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Apple rolls out faster Macbook Air laptops as iPhone 6, iWatch rumours swirl

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Salvador Rodriguez, Adario Strange

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Update: Apple's new Macbook Air laptops are faster and sport longer battery life.

Update: Apple's new Macbook Air laptops are faster and sport longer battery life.

Apple has rolled out cheaper, upgraded versions of its MacBook Air laptops amid new reports about its upcoming iPhone 6 and rumoured iWatch.

The new MacBook Airs feature improved processors that make the ultra-portable machines faster and more powerful than their predecessors.

In addition to the speed bump, the upgraded models also come with longer-lasting batteries. The company promises up to nine hours of use for the 11-inch models, and 12 hours for the 13-inch models.

Rumours: Apple's iPhone 6 is said to be thinner than the iPhone 5s (pictured).

Rumours: Apple's iPhone 6 is said to be thinner than the iPhone 5s (pictured). Photo: Reuters

Every model except the entry-level 11-inch Air with 128 gigabytes of storage, which still retails for $1099, received a $50 price cut.

In the US, the same models received a $US100 price cut, but this does not include additional sales tax, which is already included in the Australian prices.

The new laptops are available on the company's website and in its retail stores.

However, customers who are obsessed with tech specs may want to hold off on buying these new models. Apple news site 9to5Mac expects the company to release MacBook Airs with high-resolution Retina displays later this year. 9to5Mac is typically accurate when reporting on yet-to-be-announced Apple products. 

iPhone 6 rumours

Meanwhile, more rumours of Apple's upcoming iPhone 6 surfaced, saying the device may be thinner than the current model. 

video was uploaded to YouTube that claims to feature one of the first cases made for the iPhone 6. If the case really is for Apple's next iPhone, then customers should expect the iPhone 6 to be even thinner than the current iPhone 5s

According to the video, the next iPhone will have the same thickness as the current iPod Touch devices. That means the thickness of the iPhone will drop from 0.30 inches to 0.24 inches. 

Besides a thinner body, the iPhone 6 is also expected to feature a larger screen than the iPhone 5s, which comes with a 4-inch display. Various reports have said the iPhone 6 could come in two versions: one with a 4.7-inch screen and another with a 5.5-inch screen.

The iPhone 6 is not expected to be announced until at least September.

iWatch in production

The long-rumoured wearable computer from Apple, affectionately known as the iWatch, has reportedly gone into production.

Reports of the highly anticipated device's production run cropped up in the Tuesday edition of Taiwan-based China Times.

Citing sources in Apple's Asian supply chain, the report claims part of the production includes advanced SiP (system-in-a-package) modules, which can contain a processor, DRAM and flash memory.

Such a module, used in mobile devices such as MP3 players and smartphones, could be useful in producing a wearable computer. However the China Times report does not offer further technical details beyond that.

It said the device will be released in the latter half of 2014, and that production of up to 3 million devices began in the second quarter of this year, and will increase to 14 to 15 million in the third quarter.

Although Apple chief executive Tim Cook has remained quiet on whether the company will release a wearable device of any kind, his statements in recent months have consistently been peppered with comments about an exciting "new category" of products the company plans to release later this year.

Other wearable tech gadgets such as the Pebble and Galaxy Gear smart watches have received less-than-stellar receptions.

So as the evidence of an entirely new product from Apple piles up, long-time observers of the company are waiting to see if it can work its iDevice magic on the wearable tech market.

Los Angeles Times, Mashable, Fairfax Media

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