Updated MacBook Airs with Improved Haswell Processors See Minor Speed Boosts

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Following the introduction of refreshed MacBook Airs yesterday, Geekbench 3 benchmarking scores have begun appearing, suggesting, as expected, just minor speed improvements for the new notebooks.

Apple only updated the low-end processor option for the MacBook Air and that is seeing 32-bit single-core scores around 2532 and multi-core scores around 4781. Compared to the 2013 MacBook Air the new processor brings just a slight boost in processing power. The 11-inch 2013 MacBook Air saw average scores of 2379/4480, while the 13-inch version saw scores of 2369/4468.

Single and multi-core Geekbench scores for the low-end 2013 MacBook Airs​
Along with minor speed improvements, the new 1.4Ghz Core i5-4260U processor has also increased the battery life of some tasks, namely video playback, which has gained an extra hour on the 11-inch model and an extra two hours on the 13-inch model.

Most notably, Apple's update brought lower prices for the MacBook Air, dropping its price tag by $100 across the board in the United States and many other countries. MacBook Air prices now start at $899 instead of $999, and there are also several more affordable 2013 and 2012 options available in Apple's online refurbished store.

Though this update has not been a significant change for the MacBook Air, Apple is said to be working on a significantly improved version of the notebook with a 12-inch Retina display, a slimmer body with a fanless design, and a buttonless trackpad. This redesigned MacBook Air may launch towards the end of the year.

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Jsameds

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Not really worth it, then. May as well hunt yourself out a bargain on the even more discounted 2013 model.

Either that or wait another 12 months when they will likely completely refresh the MBA line. That bezel has got to go!
 

Parasprite

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This conclusion is extremely surprising. :rolleyes:

Edit: Was referring to the similar scores.


Edit 2: Disregard all of this, I'm silly.
 
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Macboy Pro

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They dropped the price and gave it a minor bump. The price drop tends to get lost but it is significant. Problem I have is that I can't deal with a 4GB RAM laptop, especially the soldered crap.
 

ageha

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They dropped the price and gave it a minor bump. The price drop tends to get lost but it is significant. Problem I have is that I can't deal with a 4GB RAM laptop, especially the soldered crap.
Just buy it with 8GB then.
 

jsutcliffe

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SSDs

When are we going to have the option of ~1 TB SSDs??? MBAs have been "stuck" at a max of 512 GB for some time now. Apple needs to offer 1 TB SSDs for the MBAs as soon as they possibly can. Even if they're expensive. 500 GB is too small. (for me and my needs).

Ideally, they'd figure out how to increase RAM to 16 GB too. **I know that space and design realities are limiting**, and I should go to a Pro if this is that important to me, but I LOVE my MBA 13"
 

LFMNX

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Wish for more RAM option

My only wish is for a 16GB RAM option. When is the 12" expected
 

OneMike

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Battery life / price is more important to me, although I'm not sure if I want one yet.

More power is always nice, but I don't think the previous version was lacking.
 

Eidorian

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It is only a little more for a 13" Macbook Pro Retina compared to a new 13" Macbook Air 8 GB/256 GB. Now to decide if I am going to wait for the next MBP update.

Do we have any specifics on how this increase in battery life was made? Is it just Build number voodoo or did we get another battery cell?
 

Tankmaze

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not that much of a gain, I rather take the $599 refurb macbook air, if it still available.
 

Aluminum213

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Why would anyone buy a new MacBook Air right before WWDC and the announcement of new MacBooks airs?
 

sehix

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When are we going to have the option of ~1 TB SSDs??? MBAs have been "stuck" at a max of 512 GB for some time now. Apple needs to offer 1 TB SSDs for the MBAs as soon as they possibly can. Even if they're expensive. 500 GB is too small. (for me and my needs).

Ideally, they'd figure out how to increase RAM to 16 GB too. **I know that space and design realities are limiting**, and I should go to a Pro if this is that important to me, but I LOVE my MBA 13"
I loved my 13" MBA, too. Until it was stolen recently.

Now I have a 13" rMBP 16GB/512GB, and it's better in just about every way you can imagine. Being 8 oz heavier and 0.03" thicker ... eh; otherwise it's faster, has better display, runs cooler and quieter (and the MBA almost never made a sound as it was).
 

AdonisSMU

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Marketing. Apple is slick. They get press for their new line and then say ohhh and btw... the retinal MBA is coming at the end of the year.
 

shurcooL

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buttonless trackpad
From what I know, the button is supposed to remain, it will just be implemented differently (in a more advanced way that takes up less space, can be pressed anywhere evenly, rather than bottom being easier to press).

So wouldn't it be better to describe as "improved button in trackpad" as to not mislead people into thinking the change is about removing the feeling of a button from the User Experience?
 

mozumder

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for comparison, the iPhone 5s is at 1393 (single core) and 2485 (multi-core).

It might be possible for Apple to catch up to Haswell/Broadwell this year with iPhone 6.

They don't even need a major rearchitecture of A7 to catch up.. just bump up power limits and increase cache size and memory interface speeds.
 

Mr Fusion

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Four months into 2014, we get a minor spec bump in one of the product lines... Yay?

"Can't innovate anymore my ***!!!"

:rolleyes: