Updated MacBook Airs introduced with new starting price of $899
Just like we heard yesterday, Apple has gone out and updated their MacBook Air lineup, doing so without much fanfare. Unfortunately, no Retina displays were included with this go, though the update does add a bit of power while simultaneously bringing down the starting price tag.
Both the 11.6" and 13.3" MacBook Airs have been updated to the latest Intel Haswell processors, now starting off with a 1.4GHz dual-core i5 CPU. The jump in power isn't likely to be noticeable when compared to the previous 1.3GHz CPU, but it does add some battery life, with the 13.3" model sustaining 12 hours of iTunes playback rather than 10.
Of course, the biggest and most welcome change is the price drop, with the 11.6" model now starting at $899 and the 13.3" model starting at $999. This could also be good news for Retina fans, as it gives Apple flexibility in introducing a Retina MacBook Air model that's not the same cost as the Retina MacBook Pro.
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