Apple's new MacBook Airs
have already been benchmarked, reports note. Geekbench 2 CPU performance recorded by Primate Labs shows that the new notebooks are only about 3 to 8 percent faster than their predecessors. Primate explains
that Intel focused on reducing power consumption with its new Haswell processors, and that Apple went a step beyond, choosing processors with lower frequencies than before for the sake of vastly extending battery life.
meanwhile point out
that the Air has switched to PCIe-based SSDs, resulting in higher read and write speeds than would've been possible with SATA 3. The drives in fact connect through a PCIe 2.0 x2 interface, supporting speeds up to 1GBps in either direction. The upcoming Mac Pro
should use similar storage.