Apple Upgrades the MacBook Air with Intel’s Haswell Processor
A few moments ago, Apple revealed to the world a host of new products and upgrades. On the software side, we have a new and improved Safari browser and the Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks. On the hardware side, we have an upgraded Mac Pro, and the new jewel of Apple’s software fleet: the MacBook Air.
The new MacBook Air has some awesome specs and judging by them, and from what Apple says, it is vastly superior to last year’s models. As before, there are two versions of the MacBook Air: the 13.3 inch version and the 11.6 inch version.
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The company stated that the new MacBook Air has more power and is far more efficient than its predecessors. No surprise here, since the new lightweight notebook is powered by Intel’s new Haswell processor, which offers better performance, but at a lower power usage. We know that the two versions of the MacBook Air will use the Core i5 and Core i7 processors, but we don’t know what models exactly.
We do know that the integrated graphics on the device will be Intel’s HD 5000 series, which Apple says it gives the MacBook Air 40% faster performance in gaming and visually demanding applications. The flash storage of the device will also up its speed by a whopping 45% over the last generation.
The battery autonomy of the MacBook Air has been upgraded thanks to both the new Intel Haswell processors and the low power LED-backlit displays. This allows the MacBook Air to keep running for 8 to 12 hrs, which is way more than the 5-7 hrs that the older ones had.
In terms of connectivity, the MacBook Air will provide two USB 3.0 ports, high-speed Thunderbolt port, 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity that can push speeds up to 1.3Gbps with the AirPort Extreme. If you want more information on the two devices, here are the specs the new MacBook Air:
- Processors: Intel Haswell i5 and i7
- Processor Speed: 1.3 GHz / 1.7 GHz
- Graphics: Intel HD 5000
- Screen Size: 11.6 inch / 13.3 inch
- RAM: 4GB / 8GB
- Storage: 128GB / 256GB / 512GB
- Battery: 8-9 hrs
Note: The 1.7 GHz with 8GB RAM and 512 GB flash storage will be available via configure-to-order.
Price and Availability
Both versions of the MacBook Air will be available starting today from the Apple Store. Apple announced the cost of the devices starting at $999 for the 11 inch / 128GB, $1199 for the 11 inch / 256GB and $1099 for the 13 inch / 128GB, $1299 for the 13 inch / 256GB. The configure-to-order version of the MacBook Air that comes with 1.7 GHz processors might cost more than the basic versions.
In India, the 11-inch MacBook Air with 4GB of memory & 128GB of flash storage will be available for INR 67,900, and 256GB of flash storage for INR 81,900. The 13-inch MacBook Air with 4GB of memory will be available with 128GB of flash storage starting at INR 74,900, and 256GB of flash storage starting at INR 88,900.
As you can see, Apple has upgraded most of their products, and the MacBook Air has become much more powerful and more energy efficient than the previous generation. This, coupled with the updated version of the OS and other products make this notebook one of the best that money can buy.