Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller on Monday announced a refresh to the MacBook Air lineup, featuring Intel’s next-generation Haswell processors and Intel HD 5000 graphics that are up to 40 percent faster. Despite the performance enhancements, the new MacBook Air now achieves all-day battery life with up to 12 hours of charge.
The new entry-level 11-inch MacBook Air retains its $999 price tag, yet gains double the flash storage at 128 GB. The 13-inch model starts at $1099 — that’s $100 cheaper — for 128 GB flash storage. Thew new models also have 802.11ac Wi-Fi and up to 45 percent faster flash storage. The new models are available from Apple beginning today.