The MacBook Air has had its hardware and OS upgraded. The update to the Air is only to the USB 3.0 and 512GB storage. The screen resolutions and sizes are to remain the same, 13 inches with a 1,440x900 resolution and 11 inches with a 1,366x768 resolution. The 11-inch Air is now a 1.7GHz Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz), while the 13-inch is now a 1.8GHz Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 2.8GHz). You could get i7 buy bucking up a $150 and $100 for the 11-inch and 13-inch respectively. The new CPU's have a better battery life and perform much better when it comes to graphics via Intel's new HD 4000 integrated graphics. RAM for all Air models is 4GB 1,600MHz DDR3L with 8GB available as a $100.
For the first time on Mac, a USB 3.0 has been introduced. Two USB 3.0/2.0 ports, a headphone jack, SD card slot (13-inch only), a Thunderbolt port that also acts as a mini-DisplayPort video output. HDMI or an SD card slot for the 11-inch model, are not included.
Tech specs at a glance:
- Updated OSX Lion
- 4GB RAM upgrade to 8GB available
- 512 MB flash storage
- FaceTime camera upgraded to 720p
- Ivy Bridge CPU (2.0 GHz i7 processor)
- USB 3.0, First on Mac.
Price: 11inch: $999-$1099. 13inch: $1199-$1499