Apple Inc silently refreshed the MacBook Air line earlier this Tuesday, the Air has received a number of upgrades and is now $100 cheaper than the previous model. A base model with an 11 inches of screen comes for a price $899 and where the base 13 inch has been priced at $1199.
Coming down to specs, the new MacBook Air now has a powerful dual core Intel i5 processors clocked at 1.4 GHz with a 2.7 GHz turbo boost. It can be upgraded to dual core Intel i7 clocked at 1.7 GHz with a turbo boost up to 3.3 GHz. Both the models are having 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM on board and are available with a storage option of either 128GB or 256GB. Apple uses PCIe-based flash storage which can be configured up to 512GB, where the RAM can also be upgraded to 8GB at the time of order.
We were expecting a Retina Display in the MacBook Air this time, but Apple probably refrained it as it would drain out the battery faster. Apple claims that the MacBook Air has the batteries that would stay for 12 hours in 13 inch model and 9 hours in 11 inch model. The new MacBook Air gives you an unmatched wireless web and iTunes movie playback for about 12 hours, while it can also stand-by for 30 days.
It has two USB-3 ports, future ready thunderbolt port, one MagSafe 2 power port, a standard headphone jack and one SDXC card slot.
The MacBook Air is the best deal in the category of ultra books. The unmatched battery life and improved processors make it stand out of the crowd.
Except MacBook Air, the MacBook Pro, which were refreshed last year, are also going to have some changes in the coming few months. Apple would probably be announcing the refreshed line of the Pro at the WWDC in June or by the end of this year in October. Reports states that the new MacBook Pro 13-inch would house the powerful Intel Quad Core i7 crystal-well processor a dedicated GPU and some other upgrades including better than ever battery life.
Apple claims to have a battery backup of 9 hours in MacBook Pro, which is false for many cases, the battery juice stays for around 6 – 7 hours only.