This variation of the popular MacBook Air series finally delivers functionality and some degree of CPU to the slightly underpowered MacBook Air computer lineup. Until recently, these lightweight laptops lacked the features of less portable models. While these computers are as of yet to to have the capacity of a desktop machine, the lineup now sports its own class of benefits. New Intel dual core processors, flash storage made standard, and integrate Intel HD graphics all contribute to the MacBook being a versatile laptop (that still fits in an envelope).
(This time) Apple decided to deliver some of the functionality of their standard computer lineup to the MacBook Air series. Admittedly, the Intel i5 and i7 processors only range form 1.6-1.8 GHz dual core performance, but these computers still offer 5-7 hours of battery life. The integrate Intel HD 3000 Graphics offer 256 to 384 MB of 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM (shared with the onboard 2 or 4 GB memory) for high definition movies and some games. Most incredibly, Apple now manufactures the MacBook Air with integrated flash storage. These laptops rely on high-speed flash memory (integrated directly to the motherboard) to function as the startup disc and storage drive. This flash storage ranges from 64 to 256 GB and provides all the functionality of a SSD or and conventional hard disk.
Like the MacBook Pro series, the Air’s also received an updated FaceTIme camera and a increase in screen resolution capabilities (now supporting up to 2560 by 1600 pixels on and external display). This coincides with the additional of a single Intel Thunderbolt port to each of the MacBook air models; granting each of these ultra-portable laptops access to high-speed data transfers and Mini DisplayPort monitors. It might now be the power-packed MacBook Pro, but the MacBook air now sports its own line of attributes to make it an extremely functional ultra-light laptop.