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NewsPoster Apr 30, 2014 01:24 PM
2014 MacBook Air benchmarks show expected modest gains
Early benchmarks are beginning to appear for Apple's <A href="">2014 MacBook Airs</a>. Primate Labs' Geekbench indicates that the base 11- and 13-inch systems, each powered by a 1.4GHz Core i5-4260U, score 2,532 under single-core tests, and 4,781 when using both cores. By contrast, the 1.3GHz Core i5-4250U in 2013 Airs managed scores up to 2,461 and 4,615, respectively.<br /><br />The differences between 2013 and 2014 models are so marginal, <a href="" rel='nofollow'>notes</a> Primate Labs founder John Poole, that Apple didn't even update its model identifier. People wanting faster performance can upgrade to a 1.7GHz Core i7, but that costs $150 extra.<br />
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Rumors have claimed that Apple is working on a more dramatic update for later this year, in the form of a 12-inch Retina model. The computer will also allegedly adopt a fanless design and a clickless trackpad, and more controversially, fewer inputs and outputs.
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