Apple came prepared on Monday to tout an impressive lineup of new products and software at the company’s 2013 developer conference. At the keynote address, Phil Schiller, Apple’s head of marketing, revealed new versions of the Macbook Air notebook along with a sneak peak of an updated Mac Pro desktop PC.
The new line of MacBook Air notebooks boast all day battery life and are equipped with fourth generation Intel core processors with faster graphics, 802.11 ac Wi-Fi, and flash storage that according to Apple’s press release “is up to 45 percent faster than the previous generation”. The new generations of MacBook Air notebooks are available in 11″ and 13″ models.
The most notable addition to the MacBook air is its improved battery life. The 11″ MacBook Air now offers nine ours battery life, compared to the five hours the previous generation offered; and the 13″ model now boasts 12 hours, from the previous device’s seven hours. Apple attributes the drastic increase in battery life to the addition of power-efficient fourth generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors.
MacBook Air ships with OS X Mountain Lion, and offers Messages, Notification Center, system wide Sharing, Air Play Mirroring, Dictation, Game Center and enhanced Gatekeeper. Each device also comes equipped with dual microphones, a FaceTime HD camera, Thunderbolt Port, and two USB 3.0 ports.
New MacBook Air models are available today online at Apple’s Online Store or through Apple Retailers. The 11″ MacBook Air offers a 1.3 GHZ processor, with 4GB of RAM, and 128 GB of flash storage starting at $1000. The 13″ MacBook Air offers a 1.3 GHz processor, with GB of RAM, and 256 GB of flash storage starting at $1,300. Additional, configure to order options are available.