“From the outside, the new MacBook Air looks nearly identical to its predecessor. There’s a second mic opening on the left side of the machine now, but otherwise you’d be hard pressed to tell this year’s model apart from the previous generation,” Anand Lal Shimpi writes for AnandTech. “Internally, nearly everything has changed.”

“The battery is higher capacity, with no increase in weight. Making better use of that larger battery is Intel’s new Haswell ULT silicon,” Lal Shimpi writes. “It’s clear to me that the MBA is due for a more significant redesign, but this is not the year for that.”

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Lal Shimpi writes, “Admittedly I do fall into more of the pro user category. For its customers looking for a good, mainstream notebook PC, the new MacBook Air is really quite awesome. Even I’m tempted by the machine thanks to its battery life alone. If I didn’t feel like we were a few months away from an rMBP [MacBook Pro with Retina display] update and wasn’t so hell-bent on sticking with a single machine as my notebook and desktop, I’d probably cozy up to a new 13-inch MacBook Air.”

Tons more in the full, comprehensive review – recommended, as usual – here.

MacDailyNews Take: Yet another winner from Apple!

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