Apple has released their refreshed line of MacBook Air laptops today. The new laptops will now feature Intel’s latest Haswell processors and are now $100 cheaper.
Both the 11- and 13-inch base models of the MacBook Air are equipped with new 1.4GHz dual-core Intel i5 Haswell processors (with Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz). The new processors are a bit faster than the previous MacBook Air generation which had 1.3GHz processors. For more speed, consumers can opt to configure their new MacBook Air with a faster 1.7GHz dual-core Intel i7 processor (with Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz) at an additional cost.
Other configurable options on the new MacBook Air laptops include the RAM which starts at 4GB for all the base models and can be increased up to 8GB (also at an additional cost). Storage options are also available in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB variants.
The rest of the specs of the new MacBook Air laptops remain the same as the previous generation which include a 1366 x 768 (11-inch) or 1,440 x 900 (13-inch) resolution screen, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and Intel HD 5000 graphics. The ports on the laptop also remain the same – a single Thunderbolt and two USB 3.0 ports as well as an SDXC card slot.
The new laptops, because of the new Haswell processors and OS X’s power management, will also have increased battery life of up to 9 hours for the 11-inch and 12 hours for the 13-inch model.
The 11-inch model starts at $899 for the 128GB variant and $1,099 for the 256GB variant while the 13-inch model starts at $999 and $1,199 for the same storage variants as the 11-inch. All the models are now available at Apple stores and other retail locations as well as on Apple’s online store that are available to ship within 24 hours.