Here’s some good news for anybody considering buying a new MacBook Air. As tipped by a number of websites yesterday, Apple has today given the lineup a minor but welcome refresh in the form of slightly faster Intel Haswell processors, and reduced the price of all models by $100.
All four standard 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Airs now come with 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processors and offer Turbo boost up to 2.7GHz. By way of comparison, last year’s models featured 1.3GHz CPUs and Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz.
Battery life has also increased slightly, at least for iTunes Movie playback. Apple is now quoting 9 hours on the 11-inch MacBook Air (previously 8 hours) and 12 hours on the 13-inch MacBook Air (previously 10 hours). Storage, RAM, and all the other specifications remain unchanged.
With the $100 reduction, the entry-level 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Airs are now available for $899.00 and $999.00 respectively, while the higher-end 11-inch and 13-inch models are priced at $1099.00 and $1199.00 respectively. The updated machines are available to order today from Apple’s online store.
Apple is rumored to be announcing another MacBook Air with more significant changes at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June. The new model is expected to have a revamped, slimmer design and a 12-inch Retina display – the current lineup still sport non-Retina screens.
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