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New MacBook Air range unveiled by Apple at WWDC, adds improved battery life

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A new MacBook Air range has been formally unveiled at WWDC 2013, with Apple confirming the refreshed laptops will be the first to land running the latest Intel CPUs and improved battery lives.

Making the announcement, Apple’s Senior Vice President Phil Schiller took to the WWDC 2013 keynote stage stating “I’d like to talk to you about the MacBook Air.” He added: "The MacBook Air really gave us a direction of where the notebook can go,” before confirming an “entirely new line” of Airs.

In official statement later, he added: “MacBook Air is the industry leader for thin and light notebooks, and now with longer battery life, we’ve set the bar even higher. With faster flash, more powerful graphics and up to 12 hours of battery life, the new MacBook Air packs even more performance into the portable and durable design our customers love.”

Apple MacBook Air Features
Adding a bevy of new strings to their respective bows, the new 11-inch MacBook Air is said to benefit from twice the storage as past models whilst the 13-inch model will benefit from a new, lower price point.

Playing host to the latest Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processing units, depending on the model, the new MacBook Air range will host support for next-generation 802.11ac wireless connections.

Set to be bolstered by increased battery life over past releases, Apple has suggested the new 13-inch MacBook Air will benefit from a 12 hour battery life. The 11-inch iterations are tipped to have a 9 hour lifespan on a single charge.

With all models set to land running OS X Mountain Lion, not the newly unveiled OS X Mavericks, Apple has confirmed that the refreshed MacBook Air line will boast dual integrated microphones, a FaceTime HD camera and a high-speed Thunderbolt connection and two USB 3.0 ports.

Apple MacBook Air Release Date and Price
With a selection of model specifications coming in at a range of price points, Apple has confirmed that the new Apple MacBook Air product lines are available to purchase from today, June 10.

Kicking things off at £849 for the 1.3GHz Turbo Boosted 11-inch model with 4GB of memory and 128GB of flash storage, the MacBook Air prices go all the way up to £1,129 for the 13-inch iteration with a 1.3GHz processor Turbo Boosted to 2.6GHz and with 4GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage.

Further expansion options, including an Intel Core i7 CPU, 8GB of memory and 512GB of flash storage are available at additional costs.

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