The only two hardware releases at the WWDC 2013 were the new MacBook Air and the Mac Pros. And both didn't go without causing enough stir and jaw-drops.
The most important feature that Apple highlighted for their MacBook Air was the battery. Quite boldly, Apple markets the MacBook Air as an all-day affair. Which translates roughly into several hours of battery time more than what's been on offer so far.
The WWDC 2013 saw Apple announce the new MacBook Air 11-inch and 13-inch models. There were no upgrades or refreshes in any other series. The tech specs are as usual quite stunning. The latest from Intel processors power the core and there's the new 802.11ac Wi-fi support.
Basically, faster connectivity.
- The 11-inch MacBook Air costs $999.
- The 13-inch MacBook Air sells for $1099.
Of the features, the battery time is spectacular.
The 11-inch model clocks 9 hours of battery time and the 13-inch model clocks about 12 hours including a 10-hr movie playback time. For most notebooks, this is a feat yet to be achieved. And remember: these beauties are terrifically thin that defy all industrial design standards for laptops.
Apple also spoke about the new Mac Pro: a complete redesign from the earlier Mac Pros. In the complete redesign, the new Mac Pro turns out to be just about 1/8th of the original Mac Pro but it brings some really amazing features to the table.
- Dual AMD CPUs
- A GPU that clocks 7 teraflops. Straight from 2.5 teraflops!
- The Mac Pro can handle 4k displays with ease
- There are 6 Thunderbolt ports and 4 USB3 ports
- 802.11ac Wi-fi
The Mac Pro is set to arrive later this year.