Perhaps for the very first time, a Macintosh laptop can be called “affordable”, by average consumer purchase styles. Now starting at $899, the 11.6-inch Macbook Air features the new Intel Haswell chipset, like its $999 13-inch brother: 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor. Both ultrabooks still come with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage as a baseline, but are configurable (for a higher price, of course) to a 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 with 8GB of RAM.
As for the rest of the laptop? Nothing else has changed. No additional thinness, no Thunderbolt 2, Retina display — nothing.
But still, that price is now looking very attractive to some potential Mac users.