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MacBook Air updated with new processor, more battery life and more storage (VIDEO)


Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide product marketing, Phil Schiller, introduces the new MacBook Air at a keynote address during the 2013 Apple WWDC at the Moscone Center on June 10, 2013 in San Francisco, California. Apple's annual developer conference runs through June 14.


Kimberly White

Apple announced Monday that it was updating its MacBook Air line with Intel's new "Haswell" processors and faster Wi-Fi technology.

Along with the boost in speed the new line will also get extended battery life.

Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, made announcement at the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, while previewing a next generation MacPro desktop computer.

The Pro will be out later this year and may be black in color but little else is known. (The video previewing the new Pro is frustratingly cryptic — see below.)

Schiller responded to critics who say that Apple's most innovative days were behind it by saying: "Can't innovate anymore, my ass."

The new MacBook Airs will begin shipping today, starting at $999 for the 11-inch with 128GB of flash storage. The 256GB version starts at $1,199. The 128GB 13-inch starts at $1,099 and the 256GB costs $1,299. All of those are slightly lower prices than for the older models.

Apple will also release a new OS later this year called "Mavericks." It seems as though they've run out of large cats.

MacBook Air's new features

The new MacBook Air has four main improvements:

1. A new Haswell CPU and Intel HD Graphics 5000 card will give processing speed a significant boost.

2. The battery life has been extended to nine hours from a single charge for the 11-inch version and 12 hours for the 13-inch version.

3. There is now an option to boost flash storage memory to 512GB from 256GB.

4. The new MacBook Air will have 802.11ac wireless technology, allowing for faster wireless networking than the previous 802.11n hardware.