Apple doubles MacBook Air's battery life

Newest 11-inch MacBook Air starts at $999. (Image courtesy Apple Inc.)
Newest 11-inch MacBook Air starts at $999. (Image courtesy Apple Inc.)

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

BleepingComputer's "Dynamic Duo" comes through for Chris Franklin

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Bleeping Computer is where you find RKill and other tools for removing computer viruses and similar digital vermin. The site is dedicated to answering a wide range of computer, security, and networking questions.

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My colleague, WVUE Fox 8 meteorologist Chris Franklin, recently witnessed the power of RKill and ComboFix (Bleeping Computer's "Dynamic Duo") first hand, when he heeded my advice and used the pair to rescue his parents' PC from a vicious threat -- one that had evaded highly-rated, up-to-date anti-virus software!

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