APPLE HAS QUIETLY refreshed its Macbook Air notebook line in its online store for 2014, bringing on board a faster processor and slightly better integrated Intel graphics.
Slyly launched in the Apple Store on Monday, the updates have been rolled out across the full Macbook Air range, from the entry-level 11in model with 128GB of storage capacity to the highest top-end 13in model with 256GB of internal storage.
However, the 2014 Macbook Air features only minor improvements, with the computer's processor getting a boost from a 1.3GHz dual core CPU to a new dual-core 1.4GHz Intel Core i5 Haswell processor. Though every little bit helps, right?
There's no update to a Retina display like many Apple users were hoping for, as the screen has the same 1,440x900 resolution, but it is worth noting that the 2014 Macbook Air processors can now be Turbo Boosted up to 2.7GHz, compared to the 2.6GHz limit of the 2013 models.
Other than the CPU enhancement, the only other upgrade in the 2014 Macbook Air line-up is a step from Intel 4000 to Intel 5000 integrated graphics. The range still runs with 4GB of RAM and features the same design set and aluminium chassis.
Despite the processor boosts, the price of the 2014 Macbook Air is £100 cheaper than the 2013 edition, now starting at £750 for the 11in Air and £850 for the 13in model. µ