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Upgraded MacBook Air and MacBook Pro is Out

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Apple gives its existing MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models a refresh, which was introduced during the Worldwide Developers Conference keynote in Moscone West yesterday. The upgrade gets a new processor, bigger storage and dedicated graphics card.

Meet the Upgraded MacBook Air

Apple’s ultrathin MacBook Air gets an upgrade, and it now features Intel Ivy Bridge processors that can be configured up to 2 GHz. Other than that, the ultrathin notebook boasts 720-pixel FaceTime camera, USB 3.0 in addition to the already available Thunderbolt connection, and up to 8 GB of RAM.

The 11-inch model has 1366 x 768-pixels display, 1.7 GHz dual-core i5 processor, 4 GB of RAM, Intel HD graphics 4000, and up to 128 GB of flash storage. Its 64 GB unit will cost $999 while the 128 GB device is priced at $1,099. On the other hand, the 13-inch model has a 1400 x 900-pixels screen, 1.8 GHz dual-core i5 processor, 4 GB of RAM and Intel HD graphics 4000. Its 128 GB unit is tagged at $1,199, while users have to shell out $1,499 if they want to have a MacBook Air with 256 GB of flash memory.

According to Apple’s Marketing Chief Phil Schiller, both ultra-slim notebooks are now available.

MacBook Pro Gets an Update

Aside from the MacBook Air, Apple also updated its existing lineup of MacBook Pro. Not to be confused with the next-generation notebook, it maintains the design of its predecessors like the optical disk drive. However, it got a new processor and better performance.

The 13-inch notebook features 1280 x 800-pixel display, and it could come with two options: A 2.5 GHz dual-core i5 processor or the 2.9 GHz dual-core i7 chip. The former sports 500 GB hard drive, 4 GB of RAM, and costs $1,199.  The latter gets a price tag of $1,499, and it includes 8 GB of RAM and 750 GB of hard drive.

MacBook Pro also has a 15-inch model, which has 1440 x 900-pixels screen. Both its low-end and high-end units has NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics. The low-end notebook has 512 MB of graphics memory, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB hard drive—all for $1,799. Its high-end counterpart has 1 GB of graphics memory, 8 GB RAM, 750 GB hard drive, and priced at $2,199. However, there were no reports as to when these devices will hit the shelves

 

Provided that the devices are just a refresh, it no longer comes a surprise if there nothing revolutionary about it. Regardless, a better-performing notebook with new Intel processor and dedicated NVIDIA graphics card is enticing enough to consider a purchase.

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