MacBook Air updated with all-day battery, Intel Haswell chip: starting at $999

New MacBook AirApple’s refreshed MacBook Air is available today, with the 11-inch starting at $999 and the 13-inch model starting at $1099. Neither model’s great look has been changed, but what’s under the hood has definitely got some love. Each model now sports Intel’s new Haswell chips – which should greatly improve battery life and graphics performance.

These Haswell chips boost the 11-inch battery life to 9 hours (from 5) and the 13-inch to 12 (from 7). Apple also claims the chips will bump up graphics performance by 40%.

In addition to the processor updates, the Air also sport new 802.11ac Wi-Fi chips – as we previously reported they might. When connected to an access point supporting 802.11ac, Wi-Fi LAN speeds should see a nice 3x speed increase. Your actual internet speeds are still limited by your provider, of course.

Both models are available on Apple’s website and Apple Stores right now. Prices begin at $999 for the 11-inch with a 128GB SSD hard drive and 4GB of memory. 13-inch starts at $1099 with a 128GB SSD hard drive and 4GB of memory.


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