As expected, Apple unveiled the new Haswell-powered MacBook Air at at its World Wide Developers Conference conference today, flaunting the latest enhancements to the notebook that essentially launched the current Ultrabook craze. It’s not a complete overhaul, but the new system specs offer some noteworthy improvements over the 2012 model, offering improved performance but lacking the much-rumored Retina display we were all hoping for. Check out our spec comparison below for a quick look at how the new 13-inch MacBook Air stacks up against it’s predecessor.
2012 MacBook Air (13-inch)
2013 MacBook Air (13-inch)
|Dimensions||12.8” x 8.94” x 0.68”||12.8” x 8.94” x 0.68”|
|Weight||2.96 pounds||2.96 pounds|
|Keyboard||Backlit w/ ambient light sensor||Backlit w/ ambient light sensor|
|Processor||1.8GHz Intel Dual-core i5-3427U||1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (Haswell)|
|RAM||4GB DDR3L SDRAM||4GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 4000||Intel HD Graphics 5000|
|Screen Size||13.3″ (non-touch)||13.3″ (non-touch)|
|Resolution||1440 x 900||1440 x 900|
|Storage||128GB SSD||128GB SSD|
|Networking||802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0||802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0|
|Ports||Thunderbolt, USB 3.0 x 2, SD memory card reader||Thunderbolt, USB 3.0, SDXC card reader|
|Webcam||720p HD webcam||720p HD webcam|
|Operating System||Mac OS X Mountain Lion||Mac OS X Mountain Lion|
|Battery Life||7 hours||12 hours|
Apple claims the new Haswell chip will extend battery life from seven to 12 hours on a single charge, while the new GPU and quicker graphics processor will ramp up performance beyond the capabilities of earlier models. The 1440 x 900 resolution display remains the same, but other feaures — such as flash and the 802.11ac Wi-Fi — will see dramatic speed improvements.
Apple also dropped the price of the new Air by $100 across all models, but is Apple’s refresh really enough? For those who already own a MacBoo Air, the longer battery life and faster processor are probably not enough to justify buying a new Air.
What do you think? Are you excited for the new MacBook Air, or do you simply feel let down? Let us know in the comments below.