Apple pushed a Press Release about their latest MacBook line-up which entails the major upgrades on their MacBook Air and the current MacBook Pro generation. We should be expecting a faster MacBook series now since these beasts will be sporting now the latest Intel dual-core processors – Core i5 and Core i7. And the upgrades made by Apple does not only focus on the latest processors but also we’ll be seeing faster graphics and flash storage. According to Philip Schiller, Senior VP of Worldwide Marketing, they’ve updated the entire MacBook line-up with a promising faster processors, graphics, memory, flash storage and USB 3 connectivity. Now that’s quite a lot.
MacBook Air features and pricing
The new series of MacBook Air is available in 11-inches and 13-inches and sports in either with Inter Core i5 and Core i7 dual-core processors. I’ve seen core i5 works on my desktop PC computer and I must admit that it’s quite remarkably fast than with my previous machines. Also, MacBook Air features the integrated Intel HD 4000 which gives additional boost to the machine for faster user-experience when playing games and/or watching videos. Another notable new feature of MacBook Air is the flash storage which was said to be 4x faster when compared with the standard HDD. This will now give you quick and instant responses when accessing files and transferring data. When we speak about memory, the memory of the new series is now upgradable from 4GB up to 8GB so you can now execute more apps within your MacBook especially this will be effective on those apps who loves to eat a large chunk of memory. Last but not the least, the new MacBook Air will be loved by those Apple tech-consumers who loves to chat because of the new FaceTime HD camera with 720dp.
As for the price of the new MacBook Air, here’s the SRP from Apple which depends on the MacBook Air package that you’ll buy.
11-inch MacBook Air
- $999USD – 1.7 GHz processor, 4GB of memory, 64GB of flash storage
- $1,099USD – 1.7 GHz processor, 4GB of memory, 128GB of flash storage
13-inch MacBook Air
- $1199USD – 1.8 GHz processor, 4GB of memory, 128GB of flash storage
- $1,499USD – 1.8 GHz processor, 4GB of memory, 256GB of flash storage
Apple offers a configure-to-order options where you can get the following:
- 2.0 GHz Intel Core i7 processor
- Up to 8GB of 1600 MHz DDR3 onboard memory
- 512GB flash storage
MacBook PRO features and pricing
Now that we’ve already covered almost everything that there is to know about the new MacBook Air series, we’ll go ahead on the new MacBook Pro series this time. MacBook Pro, when Apple says “PRO” they really mean it. Take a look at the new features of this machine. The MacBook Pro 13-inches is available in either Intel Core i5 or Core i7 dual-core processors which goes up to 2.9GHz and with a Turbo Boost which gives a remarkable speed up to 3.6GHz. Whereas the 15-inches sports the latest Intel Core i7 quad-core processor that can reach up to 2.7GHz and like the 13-inches, this machine also features a Turbo Boost up to 3.7GHz. Along with the features is the NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M. Both new versions of Macbook Pro are configurable to 1TB HDD or you can opt the SSDs up to 512GB which are doubled as compared with its predecessors.
Here is Apple’s SRP for the new MacBook Pro series:
13-inch MacBook Pro
- $1,199USD – 2.5 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of memory, 500GB HDD
- $1,499USD – 2.9 GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of memory, 750GB HDD
15-inch MacBook Pro
- $1,799USD – 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 4GB of memory, Intel HD Graphics 4000 and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M, and 500GB HDD
- $2,199USD – 2.6 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of memory, Intel HD Graphics 4000 and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M, and 750GB HDD
While the configure-to-order options offers the following:
- Quad-core processors up to 2.7 GHz
- Additional hard drive capacity up to 1TB
- Up to 8GB of memory
- Solid state storage up to 512GB
There you have it, the new line-up of MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. Will you throw your existing MacBook and buy the new enhanced MacBook series?