Spec-Bumped: Apple’s MacBook Air, MacBook Pro Lines Receive Minor Updates

Spec-Bumped: Apple’s MacBook Air, MacBook Pro Lines Receive Minor Updates


Arriving right alongside Apple’s all-new, “Retina” display-boasting MacBook Pro, are a few – (altogether less notable) – updates to the firm’s MacBook Pro and MacBook Air product lines.

Separate to both of Apple’s now higher-end, $2199 and $2799 15-inch MacBook Pro models, the Californian company yesterday also announced updates to its existing set of MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models, bringing each variant of the machines in line with the latest market offerings — upping both their graphic capabilities and processing power, accordingly.

MacBook Model Comparison Chart – (Click for larger)

To start, Apple’s 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Airs have been bumped to include 512GB of internal storage (as standard), providing graphics horsepower which is considered 60-percent faster than the model’s predecessors. This model now also runs on Intel’s 2.0GHz i7 Ivy Bridge CPU, and features 8GB of memory, combined support for USB 3.0 and 2.0, as well as boasting a 720p “FaceTime”-ready camera.

Pricing for these newly-updated MacBook Airs remains largely the same as it did before, with the portables selling for $999 and $1,199, respectively.

Similarly, the 13-inch MacBook Pro has also been updated to include Intel’s Ivy Bridge dual-core i7 CPU at up to 2.9GHz. The lower-end 15-inch model of the MacBook Pro also received an update, adding Intel’s Ivy Bridge quad-core i7 CPU (up to 2.7GHz), GeForce’s 1GB GT 650M graphics chipset, and 8GB of 1600 MHz memory.

Apple’s newly-updated MacBook Pros sell for $1,799 and $2,199, respectively.