Apple has updated its MacBook Air line-up, dropping the price of each model by at least £100 and introducing the newer Haswell processors from Intel.

Rumours of the update that emerged on 28 April proved to be correct, when Apple quietly made the changes to its MacBook Air line-up on the morning of 29 April. Aside from the price drop and processor boost, the design and other specs of the 2014 MacBook Air models remain the same.

2014 MacBook Air specs and features

Each of Apple's MacBook Air models now features a 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, compared with the 1.3GHz processors found in the previous versions.

The only other difference spotted is the battery life for iTunes movie playback. Previously, Apple said the 11in MacBook Air would last for 8 hours of iTunes movie playback, but that's now changed to 9 hours. The 13in model bumped up from 10 hours to 12 hours.

2014 MacBook Air price in the UK

Despite the spec boost, Apple now offers the 2014 MacBook Air at a starting price of £749 compared with the £849 price tag of its predecessor. The 13in model has received the same £100 price cut as the 11in model. The 256GB 11in model is now £899 instead of £1,029 and the 13in 256GB model is £999, down from £1,129.

This update isn't the 12in Retina display MacBook Air many had been hoping for, but that doesn't rule it out completely. It was previously expected that a Retina model of the MacBook Air would arrive at WWDC on 2 June, but the release of these new models just one month ahead of the event could suggest a slightly later launch for the higher-resolution model. 

Where to buy 2014 MacBook Air

The new MacBook Air is available to buy now through the Apple Online Store, Apple retail stores and Apple Authorised sellers.