Apple Releases Haswell-Powered MacBook Air at WWDC 2013


As expected, Apple has refreshed its MacBook Air line of ultraportables at the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2013, San Francisco, early this morning. The high-popular ultraportable is now powered by fourth generation Intel Core processor codenamed “Haswell.” The new MacBook Air models feature faster graphics, latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi, faster Flash memory and all-day battery life.

The new MacBook Air features the power-efficient, low-voltage fourth generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors that give the 13-inch MacBook Air up to 12 hours of battery life. The 11-inch on the other hand, delivers up to 9 hours of battery life.

New Intel HD Graphics 5000 delivers up to 40 percent faster performance for gaming and graphics applications. The all new Flash storage brings 45% faster performance than previous generation Flash storage.

Packed into the super-thin and super-light design of the MacBook Air are dual microphones, a FaceTime HD camera, a single Thunderbolt port and two USB 3.0 ports. MacBook Air supports dual displays and video mirroring, simultaneously supporting full native resolution on the built-in display.

Apple also introduced redesigned Airport Extreme and Airport Time Capsule base stations to feature three-stream 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology (max. data rate of 1.3Gbps). A whopping three times faster than 802.11n.

Pricing & Availability

MacBook Air is available today through Apple Online Store (, Apple retail stores and Apple Authorised Resellers.

  • 11″ MacBook Air (1.3Ghz Core i5/4GB/128GB) – RM2,999.00 (US$999)
  • 11″ MacBook Air (1.3Ghz Core i5/4GB/256GB) – RM3,599.00 (US$1,299)
  • 13″ MacBook Air (1.3Ghz Core i54GB/128GB) – RM3,299.00 (US$1,099)
  • 13″ MacBook Air (1.3Ghz Core i5/4GB/256GB) – RM3,899.00 (US$1,299)

Configure-to-order options include a 1.7Ghz Intel Core i7 processor, up to 8GB of memory and 512GB flash storage.

Strangely, no Retina Display, although we’re guessing Apple had a price point target to meet. The US$999 option is a compelling buy, cheaper than the previous generation entry-level MacBook Air.

What do you think? MacBook Air now, or wait for the Haswell-based MacBook Pro?






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