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First Look: The latest MacBook Air is slightly better, slightly less expensive

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First Look: The latest MacBook Air is slightly better, slightly less expensive

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The 13-inch MacBook Air gets a minor CPU upgrade and $100 price cut, keeping it near the top of our recommended laptop list.

[MUSIC] Apple's very popular, very useful 13-inch laptop, gets a little bit better and a little bit less expensive. I'm Dan Ackerman, and this is the 2014 version of Apple's 13-inch MacBook Air. And this is a very minor update to the MacBook Air, compared to the 2013 version, what Apple has done this year, is take the same body, in fact the same body we've for a, few years now, and given it a slightly faster processor, and its also cut the price by a $100 for the base model, from that 1099 down to 999, and I think getting it down below that $1000 mark psychologically makes a big difference. Makes it a lot easier to move into, a MacBook Air. Now we saw some you know, minor improvement in performance scores in this model versus last year's, but if you've got a recent MacBook Air, there's not really a real reason to upgrade. If you've been holding off for a couple years or you have an older MacBook Air. Then this is certainly a lower-cost way to get in there. And the performance, is a little bit better. Battery life still excellent. Of course, we're all waiting for a more thorough, overall, of the Air because the hardware, while it still looks good, is starting to feel a little bit dated. Newer laptops have, higher screen resolutions and, and glass over the display. Some of them have touch screens. Obviously OS10 is not really built around touch. But you see a lot of Windows laptops moving that way. It'll be really interesting to see, what Apple does next when they do a more complete overhaul or redesign of the Air line, beyond a very, very minor upgrade. I'm Dan Ackerman, and that is the 2014 version of Apple's 13-inch MacBook Air. [MUSIC]

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