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Apple announces MacBook Air upgrades

The new models offer faster processors and much improved battery life

With the flurry of new and updated laptops and desktops we've seen since the release of Intel's new processors on June 4th, it comes as no surprise that Apple has started to incorporate the new tech into their devices as well.

At WWDC 2013, Apple unveiled 11-inch and 13-inch models of MacBook Airs powered by new Intel Haswell i5 and i7 chips. Though many fans of the super-light laptops were disappointed that the list of improvements didn't include a retina display, the new Airs benefit from integrated Intel HD Graphics 5000 GPUs, 802.11ac wifi, and faster SSDs. Additional features include dual microphones, a 720p camera, a Thunderbolt port, Bluetooth 4.0, and two USB 3.0 ports.

Apple boasts that the new internals have resulted in much improved graphics, storage speeds, and battery life. The 11-inch MacBook Air offers up to 9 hours run time while the 13-Inch model offers up to 12.

The new laptops are available worldwide. The 11-inch MacBook Air starts at US$999 for a Core i5 1.3 GHz CPU, 4 GB of RAM, and a 128 GB SSD. While a top end model with a Core i7 1.7 GHz, 8 GB of RAM, and a 512 GB SSD will cost US$1,749. A similarly spec'd 13-inch model costs from US$1,099 to US$1,849.

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Craig Munro, 2013-06-10 (Update: 2013-06-11)