Microsoft targets Apple’s MacBook Air with new laptop/tablet hybrid: $1,499 Surface Book

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 6, 2015

In addition to launching the new $899 Surface Pro 4 with the Surface Pen stylus, Windows giant Microsoft has another highly-popular Apple product in its crosshair: the MacBook Air.

Billed as “the ultimate laptop,“ the Surface Book is another hybrid device from Microsoft. Featuring an accurate, responsive stylus, multi-touch support and a high-resolution 13.5-inch optically bonded screen that detaches easily from the keyboard, the new Surface Book promises to offer best of both worlds. Read More


MacBook Air Giveaway: Enter Now to Win

By iDB Deals on Sep 11, 2015

You don’t need us to tell you how awesome the MacBook Air is. It’s been well documented that the new model sports a fantastic 13-inch display, a lightweight design that’s ultra-portable yet durable enough to bring everywhere, an impressive nine-hour battery life per charge, and a suite of awesome front-loaded apps like GarageBand and iMovie. What you didn’t know is that you can get one of your own, completely free. That’s right—it’s giveaway time and we’re giving away a MacBook Air.

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Twelve South launches portable MacBook stand that folds up like iPad Smart Cover

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 18, 2015

Hot on the heels of unveiling its HiRise charging stand for the Apple Watch, premium accessory maker Twelve South on Wednesday announced another interesting accessory. This one attaches to the bottom of any MacBook and folds up to an instant stand akin to Apple’s Smart Cover for iPad.

The BaseLift typing stand, as they’re calling it, is a remarkable 3.7 millimeter thin, has a microfiber-layered pad and stays attached to the bottom of your MacBook all the time, so you’ll never forget it. Read More


iFixit tears down, dissects new MacBook Pro and MacBook Air

By Jake Smith on Mar 12, 2015

iFixit has released a series of tear downs based on the new laptops Apple introduced at its “Spring Forward” media event on Monday. While we’re still waiting for the new MacBook to be examined once it’s released, the updated MacBook Pro and MacBook Air that are now available have been opened and dissected.  Read More


The confusing Apple notebooks lineup

By Sébastien Page on Mar 10, 2015

There were very few surprises at the event Apple held yesterday to officially launch Apple Watch. Thanks to accurate leaks and rumors from the past several weeks, we were confident Apple was going to unveil a new notebook, which we all called the 12-inch MacBook Air until then. If the actual product announced wasn’t much of a surprise, its name turned out to be what really took me off guard, because I expected a new MacBook Air, not a new MacBook.

It’s all semantics, you might think, but we all know nothing is just semantics with Apple. Everything the company does, every product denomination has a clear purpose. So, the new MacBook. Read More


Apple updates MacBook Pro with Force Touch trackpad and new specs, upgraded specs for MacBook Air too

By Jake Smith on Mar 9, 2015

Apple has announced new updates for the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, following the unveiling of the new MacBook at its event on Monday. While it doesn’t bring any new, life-changing features, the updates bring a speed boost.  Read More


Specs of 13″ MacBook Air refresh leak as rumors of Retina Air intensify

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 4, 2015

Images of what appear to be the specifications of a 13-inch MacBook Air refresh have surfaced on the forums of Chinese website

The seemingly genuine screenshots suggest a minor hardware bump based on Intel’s latest Broadwell processors with more powerful Intel HD 6000 graphics, and a slightly bigger battery as well.

Although the source did not provide info related to the 11-inch MacBook Air model, Apple is likely to upgrade that machine with new Intel chips alongside the 13 incher.

In addition, a questionable report has suggested that a twelve-inch Air with a Retina screen is up for an announcement at Apple’s “Spring Forward” media event next Monday, thought to focus mostly (but not exclusively?) on the Apple Watch. Read More


Apple reportedly planning MacBook Air refresh later this month

By Jake Smith on Feb 8, 2015

Czech-based Apple rumor site reports that Apple will be refreshing its online store with a minor update for the MacBook Air on February 24.

It’s not the massive retina MacBook Air update we’ve been waiting for, however the website claims processor, storage, and RAM improvements will be landing on the ultra-thin laptop – specifics weren’t shared. Read More


Apple could hold a special event late February [updated]

By Sébastien Page on Feb 4, 2015

Apple could be holding a special event at the end of February, reports French Apple blog iGen. According to sources, Tuesday, February 24th could be the specific date Apple has chosen for this event, which would likely focus on an official Apple Watch launch, and possibly the the long-rumored 12-inch MacBook Air. Read More


Poll: your next computer — iPad Pro or Retina Air?

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 4, 2015

If the rumors pan out, we could see both an iPad Pro and a Retina upgrade to the MacBook Air some time in the following months, possibly as soon as April.

Both are thought to include an ultra high-resolution screen measuring about twelve inches diagonally, run quietly thanks to fanless design and the latest power-savvy chips and redefine portability with an even lighter and thinner appearance. True, you’d be hard-pressed to call a twelve-inch tablet ultra portable.

But given Apple’s obsession with thinness and lightness, I suspect a larger iPad could be easier to carry around than you’d think. And assuming that rumored creative stylus accessory is indeed in the works, Apple would be wise to create a vastly improved iOS version with true multitasking, side-by-side apps and other productivity features.

