Apple Announces Refresh to MacBook Air, Previews New Mac Pro at WWDC

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Apple has announced a refresh of its MacBook Air, this time promising “all day battery life” at an affordable price point, at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in California.

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The MacBook Air will be available in an 11.6-inch model and 13.3-inch model and will feature the same chassis as the previous generation models.

The new MacBook Air will feature the newest Intel processors, known as Haswell, which Apple claims will boost performance speed and integrated graphics performance. Apple neglected to announce which specific processors would be used, but the Core i5 and i7 processors will be available.

The big selling point and major focus of the refresh however, is battery life. Apple promises nine hours of battery life for the 11.6-inch model and 12 hours of battery life for the 13.3-inch model.  The battery life on the previous models was quoted at five and seven hours respectively.

Other minor updates to the MacBook Air include support for 802.11ac W-Fi, which will work with new 4×6-inch AirPort base stations the company also announced at WWDC.

The new line of MacBook Airs are available today. The 11.6-inch model starts at $999 with 128GB of storage and $1,199 with 256GB of storage. The 13.3-inch model starts at $1,099 with 128GB of storage and $1,299 with 256GB of storage.

\"MacPro\"In addition to announcing the new MacBook Air models, Apple also previewed a new Mac Pro desktop on stage at WWDC.  The new Mac Pro line will also feature the latest Intel processors.

Apple executive Phil Schiller announced the new workstation and noted it will be one-eighth of the size of the only Mac Pro, which weighed in at a whopping 40 pounds.  The Mac Pro will run on Intel Xeon E5 processors that can be configured with up to 12-cores, dual GPUs, size Thunderbolt 2 ports and full flash storage. One thing it didn’t lose from the old Mac was the handle on top of the machine.

The new Mac Pro, which is being assembled in the U.S., will be available this fall alongside the new iOS 7, OS X Mavericks, and iTunes Radio.

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