MacBook Air refresh, new Mac Pro unveiled

The new MacBook Air range was unveiled at WWDC in San Francisco today (10 June 2013), confirming rumours of a hardware refresh for the ultrabook PCs.

The new MacBook Air will feature Intel’s new Haswell chips, promising less power consumption and therefore better battery life.

Phil Schiller, senior vice-president of worldwide marketing at Apple confirmed that the new MacBook Airs now feature “all day” battery life, and support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi networking.

The new 11″ MacBook Air boasts 9 hours of battery life, and will cost $999 for a model with a 128GB solid-state drive (SSD), while a 256GB version will set you back $1,199.

The 13″ MacBook Air will cost $1,099 for the 128GB model, and $1,299 for the 256GB one, with a promised battery life of 12 hours.

Schiller said that the new MacBook Air ultrabooks will be available for purchase immediately.

Mac Pro

Schiller also gave attendees a “sneak peak” of the upcoming Mac Pro which boasts a host of hardware upgrades, including support for Thunderbolt 2 and dual AMD FirePro graphics cards.

Most striking, however, is the cylindrical case which Schiller said takes up only an eighth of the volume of the previous generation Mac Pro.

The new Mac Pro will be available later this year, Schiller said, and will be assembled in the USA.

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