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Old Apr 28, 2014, 02:02 PM   #1
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New MacBook Airs to Feature Minor Processor Update




Earlier this morning, news of an imminent MacBook Air refresh surfaced, and now there are additional details on what we can expect from the update. As initially reported, the new MacBook Airs will include updated Haswell processors with no other specification changes.

As can be seen in an image of the new entry-level 13-inch MacBook Air specs provided to 9to5Mac, the notebook will offer a 1.4GHz Intel Core i5 processor, a very minor boost from the current entry level 1.3Ghz processor in the 13-inch version. Build to order models in both 11 and 13-inch varieties are expected to see the same minor processor improvements.

The MacBook Airs continue to offer the same amount of storage space, RAM, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and there has been no upgrade to Thunderbolt 2, which was included in the latest Retina MacBook Pro. The Airs continue to use Intel's HD Graphics 5000 and it is unclear whether updated Haswell processors will bring any boosts to battery life.

It is unknown when Apple plans to introduce the new MacBook Air computers, but it is possible Apple will take its online store down tonight in order to update inventory ahead of an in-store release tomorrow.

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Old Apr 28, 2014, 02:04 PM   #2
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I think I'll hold on to my 2013 MBA and wait for what's coming after this very mediocre upgrade.
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Old Apr 28, 2014, 02:04 PM   #3
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What's the point of this? Seems like an extremely minor spec bump
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Old Apr 28, 2014, 02:05 PM   #4
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Apple has done this before. A minor spec bump a couple of months before a major update...

Guess waiting for a Retina Air isn't over yet!
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Old Apr 28, 2014, 02:05 PM   #5
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1.3GHz to 1.4GHz? This is going to cannibalize Mac Pro sales for sure
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Old Apr 28, 2014, 02:06 PM   #6
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Apple reminds me of those hamster cages with the slow drip water bottle. we the consumers are the hamsters, and apple is slowly dripping us updates lol
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Old Apr 28, 2014, 02:07 PM   #7
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1.4Ghz? My 2013 MBA feels so slow now running at an abysmal 1.3Ghz.

All jokes aside, possibly just a minor boost readying for that Retina later this year?
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Old Apr 28, 2014, 02:08 PM   #8
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I think I'll hold on to my 2013 MBA and wait for what's coming after this very mediocre upgrade.
Were you originally planning to do otherwise? Do people seriously upgrade after just one refresh?
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Old Apr 28, 2014, 02:09 PM   #9
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Their first product update of 2014! What a joke.
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Old Apr 28, 2014, 02:09 PM   #10
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thaks to angela ahrendts for this classy upgrade.
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Old Apr 28, 2014, 02:10 PM   #11
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New mini please - MacBooks can wait till WWDC :P
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Old Apr 28, 2014, 02:11 PM   #12
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I think I'll hold on to my 2013 MBA and wait for what's coming after this very mediocre upgrade.
I honestly still don't feel the need to update my 2011 Air...
This update might just be an ops/supply chain related update... might be easier to source those new procs or it might just not cost anything more to Apple to get slightly better-specc'd procss.
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Why bother with such a lame update.
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Old Apr 28, 2014, 02:13 PM   #15
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Not sure why people are upset. At least the MBA's are getting processor bumps.

This is probably the last upgrade current MBA form factor will receive. Apple will keep them around like they do the 13" cMBP for a year or two and then discontinue them.

Better to get a processor bump than not. Darned if you do, darned if you don't...
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Old Apr 28, 2014, 02:14 PM   #16
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Apple reminds me of those hamster cages with the slow drip water bottle. we the consumers are the hamsters, and apple is slowly dripping us updates lol
Yeah except hamsters don't have to pay to upgrade their 'drip'...
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What's the point of this? Seems like an extremely minor spec bump
It is an extremely minor spec bump. I can't see why you're complaining. Any updates are welcome.
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Why bother with such a lame update.
Because something better is coming and this is probably the last update for these devices? Just a guess.
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didnt they do the same thing with the rMBP last year?
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Their first product update of 2014! What a joke.
Not really a joke. Yes, it's a very small spec bump but so what? As I mentioned in a post a while back, any update is welcome. Just wait until WWDC. Air Retina is coming.
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What's the point of this? Seems like an extremely minor spec bump
It is, but it's kinda to be expected. The HD Graphics 5000 would seriously struggle to drive a 4k display so no Thunderbolt 2 makes sense, and Macbook Airs are the one line Apple has actually really listened to consumers and gone for battery life, which limits the processor choice. They have to differentiate between the now standard rMBP and the Airs and processors are a good way to do it.

There isn't a huge amount you can improve on an Air without fundamentally changing its market segment.
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Old Apr 28, 2014, 02:21 PM   #22
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How long til 256 GB becomes standard? I feel like we've been at 128 for forever.

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Not really a joke. Yes, it's a very small spec bump but so what? As I mentioned in a post a while back, any update is welcome. Just wait until WWDC. Air Retina is coming.
Probably not. The next intel chip, Broadwell, doesn't come out til the fall.
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Why bother with such a lame update.
This may be due to a change in the supply chain.

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How long til 256 GB becomes standard? I feel like we've been at 128 for forever.



Probably not. The next intel chip, Broadwell, doesn't come out til the fall.
I personally think one gigabyte should be a standard across all laptops and desktops.
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I personally think one gigabyte should be a standard across all laptops and desktops.
You mean TB? That won't happen for five years at least. SSD prices have to fall quite a bit.
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