Yesterday, a rumor hinted at the launch of the updated Macbook Airs, with minor hardware upgrades today, and it seems it was correct. Apple has updated the online store with the new Macbook Airs, and they feature the latest Haswell processors, along with a reduction in price and fast storage, which is definitely a great thing.
“With MacBook Air starting at $899, there’s no reason to settle for anything less than a Mac,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Macs have never been more popular, and today we’ve boosted the performance and lowered the price of MacBook Air so even more people can experience the perfect everyday notebook.”
The new Macbook Air comes with a faster 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 Haswell processor with 4GB of RAM on board, compared to the 1.3GHz processor found inside the previous iteration of the notebook. In conjunction with OS X Mavericks, the new 13-inch MacBook Air is capable of delivering up to 12 hours of battery life and the 11-inch MacBook Air up to 9 hours of battery life.
The build-to-order options include a 1.7 GHz Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, up to 8GB of memory and up to 512GB flash storage for both Macbook Air models.
Apple has decided to reduce the price of the new Macbook Air by a $100, which brings the price of the 11-inch base model down to $899, while the 13-inch Macbook starts with $999. The 256GB 11-inch Macbook Air costs $1,099, while the 13-inch model with the same storage space comes with a $1,199 price tag.
There aren’t any significant changes in the notebooks, but it should kick things here and there when it comes to performance. We’re expecting Apple to release a new, 12-inch Macbook in the coming months which will come with a redesign and more changes compared to the current models.