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What's hot about the updated Apple MacBook Air

Published on May 1, 2014 4:01 PM

On Tuesday, Apple quietly updated its line of MacBook Air laptops. While there were no significant changes on the tried-and-tested looks of the laptop which sparked the emergence of Ultrabooks, there are a few notable improvements.

First, as you might expect for any laptop updates, the refreshed MacBook Air now runs on newer and slightly faster fourth-generation Intel processor. Both 11-inch and 13-inch MBAs now come with a 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with 4GB of system memory. Those who want more system memory would have to fork out more $140 more to upgrade to 8GB.

The newer processors not only allow faster processing speed, it also helps to improve battery life. Movie playback time has increased to 9hr on the 11-inch version and 12hr on the 13-inch version. This is a 2hr improvement compared to the previous 11-inch and 13-inch models.

Despite all these improvements, the updated MacBook Airs are cheaper than its predecessors. It starts from $1,188 for a 11-inch model, which is $160 cheaper than the previous model. The 13-inch model is priced from $1,328, slashing also $160 off its predecessor.

For those users who are yearning for the rumoured MacBook Air with Retina display, they probably will have to wait for a little longer till Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference this June in San Francisco.