Intel’s Haswell chip has a new home today: You can find it in the latest MacBook Air laptops from Apple, now available. Apple promises 9 and 12 hours of battery life on the two models.

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Apple revamped its MacBook Air lineup on Monday, saying that new devices will run on Intel’s 4th-generation Core processor called Haswell. The new chips will boost battery life 40 percent, bringing the 11- and 13-inch laptops to 9 and 12 hours of run-time on a single charge.

Apple also boosted the internal storage on the 11-inch model, which now has 128 GB of flash storage for $999. For $100 more, customers can opt for a similar 13-inch MacBook Air with the same storage capacity. Both have 40 percent faster graphics and 802.11ac Wi-Fi, which increases both the range and speed of compatible networks.

Apple says the new MacBook Air models are available today, once the Apple Store re-opens. That indicates that Apple worked out a deal with Intel in advance to become one of the first customers to buy the new Haswell chip in bulk. Intel just formally announced Haswell earlier this month at the Computex event.

Photo Jun 10, 11 00 12 AMA “sneak peek” of the upcoming Mac Pro was also shown at WWDC. The cylindrical computer is packed with the latest tech, including a new Intel Xeon chip, faster flash storage and, thanks to dual workstation GPUs from AMD, support for multiple 4K displays.

  1. Awesome, ordering this week!

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  3. All day battery life would be nice but I would prefer it on a PC

    1. Those Haswell chips are coming to PCs soon too, so you shouldn’t have to wait long, Doug.

  4. my 2 years old MBA is working okay but 12 hrs of battery time is very tempting. I am in the market for all in one and wondering when will Apple upgrade iMac with Haswell.


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