While the 2013 Apple MacBook Air is certainly not inexpensive, it is flaunting a lower tag than last year. It’s true that buyers still have to pay the same for the base model, but the specs for the least expensive 11-inch Apple notebook have changed for the better and the extra hoarding room onboard doesn’t have an impact on the amount users will be coughing up for it.
With 128GB of memory, it’s double the storage as compared to the older 11-inch Apple MacBook Air and its 64GB hoarding space for $999. The other configuration options of this laptop include a (Haswell) fourth generation 1.3GHz dual core Intel Core i5 processor, Intel HD Graphics 5000 and 4GB of RAM. For additional locker room of 256GB/512GB, up to 8GB RAM or a 1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 CPU, potential buyers will have to pony up $1,199 or more.
Also, the 13-inch model now starts at $1,099. We’re talking about the basic 128GB version with a 1.3GHz dual core Intel Core i5 chip, 4GB memory and Intel Graphics 5000. It’s $1,299 and more for 256GB/512GB space, up to 8GB of RAM or a 1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor. The company is also pushing 6-, 12- or 18-month financing plans for those who’d like to pay for the notebook in installments.
Additionally, through the Shop Mac for Education scheme, students and teachers can look forward to significant discounts on the tag attached to the 2013 Apple MacBook Air. With support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi when connected to a base station, the laptop also boasts of enhanced battery life. Users can apparently squeeze roughly 9 hours of juice or 8 hours of iTunes movie playback out of the 11-inch variant. Its 13-inch cousin is touted to deliver approximately 12 hours of battery life.
The main I/O on the 2013 Apple MacBook Air cover two USB 3.0 ports, a Thunderbolt port, a headphone jack and a MagSafe 2 power port, of course. Additionally, the 13-inch model has an SDXC card slot too, something the smaller one has to do without. The laptops come with OS X Mountain Lion, a FaceTime HD camera and a full size keyboard. One has a 11.6-inch 1366 x 768p LED backlit screen, while the other flaunts a 13.3-inch 1440 x 900p display of the same type.
Apart from the MacBook Air notebooks, the $199 AirPort Extreme was revealed by the company too. There was also the AirPort Time Capsule which is priced at $399 and $299 for the 3TB and 2TB capacities, respectively.