Apple has unveiled upgraded Macbook Air laptops that will feature Intel's latest Haswell chips and boast all-day battery life.
The upgraded Macbook Airs will be available in 11.6in and 13.3in models and will come with Intel Haswell processors. The processors are the latest chipsets from Intel and were unveiled earlier this month at Computex. Apple claims the chips' use will radically improve the Macbook's battery life. The iPhone maker said the 11.6in Macbook Air model will last around nine hours and the 13.3 roughly 12 hours off one charge.
The Intel chips also aim to improve the Macbook's performance, with Apple claiming both models will be able to boot in less than two seconds and that they will have 45 percent faster flash storage. Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Philip Schiller, said the improved battery and performance will make the Macbooks the firm's best selling models to date.
"MacBook Air is the industry leader for thin and light notebooks, and now with longer battery life, we've set the bar even higher," he said. "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."
As well as Intel chipsets, the new Macbooks are confirmed to feature support for 802.11ac WiFi. According to Apple the connectivity will offer users three times faster internet speeds. The Macbooks are now available in the UK with prices for 11.6in model starting at £849, and £949 for the 13.3in model. Check back with V3 later for reviews of both the new Macbook Airs.
Apple also unveiled some details regarding an upgrade to its premium Mac Pro computer. Unlike the Macbook Airs the upgraded Pro is set to be powered by an Intel Xeon processor and boast improved memory. The new Pro will also include Thunderbolt 2 connectivity to help users more quickly transfer files their Macs, as well as support for 4K displays and dual workstation GPUs for increased productivity. There is no word on the new Pro's price or release date.
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