If our hands-on time with the new 2010 MacBook Air models told us anything, it’s that we had to have some for ourself; happily Apple obliged, and so we thought we’d share the unboxing experience with you. As ever, Apple’s packaging design is minimalist, slick and beautiful – just like the new 11.6- and 13.3-inch ultraportables themselves, in fact.
In the box with the 11.6-inch MacBook Air there’s a 45W MagSafe power adapter, with the necessary power cable, together with the usual bundle of printed documentation. Unlike the previous Air, however – which expected you to “borrow” the optical drive of another machine if you needed to reinstall OS X from the included optical media – the new MacBook Air models come with a “Software Reinstall Drive”.
That’s Apple-speak for a flash drive – complete with the company logo – on which OS X and all the various apps are stored. That means you can now reload the system while on the move, if necessary, with nothing more than the ultraportable itself.
We’ll be putting the new 11.6-inch MacBook Air 2010 through its paces for the full SlashGear review, but until then enjoy the hands-on gallery and unboxing video!
11.6″ MacBook Air unboxing and hands-on video: