Why is Apple charging $1,300 more for the solid state-based MacBook Air?

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Is a 64GB solid state (flash) drive and 200 megahertz worth $1,300? Apple must think it is, given the pricing for the MacBook Air.

The Apple Store is going up and down as I write this, but I managed to grab a screen shot of the two stock prices for the MacBook Air. $1,799 gets you the base model, with its 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 80GB hard disk drive, and 2GB of RAM.

The second model, which sells for $3,098, substitutes the hard disk drive for a solid state one (like the one found in your iPod nano and Touch—nearly instant data access).

How on Earth can Apple justify that price? I’m curious to see what y’all think, because until I see benchmarks, $3K for a laptop that adds so little is sorta crazy.

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