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Apple releases new sub-$1,000 Macbook Air

Apple unveils a new, updated MacBook Air making its ultra-thin notebook faster and cheaper.
By Ananth Baliga   |   April 29, 2014 at 6:07 PM

CUPERTINO, Calif., April 29 (UPI) -- Apple released Tuesday its updated versions of the Macbook Air line, making them faster and dropping $100 off the price of all four models.

The price drop puts the 11-inch Macbook Air at $899, making it the first time that Apple has sold a notebook to the public for less than $900. The price cuts in all four models represent a 7.7 percent to 10 percent discount depending on the model.

The refresh centers around Intel's Haswell CPU, with the 11-inch base model MacBook Air getting a speed bump thanks to a 1.4GHz Core i5 processor. For an extra $ 150, buyers can opt for the 1.7GHz Core i7 processor.

The new processor, along with the power saving features of OS X 10.9 Mavericks, gives the Macbook Air all-day battery power with the 13-inch MacBook Air capable of lasting 12 hours.

Apple has upgraded the storage on the notebooks as well with the faster PCI-e storage replacing the mSATA-based SSD found in previous models.

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