Apple debuts new generation MacBook Air, upgrades MacBook Pro

11 Jun 2012

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Apple has introduced a new family of MacBook Air machines in 11-inch and 13-inch formats and boasting the latest Intel Core processors and flash storage that’s twice as fast.

At the annual WWDC in San Francisco today, Apple also revealed a new 13-inch MacBook Pro featuring the latest Intel Core i5 or Core i7 dual-core processors up to 2.9 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6 GHz. The 15-inch MacBook Pro features the latest Intel Core i7 quad-core processors up to 2.7 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.7 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M discrete graphics. Both the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro can be configured with a 1TB hard drive or SSDs up to 512GB that are up to twice as fast as the previous generation.

Available in 11-inch and 13-inch designs, the new MacBook Air features the latest Core i5 and Core i7 dual-core processors and is perfect for browsing the web, making movies and managing photos. The new integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 is up to 60pc faster and gives the MacBook Air plenty of power to tackle games and videos.

MacBook Air and MacBook Pro both feature a high-speed Thunderbolt port and two USB 3.0 ports to easily connect to external displays and a wide variety of high-performance peripherals. The 13-inch MacBook Air, and 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro deliver up to seven hours of wireless battery life, and the 11-inch MacBook Air delivers up to five hours. Mac notebook batteries use advanced chemistry and Adaptive Charging technology to provide up to 1,000 recharges.

The MacBook Air and MacBook Pro ship with OS X Lion. Starting today, customers who purchase a Mac are eligible for a free copy of OS X Mountain Lion when it becomes available in July.

Mountain Lion introduces innovative features, including the all-new Messages app, Notification Center, system-wide Sharing, AirPlay Mirroring, Game Center and the enhanced security of Gatekeeper. With iCloud built into the foundation of OS X, Mountain Lion aims to make it easier than ever to keep your content up to date across all your devices.

Priced at just €99, the new AirPort Express features a completely redesigned compact enclosure and new wireless and connectivity capabilities. Simultaneous dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi allows users to easily create a network that delivers optimal performance and range. The AirPort Express also features an audio-out port to connect external powered speakers or an A/V receiver and use AirPlay to wirelessly stream from iTunes on your Mac or iOS device.

Pricing

The 11-inch MacBook Air comes with a 1.7 GHz processor, 4GB of memory and is available with 64GB of flash storage starting at €1,099 inc VAT (€893.50 ex VAT), and 128GB of flash storage starting at €1,199 inc VAT (€974.80 ex VAT).

The 13-inch MacBook Air comes with a 1.8 GHz processor, 4GB of memory and is available with 128GB of flash storage starting at €1,299 inc VAT (€1,056.10 ex VAT), and 256GB of flash storage starting at €1,599 inc VAT (€1,300 ex VAT). Configure-to-order options include a 2.0 GHz Intel Core i7 processor, up to 8GB of 1600 MHz DDR3 on-board memory and up to 512GB flash storage.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro is available with a 2.5 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of memory and 500GB hard drive starting at €1,299 inc VAT (€1,056.10 ex VAT), and with a 2.9 GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of memory and 750GB hard drive starting at €1,599 inc VAT (€1,300 ex VAT).

The 15-inch MacBook Pro is available with a 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 4GB of memory, Intel HD Graphics 4000 and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M, and 500GB hard drive starting at €1,949 inc VAT (€1,584.55 ex VAT); and with a 2.6 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of memory, Intel HD Graphics 4000 and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M, and 750GB hard drive starting at €2,349 inc VAT (€1,909.76 ex VAT).

Configure-to-order options include faster quad-core processors up to 2.7 GHz, additional hard drive capacity up to 1TB, up to 8GB of memory and solid state storage up to 512GB.

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Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist.

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