Apple has updated its MacBook Air with drastically improved battery life, dual microphones, better graphics, neck-snapping 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and faster flash storage. The new notebooks appear almost identical to their predecessors, but the biggest change is with battery consumption.
The new MacBook Air features power-efficient, fourth generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors ("Haswell") that yield 12 or more hours of battery life in the 13-inch model. The smaller, 11-inch MacBook Air delivers up to 9 hours.
Both models now support 802.11ac Wi-Fi breathtaking speed when connected to an 802.11ac wireless base station. This all-new, three-stream technology delivers a maximum data rate of 1.3Gbps, almost three times faster than 802.11n!
New Intel HD Graphics 5000 gives MacBook Air up to 40 percent faster performance for graphics-intensive apps, and new flash storage provides speeds up to 45 percent faster than the previous generation and nine times faster than traditional hard drives.
The 11-inch MacBook Air comes with a 1.3 GHz processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.6 GHz, 4GB of memory, and is available with 128GB of flash storage starting; at $999; 256GB of flash storage starts at $1,199.
The 13-inch model comes with a 1.3 GHz processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.6 GHz, 4GB of memory and is available with 128GB of flash storage starting at $1,099; 256GB of flash storage starts at $1,299.
Configure-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. Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at Apple.com.
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