In addition to releasing the next-generation 12-inch MacBook with faster specs and a Rose Gold color option, Apple has announced that its two 13-inch MacBook Air configurations now ship with 8GB of RAM as a standard option starting today.

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13-inch MacBook Air models previously had 4GB of RAM for stock configurations, with 8GB of RAM available as an upgrade option for built-to-order models. 11-inch MacBook Air models continue to have 4GB of RAM for base configurations.

Apple did not make any other changes to the MacBook Air lineup, which is awkwardly positioned between the ultra-thin 12-inch MacBook and the MacBook Pro. In fact, there is some speculation that the MacBook Air might eventually be discontinued, but for now it lives on with older Broadwell processors and no Retina display.

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Top Rated Comments

Jimmy James Avatar
79 months ago
Finally. It's 2012 already.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Brad9893 Avatar
79 months ago
4GB of RAM felt outdated to me in 2011. Shame on Apple for still selling premium, high-end computers with 4GB of RAM until 2016. Good grief...
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Razeus Avatar
79 months ago
Still has little life in it left? Still can't believe they were only putting 4GB in these things. I know Apple is always behind the technology curve when it comes to laptops, but come on. It's about time.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
duaneu Avatar
79 months ago
My MBP doesn't have a touch screen or finger print scanner, but it doesn't feel behind to me. I have a Surface as well, but a FP scanner isn't necessary, it's just a bell/whistle.
I would love Touch ID on a Mac.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kyykesko Avatar
79 months ago
There's nothing awkward about Macbook Air. It's the only usable thin cheap Macbook around. The other options are a machine with more ports and more power and in the other end the ultrathin small useless toy people want to buy to show they have so much money they can afford to buy a computer you can't use for anything useful. At least Air still has a proper keyboard.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dumbclub Avatar
79 months ago
Shouldn't the 8GB be either standard or an option?
I don't see how it can be a "standard option"?
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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