Today’s WWDC keynote saw Apple announce new 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Airs. The new models have been designed with enhanced performance and better battery life as priorities. The new Air lineup uses Intel’s next-generation Haswell processors that offer enhanced performance while offering significantly improved battery life.
The new 11-inch MacBook Air will offer nine hours of battery life, while its bigger sibling, the 13-inch model, will offer an amazing 12 hours of life.
Apple says the new Intel HD Graphics 5000 in the MacBook Air will give it up to 40 percent faster performance for gaming and graphics intensive apps, and the new flash storage will provide speeds up to 45 percent faster than the previous generation, nine times faster than traditional hard drives.
“MacBook Air is the industry leader for thin and light notebooks, and now with longer battery life, we’ve set the bar even higher,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With faster flash, more powerful graphics and up to 12 hours of battery life, the new MacBook Air packs even more performance into the portable and durable design our customers love.”
Along with the extended battery life, the new MacBook Air lineup will feature 802.11ac compatibility, and will support the “Gigabit Wi-Fi” 802.11ac specification. This can offer connection speeds at up to three times as fast as existing 802.11n wireless networks.
The 11-inch MacBook Air will start at $999 which sports a 128GB hard drive, and the 13-inch model with the 128GB hard drive will begin at $1,099. The MacBook Air lineup is available today on the Apple Online Store, and Apple retail store locations, and authorized Apple resellers.
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