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As expected, Apple launched refreshed MacBook Air models this morning. There aren’t any major changes, but the new laptops feature faster versions of Intel’s Haswell processors and are priced at $100 less than their predecessors.

The updated models are currently available worldwide. Unsurprisingly, there’s no sign of the rumored 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display…

The new Airs match last year’s models almost spec-for-spec: 1,440 x 900 resolution display, Intel HD 5000 graphics, 4GB of RAM, and your choice of 128 or 256GB of storage. Where you’ll see a difference, though, is in processor speed.

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Apple is still using Intel’s Haswell architecture here, but the processors are rated at 1.4GHz instead of last year’s 1.3. On its own that may not seem like much of an upgrade, but the new chips also feature a higher Turbo Boost speed: 2.7 vs. 2.6.

What does this mean for you? Improved performance (though just how much remains to be seen), and likely better efficiency. Apple still has battery life rated at 9 and 12 hours for web browsing, but iTunes playback time has slightly increased.

The biggest news here is the price tag, as Apple continues to make its laptops more accessible—not a bad idea with back-to-school season just around the corner. To see the new MacBook Airs for yourself, visit your respective Apple online store.

  • DevXav

    Wow, thats good news..
    I expected the retina display, but still its good news…
    I’ll be waiting for some next generations to maybe update my Late 2012 13′ MBA, hoping they’ll have a retina display and the same battery life (or better) they have now.

    • Jeffrey

      macbook air with retina display and a new design will most def come at the end of 2014, just like a refreshed macbook pro with retina display…

  • Mr.Coolfreak

    Why didn’t Cody put the prices in the article, he said $100 off but that assumed everyone knows their previous price.
    The Retina models are coming in the fall, i Wish macbook airs had a glass bezel like MBP though.

    • Mohammed Sahib

      Did u see the picture?

      • Mr.Coolfreak

        Its in pounds

      • Mohammed Sahib

        My bad.

  • Ricky

    Whats the model number? Is it the same as the last year one?

    • Jeffrey

      nope, it got a new better haswell processor

  • Jeffrey

    Apple should have waited for WWDC with this announcement, WWDC always introduces new macs

    • Vince Reedy

      I was going to say at least they didn’t waste time at WWDC for something so minor. Why make a big deal out of this?Maybe that means they couldn’t fit this in at WWDC? All kinds of good stuff coming soon.

      • Jason Baroni

        Also because they are saving presentation time for WWDC. This is a minor update, but Apple has got more important things to talk about.

      • Jeffrey

        that’s exactly what he’s saying

      • Jeffrey

        yeah that’s true, the only really exciting thing is that it’s 100 dollars cheaper:P still they could have taken 3 minutes from WWDC to announce it just for the heck of it… but this is a smarter move i admit. it’s just that i didn’t expect apple not to make a big deal about it hahah.

  • Matt Taylor

    Wow, this will change my life as I know it!

  • obada

    not in australia though