Some of the new products Apple showcase at the WWDC 2013 includes the new MacBook Air line.
The new MacBook Air is available in 11-inch or 13-inch sizes. It is packaged with the latest Haswell chipset and boast of a fully optimized battery life with great graphics performance.
Apple equipped the gadget with a 1.3GHz Intel i5 processor (2.6GHz), 128GB SSD – solid state drive and a 4GB RAM. The new base model 13-inch MacBook Air is $100 down from the 13-inch 2013 model, it is offered at $1,099.
Comparing the base model new 2013 13-inch MacBook Air with the 2012 equivalent
The i5 processor on the 2012 MacBook has a speed of 1.8GHz which is broadly higher than its new brother who is equipped with a speed of 1.3GHz but still an i5 core processor. Theoretically, you would have thought that the 2013 device will be lower in speed than the 2012 model, but Apple is more creative in this aspect, practically, the processor clocks lower than for real, but this is to partly assist the battery life, the CPU benchmark and the max turbo for the two notebooks are very close.
The Mashable review guys ran a Geekbench 2 benchmarks, the 2013 model was reported to have 6,707 while the 2012 MacBook Air came with 5,812. The difference was not clear when CPU-intensive apps were run.
Apple focused much on battery life, integrated graphics and SSD speed improvement on the 2013 Machine, although the CPU is not really left out of the show.
The general focus came mostly on the battery life; Apple claimed that the new device will run up to 12 hours compared to the 7hours on the 13-inch MacBook Pro of 2012, up to 10 hours movie. On the MacBook website, the battery tests were performed at 75% brightness.
Radically working the 2012 model of MacBook Air usually stay 4 to 4.5 hours before running out of battery, radical use according to the test includes operating dozens on tabs on Chrome and Safari, Dropbox, Photoshop, Spotify or iTunes etc.
The 2013 device worked solid 8.5 hours doing the same task.
Blazing SSD Speeds
The new Notebook packs a new type of SSD, Apple employed a PCle connection for the drive instead of the standard SATA connection.
While the year old MacBook Air still can do 429MB/s read and 256MB/s write in Blackmagic Disk Speed Test, this 2013 model does read speed of 721MB/s and write speed of 453MB/s.
If you now opt for a larger SSD on your the new MacBook Air, you will blaze at a more higher speed.