Intel’s “Haswell is a big, big deal, and it’s the major reason why Apple’s newest MacBook Airs are a big deal,” Harry McCracken writes for TIME Magazine.
“In terms of industrial design and major features, the new Airs, in their aluminum unibody cases, are nearly indistinguishable from their predecessors stretching back to the versions that Apple introduced in October 2010,” McCracken writes. “That’s not a criticism: The original 13″ and 11″ models set out to be pleasing, general-purpose portable computers that happen to be unusually thin, light and fast, and succeeded so well that they inspired an entire class of Windows notebook, the Ultrabook.”
MacDailyNews Note: According to NPD, Apple’s MacBook Air outsold all Windows Ultrabooks combined in U.S. retail sales for the first four months of 2013.
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McCracken writes, “And they run OS X Mountain Lion, a first-rate computer operating system that doesn’t suffer from the what-am-I identity crisis that Windows 8 (and the upcoming Windows 8.1) are still working through… The [MacBook Air models] were already excellent ultraportable notebooks; now they’re excellent ultraportable notebooks that push battery life to new, productivity-changing heights.”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]
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