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In Brief: Apple Updates MacBook Air Lineup

By Norman Chan

Price is lowered by $100, too.

Apple has made its annual MacBook Air refresh, upgrading its popular laptop's processors to Intel's latest Haswell Core i5 chips (starting at 1.4GHz instead of the old 1.3GHz) and lowering the price across the line so the 11-inch models start at $900 and the 13-inch models start at $1000. The base configuration is still equipped with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage, with the 256GB storage upgrade costing $200. Apple is also claiming increased battery life for both MacBook Air sizes, using iTunes video playback as the benchmark. The model I would get today would still be an 11-inch MacBook Air with RAM and storage upgraded to 8GB and 256GB, respectively ($1200 before tax).