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Apple slashes Macbook Air laptop price by £100 in quiet update

With an uncharacteristic lack of fanfare, Apple has quietly updated its Macbook Air notebook range. According to its online store, for example, you can now pick up an 11in Macbook Air with a faster processor and better graphics for a whole £100 less than you could have a month ago.

That's just the basic model, but the refresh has been rolled out across the whole Macbook family too. That includes the 13in model with 256GB of internal storage and the newest model released just a few months ago which has had a tiny but nonetheless notable boost from a 1.3GHz dual core CPU to a new dual-core 1.4GHz Intel Core i5 Haswell processor.

Meanwhile, some Apple fans will be disappointed that none of the Macbook Air range is being blessed with the coveted Retina display that they were hoping for. The screen still has the same 1440 x 990 resolution, but customers are being treated to the fact that the line-up is upgrading from Intel 4000 to Intel 5000 graphics.

It's worth noting that to the naked eye no Macbook Air makeover will appear to have occurred – the notebooks will still run with 4GB of RAM with the same aesthetics and aluminium chassis.

Still, the price slash across the range is nothing to be sniffed at. The 2014 Macbook Air is now £100 cheaper at £750, while the 13in model costs just £850.

The news could not be better timed for this journalist, who this morning spilled a pint of water over her old laptop. In other probably more topical news, Apple has recently announced that its fortunes have been boosted by growth in Japan, Europe and Australia.