Refreshed MacBook airs started appearing on the tables at Apple stores today as the company quietly upgraded the processors on products that otherwise remain identical in all respects to the model sitting on the tables yesterday.
Apple replaced the processors in the 11- and 13-inch MacBook Air with Intel Core i5 dual-core CPUs that, at 1.4 GHz, are clocked slightly higher than those in previous models. It’s a 100-MHz upgrade over what was available just yesterday (Intel Core i5 dual-core processors running at 1.3 GHz). Turbo Boost also got a bump across every iteration of the MacBook Air. Before, Turbo Boost could previously shoot the Core i5′s clock speed as high as 2.6 GHz. Now they can reach 2.7 GHz. The model with the i7 processor remains unchanged. The base models of the 11″ and 13″ in addition to the upgraded CPU, includes a 128GB PCI Express SSD, 4GB of RAM, and Intel HD Graphics 5000.
MacBook Air is available today through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.ca), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. The 11-inch MacBook Air comes with a 1.4 GHz processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.7 GHz, 4GB of memory and is available with 128GB of flash storage starting at $999 (CDN), and 256GB of flash storage starting at $1,199 (CDN). The 13-inch MacBook Air comes with a 1.4 GHz processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.7 GHz, 4GB of memory and is available with 128GB of flash storage starting at $1,099 (CDN), and 256GB of flash storage starting at $1,299 (CDN). Configure-to-order options include a 1.7 GHz Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, up to 8GB of memory and up to 512GB flash storage. Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at www.apple.ca/macbook-air
In the US these little powerhouses also got a bit cheaper starting at $899, a $100 drop from yesterday while Canadian prices remain at unchanged. Apple isn’t saying but I suspect it has to do with lower value of the Canadian dollar.