The entry-level 11-inch model of the MacBook Air receives a 1.2GHz Intel Haswell-grade Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, Intel integrated HD 5000 graphics engine and 128GB solid-state drive (double the previous version). It goes on sale now at the previous-model price in Australia of $AUD1049. A second version with 256GB of storage also goes on sale for $AUD1349.
The larger 13-inch model also gets a refresh but interestingly, Apple has chosen to fill its two larger versions with exactly the same hardware as the 11-inch models. For example, the 128GB version of the 13-inch model has the same processor, memory cache, solid state drive but comes in at $AUD1249 while the 256GB version sells for $1449.
The key feature Apple is spruiking with the 11-inch models doing nine hours of battery life, the 13-inch models up to 12 hours. This is on the back of a 35-watt-hour Lithium-polymer battery inside the 11-inch model and a 50-watt-hour unit in the 13-inch variant. Apple includes a 45-watt power adapter with both models.
Amongst the other features in common is 802.11ac Wi-Fi networking, 720p FaceTime camera, Thunderbolt digital video output (that supports both DisplayPort and HDMI, plus dual USB3.0 ports.
Apple has a limited number of consumer-configurable upgrade options including raising the RAM to 8GB and opting for a faster 1.7GHz Haswell-grade Core i7 processor.
All four new models are available today from the Apple store.
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