Apple's Updated Macbook Air: Faster Processors, $100 Cheaper

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Apple has refreshed its MacBook Air lineup today, with the super-slim laptops now sporting Intel's latest Haswell silicon to boost their speeds—and selling for $100 less.


Both the 11- and 13-inch entry-level Airs now feature a 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, compared to the previous 1.3GHz chip. They still both come with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage as a baseline. The laptops are configurable with specs reaching up to a 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 with 8GB of RAM.

According to the spec sheet, nothing else has changed with this latest refresh of the MacBook Air has—no Retina display, no fan removal, not even a Thunderbolt 2 connection. You'll have to wait for a bigger milestone before the Air changes more dramatically.

Prices have had a $100 reduction, though, so you can now pick up the 11-inch model for $900 or the 13-inch variant for $1,000. All models are available today in retail locations and on Apple's online store that are available to ship within 24 hours. [Apple]



So is this really just a minor spec bump or does this mean we can't expect a more heavily refreshed Mac Air this year? I'm starting university in September and I'm wondering if I should wait for a later refresh or this is going to be as good as it gets in 2014.