

If you want to be able to add the warranty (AppleCare) for all machines, just add another $ 2,000 or $ 4,000, respectively.

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Since we are talking about MacBooks an increasingly rare subject in the Apple world, it is worth mentioning that a complete renewal of the company's line of notebooks is planned for this year. The new machines would be very inspired by the MacBook Air, with ultra-thin chassis, smooth use of SSD making the purchase of Anobit, a company specialized in technology, and thus abandoning HDDs and optical drives for good.

Mockup - Future line of MacBooks

As has already happened, the transformation of the Pro line would begin with the 15-inch model, arriving later on the 17-inch model. As Ivy Bridge processors are expected to land on the market in April, we can dream of new MacBooks soon.

It remains to be seen what would happen to the 13-inch MacBook Pro model. If the design of the MBPs is really similar to Ma's ultra-thin notebooks, there would be no point in keeping the 13-inch version on both lines. Exactly for this reason I think that the smaller model of the professional line ceases to exist, leaving the product grid like this:

  • 11-inch MacBook Air;
  • 13-inch MacBook Air;
  • 15-inch MacBook Pro;
  • 17-inch MacBook Pro.

I don't know about you, but I look forward to a new 15-inch MacBook Pro / Air (Prair?) Model.

(via AppleInsider)