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Some customers that pre-ordered the MacBook Air are receiving notification that the notebook has shipped. The MacBook Air was first introduced during Apple CEO Steve Jobs keynote speech at Macworld earlier this month at Macworld Expo.

The first notifications from Apple — one of which was received by a Macworld employee — said the MacBook Air would arrive on February 1, 2008. That is slightly over the two week time period that Apple set out for delivery during its introduction, but only by a few days.

Shipping times are listed at 2-3 weeks on the online Apple Store this afternoon.

The MacBook Air features a 13.3-inch LED-backlit widescreen display that has a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution.

The MacBook Air also features a built-in iSight webcam and a full sized MacBook-style black keyboard. The keyboard is backlit, similar to MacBook Pros, and has an ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts brightness.

The notebook features a 1.8-inch hard disk drive with 80GB of storage capacity standard. A 64GB solid-state disk (SSD) drive is an option. The hard drive is a Parallel ATA (PATA) model that operates at 4200 RPM.

The laptop is powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo chip running at 1.6GHz, with 1.8GHz available as an option.

Pricing for the MacBook Air starts at $1,799.

Apple on Wednesday confirmed that the MacBook Air is shipping. In a press release, the company confirmed the news that many buyers received yesterday, and also reaffirmed plans to release a software update to the Apple TV within "another week or two."

Updated 01/30/07 1:23 PM: Added confirmation from Apple that the MacBook Air is shipping.

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