In line with our recent reporting, Apple has updated its MacBook Air lineup featuring Intel’s new Haswell processor and all models are now priced $100 less (starting at US$899 instead of US$999) than the previous models. The design is exactly the same and we don’t expect any significant changes to the MacBook Air lineup until later this year.
All MacBook Air variants have been bumped to a 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, compared to the 1.3GHz processor of the same family in the predecessors, with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage in the low-end configurations and 256GB of storage in the top 11-inch and 13-inch models. These baseline models are configurable with built-to-order options up to a 1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i7, 8GB of RAM, and 512GB of flash storage…
The new models also received a slight bump in battery life for iTunes movie playback, with the 11-inch model jumping from 8 hours to 9 hours and the 13-inch model from 10 hours to 12 hours.
The only major difference in the small difference in processor performance.
All models are now powered by 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz) with 3MB shared L3 cache, alongside 4GB RAM, and boast dual-microphones and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Two USB 3.0 ports and 1 Thunderbolt port are included in all variants, with the 13-inch MacBook Airs also coming with a SDXC card slot.
While the price cuts offered in the US are $100 (approximately Rs. 6,000) on each of the models, the prices in India have only been slashed by Rs. 2,000 for each variant.
The new prices of MacBook Air laptops in India are Rs. 65,900 for the 11-inch variant with 128GB storage (earlier Rs. 67,900), Rs. 79,900 for the 11-inch variant with 256GB storage (earlier Rs. 81,900), Rs. 72,900 for the 13-inch variant with 128GB storage (earlier Rs. 74,900), and Rs. 86,900 for the 13-inch variant with 256GB storage (earlier Rs. 88,900).
ll models are available today in retail locations and on Apple’s online store with expected shipping availability within 24 hours.
A significant change is expected to come in the MacBook Air lineup later in the year with the possible release of a 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina Display which will offer the portability of an 11-inch model and the prowess of a 13-inch model.
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