Apple Updates MacBook Air for 2014: Faster Haswell Parts & $100 Price Dropby Anand Lal Shimpi on April 29, 2014 10:18 AM EST
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This morning Apple announced its 2014 MacBook Air refresh. With Intel's 14nm Broadwell SoC delayed, this mid-cycle update still uses Haswell ULT parts. The chassis and internal specs haven't changed, however the base CPU gets a slight speed bump. The 1.3GHz Core i5-4250U is replaced by a 1.4GHz Core i5-4260U. The extra 100MHz won't change much, you can expect a 0 - 3% increase in performance compared to last year's entry level model. The upgraded CPU option hasn't changed, and Apple continues to accept nothing less than Intel's HD 5000 (Haswell GT3) on any of its MBAs.
|Apple 2014 MacBook Air CPU Comparison|
|1.4GHz dual-core||1.7GHz dual-core|
|Standard On||11 & 13-inch MBA||Optional on Both|
|Intel Model||Core i5-4260U||Core i7-4650U|
|Base Clock Speed||1.4GHz||1.7GHz|
|Max SC Turbo||2.7GHz||3.3GHz|
|Max DC Turbo||2.4GHz||2.9GHz|
|Processor Graphics||Intel HD 5000||Intel HD 5000|
|GPU Clock (Base/Max)||200/1000MHz||200/1100MHz|
The bigger news is that, hot on the heels of a solid financial quarter, Apple is dropping all MBA prices by $100. The entry level 11.6-inch system now starts at $899. I suspect Apple is making room for an eventual MacBook Air with Retina Display. That design is expected to be a launch vehicle for Intel's Broadwell, but it's unclear how Intel's 14nm delays will impact the schedule for that product.
|2014 MacBook Air Refresh|
|11.6-inch||11.6-inch (high-end)||13.3-inch||13.3-inch (high-end)|
H: 0.11-0.68" (0.3-1.7cm)
W: 11.8" (30cm)
D: 7.56" (19.2cm)
H: 0.11-0.68" (0.3-1.7cm)
W: 12.8" (32.5cm)
D: 8.94" (22.7cm)
|Weight||2.38 lbs (1.08kg)||2.96 lbs (1.35kg)|
|CPU||1.4GHz dual-core Core i5||1.4GHz dual-core Core i5|
|GPU||Intel HD 5000|
|SSD||128GB PCIe SSD||256GB PCIe SSD||128GB PCIe SSD||256GB PCIe SSD|
|Display Resolution||1366 x 768||1440 x 900|
|Ports||Thunderbolt, 2x USB 3.0, headphone jack||Thunderbolt, 2x USB 3.0, SD card slot, headphone jack|
|Networking||2x2:2 802.11ac||2x2:2 802.11ac|
|Battery||38 Wh||54 Wh|
I was a fan of the 2013 MBA, and this price drop only makes the system more accessible. Unless you're holding out for a model with a Retina Display, the refresh is still a great buy.
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Ian Cutress - Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - linkDoes anyone know if this is just a US price drop, or a worldwide one? I haven't been monitoring the cost of the low end models here in the UK.
Brandon Chester - Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - linkI can confirm that here in Canada we have not received the price drop. It also seems to be the only product sold by Apple here that doesn't have price adjustments to account for our weaker dollar.
solipsism - Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - linkI seem to recall that the Canadian price drops have come oddly later (later in the day) than other markets.
tipoo - Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - linkI guess they cancel each other out, partially.
Brandon Chester - Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - linkPretty much entirely. $999 CAD is only $911 USD so Canadians have really had this deal for a while now. It also looks like Apple's sites for other countries have all reflected a price drop by now so I'm assuming a drop to $899 in Canada is out of the question.
dsumanik - Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - linkThe problem with that line of thinking is when our dollar is higher...the prices never drop up here.....it's only ever a one way price gouge. Eff u 'merica.
I hate to say but articles like this one are blatant proof of a pro-apple ulterior motive at anandtech, likely to do with direct investment in stocks, or perhaps even direct kickbacks. Seriously guys, a 100mhz speed bump deserves an "article" ? This is not journalism, it is direct advertising, and the reason why anandtech has been, and will continue to decline in readership.
This is the first time i've visited the site in ages.... and what a surprise, on the front page, im instantly reminded why.
Sent from my mac mini, connected to dual thunderbolt displays...I'd be happy to provide proof i drink the apple kool aid to anyone doubting me..
This ain't about fanboyism, its about right or wrong.
I think this officially might be the last comment i ever make here after reading this site for over a decade. Been here since university way back in the year 2000. I mean seriously, im actually kinda sad.
It ok to like apple, its ok to advertise for them, but its not ok to do that under the guise of unbiased journalism....if there is such a thing anymore.
You cant expect people to believe conclusions in your "real" articles after publishing crap like this. Why don't you guys just go give each other handjobs around Steve Job's tombstone while your at it????
jimbo2779 - Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - linkI don't own any Apple products nor do I particularly like any of them but you have to acknowledge that the MacBook air is the one of, if not the, most popular (based on sales) laptop going and it just got a bit faster and significantly cheaper.
I'm not saying that all news outlets should shout it from the roof tops but lets be real here; there are a huge amount of people that are interested in news like this as it directly affects them and as such Anand will publish articles on it.
It is only a small pipeline story after all, it's not even a full blown article.
jaydee - Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - linkThis isn't an "article" it's a pipeline story, getting the same attention as such stories as nVidia adding a game to their GeForce bundle. You're really getting your panties in a bunch over nothing...
michael2k - Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - link1) MacBook Air is one of the best ranked ultrabooks over the past decade
2) Reporting on Apple draws viewers, including you!
3) The refresh isn't out of line for the site; right next to the pipeline entry is one about a GeForce Game Bundle and the Acer Switch 10
4) Having to say, "This isn't about fanboyism" actually means it probably is
5) You leaving kind of proves that point
ESC2000 - Thursday, May 1, 2014 - linkTo me it is not about the fact that there is an article about this- it does make sense if an article about nVidia games does. It's the tone and content of the article that's an issue.... The "Apple continues to accept nothing less than intel 5000 GPU" without mentioning the still crappy screen that would be a sticking point for many, if not, most here. (l was surprised by how crucial screen rez and quality wore to my job as a lawyer...it is not only a point for artists , gamers and developers.) The price drop isnews but paying anywhere near $1,000 for a TN panel is madness. (Looks like Apple is starting to feel the pressure, though...)
Anyway l also come here less and less for the same reason dsumanik doesn't. It no longer feels authentic, for whatever reason.