Items tagged with MacBook Air

First it was the floppy drive that, for the most part, has gone the way of the dodo bird, and then the optical drive, which is now the exception instead of the rule on laptop devices. Are I/O ports next? The current rumor is that Apple is building a brand new MacBook Air model that's going to be so thin, it won't have room for luxuries such as full-size USB ports.According to 9to5Mac and its sources, Apple's working on a 12-inch MacBook Air model that will be smaller than its current 13-inch laptops, and also narrower than the 11-inch SKU by about a quarter of an inch. It will also be about a quarter... Read more...
Apple set the bar for thin and light notebooks when it introduced the MacBook Air several years ago, and since then, a number of Windows-based competitors have emerged. There's even a dedicated Ultrabook category for particularly thin and light Windows PCs with Intel hardware inside. While no longer in a league of its own, Apple's rumored 12-inch MacBook Air might again set the standard. Citing those always chatty sources within Taiwan's supply chain, Digitimes says that a limited production run of 12-inch MacBook Air models began this month and will gradually increase in volume beginning in November.... Read more...
China seems to be on a mission to isolate itself from the world, at least in terms of technology. After banning Windows 8 on government PCs and raiding several of Microsoft's offices in China as part of an anti-trust investigation, Chinese officials have now prohibited to purchase of several Apple products for government use. Reportedly, the list of banned Apple products include the iPad, iPad Mini, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and half a dozen other items, all of which were left off of a final government procurement list distributed in July. Interestingly, they appeared on the same list in draft... Read more...
Owning a MacBook Air just got a little more affordable thanks to Apple's latest refresh, which also feature faster Haswell processors to boot. Each model is $100 less expensive than before, with cost of entry into the MacBook Air club starting at $899. That gets you the 11-inch model with an Intel Core i5 dual-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz (and up to 2.7GHz Turbo), 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB solid state drive (SSD). The refreshed MacBook Air models sport the newest 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, up to 12 hours of battery life, and Apple's iLife and iWork apps pre-installed. They also run the latest version... Read more...
We gave high praise to Apple's 2012 model MacBook Air (see our review for the full scoop), unfortunately one thing we're not able to test for is reliability over long periods of time. That's usually not an issue, but in this case, Apple is warning 2012 model MacBook Air owners that a small percentage of flash storage drives used in these laptops have an issue that might result in data loss (we didn't experience this ourselves). Apple has issued a firmware update (version 1.1) that will let you know if your MacBook Air's storage might be affected. Unfortunately, there doesn't exist an update that... Read more...
It's true, whether you like it or not, we're back!  In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks, Iyaz, Dave and Marco return to ride again in full high tech geekery.  This week we discuss Apple's new MacBook Air 13 powered by Intel's 4th generation Haswell Core processor, EVGA's overclocked GeForce GTX 770, Google's tiny little Chromecast media streaming dongle and SanDisk's Extreme 64GB SDXC card. 02:00 - Apple's Haswell-Powered MacBook Air 13 06:45 - EVGA GeForce GTX 770 SC with ACX Cooling 10:50 - Nokia Lumia 1020 Video and Photo Shoot Preview 17:35 - SanDisk Extreme... Read more...
Intel's roll-out of their 4th generation Haswell-based Core series processors has been a little pokey, quite frankly, when you compare this launch to the deluge of products that hit the market when Ivy Bridge broke cover last year.  Regardless, Apple always seems to have an inside track on Intel's latest technology and so, as it turns out, our first Haswell-powered notebook has finally arrived and it's none other than the Apple MacBook Air. The new MacBook Air for 2013 is virtually indistinguishable from the previous gen model, though if you'll look closely there actually two tiny pinholes... Read more...
With all due respect to anyone enjoying their summer break, school is almost once again in session. Yes, it's only mid-July, but before you know it, August will be wrapping up and that annoying alarm clock will be buzzing way too early as you stumble out of bed and head to class. On the bright side, you're investing in your future, so your suffering won't be in vain. Also on the bright side is the opportunity to score some deals courtesy of various back-to-school promotions. As it were, Apple's back-to-school campaign is in full session. The Cupertino company hopes to pack your bag with a laptop,... Read more...
While sometimes rewarding, being an early adopter also carries its share of risks and pitfalls, and not just for the consumer. Manufacturers are prone to buyer's remorse as well, and Apple may feel that way if it can't come up with a fix for its 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology baked into its newest MacBook Air models introduced at the Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC) earlier this month. We'll get to that in just a moment, but first a primer. The new 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard offers up to three times the wireless speed of 802.11n, paving the way for streaming Ultra HD content and faster transfers... Read more...
Well, that was fast! It took the folks at iFixIt all of 2 nanoseconds to get their paws on of Apple's newly refreshed mid-2013 model MacBook Air laptops with Haswell inside. Apple just announced the new models at its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) this week, and while the outward appearance looks the same as the previous generation model, iFixIt is more concerned about the internal parts, especially as it pertains to how easy (or difficult) it might be to service busted components. According to iFixIt, a 180-degree rotation of the mid-2013 MacBook Air gives a glimpse of the only noticeable... Read more...
We’ve been critical of Apple recently for being frustratingly stagnant in terms of innovation (at least with handsets), and while it’s still debatable whether the iOS 7 and Mac OS X Maverick updates are worth getting excited about, Apple’s forthcoming Mac Pro certainly piques our collective interest; it portends some of that industrial design meets superb engineering, meets high-end features flair that we haven’t seen from Apple much lately. There’s of course the obvious fact that the Mac Pro is built as a cylinder with all the components facing inward as opposed to... Read more...
A telltale sign that Apple is about to refresh a product category is when inventory of the current crop of products starts disappearing. So it is with Apple's 13-inch MacBook Air model, the popular lightweight notebook that's out of stock at several major retailers, including Amazon, B&H, MacMall, and J&R's online site. Some of the sites list that it's a temporary shortage, but it may not be a coincidence that the low inventory comes just ahead of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), an annual event that's due to run from June 10-14. If Apple is planning to refresh its MacBook... Read more...
Reports out of Korea on Tuesday suggested that Apple is planning to bring its Retina display to the MacBook Air. Not surprisingly, reporters around the world picked up the story and suggested that the move makes sense. Those reporters might have a point. Apple has been slowly but surely bringing its Retina display to its entire product line. The company started with its iPhone and iPod Touch and then extended its support to the iPad. Soon after, Apple delivered the Retina display to its MacBook Pro. Now there’s talk of it coming to the next-generation iPad Mini. Assuming that happens, a major... Read more...
For one day only (today), Best Buy is selling a brand new Apple MacBook Air (model MD223LL/A) for $800 shipped, plus any applicable sales tax. That's a $200 price break, and just so this point is clear, it's not a refurbished item. Deals like this on Apple products on relatively few and far between, so if you've been eying this model for whatever reason, now is your chance to pounce. This is the newest version of the MacBook Air. It has an 11.6-inch display with a 1366x768 resolution, Intel Core i5 dual-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz, 4GB of DDR3L-1600 RAM, 64GB flash storage, Intel HD Graphics... Read more...
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