Next generation of MacBook Air to come with all-day battery life

10 Jun 2013

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At WWDC today Apple revealed the next generation of MacBook Air which will be capable of all day battery life and come with fourth generation Intel ‘Haswell’ Core processors with faster graphics, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and flash storage that is up to 45pc faster than the previous generation.

Today at WWDC Apple revealed the new 11-inch models featuring double the storage and 13-inch models starting at a new lower price of €1,149.

The new MacBook Air features power-efficient fourth generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors that give the 13-inch MacBook Air up to 12 hours of battery life and up to 10 hours of iTunes movie playback.

The 11-inch MacBook Air delivers up to 9 hours of battery life and up to 8 hours of iTunes movie playback. MacBook Air now supports next generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi for wireless performance that is up to three times faster when connected to an 802.11ac base station.

New Intel HD Graphics 5000 gives MacBook Air up to 40pc faster performance for gaming and graphics intensive apps, and new flash storage provides speeds up to 45pc faster than the previous generation and nine times faster than traditional hard drives.

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The machines feature dual microphones, a FaceTime HD camera, a high-speed Thunderbolt port and two USB 3.0 ports. MacBook Air also supports dual displays and video mirroring while simultaneously supporting full native resolution on the built-in display. The new MacBook Air meets stringent Energy Star 5.2 requirements and achieves an EPEAT Gold rating.

“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.”

Apple also introduced redesigned AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule base stations that feature three-stream 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology with a maximum data rate of 1.3Gbps, almost three times faster than 802.11n.

Featuring 2TB or 3TB hard drives, AirPort Time Capsule works in conjunction with Time Machine in OS X.

The new MacBook Air will be available today online at Apple’s store. he 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 starting at €1,049 inc VAT (€852.85 ex VAT), and 256GB of flash storage starting at €1,249 inc VAT (€1,015.45 ex VAT). The 13-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 starting at €1,149 inc VAT (€934.15 ex VAT), and 256GB of flash storage starting at €1,349 inc VAT (€1,096.75 ex VAT).

Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist.

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