As a former Apple employee and avid Apple equipment enthusiast, I thought I'd take a moment to tell you what I think of Apple's recent announcement of new MacBook Air computers.
I think the original MacBook Air was a real breakthrough, providing a real computer in a tiny package, along with a completely solid-state option. No moving parts, long battery life, silent operation (except when the noisy fan kicked in when taxing the processor, especially playing video.) It was expensive, but elegant. I use one today.
The new MacBook Air computers now come in 2 sizes and are solid-state, but really offer nothing new - to users that is. They offer something really wonderful to Apple - much lower cost of manufacturing. They pass along some of that savings to users. You can buy one for just under $1000, but the loaded one is still $1800. Apple's margin on these is significantly better than before.
If Apple had offered an option for 3G inside, we'd have a game-changer. Connectivity everywhere. Sort of like my iPad but with a keyboard.
If you're in the market for a subnotebook then these represent a really good user experience. Just don't expect that they're head and shoulders above the models they replace.