By Andrew Levy
Today at WWDC 2013, Apple officially announced its refresh of the super portable MacBook Air line. Apple will still offer the traditional form factor of the old Air models, but with significant internal upgrades, including new Intel Haswell processors.
To begin with, the new Haswell CPUs will offer the MacBook Air an unbelievable amount of new battery life. The 11-inch model will last up to 9 hours, from its previous 5 hour life. The 13-inch version will last up to 12 hours from its previous 7, which Apple is touting as “all day battery life”. Haswell will also graphics improvement of up to 40%.
All MBA models will include 4GB of ram and Core i5 processors. Users can upgrade to 8GB of RAM for $100, and/or to an i7 processor for $150. Unfortunately the MacBook Airs do not feature any display improvements, pixel density enthusiasts will have to look elsewhere for retina-density (see rMBP).
The New MacBook Airs will also feature new flash storage that is supposedly 45% faster than the previous generation. Additionally, the new Airs will come with faster Wi-Fi, 802.11ac. However, to get the full benefit of 802.11ac, users will need to purchase one of the new AirPort “routers”, which will offer “up to 3x faster Wi-Fi performance.”
Apple has also upgraded the storage of the new MacBook Air line, the base 11-inch model will begin at $999 for 128GB of flash storage, and $1,199 for 256GB. The 13-inch model will begin at $1,099 for the same 128GB and $1,299 for 256GB. If you are looking to acquire one of the new AirPorts, AirPort Extreme can be had for $199, and the Airport Time Capsule is available with 2TB of storage for $299 and 3TB for $399.
The new Macbook Air and AirPort lines are available to order now from Apple.
image source: Apple, The Verge