Items tagged with MacBook Air

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...
So here it is, the mid-2012 refresh of Apple's trend setting MacBook Air line.  In all likelihood, the MacBook Air inspired Intel's Ultrabook specification, created so that Windows users would have access to the same overall experience on their platform of choice. The MacBook Air is the real McCoy, so to speak, and though technically not an Ultrabook, the newest models cross over to Intel's 3rd generation Ivy Bridge Core processor microarchitecture. In fact, Ivy Bridge is at the heart of Apple's mid-2012 refresh, bringing with it not only greater processing power, but a graphics speed bump... Read more...
So here it is, the mid-2012 refresh of Apple's trend setting MacBook Air line. It's been four long years since Apple first introduced the MacBook Air to the world, which at the time was almost considered a luxury item, with a comparatively steep price tag versus other ultralight machines. That changed a couple of years later, and in the process of making the MacBook Air more affordable, Apple helped shift the mobile market away from chunky desktop replacements, to a trend where competent computing power exists within thin and light profiles. In all likelihood, the MacBook Air inspired Intel's Ultrabook... Read more...
As many suspected, Apple today unveiled refreshed MacBook Air models built around Intel's 3rd Generation Core i5 and i7 dual-core processor options (Ivy Bridge), giving the thin and light platform a serious shot in the arm. Available in 11-inch and 13-inch designs, Apple also updated the flash storage, which the company claims is twice as fast as the previous generation, upgraded the memory, and added USB 3.0 connectivity. And let's not forget that Ivy Bridge ushers in faster graphics performance, too. Should Ultrabook makers be concerned? "We’ve made the world’s best portable family... Read more...
MacBook Air laptops start at a grand for an 11.6-inch model with a Core i5 processor clocked at 1.8GHz with 3MB of shared L3 cache, 2GB of RAM, Intel HD Graphics 3000, and 64GB of flash-based storage. On the other side of the fence, Ultrabooks can be had for as little as $700, such as the Samsung Series 5 model at Best Buy, which is a 14-inch devices with a Core i5 processor clocked at 1.6GHz, 4GB of RAM, Intel HD Graphics 3000, 500GB SATA hard drive, and DVD burner. Or there's the $800 HP Folio, a 13.3-inch Ultrabook with a 128GB solid state drive. And for $50 less than a lower end MacBook Air,... Read more...
While Windows PC makers are making a push into thin and light territory with Intel's Ultrabook concept, Apple is reportedly prepping a refreshed MacBook Air line that, for the first time, will include a 15.6-inch model. This will be in addition to existing 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch form factors that already exist in the MacBook Air family. News of a 15.6-inch model comes from DigiTimes, which claims to have heard the plans from "sources from the upstream supply chain." Those sources say the new MacBook Air systems will launch in the first quarter of 2012. "Commenting on Apple's move, sources from... Read more...
As hard as it might be to believe, Apple came within inches of revamping its MacBook Air line with AMD's Llano platform. In fact, it was all set to go into production, but was abruptly cancelled last spring mainly because Apple lacked confidence in AMD's ability to supply enough parts. Intel, as it turns out, was Plan B. That's according to SemiAccurate, which claims to have heard from multiple sources that AMD was a frontrunner in the MacBook Air sweepstakes for quite some time. Apple was drawn to AMD's superior graphics technology, even at the expense of inferior CPU power, and had AMD been able... Read more...
It’s a veritable firmware update jamboroo this week at Apple. On Monday, the company released a firmware update for mid-2011 MacBook Air models (EFI Firmware Update 2.1), and today it rolled out updates for mid-2011 Mac minis (EFI Firmware Update 1.3) and early-2011 MacBook Pros (EFI Firmware Update 2.2). The firmware fixes all essentially address the same issues. (In fact, the descriptions for the MacBook Air and Mac mini are identical, save for the names of the computers.) The first issue pertains to Lion Recovery. For the MacBook Air and Mac mini, the updates fix a stability problem when... Read more...
Last week saw several notebook makers officially launch their first Ultrabook models, which are thin and light laptops built around a set of Intel guidelines and intended to compete with Apple's MacBook Air. In order to do that, Intel wants these Windows-based machines to sell for less than $1,000. But how low do they really need to go to attract a mainstream audience? It's a good question, and one of a handful CNet's Brooke Crothers asked IDC analyst Bob O'Donnell in a recent interview. Here's what he had to say regarding price: "I think they need to be at $799 [to become a mainstream laptop].... Read more...
Today is shaping up to be a big day for Apple. It was just yesterday that the Cupertino outfit announced yet another record quarter, bragging about revenue being up 82 percent and profits up 125 percent, and today marks the launch of a bevy of products and technologies that will keep all those Apple exec pockets lined with cash for the foreseeable future. Let's take a quick look at each one. Mac OS X Lion Now available for purchase from the Mac App Store is Mac OS X Lion, the eight major release of Apple's operating system. It includes over 250 new features, some of the more notable ones being:... Read more...
In what can be taken as yet another sign that Apple is getting ready to refresh its MacBook Air line with a much needed makeover of modern parts, Best Buy's online listings for current generation models show that they're "Not Available for Shipping." You can still walk down to your local Best Buy brick-and-mortar store and pick one up, provided they still have models in stock. According to AppleInsider, some locations have run out of units, and it doesn't appear they'll be replenishing them until Apple comes out with revised models. Another option is to hop over to Apple's Online Store, where current... Read more...
Is a new MacBook Air on the horizon? Perhaps! The company's slimmest notebook ever hasn't seen a major update in a long, long while, and during that span of time, both AMD and Intel have come out with crafty new high-power, low-drain chips. According to a new report stemming from Taiwan's Economic Daily, those holding out for a new build may not have to hold out too much longer. The details are extremely thin. The paper only mentions that together with the current version, 460,000 of the Air units were scheduled to ship this month. What really gives us hope here is that this paper is a reliable... Read more...
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