MacBook Air Refresh Speeds Up the Processor and Cuts the Price, but Still No Retina Lovin'

By Gerald Lynch on at

Before you get too excited, this isn't the serious MacBook Air overhaul we've been waiting on for some time now. Nope, this is very much an incremental upgrade for the entry-level model from the Cupertino company -- worth the cash if you're looking to buy an Air for the first time, but not worth an upgrade from last year's model unless you're some kind of cash-flushed Apple-loving oil baron.

The only notable spec upgrade is with the processor, a dual-core Intel i5 that is now clocked at 1.4GHz compared to last year's 1.3GHz model. That pushes the Turbo Boost speed to 2.7GHz, up from 2.6GHz last year. As a newer chip, you should expect a little battery boost too, given Intel's constant incremental efficiency improvements across its chip lines. A 1.7GHz dual-core processor is also offered as a configurable upgrade.

Other than that, it's business as usual: 4GB or 8GB of RAM, Intel HD 5000 graphics, a choice of 128GB, 256GB or 512GB of flash storage, USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt ports, an SDXC card reader and a 1440 x 900 resolution display in either 11 or 13-inch sizes. Still no Retina display then, but that super-slim aluminum unibody is as pretty as it's ever been.

And hey, it's a little cheaper too! Prices now start at £749, knocking £100 off the previous asking price for the entry-level model.  [Apple]