Price (RRP): $1349; Apple's MacBook Air starts at $1249 for the 11 inch equivalent, and is $1349 (base model) for the 13 inch;
Now that there’s a new Intel chip out in the world, you can bet that Apple is ready with an update to its popular MacBook Air computer, and here we are with one that does away with the fan and makes a truly silent Apple laptop.
Apple’s “MacBook Air” range has predominantly been about laptops that kept things simple, with a basic design — silver with a black keyboard — and not too many choices when it came to customisation. Essentially, it’s a system that works, and is light, thin, and easy to get your head around.
This year, Apple hasn’t changed the formula too much, if at all, updating what’s inside and really leaving everything else in place.
Case in point, you’ll find the same 11 (11.6) and 13 (13.3) inch screen choices here, the 11 inch running the same 1366×768 display as previous models, and the 13 inch sticking with the same 1440×900 screen from previous Air units.
Both machines (11 and 13) come with pretty much the same stock spec out of the box, with the difference in price points coming down to storage options, though you can, of course, customise this if you so choose.
As such, expect Intel’s fifth-generation Core i5 processor out of the box, a chip that is set to 1.6GHz, though this can be switched out for a different processor, the 2.2GHz Core i7 for an added cost.
Memory arrives at 4GB standard out of the box, and can be upgraded to 8GB for a cost, and storage arrives in several options, with 128GB and 256GB the standard sizes, though 512GB can be selected if you need more. There are no more 64GB MacBook Air models anymore.
Beyond these bits, you’ll find graphics powered by Intel’s HD 6000 graphical processing, network connections handled by 802.11a/b/g/n and even 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 720p FaceTime HD camera sitting above the screen.
Ports are fairly standard for Apple, with two USB 3.0 ports, one Thunderbolt 2 port, the 3.5mm headset jack, and Apple’s proprietary MagSafe power connector on each, though an SDXC card slot is also present on the 13 inch model.
Apple’s Mac OS X 10.10 “Yosemite” arrives on the MacBook Air out of the box.
The review model used for this review is the 13 inch base model, with the Intel Core i5 processor set to 1.6GHz, 4GB RAM, and 128GB storage.