New Intel Core i5 and i7 processors. A big shift in power.
Integrating a faster processor, more powerful graphics and a memory controller into a single chip makes for some serious performance. The new Intel HD Graphics 4000 offers up to 60 per cent faster graphics1 — performance you’ll really notice in the games you play, the movies you watch and the FaceTime calls you make. And MacBook Air now supports up to 8GB of memory, so you can run more memory-intensive applications without compromising performance.
Faster all-flash storage. Even more instant gratification.
Part of what makes MacBook Air so responsive is that it’s designed entirely around flash storage. Not only does this make MacBook Air much lighter and more portable than traditional notebooks, it also provides faster access to data and gives you instant-on capability. Available up to 512GB, this next-generation flash storage is up to four times faster than a traditional 5,400-rpm notebook hard drive and faster than the previous-generation MacBook Air.2 So when you flip open MacBook Air, it starts up in seconds. Even after a month in standby mode, the screen springs to life. Apps launch quickly. And with no moving parts, flash storage stays quiet.
Long-lasting battery. Instant on. Even after a month off.
Since space-saving flash storage leaves room for a bigger battery, you can devote more time to the things you enjoy most. Things like browsing the web, editing photos and watching videos. Get up to five hours of battery life on a single charge on the 11-inch model and up to seven hours on the 13-inch model. Put MacBook Air to sleep, and it enters standby mode to conserve battery life for up to 30 days.3 And with Power Nap — a new feature coming this winter in OS X Mountain Lion — you’ll continue to receive new email and calendar invitations while MacBook Air is asleep. When it’s connected to a power source, it can download software updates and make backups with Time Machine. So when you come back to your MacBook Air and open it up, it’s on in an instant. And everything is right there waiting for you.
Thunderbolt and USB 3. Make some powerful connections.
With the lightning-fast Thunderbolt port, you can connect your MacBook Air to the latest devices and displays, like the Apple Thunderbolt Display. But that’s not the whole story. MacBook Air also comes equipped with two USB 3 ports, so you can connect the latest USB 3 devices and get up to 10 times the performance of USB 2. With just a few connections, MacBook Air transforms from an ultraportable notebook to a complete workstation.
Wireless. You’re free to go.
Your MacBook Air finds available Wi-Fi networks automatically and lets you connect with just a click. So you can browse the web, send email and print documents no matter where you are.4 And with Bluetooth technology, you can connect MacBook Air to Bluetooth-enabled devices like speakers and headphones. Even without all the wires, you’re totally connected.
Display and camera. Worth a second look. And a third. And a fourth.
Millions of pixels. Millimetres thin.
Corner to corner and pixel by pixel, the MacBook Air display is both an engineering feat and a design breakthrough. The display measures a mere 4.86 millimetres (0.19 inch) thin, yet the resolution is so high you’ll feel like you’re looking at a much larger screen. And with good reason. The 11-inch MacBook Air features a resolution equal to that of a typical 13-inch notebook, while the 13-inch MacBook Air wows with a resolution equivalent to a typical 15-inch notebook.
FaceTime HD camera.
Clearly, it’s a big deal.
Let your friends and family see more of you with the new 720p FaceTime HD camera. With three times the resolution of the previous FaceTime camera, every smile looks a lot brighter. And the widescreen format means everyone can fit into the picture without having to crowd around the display.
Multi-Touch trackpad. It goes hand in hand with OS X.
The Multi-Touch gestures in OS X make everything you do on MacBook Air more intuitive, direct and fun. And the spacious Multi-Touch trackpad is perfectly designed for them, whether it’s a three-finger swipe to activate Mission Control or a four-finger pinch to see all your apps in Launchpad. Gesture responses are smooth and realistic. So when you’re scrolling up and down a web page or swiping from one full-screen app to another, it’s almost like you’re touching what you’re seeing.
Press down anywhere to click. Or, with Tap to Click enabled, tap the trackpad.
Press down two times anywhere. Or, with Tap to Click enabled, double-tap the trackpad.
Tap to zoom
Double-tap the trackpad with two fingers to magnify a web page or PDF.
Slide two fingers up or down the trackpad to scroll through documents, websites and more.
Swipe to navigate
Flip through web pages, documents and more, as if you were thumbing through pages in a book.
View Mission Control
Swipe up on the trackpad to get a bird’s-eye view of everything running on your Mac.
Backlit keyboard. What you see is what you type.
As incredibly compact as MacBook Air is, it still manages to fit a full-size keyboard that makes typing as natural as it is comfortable. And the keyboard is backlit, so you can type with ease in even the dimmest light. A built-in ambient light sensor detects changes in lighting conditions and adjusts the display and keyboard brightness automatically. From a seat in a sunny café to a seat on a cross-country red-eye, you’ll always have the perfect lighting for any environment.
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