Apple is updating its thin and light MacBook Air notebook lineup, bringing Intel’s 4th-generation Core processors to both the 11.6 inch and 13.3 inch models. The company says that should boost graphics performance by as much as 40 percent, while providing nearly twice as much battery life.
The new 11.6 inch MacBook Air will get up to 9 hours of battery life, which is a big jump from the 5 hours you got from earlier versions. The new 13.3 inch model jumps from 7 hours of run time to 12, for “all-day” battery life.
Intel’s new “Haswell” chips are likely responsible for much of that change. Intel’s latest chips use less power than earlier processors, while offering more powerful graphics and CPU performance.
Apple is also adding 802.11ac WiFi to its new MacBook Air models.
One thing the company isn’t changing is the price: Starting today you’ll be able to pick up an 11.6 inch model with 128GB of storage for $999 and a 13.3 inch MacBook Air for $1099.