MacBook Air With Haswell ULT: Up to 12 Hours Battery Life

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Ragnar-Kon

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Eh, was hoping for a Macbook Pro refresh. Only thing I really wanted out of this WWDC, but what did I get instead? An ultra-thin nearly worthless laptop, and a giant black tube.
 

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They say you can't please everyone. Looks like that's still true.
 

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Or you could run Parallels, Fusion or VirtualBox... and have both and add other OS's.. :)
 

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Sure, but part of the 12 hour claim comes from enhancements made to 10.9. I love Windows 7 but it burns through battery much faster on my mac than the Beta OS does currently.
 

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They may introduce a mid range model in a few months with the retina screen. FWIW, the regular MBPro 13 with Retina is like 1lbs more than the MBA and nearly as thin.
 

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you can bootcamp, but you'll have shitty drivers :p
Yeah, a battery life hit is the main thing I'd be concerned about.
Still no retina displays on MacBook Airs then? I thought Apple was aggressively migrating everything to include at least a retina option.
I guess it costs them too much. That said, when I've played with the macbooks in stores, the 13" rMBP is only half a pound heavier and a little thicker than the 13" air. It's noticeable, but not a big deal. I'll happily take the rMBP in that case purely for the screen. I wonder how the battery life on the rMBP will be once they put Haswell in it - I'm seriously considering buying one of those.
 

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Not necessarily, part of the 12 hour life is due to the enhancements on 10.9 - I posted earlier. I love Windows 7 but it doesn't last nearly as long on my MBA with the new Beta OS.
 

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Well said :)
 

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So I suppose that CPU is either the i7-4550U, i5-4250U or i5-4350U

~1.5GHZ base dual core, 3GHZ Turbo is pretty good especially with such good integrated graphics (no eDRAM though)

EDIT: I was right! According to ifixit, it uses the i5-4250U 1.3/2.6GHZ processor with HD 5000 graphics
 
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