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Old Apr 29, 2014, 03:05 AM   #1
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Apple Updates MacBook Airs with Faster Haswell Processors and $100 Price Drop [Updated]




As indicated last week and yesterday, Apple today launched updated MacBook Airs, which feature faster versions of Intel's Haswell processors at $100 less for each model.

All standard models of the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air now come with a faster 1.4 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor along with the same 4GB of RAM. Both entry-level configurations of the 11-inch and 13-inch models now sell for $899 and $999 with 128GB of flash storage, while the higher-end 11-inch and 13-inch models now come in at $1099 and $1199 with 256GB of flash storage, respectively.

Build-to-order options include a 1.7 GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor with up to 8GB of RAM on both the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Airs.

Apple is also rumored to be working on a 12-inch MacBook with a new ultra-slim design and a high resolution Retina display for later this year.

The updated 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Airs are available today through Apple's various retail locations and online store, with all standard configurations showing availability of "within 24 hours."

Update 1:28 AM: Apple's updated MacBook Airs are now available in its U.S. Online Store with each model now costing $100 less compared to the previous model.

Update 1:36 AM: Notably, the battery specs for both new models list slightly longer iTunes Movie playback times, with the 11-inch model jumping from 8 to 9 hours of playback and the 13-inch model jumping from 10 to 12 hours.

Update 6:08 AM: Apple has issued a press release announcing the minor update.
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"With MacBook Air starting at $899, there's no reason to settle for anything less than a Mac," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "Macs have never been more popular, and today we've boosted the performance and lowered the price of MacBook Air so even more people can experience the perfect everyday notebook."
The press release also highlights the significant increase in battery life for movie playback through iTunes.

Update 9:00 AM: Refurbished MacBook Air computers have dropped to all time low prices, with an 11-inch 2012 model available starting at $599. 2013 models are available starting at $719.

Article Link: Apple Updates MacBook Airs with Faster Haswell Processors and $100 Price Drop [Updated]
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Old Apr 29, 2014, 03:06 AM   #2
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Well that got me by surprise.....
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Old Apr 29, 2014, 03:09 AM   #3
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Hopefully the price drop is indicative of a major lineup refresh!
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Old Apr 29, 2014, 03:09 AM   #4
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We can expect these to be in the stores until the 12" Macbook Air replaces both in 6 months..
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Old Apr 29, 2014, 03:12 AM   #5
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We can expect these to be in the stores until the 12" Macbook Air replaces both in 6 months..
The updated MacBook Air will not launch until 2015.

I don't know where these 2014 rumours come from. They are 100% wrong.
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Old Apr 29, 2014, 03:13 AM   #6
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There's just a big "Oops!" error page when you click on the Macbook Air page in the US Apple Online Store.
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Old Apr 29, 2014, 03:13 AM   #7
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those prices are very appealing

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Old Apr 29, 2014, 03:14 AM   #8
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Don't see any 1.8GHz i7 option as stated

The 3 Apple Stores I looked at online only show 1.4 GHz i5 and the same 1.7GHz i7. I don't see any mention of a processor bump in the i7 option.
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Old Apr 29, 2014, 03:17 AM   #9
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...Apple today launched updated MacBook Airs, which feature faster versions of Intel's Haswell processors at $100 less for each model...
It's a bit more than $100 less in the UK store, the base models have been reduced by 100 and the better specced models by 130.

I guess the extra reduction could be due to a currency adjustment?
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Old Apr 29, 2014, 03:18 AM   #10
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So the new 12" MBA will come at 1099$
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Old Apr 29, 2014, 03:23 AM   #12
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Hell, New Zealand's prices have dropped by NZ$300!
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Old Apr 29, 2014, 03:24 AM   #13
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Hope they drop the price on the retina pro by September xD
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There's just a big "Oops!" error page when you click on the Macbook Air page in the US Apple Online Store.
It's up now. $899 for the base 11.6" and $999 for the 13.3". The i7 is still 1.7GHz but the base is now 1.4GHz.
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2014 begins nicely with a price reduction.. Lets hope that continues!
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Apple's updated MacBook Airs are now available in its U.S. Online Store with each model now costing $100 compared to the previous model.
Well isn't that just the most fantastic deal ever.
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Old Apr 29, 2014, 03:32 AM   #17
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How to get 512 GB flash drive?

On the technical details page it says that the flash size ranges from 128GB to 512GB. But when trying to order there is no such option??? Only the two defaults (128 / 256) are available...

What am I missing? 256 GB is just not enough for me
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It's up now. $899 for the base 11.6" and $999 for the 13.3". The i7 is still 1.7GHz but the base is now 1.4GHz.
Sweet. Price drop is a pretty nice surprise. I'd like to know when was the last time Apple had a sub $900 notebook in their lineup, if ever!
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It's good news with bad to an extent. On the one hand, it's great for those that want a Haswell MBA with 128GB (base model) at 100 less than it was a couple days ago. For those that were hoping for a rMBA any time soon, it seems the wait goes on.

EDIT: I have money for neither
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How about that? This Price Drop got you? Thinks so.
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Old Apr 29, 2014, 03:35 AM   #21
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Wow! Only $899 for the 11". Also if you check out the refurbished store, you can find the entry level 2012 model for $599! Have we ever seen prices like this for a Mac notebook?
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The updated MacBook Air will not launch until 2015.

I don't know where these 2014 rumours come from. They are 100% wrong.
and you know this how?
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Old Apr 29, 2014, 03:37 AM   #23
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Apple have dropped the price of a fair few products recently, some all the way down to free. Let's hope they continue this trend, I like it
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On the technical details page it says that the flash size ranges from 128GB to 512GB. But when trying to order there is no such option??? Only the two defaults (128 / 256) are available...

What am I missing? 256 GB is just not enough for me
512GB is an BTO on the higher-end 256GB models. Click on those and you'll see the option to bump it up to 512GB.
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Old Apr 29, 2014, 03:39 AM   #25
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In the past Apple has done things for people that recently bought an "old" model. Do I just call them to see if they are doing anything like that again?
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