Apple Announces Updates for MacBook Air and MacBook Pro

Apple Announces Updates for MacBook Air and MacBook Pro

Aside from the new MacBook which seems to be stirring a lot of fuss among fans and non-fans alike, Apple has also announced an update  on the specs of its existing MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.

MacBook Air

MacBook Air
The fifth generation of the MacBook Air will now be equipped with Thunderbolt 2, an update to the technology that puts together PCI Express and DisplayPort into one connection, which now effectively doubles a single channel’s throughput. This means that although the amount of data that passes through the port hasn’t increased, the amount that can be processed has.

This iteration will also come in 11-inch and 13-inch versions with Core i5 processors. The 13-inch version will be equipped with a better flash memory that, according to Apple, will make it twice as fast than its predecessor.

Display:

  • 11.6-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
  • 13.3-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display

OS: OS X Yosemite

Processor: 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5

Memory: 4GB

Storage:

  • 11.6-inch: 128GB / 256GB
  • 13.3-inch: 128GB / 256GB

Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 6000

Wireless Connections: 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible; Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology

Camera: 720 FaceTime camera

Battery:

  • 11.6-inch: Built‑in 38‑watt‑hour lithium‑polymer battery, up to 9 hours wireless web
  • 13.3-inch: Built-in 54‑watt‑hour lithium‑polymer battery, up to 12 hours wireless web

Pricing: starts at $899 (approximately PHP40,000)

MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro
The MacBook Pro with Retina Display will also have the Thunderbolt 2 update, as well as more powerful Core i7 chips from Intel. The 13-inch version will be installed with the new Force Touch trackpad, which has haptic feedback and focuses on pressure instead of clicks. (It’s curious though, why the 15-inch iteration doesn’t support this new feature.)

Display:

  • 13.3-inch LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2560-by-1600 resolution at 227 pixels per inch
  • 15.4-inch LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2880-by-1800 resolution at 220 pixels per inch

OS: OS X Yosemite

Processor:

  • 13.3-inch: 2.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor to 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor
  • 15-inch: 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor to 2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor

Memory:

  • 13.3-inch: 8GB
  • 15-inch: 16GB

Storage:

  • 13.3-inch: 128GB / 256GB / 512GB
  • 15-inch: 256GB / 512 GB

Graphics:

  • 13.3-inch: Intel Iris Graphics 6100
    15-inch: Intel Iris Pro Graphics

Wireless Connections: 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible; Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology

Connectors: MagSafe 2 power port, Two Thunderbolt 2 ports (up to 20 Gbps), Two USB 3 ports (up to 5 Gbps), HDMI port, Headphone port, SDXC card slot

Camera: 720 FaceTime camera

Battery:

  • 13.3-inch: Built-in 74.9-watt-hour lithium-polymer
    battery, up to 10 hours wireless web
  • 15-inch: 85W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter with cable management system; MagSafe 2 power port, up to 8 hours wireless web

Pricing: starts at $1,299 (approximately PHP57,600)

The new MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air are now available online.

Sources: Apple, MacWorld

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