Apple launches new MacBook Air and Mac Pro
It wasn’t just software announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference with a new MacBook Air and a radically redesigned Mac Pro also introduced.
The MacBook Air has Intel’s latest fourth generation Core processors along with an even longer battery life and faster 802.11ac wi-fi connectivity.
The Mac Pro – a product that hasn’t seen a significant update for years – has been re-invented with new technology and an eye-catching new look.
The 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air has had a significant refresh with an all-new processor – the Intel 4th Generation Core processor – that results in not only increased speed but also longer battery life.
Speed has been improved by up to 45 per cent from the previous generation.
Battery life has also seen a major improvement thanks to the Intel i5 and i7 processors on the 13-inch MacBook Air and is now up to 12 hours.
The 11-inch MacBook Air can run for up to nine hours on a single charge.
MacBook Air now supports the latest 802.11ac wi-fi standard which is three times faster than the previous 802.11.n.
The new MacBook Air is available now starting with the 11-inch model at $1,099 (1.3Ghz, 4GB RAM, 128GB flash storage) and $1,349 (256GB flash storage).
The 13-inch MacBook Air is priced at $1,249 (1.3Ghz, 4GB RAM, 128GB) and $1,449 (256GB flash storage).
The MacBook Air can be configured to order with i7 processors, up to 8GB RAM and up to 512GB flash storage.
The Mac Pro has been awaiting a major upgrade for some time and it has been finally delivered in dramatic fashion.
The latest Mac Pro, which will be available later this year, looks more like a jet engine than a computer.
The cylindrical black shape that’s only 25.15cm tall is packed with performance features like next generation Intel Xeon E5 processors and two AMD FirePro workstation class GPUs to make it 2.5 times faster than the previous Mac Pro.
The latest version is one eight the volume of the current Mac Pro but still delivers a stunning seven teraflops of computing power.
Also on board is PCle-based flash storage which is up to 10 times faster than conventional desktop hard drives.
Aimed at high end users, the Mac Pro is powerful enough to edit full resolution 4K video while simultaneously rendering effects in the background.
On the connectivity side, the Mac Pro has six Thunderbolt 2 ports to deliver up to 20Gbps of bandwidth through each one.
The Mac Pro will be available later in 2013.