Apple files for 7-part debt offering, launches cheaper MacBook Airs

Apple (AAPL) has filed to offer 2017 and 2019 floating-rate notes, and 2017, 2019, 2021, 2024, and 2044 fixed-rate notes. (prospectus)

The company doesn't disclose an offering size, but it's expected to raise ~$17B - a level on par with last year's debt offering.

Separately, Apple has updated its MacBook Air lineup to feature slightly faster Intel Haswell CPUs - the entry-level model now has a 1.4GHz. dual-core Core i5 chip, improved from a 1.3GHz. chip - and (more importantly) has cut prices across the board by $100.

An 11" MacBook Air with a 128GB SSD now goes for $899, and the 256GB model for $1,099. The 13"/128GB model goes for $999, and the 13"/256GB model for $1,199.

Apple had March quarter Mac revenue of $5.5B (+1% Y/Y) on the back of 4.1M unit sales. A 12" retina MacBook Air is reportedly due later this year.

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Comments (3)
  • lost money
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    I love you Apple ;)
    29 Apr 2014, 09:41 AM Reply Like
  • King Rat
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    Looking at the rumors last night and only seeing the i5-4250U CPU replaced by the 7% faster i5-4260U, I didn't see it as a worthy upgrade after 10+ months.


    Drop the price by 10% and I change my mind. Hopefully next year 8GB RAM will be standard because the RAM in non-upgradeable. In today's environment 4 is on the low side and with shared memory, 4 is more like 3. Still, with a $100 price drop, it is like a free RAM upgrade.
    29 Apr 2014, 11:48 AM Reply Like
  • J Mintzmyer
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    $100 price drop is your (more than) 10%...
    29 Apr 2014, 12:54 PM Reply Like
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