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Apple Updates MacBook Air and Current Generation MacBook Pro with New Hardware

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Apple today updated MacBook Air with the latest Intel Core processors, faster graphics and flash storage that is up to twice as fast as the previous generation.* MacBook Air is the ultimate everyday notebook, and with new lower prices it is more affordable than ever. The current generation 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro have also been updated with the latest Intel Core processors and powerful discrete graphics from NVIDIA. Apple’s popular AirPort Express has been redesigned to include features previously available only in AirPort Extreme.

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Nice product. Nice prices. If only Apple had kept support for XP drivers in bootcamp I would go out and buy 2 even 3 tomorrow. (Very happy with XP for laptop and have licenses hanging around)
 
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Wonder if Apple used DDR3 or 5 for the 650M.
 
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I'm a bit let down that Apple still isnt offering discrete graphics on the MacBook Air, or at least decent ATI or Nvidia graphics. I've been reluctant to upgrade my late 2010 Air and give up my Nvidia 320M in favor of Intel's HD 3000 (even though the Core i5 was significantly faster than the core 2 duo), and though the HD 4000 is probably a bit faster...I still don't see it as much of a graphics improvement. The other specs are easy for me to justify, I love the transfer speeds of USB 3, I would love to upgrade from 4gb 1066 up to 8gb 1600L, but the graphics just feels like a let down. Hell I can still run Diablo 3 at 1440x900 on low (or 720p on mixed medium) and get 25-30fps (maybe a bit higher, haven't tested since the latest patch as I have a desktop for gaming), and source games run fine as well.

IVB and HD4000 should be a step up, I guess I'll wait and see for myself before I decide. But if Apple had announced ATI or Nvidia had come back to the Air, I would have been much more excited.
 
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IVB and HD4000 should be a step up, I guess I'll wait and see for myself before I decide. But if Apple had announced ATI or Nvidia had come back to the Air, I would have been much more excited.
I agree, my Air is a bit long in the tooth too.

Unlike windows though, the HD series actually has properly working drivers[OS X], atleast. Windows its a crapshoot to get stuff working. I'm confident after using the HD3000 on my i5 that the 4000 is still a pretty hefty step up over the 320 Nvidia offered.

I really would like to see AMD be able to step up and compete in the ULV dual core area. We need some GPU love! :)
 
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Well given the pathetic refresh of the MBA, that pretty much leaves the new Zenbook Prime as the best Ultrabook on the market, what with its 1920x1080 matte IPS panel.
 
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I like how they just get USB 3 and they proudly pronounce it as if it is a new feature for all computer hardware. I have had it on my laptop for a long time now.
 
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I like how they just get USB 3 and they proudly pronounce it as if it is a new feature for all computer hardware. I have had it on my laptop for a long time now.
Actually, after seeing the keynote, they just said "usb 3, oh look a pretty bar graph" and then moved on to the other important stuff; retina/mountain lion/iOS 6. Its not really "omgomgomgomg usb3" at all. For good reason too, though. Its just new because ivy bridge offers it baseline.
 
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I like how they just get USB 3 and they proudly pronounce it as if it is a new feature for all computer hardware. I have had it on my laptop for a long time now.
The only thing I found rather stupid was that when they were labeling the USB ports, they labeled them as; "USB 3.0/USB 2.0." Well no shit sherlock.
 
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I'm a bit let down that Apple still isnt offering discrete graphics on the MacBook Air, or at least decent ATI or Nvidia graphics. I've been reluctant to upgrade my late 2010 Air and give up my Nvidia 320M in favor of Intel's HD 3000 (even though the Core i5 was significantly faster than the core 2 duo), and though the HD 4000 is probably a bit faster...I still don't see it as much of a graphics improvement. The other specs are easy for me to justify, I love the transfer speeds of USB 3, I would love to upgrade from 4gb 1066 up to 8gb 1600L, but the graphics just feels like a let down. Hell I can still run Diablo 3 at 1440x900 on low (or 720p on mixed medium) and get 25-30fps (maybe a bit higher, haven't tested since the latest patch as I have a desktop for gaming), and source games run fine as well.

IVB and HD4000 should be a step up, I guess I'll wait and see for myself before I decide. But if Apple had announced ATI or Nvidia had come back to the Air, I would have been much more excited.
Yeah they are faster than that 320M but it is still Intel so...shoddy drivers. I was really hoping Apple would intro an inexpensive Trinity Book. The MBAs make me laugh. MBPs are just...ehhh. Too expensive for what they come with.

Oh well, Apple lost my sale. They would have had it if they did a Trinity book for maybe $800-$1000. Heck even $1200 I would have prolly gone.

I'll just wait for PC side. See how it fares then plan on transitioning the last of my Mac only software over to Windows. Complete the conversion to PC only. Thank you Apple, I'm a PC because of you.
 
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The only thing I found rather stupid was that when they were labeling the USB ports, they labeled them as; "USB 3.0/USB 2.0." Well no shit sherlock.
I believe the point there was showing that Apple was putting nothing but USB 3.0 on the new MacBook Air and Pro generations, rather than how some manufacturers are throwing just 1x USB 2.0 and 1x USB 3.0 port on their ultrabooks or some other combination of mix and match on the larger ones. There is no reason not to go all out on a premium laptop in these price ranges. That seemed pretty clear in the keynote speech.

Yeah they are faster than that 320M but it is still Intel so...shoddy drivers. I was really hoping Apple would intro an inexpensive Trinity Book. The MBAs make me laugh. MBPs are just...ehhh. Too expensive for what they come with.
Yea my experience with Intel's modern HD graphics on my HTPC has not been good and I must admit I have been forced back to ATI, currently with an HD 6450 2gb/128bit which I've modded to be passively cooled. But that has also had driver issues, up until the recent 12.6 beta I had a hell of a time due to HDMI audio dieing after my tv and/or receiver being turned off, if I came back to watch something later I would have to restart the whole pc to get HDMI audio back. Using the HD2000 graphics in the 2100T solved that but I had artifacting caused by drivers (damn thing is a 35w water cooled chip and never gets above 40c). So there are driver issues on both fronts I'd say...but given ATI's got far better control, better control panel, better features, and the fact that this issue was actually resolved in 12.6 I'd like to stick with them.
 
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Yeah they are faster than that 320M but it is still Intel so...shoddy drivers. I was really hoping Apple would intro an inexpensive Trinity Book. The MBAs make me laugh. MBPs are just...ehhh. Too expensive for what they come with.

Oh well, Apple lost my sale. They would have had it if they did a Trinity book for maybe $800-$1000. Heck even $1200 I would have prolly gone.

I'll just wait for PC side. See how it fares then plan on transitioning the last of my Mac only software over to Windows. Complete the conversion to PC only. Thank you Apple, I'm a PC because of you.
Trinity cannot compete in the ULV market currently.

They really just don't have anything to offer.

OS X also negates the HD windows driver issues. Apples driver doesn't fall apart like the Windows one does.

As nice as having a better GPU would be, in the MBAs, going from a sandy bridge to trinity would hurt more than it would help in overall performance. Theres more of a demand for CPU performance in that market than there is GPU. I peg my 1.4c2d air CPU on a regular basis, to its absolute maximum. The Gt320 sits idle 99% of the time.