Apple MacBook Air laptop gets a little faster — and a little cheaper

macbook air 2013 review lid open angle 2 1500x991

The rumors were true: Apple just improved on Air.

The Cupertino, Calif., consumer electronics giant revealed a modest boost for its line of ultra-light laptops Tuesday, following multiple rumors suggesting a new set of MacBook Air notebooks outfitted with minor upgrades would come this week.

Apple quietly replaced the processors in the 11- and 13-inch MacBook Air with Intel Core i5 dual-core CPUs that, at 1.4 GHz, are clocked slightly higher than those in previous models. It’s a 100-MHz upgrade over what was available just yesterday (Intel Core i5 dual-core processors running at 1.3 GHz). Turbo Boost also got a bump across every iteration of the MacBook Air. Before, Turbo Boost could previously shoot the Core i5’s clock speed as high as 2.6 GHz. Now they can reach 2.7 GHz.

On top of that, both the 11- and 13-inch MacBook Air have starting prices $100 cheaper than they were up until yesterday. The 11.6-inch MacBook Air dropped from $999 to $899, and on top of the upgraded CPU, includes a 128GB PCI Express SSD, 4GB of RAM, and Intel HD Graphics 5000. The same goes for the 13-inch MacBook Air, which now starts at $999 as opposed to $1,099, as well as souped up versions of both sizes, which now start at $1,099 and $1,199.

MacBook Air refresh

Though the base CPU in the MacBook Air got a small upgrade, the 1.7-GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 CPU that was offered as a $150 upgrade as of yesterday remains, and wasn’t upgraded. 

The refreshed MacBook Air can be ordered immediately, and ships “within 24 hours,” Apple claims.

Though these upgrades are brand new, Apple is widely expected to give the MacBook Air even more attention later on this year, and may introduce models equipped with Retina displays.

Computing

Keep your laptop battery in tip-top condition with these handy tips

Learn how to care for your laptop's battery, how it works, and what you can do to make sure yours last for years and retains its charge. Check out our handy guide for valuable tips, no matter what type of laptop you have.
Deals

Now’s your chance to get the latest iPad Pro for $100 less on Amazon

The latest iPad Pro has always been our favorite since its release last year, and we even tagged it as the best tablet ever. Don’t miss out on Amazon’s discount on the 12-inch 256GB Wi-Fi model and get yours today for $1,049.
Computing

From Chromebooks to MacBooks, here are the best laptop deals for August 2019

Whether you need a new laptop for school or work, we have you covered. We've put together a list of the best laptop deals going right now, from discounted MacBooks to on-the-go gaming PCs.
Deals

Amazon cuts $52 off this Samsung Galaxy 10.1-inch tablet for the whole family

Normally priced at $330, you can grab the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1-inch 128GB Wi-Fi tablet now for only $278 and enjoy $52 savings. On top of that, Amazon is offering an extra $28 discount when you apply for a coupon during checkout.
Computing

Tired of choosing between Windows and Mac? Check out these Chromebooks instead

We've compiled a list of the best Chromebooks -- laptops that combine great battery life, comfortable keyboards, and the performance it takes to run Google's lightweight Chrome OS. From Samsung to Acer, these are the Chromebooks that really…
Computing

Tired of your Mac freezing? Try these tips to fix your Mac

A Mac that keeps freezing can be an incredibly annoying thing to deal with, but fixing it doesn’t have to be a pain. There are six main things you should try, which we got through in this guide to help you fix the issue once and for all.
Computing

1.5% of Chrome users’ passwords are known to be compromised, according to Google

In February, a new feature was introduced to the Google Chrome browser which checks whether users' passwords are secure. Now, Google has released eye-opening stats gathered from Password Checkup.
Computing

Here's our guide to how to charge your laptop using a USB-C cable

Charging via USB-C is a great way to power up your laptop. It only takes one cable and you can use the same one for data as well as power -- perfect for new devices with limited port options.
Computing

Latest Windows 10 update is causing random reboots and can break Visual Basic

The latest update for Windows 10, made available on Tuesday this week, includes patches against two critical vulnerabilities. But it is causing a string of issues including random reboots and failure to install.
Computing

Delete tracking cookies from your system by following these quick steps

Cookies are useful when it comes to saving your login credentials, but they can also be used by advertisers to track your browsing habits across multiple sites. Here's how to clear cookies in the major browsers.
Computing

Enjoy your music on more devices: Here's how to convert FLAC to MP3

FLAC files sound awesome — that is, if your device can handle the lossless format. No matter your OS there's a converter for you. Here's how to convert FLAC to MP3, so you no longer have to worry about incompatibility issues.
Computing

Windows 10 can split and resize windows with ease. Here's how to do it

The window management features of Windows 10 can be particularly helpful for those who frequently multitask. Here's how to split your screen according to your workflow needs by using Snap Assist and other native tools.
Computing

Installing fonts in Windows 10 is quick and easy -- just follow these steps

Want to know how to install fonts in Windows 10? Here's our guide on two easy ways to get the job done, no matter how many you want to add to your existing catalog, plus instructions for deleting fonts.
Computing

Sending SMS messages from your PC is easier than you might think

Texting is a fact of life, but what do you do when you're in the middle of something on your laptop or just don't have your phone handy? Here's how to send a text message from a computer, whether via an email client or Windows 10.