While it is widely believed that this year’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference will be largely be focused on software, recent rumors suggest we could see some new hardware as well. More specifically, a report from 9to5 Mac claims that Apple will announce a new generation of its hyper-portable MacBook Air lineup. Both the 11-inch and 13-inch models are said to receiving refreshes.
As far as what we’ll see in terms of updates, the report speculates that the newest MacBook Air models could be powered by Intel’s recently announced Haswell chipset. This line of processors would be perfect for the MacBook Air because of its impressive battery improvements.
Delivering Intel’s largest generation-over-generation gain in battery life enablement in company history, 4th generation Intel Core processors can bring an 50 percent improvement in battery life over the previous generation in active workloads when watching movies or surfing the Internet, and two to three times improvement in standby battery life. For some systems coming to market this year, over 9 hours of active use battery life or 10 to 13 days of standby with fresh data on a single charge is expected.
Other rumored features include a dual-microphone system similar to the one currently on MacBook Pro models, and a 1080p front-facing camera (a first for Mac computers). What’s more, seeing as OS 10.8.4 has built-in support for faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi chips, it seems likely that the new MacBook Air models will contain the speedier Wi-Fi card which allows for zippier HD movie streaming, as well as improved file downloads and transfers.
There are also whispers that Apple could debut new versions of its AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule accessories that also feature the faster 802.11ac internet capabilities.
How do you feel about these updates? Would you be pleased with faster internet, better battery life, and an improved FaceTime camera, or do you hope Apple has a “one more thing” up its sleeve for the MacBook Air?
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Via: 9to5 Mac