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New Apple MacBook Airs revealed, with all-day battery life

New Apple MacBook Airs revealed, with all-day battery life

The new MacBook Airs are powered by Haswell and have much better battery life.

Apple has announced new versions of its ultra-slim MacBook Air laptops, revealing they will have significant increases in battery life.

Describing the new models as having 'all-day' battery life, Apple revealed the 11in model will have 9hour battery life and the 13in model will have 12hours (8hours iTunes video playback).

Both these figures mark significant increases over previous versions of these laptops, with the 11in model previous having on 5hours and the 13in having 7hours, again according to Apple's own figures - in our experience the 11in model in particular had more like 4hours battery life.

The main reason for the big increase in battery life is the move to using Intel's new Haswell processors, which are proving to have vastly superior power consumption compared to last year's Ivy Bridge CPUs.

The new Haswell processors also include a significantly faster graphics processor (Intel HD Graphics 5000), allowing for even better gaming performance, or improvements in GPU accelerated apps such as Photoshop.

Potentially disappointing many, the new models don't incorporate the Retina technology of the MacBook Pro Retina, with resolutions instead the conventional options of 1366x768 and 1440 x 900 pixels for the two different sizes. Rumours of a combined MacBook Air/iPad have also been dashed, with the new laptops not even incorporating a touchscreen of any description.

The flash storage in these new models is also apparently 45% faster, while the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard is also supported. Storage sizes remain the same with both models starting at a mere 128GB, and only offering 256GB maximum.

Prices for the 11in model remain the same (£849 for 128GB or £1029 for 256GB) while the 13in model has a new slightly lower starting price of £949 for the 128GB version, rising to £1129 for the 256GB model.

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sixfootsideburns 10th June 2013, 21:21 Quote
what a collosal waste of money.
Snips 10th June 2013, 21:22 Quote
No touchscreen? Very surprised by that.
Sub-particle 0.76 10th June 2013, 21:25 Quote
LOL snips. Wrong computer/OS mate!
GoodBytes 10th June 2013, 22:11 Quote
LOL 9h "all-day battery"
My 5 year 14inch old laptop had 9h and a dedicated Nvidia GPU, HDD, standard Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz, with Vista! (make that 11h with Win8). And Dell advertise the second battery plate that you attach to the system dock port as pushing the system (with Vista) 21h of operation. So that would probably be 24h+ with Win8. THAT is ALL day battery. Even 21h, I can consider all day battery. 9h is nice.. but not all day... 12h for the 13inch is better.. but still not all day. And I am not impressed.. no dedicated GPU.

Dell was able to push 9h with Vista, and with a a CPU and GPU that consumed a lot more power than what we have today.
Meanmotion 10th June 2013, 22:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by GoodBytes
LOL 9h "all-day battery"
My 5 year 14inch old laptop had 9h and a dedicated Nvidia GPU, HDD, standard Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz, with Vista! (make that 11h with Win8). And Dell advertise the second battery plate that you attach to the system dock port as pushing the system (with Vista) 21h of operation. So that would probably be 24h+ with Win8. THAT is ALL day battery. Even 21h, I can consider all day battery. 9h is nice.. but not all day... 12h for the 13inch is better.. but still not all day. And I am not impressed.. no dedicated GPU.

Dell was able to push 9h with Vista, and with a a CPU and GPU that consumed a lot more power than what we have today.

There are many factors involved such as size, weight, battery size, processor speed, etc. There have been laptops with 10h+ battery life for many years but they've generally been chunkier, slower, heavier than the new MacBooks or indeed the latest Ultrabooks (that's all the new MacBook Air is, Apple's latest ultrabook).
GoodBytes 10th June 2013, 22:24 Quote
My laptop was considered "thin" back in the days, and weight was light for such system.
My CPU in my laptop is a Core 2 Duo P8400 (there was faster options). Not an ultra-voltage processor. Looking at the inside of the system, the thing that take the most room, is the slim optical drive. remove that, and the VGA and Ethernet port, and the system can even much slimmer.
Yslen 10th June 2013, 22:47 Quote
Well, I certainly wouldn't complain if someone bought me one of these. That's the kind of battery life I could make good use of, and the size and build quality are nice.

