Now Buy a New, Faster MacBook Air for $100 Cheaper

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If you’re due for a new laptop, today’s news could make you very happy. On the other hand, if you recently bought a MacBook Air, you have reason to be fairly pissed. Apple announced today a simultaneous upgrade and price cut for its entire MacBook Air line of thin laptops, making its cheapest offering now start at $899.

The MacBook Air’s new fourth generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors bring a 100MHz speed boost and up to 12 hours of iTunes movie playback to the 13-inch model and nine hours to the 11-inch model, a two-hour upgrade over the previous models.

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The updated MacBook Air is available online and in Apple stores starting today, with the base 11-inch model retailing for $899 (compared to $999 previously) and the base 13-inch model retailing for $999 (compared to $1,099 previously), both with 128GB of flash storage and 4GB of memory. The prices of models with increased storage have each also been slashed by $100.

While today’s update seems minor, it’s rumored that Apple will release a 12-inch Retina display MacBook Air model later this year, according to AppleInsider. If this is true, Apple’s price cut to the existing MacBook Air models makes sense – the new Retina display model can take over the former, higher price point.

What do you think of the MacBook Air?

Lauren Mobertz

By Lauren Mobertz

Lauren is the former managing editor for DashBurst. One part geek, one part urban nomad, she is constantly scouting for the latest tech and world news. In the evenings you'll find Lauren running in strange places or attempting to dance salsa.