Apple has updated its MacBook Air line-up and discounted prices by around £100. The MacBook Air is the lightest laptop Apple currently offers, with the price reduction no doubt aimed at convincing ever more Windows 8 PC owners to make the move to Apple.
Without the usual fanfare that greets each and every move Apple makes, the US company quietly updated its current range of MacBook Air laptops, while discounting entry-level models by £100. This means you can buy the standard 11-inch model for £749 and the 13-inch MacBook Air for £849.
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MacBook Air – what’s included in this update?
To begin, this is only a minor update; so don’t expect radical changes from the norm. Each MacBook Air model now uses a 1.4GHz Intel Core i5 processor, up from the 1.3GHZ processors that were included in the previous versions.
The other significant difference is a boost in battery life. Previously, Apple claimed that the 11-inch model would last for 8 hours of video playback, but his has now been increased to 9 hours. The 13-inch model also receives a bump in battery life, from 10 hours up to 12 hours. However, we can’t confirm or deny Apple’s battery life claims until we get these new models into our labs for testing.
MacBook Air – what wasn’t included in the update?
The rumours of a 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display have been floating around for some time now but this latest update yielded no such thing.
It was previously expected that a Retina model of the MacBook Air would arrive at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference on 2 June, but the release of these new models just one month ahead of the event could suggest a slightly later launch for the higher-resolution model.
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