Will the New MacBook Air Get This Speedy Upgrade?

macbook airWill Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) debut a new MacBook Air with improved Wi-Fi capability at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference? According to an anonymous insider source via 9to5Mac, Apple is set to unveil new models of the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air.

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According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the new MacBook Airs will be upgraded with Intel’s (NASDAQ:INTC) new Haswell series of chips. Interestingly, Intel officially announced the fourth generation of its new processor last week. Intel outlines the benefits of its latest generation of processors in its official press release that states, “4th generation Intel Core processors can bring an 50 percent improvement in battery life over the previous generation in active workloads when watching movies or surfing the Internet, and two to three times improvement in standby battery life.”

However, ever since software testers discovered upgraded Wi-Fi protocols in one of the beta versions of OS X 10.8.4, Apple users have speculated that the new MacBook Airs will also feature a higher standard of Wi-Fi. One of the earlier beta versions released by Apple included support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi, which is a faster Wi-Fi protocol. The latest versions of MacBook Airs only support Wi-Fi standards up to 802.11n.

Now that Apple has officially released the OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.4 update, it seems that speculation about an improved Wi-Fi capability was correct. On Apple’s support site, the company states that the update includes “compatibility improvements when connecting to certain enterprise Wi-Fi networks.”

Besides the new Haswell chipsets and Wi-Fi upgrade, the new MacBook Air models are also expected to include a dual-microphone system similar to what is available on the current model of MacBook Pro with Retina display. In addition to unveiling the new models of MacBook Air at the WWDC, Apple will also announce iOS 7 and OS X 10.9. Apple may also debut a music streaming service that has already been dubbed “iRadio.”

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This year’s WWDC runs from Monday, June 10 through Friday, June 14. Here’s how Apple has been trading so far this week.



Here’s how Apple traded on Thursday:

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