WWDC: MacBook Air line-up refreshed

By Vishal Mathur | Published on 11 Jun 2013
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  • Gets the latest generation Intel Haswell processors, offering better graphics and battery life. No word yet on when the MacBook Pro will get the refresh.

WWDC: MacBook Air line-up refreshed

With Intel’s official Haswell launch done and dusted, it was expected that Apple will announce the processor upgrades for the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro line-up. While there was no activity regarding the MacBook Pro, the MacBook Air line-up did get the new processor. However, there is no design change, and the Retina Display remains very much elusive.

Apple introduced the new MacBook Air, with the focus primarily on what Apple claims will offer “all day battery life”. Apple says that the new MacBook Air features power-efficient fourth generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors that give the 13-inch MacBook Air up to 12 hours of battery life and up to 10 hours of iTunes movie playback. The 11-inch MacBook Air delivers up to 9 hours of battery life and up to 8 hours of iTunes movie playback.

The Intel HD Graphics 5000 offer up to 40 percent faster performance for gaming and graphics intensive apps than the Intel HD 4000 graphics seen with Ivy Bridge. The 2013 MacBook Air also comes with a new flash storage, which is up to 45 percent faster than the previous generation flash storage in the MacBook Air, and nine times faster than traditional hard drives on the MacBook Pro.

The MacBook Air will ship with OSX Mountain Lion, and goes on sale now. The India Pricing for the 11-inch and 13-inch versions, as shared by Apple is as follows:

The 11-inch MacBook Air comes with a 1.3 GHz processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.6 GHz, 4GB of memory and is available with 128GB of flash storage starting at INR 67,900 inc VAT (INR 64,666.67 ex VAT), and 256GB of flash storage starting at INR 81,900 inc VAT (INR 78,000 ex VAT).

The 13-inch MacBook Air comes with a 1.3 GHz processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.6 GHz, 4GB of memory and is available with 128GB of flash storage starting at INR 74,900 inc VAT (INR 71,333.33 ex VAT), and 256GB of flash storage starting at INR 88,900 inc VAT (INR 84,666.67 ex VAT).

Apple says that you can optionally configure the machine to include a 1.7 GHz Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, up to 8GB of memory and up to 512GB flash storage.

The 2013 MacBook Air supports the latest generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi for wireless performance that is up to three times faster when connected to an 802.11ac base station. In line with that, the company also announced the new AirPort hardware. The new base stations feature three-stream 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology with a maximum data rate of 1.3Gbps, almost three times faster than 802.11n. The new AirPort base stations also include high-powered radios and a six-element beam-forming antenna array to maximise range and performance.

Featuring 2TB or 3TB hard drives, AirPort Time Capsule is meant for Time Machine backups. AirPort Extreme is available for a suggested retail price of INR 14,200 inc VAT (INR 12,511.01 ex VAT). AirPort Time Capsule comes in two models: 2TB of storage for INR 19,900 inc VAT (INR 18,952.38 ex VAT) and 3TB of storage for INR 25,900 inc VAT (INR 24,666.67 ex VAT).

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