MacBook Air Update Comes With Extended Battery Life


Today, at their Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple announced an update to the MacBook Air.

The new MacBook Airs still come in 11” and 13” sizes, this time with Intel’s new Haswell processors inside. That’s the main upgrade here – no Retina upgrade to the display, which was the other feature some were clamoring for. Thanks in part to the move to Haswell, battery life will be extended to about 12 hours, or 9 hours with HD playback, although time will tell as to how accurate those numbers will prove to be.

Apple is also saying that the Flash memory inside these notebooks will be 45 percent faster than what was found in the previous line of MacBook Airs. The latest Wi-Fi technology, 802.11ac, will also be on-board.

The most impressive part of the refresh might be the prices – in a rarity for Apple, they’re pretty reasonable. The 11” 128 GB MacBook Air is going for $1,000, with the 256 GB model going for $1,200. The 13” Air is selling for $1,100 and $1,300 for the 128 GB and 256 GB models, respectively.