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Apple MacBook Air (11-inch June 2013)The smallest Air doubles storage, adds battery life
Hi. I'm Scott Stein. And Apple announced a new line of MacBook Airs at WWDC as expected because there were new Intel 4th generation processors that are out there with a good speed bump and some battery life advantages to boot. And sure enough, Apple's claims on the new 2013 MacBook Air's battery wise are amazingly impressive. The 11-inch is supposed to get 9 hours of battery life and the 13-inch, 12. We're gonna focused on the 11 here which we got right over here and Apple makes some really good products in the MacBook Airs, the decisions and the movement in these new models is a conservative one. When you consider that you got touchscreen laptops and all sorts of convertible tablets out there on the market. What Apple is providing here are a series of improvements internally, externally it's the same exact design as before, very slim, very sturdy and if you use the 2012 MacBook Air or even the 2011, you know what you're dealing with. Coming along the battery life boost are those Intel 4th generation processors which come in the form of a core i5 or you can upgrade to a dual core i7, just like last year but with the new models. And there are better integrated graphics, Intel HD 5,000 graphics which are better than you might find in some other equivalent processors where you're gonna get here our better gaming graphics, you're gonna get better graphics and performance boost or photo and video editing and that's useful. Apple also claims a little bit of SSD speed boost but between that and the processor, what it means, you should get a lot zippier at startup, switching applications and general performance. The other boost here is gonna come in the form of wireless communication because this MacBook Air has 802.11ac, that's a faster new standard of wireless networking that [unk] plans 802.11 and it's been out there for a while. 802.11ac is showing up in a lot of computers and with Apple now, they made to move in the Airs and also in connected based stations and peripherals like the new Time Capsule and Airport Express which now have the technology too. Another nice advantage here is the new Airs are a little bit less expensive. Get more bank for your butt. The $999 MacBook Air 11-inch, which is the cheapest MacBook Air that Apple makes, it finally has 128 gigabytes of SSD storage. We're saying we waited for it for a while. Before it was 64 gigs and that really doesn't cut it. So, now you've got that and the bump up level, $1199 gets you 256 gigabytes and it also cost a little less to get up to 512 than before. So, you're looking at about the $1500 range whereas before with MacBook Airs, you're kinda pushing up towards $2,000. That's about it in terms of really big changes here. You're dealing with faster and hopefully a really big bump in battery life and you're paying a little bit less for it. Stay tune for our full review. I'm Scott Stein with the new 11-inch MacBook Air.