If I had to replace my current laptop for any reason, though, I'd be sticking with bargain basement HP or similar models. It's all very well having a backlit keyboard, a durable aluminium body and an SSD, but at the end of the day the 11'' air isn't any better for coffee shop book writing than my HP is, for 1/4 of the price.
r3loaded 10th June 2013, 22:49 Quote
Very disappointing that the screen hasn't changed at all, not even IPS from the looks of it. I can understand why they didn't go retina (even though others are managing that fine such as the Asus Zenbook Infinity and new Acer S7) but they're stuck with the same TNs as the last gen. They're good TNs, but they're not IPS.

For a premium ultrabook in mid-2013 from a company that prizes display and graphics quality I'd have expected an IPS screen when the competition are using them too.
fdbh96 10th June 2013, 22:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by GoodBytes
LOL 9h "all-day battery"
My 5 year 14inch old laptop had 9h and a dedicated Nvidia GPU, HDD, standard Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz, with Vista! (make that 11h with Win8). And Dell advertise the second battery plate that you attach to the system dock port as pushing the system (with Vista) 21h of operation. So that would probably be 24h+ with Win8. THAT is ALL day battery. Even 21h, I can consider all day battery. 9h is nice.. but not all day... 12h for the 13inch is better.. but still not all day. And I am not impressed.. no dedicated GPU.

Dell was able to push 9h with Vista, and with a a CPU and GPU that consumed a lot more power than what we have today.

For one have you seen the size of a macbook air, its a 'lot' thinner than a four year old dell. Most ultrabooks get half that.

Also, how long do you use an laptop for? 9hrs a day is way more than most people will use per day. As I said in the mac pro thread, the pro/air upgrade isn't necessarily to convert people from windows, it more to keep people on OSX.

Also, I'm pretty sure fitting in a dedicated gpu isn't possible in the chassis AND keeping the 'all day battery life'. If you want a dedicated gpu, you buy the macbook pro.
GoodBytes 10th June 2013, 23:09 Quote
I use my laptop as a desktop computer. I don't concern myself with battery life, trying to save anything. I program and compile on the go, I do school work with sometimes music I record classes, and take note with OneNote... Doing this under Vista 64-bit, gave me 7h and half of battery life.

Also, battery life diminishes over time. I changed my battery of my laptop already. While they are fine by themselves, giving about 4h, maybe 5h with my usage. It's not enough anymore.
Here, with the MacBook Air, I'll have to run and buy a new laptop.

And you are exactly on my point.. today technology is far more advance than 5 years ago... CPU and GPU consume far less power, and are far more efficient, display are thinner and consumer less power as well, and also have less ports to power, as you have less of them. In my case I have: optical drive, Smart card reader, RFID card reader, express card expansion, firewire, and more USB ports than what you have today.
Xir 11th June 2013, 13:34 Quote
Looks at old Netbook with new 6600ah battery *chuckles*
longweight 11th June 2013, 13:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by Snips
No touchscreen? Very surprised by that.

Why? The OS is not at all designed for touch.
RTT 11th June 2013, 16:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by previously in the thread by GoodBytes
blah blah blah battery blah blah battery blah blah blah

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Originally Posted by GoodBytes
I use my laptop as a desktop computer. I don't concern myself with battery life

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Originally Posted by GoodBytes
I do school work with sometimes music I record classes, and take note with OneNote... Doing this under Vista 64-bit, gave me 7h and half of battery life.

Quote:
Originally Posted by GoodBytes
Also, battery life diminishes over time. I changed my battery of my laptop already. While they are fine by themselves, giving about 4h, maybe 5h with my usage. It's not enough anymore. Here, with the MacBook Air, I'll have to run and buy a new laptop.


What is your point exactly?
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