New MacBook Airs seem certain for WWDC debut

New MacBook Airs seem certain for WWDC debut

Intel rolled out its fourth generation of Intel Core processors this week (the chips formerly known as Haswell), and vendors have wasted no time getting word out about their plans - Sony, for example, has already introduced new ultrabooks with the new chips inside, though they're not expected to ship quite yet. We won't know for sure what Apple has up its sleeve until next Monday, when Tim Cook takes the stage, but MacBook Airs seem certain for a Haswell refresh, according to Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac.

The new silicon from Intel offers dramatically improved power consumption than its predecessor, which now powers Apple laptops: Intel says up to 50 percent better, with up to three times the standby battery life. Other enhancements Gurman predicts in the new MacBook Airs include faster Wi-Fi supporting the 802.11ac standard, which offers the potential for gigabit transfer speeds; a higher-resolution FaceTime HD camera and improved audio input.

Apple introduced the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display at last year's WWDC, refreshing the MacBook Air and regular MacBook Pro line at the same time. It's made regular tweaks and enhancements to its portable laptop line since then: the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display was introduced in October, and Apple faster laptop processors and a price reduction in February 2013.

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Peter Cohen

Mac Managing Editor of iMore and weekend Apple Product Professional at a local independent Apple reseller. Follow him on Twitter @flargh

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New MacBook Airs seem certain for WWDC debut


I would love for the screen and bezel to look like the MBP's (retina would be cool, but I mean the way the entire screen area looks completely black when off). I think you're right Peter: it would seem inevitable for, at least, the MBA to be getting an upgrade (whether it be CPU only, or an entire overhaul), so I'm excited to see what happens on Monday with that. I want an MBA pretty bad, and I think the Haswell processor would make it irresistible.

That's not to say that I'm not stoked to hear about potential changes/upgrades with iOS and OSX, though; I feel like a kid at Christmas!

Looking forward to any and all new Mac hardware. Probably won't ever get a MacBook Air, since even 13" is too small to comfortably run Xcode. On the other hand, I've never tried it on a MacBook Air...

hoping for new Airport extreme's with USB3 & .ac

Had to buy 2 months back a new laptop, so I am happily stuck with a 2.8 rMBR 15"