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No Retina but a Lower Price

May 7, 2014 - Dave Hecei
mba Recent rumors of new MacBooks came true this morning. Apple announced new updated MacBook Air models and they are available starting today. The big news is the pricing of the Air.

The new models are still available with either an 11.6-inch screen or with a 13.3-inch screen. The answer to the question ‘Does it have a Retina display now?’ is a big NO. But considering the new pricing of I have to give these new Airs a big YES.

There are four new preconfigured models each having a new dual-core Haswell-based Intel Core i5 processor running at 1.4Ghz. Of course you can always up this to a faster processor by choosing the build-to-order option. The base 11-inch model has the usual 4GB of RAM and 128 GB SSD storage, which is the extremely fast PCIe based storage. The price for the base model has dropped $100 down to $899, making it the lowest priced notebook in the Mac lineup.

The next step up in the 11-inch model is now $1099, which gets you 256GB of SSD storage. The base 13-inch model now starts at $999 with the next step up going for $1199.

This latest update is not really meant to boost speed in any significant manor. This may or may not happen when Intel releases then next generation of core-i chips, which may not be available until the beginning of 2015. Since there is no Retina display, price is where Apple could make significant improvements.



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