New MacBook Air: Multiple minor tweaks, no major changes


Do-it-yourself website iFixit has moved quickly to disassemble the latest MacBook Air laptops unveiled at WWDC on Monday, confirming the lack of major changes under the hood of the highly popular, ultra-portable family from Apple.

As we reported earlier this week, the refreshed MBA family comes with significantly better battery life and 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking. In addition, it also offers better performance for its SSD disk, which according to iFixit, is expected to use a PCIe flash drive. And while the use of Intel's just-released Haswell microprocessor probably contributed significantly to its improved battery life, it seems that a more powerful battery also has a part to play.

According to Computerworld, Miroslav Djuric of iFixit said in an email that "The most striking thing about the updated 13-in. Air is the lack of major internal revisions. In fact, the newest Air generation is almost identical to the previous one, save for a handful of minor changes: a smaller SSD module, an updated AirPort card, a Samsung flash controller, and a new heat sink clamp."

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) has historically kept price and external design changes to a minimum, preferring to swap in newer or faster components. The MBA has seen gradual dips in its price however, likely due to competition from the many slim Ultrabook laptops currently flooding the market, as well as the inevitable cannibalization from tablets.

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- check out this article at Computerworld

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