The new MacBook air models unveiled today by Apple.
The new MacBook air models unveiled today by Apple.
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Apple Inc. released a new, cheaper version of its MacBook Air that the company said is faster and has longer battery life.

The starting price for a MacBook Air dropped $100 to $899, the company announced.

That cheapest model features a screen that measures about 11 inches diagonally, a 1.4 GHz fourth generation Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.7 GHz, 4GB of memory and 128GB of flash storage, the company said. An 11-inch MacBook Air with 256GB of flash storage starts at $1,099.

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A 13-inch MacBook Air with 128GB of storage starts at $999, and a 13-inch version with 256GB of flash storage starts at $1,199, Apple said.

Customizable upgrades can be added, including a 1.7 GHz Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, up to 8GB of memory and up to 512GB flash storage.

Both the 11-inch and 13-inch models have two more hours of battery life than their predecessors when used for wireless web access, according to Apple. The 11-inch model has up to 9 hours of battery life and the 13-inch models have up to 12 hours of battery life.

“With MacBook Air starting at $899, there’s no reason to settle for anything less than a Mac,” said a statement from Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Macs have never been more popular, and today we’ve boosted the performance and lowered the price of MacBook Air so even more people can experience the perfect everyday notebook.”