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Apple launches new MacBook Airs that are faster than ever and $100 cheaper

Published Apr 29th, 2014 7:40AM EDT
Early 2014 MacBook Air Specs

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Apple on Tuesday quietly unveiled new MacBook Air models, as previously reported, but the new laptops will not offer any particularly interesting updates – a recent report claimed new Air models will be even thinner and lighter than their predecessors, but that’s not the case for Apple’s early 2014 Air models. What’s significant though is that the new Airs are now cheaper than ever, no matter what model buyers end up choosing.

For the 11.6-inch MacBook Air model pricing starts at $899, or $100 less than before, while the cheapest 13-inch MacBook Air now costs $999, also $100 less than its predecessor. That effectively means customers can order their Airs with a “free” memory upgrade (8GB instead of 4GB), and pay what they would have paid yesterday for the 2013 models.

When it comes to specs, the early 2014 MacBook Air models only offer a slight performance bump, featuring faster Intel Haswell processors for all models. Base configurations will pack a 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, Intel HD Graphics 5000, 4GB of memory and 128GB SSDs, although buyers are able to also choose more RAM, higher capacity SSDs or go for build-to-order configurations.

Battery life is still at up to 9 hours for the 11.6-inch model, and up to 12-hours for the 13-inch model, with both devices enjoying up to 30 days standby time.

The new Airs are already available to order, and will ship within 24 hours.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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