Apple used its sold-out Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco Monday as a stage for unveiling a new line of MacBook Airs and a next-generation MacBook Pro that the mobile giant proclaimed to be the "most beautiful computer" it has designed to date.
As anticipated, the company also took the wraps off two new software updates: its new Mountain Lion OS, which will arm the refreshed MacBook line with a slew of new features including integration with iCloud, along with iOS 6, a revamped OS for the iPad and iPhone.
The new line of MacBook Airs consists of an 11-inch model and a 13-inch model that come equipped with Intel HD Graphics 4000 and 4 GB of RAM. The lower-end 11-inch model, which starts at $999, comes with either 64 GB or 128 GB of flash storage and can reach clock speeds up to 1.7GHz with Intel’s third-generation i5 core processors.
The new 13-inch MacBook Air starts at $1,199 and comes with either 128 GB or 256 GB of flash storage. As the higher-end of the two new models, it can reach clock speeds up to 1.8GHz.
Both the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air are poised to counter this year’s new wave of Ivy Bridge-based Ultrabooks, measuring a mere 0.68 inches thick and weighing in at 2.38 and 2.96 pounds, respectively.
"It's revolutionized the notebook. It's a breakthrough. Everyone is trying to copy it,” Phil Schiller, senior vice president of product marketing at Apple said of the MacBook Air, according to a report Monday from The Verge. "They find it's not so easy."
Following in the footsteps of the MacBook Air, the traditionally more heavy-duty MacBook Pro also received a makeover. A new 13-inch model starting at $1,199 and a 15-inch model starting at $1,799 measure 0.95 inches thick, and both have been updated with the latest Intel processors and are said to be twice as fast as their predecessors.
Apple also introduced a "next-generation" MacBook Pro that touts the same buzzed-about Retina Display delivered with the new iPad. A 2880-by-1800 resolution positions the new Pro, according to Apple, as the "highest-resolution notebook display" on the market. It also has a whopping 768 GB of flash storage, boasts seven hours of battery life and is the thinnest MacBook Pro frame to date, measuring 0.71 inches and weighing 4.5 pounds.
The "next-generation" MacBook Pro, like the new 13- and 15-inch models and refreshed line of MacBook Airs, comes with Intel’s Thunderbolt technology and USB 3.0. It’s selling for $2,199.
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