Apple's 2012 update to its 13-inch MacBook Air brings several enhancements to the earlier generation model, including a new CPU (Intel's Ivy Bridge Core i5 and Core i7), updated graphics (Intel HD Graphics 4000) and more system memory. While the 2012 MacBook Air starts with the same option of 64GB worth of SSD storage, it's now upgradeable up to 512GB for those needing more space. The ultrabook's USB ports have been upgraded to USB 3.0 as well.
Otherwise, the Air retains most of the specs from the prior model, like the 3-pound weight and size (12.8 x 8.9 x 0.11-0.68 inches) and the display (no Retina here, sorry). Battery life still clocks in at between five and seven hours too.
Last, but certainly not least, the new 13-inch Air comes in at $100 less than the previous model at $1,199.
Reviewers were mostly pleased with the upgrades and while there's a lot more competition in the ultrabook market these days, most pundits ranked Apple's entry as the product to beat.
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