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Although it won't be able to run OS X Mavericks until this fall, Apple used WWDC 2013 to introduce updates to the MacBook Air line with dramatically improved battery life and a new AirPort Extreme Base Station to power its 802.11ac Wi-Fi.
Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller followed up the OS X Mavericks unveil with new hardware ready-made for the latest operating system when it debuts this fall.
Available today in 11-inch and 13-inch models, the MacBook Air now promises all-day battery life, from five to nine hours on the smaller model and from seven to 12 hours on the larger edition, including 10 hours of iTunes video playback.
The MacBook Air also comes equipped with 802.11ac Wi-Fi for up to 3x the wireless performance of 802.11n -- and to make sure you'll be able to use it, Apple is also debuting a new version of the AirPort Extreme.
At only four inches wide and 6.5 inches tall, the latest AirPort can also be had as an AirPort Time Capsule with either 2TB or 3TB hard drives and includes an improved antenna configuration.
The new MacBook Air starts at $999 for 11-inch and $1099 for 13-inch, with both models shipping today.
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