Apple has updated its Macbook Air range to offer users a claimed ‘all-day battery life’. The improved 13-inch and 11-inch laptops will incorporate Intel’s new faster, more power-efficient Haswell processors. Apple is promising 12 hours of battery life for the 13-inch model, and 9 hours for the 11-inch version.
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According to our Which? test lab results, Apple’s Macbook Air range already offered its users an impressive battery life. The 11-inch model could handle five and a half hours of video playback or six hours of web browsing before running out of juice. Stretching this time out to 9 hours would be a significant improvement.
All the refreshed Macbook Air models have a speedy 1.3GHz processor and 4GB of Ram. This combination should prove powerful enough for most users, although it’s possible to get 8GB of Ram, 512GB of flash storage or a 1.7GHz Core i7 processor by paying extra to upgrade.
Tempted by the thought of a new Macbook Air? The new models are available to buy from Apple’s website following their announcement yesterday at WWDC 13 in San Francisco. The 11-inch Air costs £849 for 128GB of flash storage and £1,029 for 256GB, while its 13-inch version starts at £949 with 128GB of memory and £1,129 for 256GB. This represents an average price reduction across the range that varies from model to model.
Apple also unveiled iOS 7, the latest version of its mobile operating system, alongside the launch of its updated Macbook Air line-up. In addition to a new look for the software, iPhone and iPad users will now be able to stream music using iTunes Radio.
What do you think of the updated Macbook Air roster? Are you swayed by the prospect of a laptop with 12 hours of battery life? Spill your thoughts in the comments section below.
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