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Apple updates its Macbook Airs
WWDC 2012: Dual-core Ivy Bridge CPUs and USB 3.0
In addition to the next-gen Macbook Pro with Retina display, Apple has also updated its Macbook Air lineup that will now feature Intel's latest 3rd-gen Ivy Bridge dual-core CPUs and USB 3.0 ports.
As far as the specs go, the Macbook Air 11 feature a 1366x768 screen while the Macbook Air 13 has a 1440x900 screen. Both models will feature a pair of shiny new USB 3.0 ports, up to 8GB of RAM memory and, of course, Intel HD Graphics 4000, courtesy of Ivy Bridge.
According to Apple's PR, both the 11 and 13 Macbook Air will feature "the latest Core i5 and Core i7 dual-core CPUs, although we are not sure which ones will Apple offer.During the WWDC keynote, Apple did note that we will see up to 2.0GHz dual-core i7 CPU that Turbos up to 3.2GHz. Of course, Apple's 60% faster graphics is just a bit over confident statement as Intel's Ivy Bridge HD Graphics 4000 is better, but just not that much better.
In addition to USB 3.0, the new Macbook Airs will also get 720p FaceTime camera, and flash storage will be expandable to 512GB, although probably at a very steep price.
The base version for the 13-inch Macbook Air starts with 1.8GHz dual-core i5 CPU, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of flash storage and a price tag of US $1199 while the base version of the 11-inch Macbook Air starts off with 1.7GHz dual-core i5, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of flash storage and a price tag of US $999.
According to Apple, the new Macbook Air models will be available as of today.