Apple Updates MacBook Airs with Faster Haswell Processors and $100 Price Drop [Updated]

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.
    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]
  2. macrumors 6502

    May 10, 2011
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2013
    Hopefully the price drop is indicative of a major lineup refresh!
  4. macrumors 65816

    May 17, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    We can expect these to be in the stores until the 12" Macbook Air replaces both in 6 months..
  5. macrumors 68030


    Apr 13, 2010
    Bedfordshire, UK
    The updated MacBook Air will not launch until 2015.

    I don't know where these 2014 rumours come from. They are 100% wrong.
  6. macrumors 601


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    There's just a big "Oops!" error page when you click on the Macbook Air page in the US Apple Online Store. :(
  7. Frizers, Apr 29, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2014

    macrumors member

    Jul 18, 2013
  8. macrumors 6502

    Dec 30, 2010
    I come from a land down-under...
    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.
  9. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    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?
  10. macrumors 68040

    Jan 8, 2013
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 16, 2012
    Cupertino, CA
    the most prolific period of innovation at Apple
  12. macrumors 6502


    Oct 12, 2011
    New Zealand
    Hell, New Zealand's prices have dropped by NZ$300!
  13. macrumors 6502


    Jan 1, 2012
    Hope they drop the price on the retina pro by September xD
  14. macrumors G4

    Oct 23, 2010
    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.
  15. macrumors 68030

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    2014 begins nicely with a price reduction.. Lets hope that continues! :D
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2011
    Well isn't that just the most fantastic deal ever.
  17. macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2012
    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 :(
  18. macrumors 601


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    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!
  19. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 10, 2009
    United Kingdom
    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
  20. macrumors newbie


    Apr 8, 2014
    Perth, AUS
    How about that? This Price Drop got you? Thinks so. :cool:
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 20, 2008
    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?
  22. macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2006
    the OC
    and you know this how?
  23. macrumors 68000

    Apr 22, 2008
    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 :D
  24. macrumors 601

    Nov 12, 2007
    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.
  25. macrumors member

    Feb 15, 2007
    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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