Apple MacBook Air Updated with Faster Processors and $100 Price Drop

Apple MacBook Air Spring 2014

Apple quietly rolled out an update on the MacBook Air yesterday. Both 11-inch and 13-inch models received updates with new Intel Haswell processors and slightly better battery specs. The models also received a $100 price drop for the standard configurations.

The 11-inch 128GB base model is now $899, while the 256GB model is $1099. Likewise, the 13-inch 128GB model is $999 and the 256GB model is $1199.

MacBook Price Drops up to $500

MacBook Retina

B&H has several MacBook Pro Retina and Air models with price drops up to $500 now through July 31, 2013. Check them out below.

15.4″ MacBook Pro Retina w/ 2.6GHz Core i7 and 512GB Flash HD for $2149 (was $2399)

13.3″ MacBook Pro Retina w/ 2.5GHz Core i5 and 512GB Flash HD for $1649 (was $1949)

13.3″ MacBook Pro Retina w/ 2.9GHz Core i7 and 512GB Flash HD for $1799 (was $2099)

13.3″ MacBook Pro Retina w/ 2.5GHz Core i5 and 768GB Flash HD for $1899 (was $2399)

13.3″ MacBook Pro Retina w/ 2.9GHz Core i7 and 768GB Flash HD for $2099 (was $2599)

13.3″ MacBook Air w/ 1.8GHz Core i5 and 256GB Flash HD for $1149 (was $1299)

 

15″ MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Core i7 Review

Apple’s latest batch of 15″ and 17″ MacBook Pros step up from the Core 2 Duo processors in favor of Intel’s Core i5 and i7 processors.  The new 15″ MacBook Pro is currently the only model available with an Intel Core i7 processor – and it is wicked fast.

Read the full review over at Tech Tilt: 15″ MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Core i7 Review

New iMacs and Macbook . . . and Some Weekend Thoughts About Apple Stuff

Apple 27-inch iMac

No bones about it, Apple makes some nice computers.  The new iMacs offer a very sleek package and take up a tiny footprint compared to the typical desktop.  Additionally, the new MacBook adds the popular unibody design of the Macbook Pro laptops and keeps the same smidgen-under-$1000 price tag.

Photographers seem to love Macs.  Sure, there are plenty of “Windows photographers” out there, but the thought of a 27″ backlit LCD screen on the new iMac powering Photoshop Lightroom or CS4 makes us all a little giddy inside, right?  While I opted for a Windows-based computer on my last update, the recurrence of driver issues and small niggling bugs lately has prompted me to consider another Mac.  I still have my 1st-gen 17″ G5 iMac on the desk that sees occasional use; however, it’s begging for more horsepower when it comes to processing images nowadays. [Read more...]