Apple's WWDC conference ended a few hours ago with some major new announcements to both the Mac's software and hardware. The original MacBook Pro and MacBook Air lines were given a performance boost to keep it up-to-date with todays technology. The updates included new flash storage, memory and processors.
The 11" and 13" MacBook Air Models are now available with up to 512GB of flash storage, an upgraded graphics chip-set which provides a performance boost by 60%, as well as boasting up to 8GB of available memory and a 2.0GHz i7 Ivy Bridge CPU, which will certainly speed things up by a significant amount. Another new feature is the combination of the USB 2.0 and the new USB 3.0 ports, which allows the use of both 2.0 and 3.0 devices though the same port.
The update to the MacBook Air line also came with an update to the FaceTime camera which now makes it 720p quality. With a baseline amount of RAM starting at 4GB and the pricing remaining roughly similar to before this is a great update for the ultra-thin MacBook Air.
The Macbook Pro line from Apple also received an update today, with the 13" model boosting its processor to and Ivy Bridge dual-core i7, clocking up to 2.9GHz and a price range between $1,199 and $1,499.
The 15" MacBook Pro model also saw a similar upgrade, with the same jump in processor speed, but now with a 1GB GeForce GT 650M discrete graphics card. the new model also comes with 8GB RAM (1600MHz) as standard as well as the new combination of USB 2.0/3.0 ports. The pricing for the new line has also remained the same, ranging between $1,799 and $2,199.
There has also been the introduction of a brand new MacBook Pro model which will be looked at in the next post.