Earlier today at Apple’s WWDC 2013 conference in California new refreshed Apple Macbook Air ultraportable laptop computers were unveiled. The new updated 11- and 13-inch Macbook Air laptops are available now for purchase through Apple’s online store with the same $999 and $1099 base prices as the last iterations.
Apple revealed today that for the 2013 refresh the Macbook Air wouldn’t be getting a redesign or new Retina displays. Instead the new Macbook Air’s would offer feature improvements in four key areas processing power, battery life, SSD storage, and next-gen. Wi-Fi standard support.
The recently launched Intel Haswell family of mobile processors are available for the new Macbook Air. Apple is offering two possible processors for the 11- and 13-inch Air’s; a 1.3 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 ( 3MB Cache, up to 2.6GHz Turbo Boost), and a 1.7 GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 (4MB Cache, up to 3.3GHz Turbo Boost). The new processors come mated with Intel’s new Intel HD Graphics 5000 integrated GPU, this new integrated graphics solution is capable of providing dual display and video mirroring with 2560 by 1600 max. resolution for your external display.
With the new Intel processors you get not only better raw computing performance but better power efficiency when you’re trying to achieve maximum battery life. Apple reports the new Haswell-based Macbook Air’s offer improved battery life with the 11-inch model now lasting up to 9 hours (prev. up to 5 hrs.) and the 13-inch model lasts a full 12-hours now (prev. up to 7 hrs.).
To show once again they are always thinking ahead Apple has gone ahead and included Wi-Fi radios in their 2013 Macbook Air’s that support the new 802.11ac standard. Developed only within the last two years 802.11ac is expected to be in a majority of new computers by 2015. The main benefits that 802.11ac will bring for laptop users include expanded reception range (when using a 802.11ac compatible router like Apple’s new AirPort Extreme), and you get the possibility for up to 1 Gigabits per-second speeds when using multiple WLAN stations and up to 500 Mbit/s with a standard single link setup.
Apple’s last new feature for the 2013 refreshed Macbook Air’s is faster SSD storage. Although keeping the same 128GB, 256GB and 512GB capacity options Apple has switched the Air to a new type of SSD that promises up to 45% faster speeds than the last SSD’s the Macbook Air line used.
If these updates are enough for you then Apple is ready to take your order for either the 11-inch or 13-inch Macbook Air on their web-store. The base price for the 11-inch model is $999 and you get a Core i5, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 128GB SSD. The 13-inch model starts at $1,099 and it also comes with a Core i5, 4GB DDR3 RAM, and a 128GB SSD.
Check out the full specifications for the refreshed 2013 Apple Macbook Air laptops here on Apple’s website.