Alongside showcasing both iOS 7 – a complete visual rewrite of the iOS we know today, and OS X Mavericks – the OS upgrade set to further refine and fine-tune the OS X experience, at its Worldwide Developer Conference on Monday, Apple also unveiled its new, spec-bumped portables.
Meet, the new MacBook Air.
Bumped to Intel’s latest and greatest fourth-generation “Haswell” processors, Apple’s thinnest portable now comes complete with Intel HD Graphics 5000 and ultrafast ‘scrolling’ performance. In addition, Apple says that these new processors also help give MacBook Air its extended battery life, thanks to a new architecture that’s “designed to use less power.”
Due to the new chips and the way they handle power, Apple says that it’s been able to get the 11-inch MacBook Air to last up to 9 hours between charges, while its new 13-inch model now lasts up to an incredible 12 hours.
In addition, the new portables also arrive with the next-generaton in wireless technology – 802.11ac. Apple highlights that these new wireless chips can result in “Wi-Fi speeds [that are] over the top” — and, if you connect an 802.11ac base station, (including the new AirPort Extreme or AirPort Time Capsule, which were just launched yesterday) — you can experience wireless performance up to 3x faster than before.
802.11ac also delivers expanded range, too — so you can “work more freely than ever.”
But it’s not just speed in terms of performance that will likely appeal to some with Apple’s new MacBook Air. The portable’s flash storage has also been updated now making it 45-percent faster than the previous generation.
“So everything you do is snappier and more responsive. MacBook Air even wakes up faster than ever, thanks to flash storage and the latest Intel Core processors.”
Both models of Apple’s new MacBook Air are available for shipping, today. The 11-inch model of the portable comes complete with 128GB of internal flash storage, a 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor (with Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz), Intel HD Graphics 5000 and 4GB memory. This model will set you back $999.
There’s also the option to move to a 256GB model for $1,199.
Meanwhile, the 13-inch model of Apple’s latest MacBook Air comes with a 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor (with Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz), Intel HD Graphics 5000, 4GB of built-in memory and 128GB flash storage.
You also have the option to move to a 256GB model for $1,299.
See apple.com/macbook-air/ for more.