New MacBook Airs to Feature Minor Processor Update

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    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.

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    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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    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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    What's the point of this? Seems like an extremely minor spec bump
     
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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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    1.3GHz to 1.4GHz? This is going to cannibalize Mac Pro sales for sure :D
     
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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 :D
     
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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?
     
  8. macrumors 6502

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    Were you originally planning to do otherwise? Do people seriously upgrade after just one refresh?
     
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    Their first product update of 2014! What a joke.
     
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    Asclepio

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    thaks to angela ahrendts for this classy upgrade.
     
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    New mini please - MacBooks can wait till WWDC :p
     
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    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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    Bring back the 17"!!!!!!!
     
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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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    Yeah except hamsters don't have to pay to upgrade their 'drip'...
     
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    It is an extremely minor spec bump. I can't see why you're complaining. Any updates are welcome.
     
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    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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    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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    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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    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.
     
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    This may be due to a change in the supply chain.

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    I personally think one gigabyte should be a standard across all laptops and desktops.
     
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    You mean TB? That won't happen for five years at least. SSD prices have to fall quite a bit.
     
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    I still want my backlit wireless keyboard....
     

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