As well as unveiling their new operating system OS X Mavericks for laptops and desktop Macs, Apple took the 2013 WWDC keynote to introduce new MacBook Air models.
Packing in the latest Intel Haswell 4th-generation processors, Apple boast of 2x the graphics performance over last year’s models (pictured) and considerably improved battery life.
For the 11-inch model, that translates to 9 hours of battery compared to last year’s 5 hours, and 12 hours on the 13-inch model compared to the 7 hours of last year’s edition.
802.11ac Wi-Fi is also included for 3x the performance and reliability of wireless signals.
“MacBook Air is the industry leader for thin and light notebooks, and now with longer battery life, we’ve set the bar even higher,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
“With faster flash, more powerful graphics and up to 12 hours of battery life, the new MacBook Air packs even more performance into the portable and durable design our customers love.”
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. It starts at £849, while a 256GB of flash storage version jumps up to £1,029.
The 13-inch MacBook Air comes with a 1.3 GHz processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.6 GHz, backed by 4GB of memory and is also available with 128GB of flash storage, starting at £949. The 256GB version starts at £1,129.
Configure-to-order options will also be available, and will 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.
By Gerald Lynch | June 10th, 2013