Apple’s big new laptop announcement today may have been about a little laptop. But the company is also updating its MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lineup.

New models featuring 5th-gen Intel Core i5 and Core i7 “Broadwell” processors are now available.

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The new processors aren’t the only improvements. Here are some of hte other upgrades:

  • The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display now has the same Force Touch trackpad found in the new 2-pound MacBook.
  • That model also has flash storage that’s twice as fast, plus an extra hour of battery life for up to 10 hours of run time.
  • The MacBook Air now has Thunderbolt 2.
  • The 13 inch MacBook Air also has faster flash storage than its predecessor.

Interestingly it looks like Apple is not upgrading the non-Retina version of the MacBook Pro. That 13 inch laptop still has an Intel Core i5 Haswell processor, Intel HD Graphics 4000, and a $1099 price tag.

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Retina models with Intel Broadwell chips featuring Iris 6100 graphics start at $1299, while the new MacBook Air with Broadwell processors and Intel HD Graphics 6000 sell for $899 and up.

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10 replies on “Apple updates MacBook Air, MacBook Pro with Broadwell chips”

  1. Mac book pro non retina is ivy bridge not haswell. For its screen resolution, the graphics remain perfectly adequate (fine up to HD)

  2. If I buy this Macbook Pro in US, can I get the Apple Care Protection plan (additional 2 years) and the warranty here in India?

  3. Ouch, another Macbook Air refresh with a 1440×900 screen. Maybe next time, Apple.

    1. that’s mostly how they get the 13-15 hour battery life, not having their power budget spent on GPU (and of course a 15w CPU vs. the pros’ 28w). I presume many people buy airs just for that longevity so it makes sense to not have it even on a refresh. Just the wrong usage model. I personally can’t fault it for that, even though I did not choose to buy one (got the broadwell pro 13″)

  4. Surprised the Airs didn’t gain a bump in battery life with broadwell.

      1. I presume that the CPU is already a smaller part of the power budget. It may be that it did but just by 10-20 minutes. The increase in the new pros wasn’t just the CPU.. the battery is larger now, too

  5. The whole lineup is looking a lot like a bunch of sad puppies with lousy screens ( no ips poor resolution no touch) compared to windows 8/10 laptops/convertibles 2-1 hybrids… and of course prices are too high, no real value for buyers.

    1. The value is that you don’t have to use windows or mess around with linux 😀

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