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Apple Notebook Event: MacBook Air Update and a New LED Display

The MacBook Air is also getting an update. The new model will have a faster graphics chip, a new mini-display port, a faster Intel Core Duo chip, and bigger drive.

Also: A new LED display, 24-inch built-in iSight, built-in speakers and MagSafe.

Cost: $899; available in November.

As for the existing standard white plastic MacBook model, Apple (AAPL) is dropping the price to $999, according to Steve Jobs.

Back to the refreshed line, MacBook users have been asking for “a metal enclosure, faster graphics, and LED display,” Jobs explains. “We’re giving it to them.”

Similar features as the new Pro: unibody enclosure, glass trackpad, faster graphics Nvidia 9400 graphics chip and a five-time increase in graphics performance. The new display is designed with laptops in mind.

And continuing a theme at this event, the new MacBook is environmentally friendly. It has also been awarded the EPA EPEAT designation.

The new metal 13.3-inch MacBook sells for $1,299. The $1,599 model buys a faster processor.

Units start shipping today, and will be in stores tomorrow.