Apple Updates MacBook Air With All-Day Battery Life
Apple announced an upgrade to its MacBook Air line of computers. The improvements are mostly under the hood; the computer is nearly identical to its predecessor aesthetically.
The 2013 MacBook Air will come with Intel’s faster, more battery-conscious processors. The base 11” and 13” models will house a 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor but can be upgraded to a 1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor. Both processors will feature Turbo Boost as well, which temporarily allows them to run at 2.6GHz or 3.3GHz, 1GHz higher than their normally permitted frequency.
Intel also brings its Intel HD Graphics 5000 to the new MacBook Air, which Apple says will make graphics processes 40 percent faster.
The new notebooks feature faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi as well as 45 percent speedier flash storage. Apple has doubled the minimum storage for all of its models to 128GB, which can still be upgraded to a maximum of 512GB.
Battery life has received a significant boost. Apple’s 11” and 13” MacBook Air models will use integrated 35- and 50-watt-hour lithium-polymer batteries respectively. These new batteries will support nine and 12 hours of wireless web activity.
The USB ports on all new MacBook Air models have been upgraded to support USB 3.0 accessories. In addition, every new MacBook model will feature dual microphones. These will replace the omnidirectional single microphone Apple once used and will help reduce background noise and enhance sound input quality.
The MacBook Airs will come bundled with OSX Mountain lion, not Apple’s newly announced OSX Mavericks. They are available at $999 and $1099 from Apple’s online retail store.