Macbook Air 2013 11-inch and 13-inch Models Have Intel Haswell CPU, Up to 12 Hours of Battery Life, and Slightly Lower Price

Macbook Air 2013 11-inch and 13-inch variants look exactly like their predecessors from last year but they do have a few things about them that clearly make them far more special.

"MacBook Air is the industry leader for thin and light notebooks, and now with longer battery life, we've set the bar even higher. With faster flash, more powerful graphics and up to 12 hours of battery life, the new MacBook Air packs even more performance into the portable and durable design our customers love," shares Mr. Philip Schiller, Apple's Senior VP for Worldwide Marketing.

I know this thin and tapered design identity is already more than year old but I think it still looks very gorgeous and highly attractive.

What makes extended battery life (9 hours of uptime for the 11-inch variant - up from 5 - and 12 hours for the 13-inch version - up from 7) and enhanced performance possible for the 2013 Macbook Air is the Intel Haswell CPU powering it. Perfectly geared towards ultrabooks or ultra-thin but very capable notebooks like the Macbook Air, Intel's new fourth generation Core i5 and i7 processors deliver up to 11% better CPU performance and 40% better graphics performance all while consuming 25% less power when compared to the Ivy Bridge CPUs that preceded them.

On top of that, MacBook Air 2013 11-inch now starts at 128 GB of SSD internal storage versus just 64 GB on last year's model. (This year, both 11-inch and 13-inch variants offer storage options of 128, 256 and 512 GB.) Note that Apple is keeping the $999 starting price of the 11-inch variant so you practically get twice the storage for the same amount. Also, the new 13-inch Macbook Airs are $100 less expensive than they were last year -- that's $1,099 and $1,299, instead of $1,199 and $1,399. Isn't that nice?

Sure, contrary to rumors and speculations that surfaced prior to WWDC 2013, we didn't get Retina Display on the Macbook Air this year. But all things considered, I still think 2013 Macbook Air 11-inch and 13-inch models are definitely worth checking out as they are now more "sulit" (offers great bang for the buck) than ever.