2013 WWDC, Apple introduced refreshed MacBook Airs and also unveiled a completely redesigned Mac Pro.
Apple said that the new MacBook Airs would include the faster 802.11ac with “a maximum data rate of 1.3Gbps, almost three times faster than 802.11n.”
MacBook Airs now features up to 40% faster graphics, 2x GPU execution units, and more energy efficient CPUs, while the machine itself now meets ENERGY STAR 5.2 and EPEAT gold environmental standards.
New MacBook Air features fourth generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors, and get you up to 12 hours of battery life and up to 10 hours of iTunes movie playback on a 13-inch MacBook Air.
- 11-inch MacBook Air delivers up to 9 hours of battery life and up to 8 hours of iTunes movie playback.
- MacBook Air now supports next generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi for wireless performance;
- New Intel HD Graphics 5000 gives MacBook Air up to 40 percent faster performance for gaming and graphics intensive apps,
- new flash storage provides speeds up to 45 percent faster than the previous generation and nine times faster than traditional hard drives.
- dual microphones, a FaceTime HD camera, a high-speed Thunderbolt port and two USB 3.0 ports.
- MacBook Air also supports dual displays and video mirroring while simultaneously supporting full native resolution on the built-in display.
Apple also introduced redesigned AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule base stations that feature three-stream 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology with a maximum data rate of 1.3Gbps, almost three times faster than 802.11n.
The new AirPort base stations measures 3.85-inches by 3.85-inches and 6.6-inches tall, include high-powered radios and a six-element beam-forming antenna array to maximize range and performance. “With setup built right into OS X and iOS, users can create a high-speed Wi-Fi network in just a few clicks, and the intuitive AirPort Utility makes it easy to view and manage a network graphically,” explains Apple.
AirPort Time Capsule features 2TB or 3TB hard drives, abd works in conjunction with Time Machine in OS X and is the simplest way to wirelessly backup multiple Macs.
MacBook Air ships with OS X Mountain Lion, bringing Messages, Notification Center, system-wide Sharing, AirPlay Mirroring, Dictation, Game Center and the enhanced security of Gatekeeper to your Mac. With iCloud built into the foundation of OS X, Mountain Lion makes it easier than ever to keep your content up to date across your Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
The next generation Mac Pro, is 1/8 the volume of the previous model, according to Phil Schiller, svp of Worldwide Marketing, “the entire top of the machine is a handle.”
It is architected around an ingenious unified thermal core that allows the desktop to efficiently share its entire thermal capacity across all the processors.
“With the latest Xeon processors, dual FirePro GPUs, ECC memory, PCIe-based flash and Thunderbolt 2, all built around a revolutionary thermal core, the next generation Mac Pro is the most radical Mac yet,” said Schiller. “All this performance and expandability is packed into a dramatic new design that’s one-eighth the volume, and best of all, it will be assembled here in the USA.”
- next generation Intel Xeon E5 processors with up to 12 core configurations deliver double the floating point performance;
- two AMD FirePro workstation-class GPUs, the all-new Mac Pro is up to 2.5 times faster than the current Mac Pro and delivers up to an amazing 7 teraflops of compute power.
- PCIe-based flash storage, up to 10 times faster than conventional desktop hard drives
- latest four-channel ECC DDR3 memory running at 1866 MHz to deliver up to 60GBps of memory bandwidth.
- With all that power, the new Mac Pro lets you seamlessly edit full-resolution 4K video while simultaneously rendering effects in the background.
- six Thunderbolt 2 ports that can deliver up to 20Gbps of bandwidth to each external device. “Each of the six Thunderbolt 2 ports supports up to six daisy-chained devices, giving you the ability to connect up to 36 high-performance peripherals,” Apple said.
- Thunderbolt 2 is completely backwards compatible with existing Thunderbolt peripherals, and allows you to transfer data between Macs faster and easier than ever.
- Mac Pro is perfect for connecting to external storage, multiple PCI expansion chassis, audio and video breakout boxes,
- latest external displays, including 4K desktop displays.