At an event in San Francisco yesterday, Apple presented its all-new ultraportable MacBook and announced a slew of updates to its existing MacBook Air and MacBook Pro portfolio. Both lines continue to exist alongside the newly announced MacBook model.
Apple’s new launched 11 and 13-inch MacBook Air models have been upgraded with new 5th generation Intel Core processors with integrated HD 6000 graphics, as well as Thunderbolt 2 connectivity which doubles the peak theoretical throughput from 10Gbps to 20Gbps. The 13-inch model also gets faster a PCI e-based solid-state drive. Apple received criticism last year when tests indicated that the MacBook Air models it had just launched had slower SSDs than the ones they replaced.
Available officially today through authorized retailers, the 11-inch MacBook Air costs Rs. 65,900 for a model with a 1.6GHz processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD, or Rs. 79,900 for the same specifications with a 256GB SSD instead. The 13-inch MacBook Air is available with a 1.6GHz processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD at Rs. 72,900 or Rs. 86,900 with a 256GB SSD. Customers can upgrade the CPU speed, amount of RAM and SSD capacity only at the time of purchase.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display receives slightly more significant upgrades. In addition to new fifth-generation processors, the model gains the same Force Touch trackpad with haptic feedback and pressure-sensitive gestures that Apple developed for the new MacBook. SSD speed has also increased, and Apple further states that battery life has been improved as well.
Available starting at Rs. 94,900 for a configuration including a 2.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with integrated Iris 6100 graphics, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. The same specs with a 256GB SSD will cost Rs. 109,000. Another variant with a 2.9GHz Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 512GB SSD will cost Rs. 129,900.
The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display did not receive any updates and last year’s model continues to be available. Likewise, the 13-inch MacBook Pro without Retina display is also still available starting at Rs. 78,900 but has not received any update.