With a proper OS, powerful chips, a screen to die for and an optional accessory, the iPad Pro could be the ultimate productivity tablet you’ve been waiting for.

On the other hand, the twelve-inch Air is said to be almost as light and thin as the iPad. It’s poised to blur the line between the notebook and the tablet even further. Therefore, why bother struggling with an oversized tablet if the new Air will be just as light and thin, while offering a built-in keyboard and OS X? Read More


Opinion: neither the iPad Pro nor 12-inch MacBook Air make much sense to me

By Oliver Haslam on Jan 30, 2015

There’s a lot going on at Apple right now. Record quarters aside, there is a lot to be hopeful for as 2015 gets into full swing, and not just because the fabled Apple Watch is finally on the horizon. If the rumors are to be believed we could see both the iPad Pro and 12-inch MacBook Air some time in the next eleven months, and both have plenty of people excited.

The iPad Pro story is one that has gone on for years now, and with photos of supposed parts for the new tablet starting to crop up, it’s looking more and more likely that not only is the thing real, but it’s not too far away either.

The same can be said about the 12-inch MacBook Air. Again, photographs of what it is claimed are parts for the unannounced product have started to circulate around the internet, and the noises that it might only have one USB Type-C connector rather than a MagSafe for power have meant that there have been plenty of column inches and podcast hours afforded to the subject.

But what is all the excitement really about, and more importantly, is it justified? Read More


Slow UI animations on Yosemite? Try this simple tip

By Sébastien Page on Jan 28, 2015

I currently have two machines running Yosemite: one is a brand new Retina iMac, and the other is an older MacBook Air. Both these machines have been feeling incredibly slow in regards to general animations of the User Interface. One obvious way to test this is to bring up Exposé, which then turns both my Macs into stuttering slugs. While I can kind of understand why my old MacBook Air would behave like this, there is absolutely no excuse for my iMac to. Talking about this issue with someone at the Apple Store, I was offered an original workaround. Read More


Noted analyst pegs 12″ MacBook Air for Q1, reiterates March launch of Apple Watch

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 25, 2015

Pretty accurate KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a brand new note to clients. In it, he confirmed an earlier report calling for a March release date of the Apple Watch (remember, Apple’s retail boss mentioned a vague Spring release date).

In the note, a copy of which was obtained last evening by MacRumors, Kuo also claims that a rumored MacBook Air refresh with a twelve-inch Retina display and a radically redesigned chassis will go on sale during the first quarter of this year. Read More


It seems 12″ MacBook Air’s logo doesn’t glow

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 23, 2015

As soon as Chinese website iFanr posted a bunch of photos last night showing what appears to be a display assembly for Apple’s rumored twelve-inch Retina MacBook Air, one particular design feature immediately stood out: a polished logo on the lid.

And if the latest leak published by French blog is anything to go by, it seems that Apple’s radically redesigned notebook will in fact lose its traditional backlit translucent logo on the lid in favor of a metallic one that doesn’t glow. Read More


Claimed photos of 12″ MacBook Air display assembly surface

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 23, 2015

Chinese website iFanr on Friday posted a series of claimed photographs said to depict a display for Apple’s rumored MacBook Air redesign featuring a twelve-inch Retina screen display assembly with black glass cover and a polished Apple logo.

Earlier in the month, Taiwanese trade publication learned that Apple supplier Quanta Computer had begun ramping up production of the upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air ahead of launch sometime in the first quarter of 2015. Read More


DigiTimes: 12″ MacBook Air with Retina screen ramping up for Q1 launch, replacing 11-incher

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 13, 2015

Contract fabricator Quanta Computer is ramping up production of the highly anticipated MacBook Air model with a twelve-inch screen as Apple preps to launch the forthcoming ultra-portable during the first quarter of this year, if a new report by DigiTimes, a Taiwanese trade publication, is an indication.

Well-informed blogger Mark Gurman recently claimed that Apple is expected to raise the bar on notebook portability by engineering a lighter, thinner computer without a fan that ditches standard USB ports, the SD Card slot, Thunderbolt I/O and the MagSafe power connector in favor of a single, fully reversible USB 3.1 Type-C port. Read More


Eye-candy renderings of one-port MacBook Air with laser-cut Apple logo that shines at the edges

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 8, 2015

Our favorite rendering artist, Martin Hajek, has created a gorgeous batch of renderings based on the mockups and information from 9to5Mac’s scoop regarding Apple’s rumored one-port 12-inch Air.

The images give a closer look at some of the rumored features of the purported notebook that’ve been making rounds, such as distinct iPhone-like finishes in Silver, Space Grey and Gold.

I’ve included the gorgeous renderings for your enjoyment right below. Read More


Poll: how do you feel about Apple’s reportedly radical MacBook Air redesign?

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 7, 2015

A well-sourced report from 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman has ignited a heated debate on social media about the practicability of a brand new twelve-inch MacBook Air model as it’s said to ditch standard USB ports, the SD Card slot and even its Thunderbolt I/O and MagSafe power connector in favor of a single, fully reversible USB Type-C port.

Critics who call it a step back usability-wise, not forward, mention the original MacBook Air which released in January 2008 with just one USB port on it. On the other hand, they forget that USB Type-C does a lot more than standard USB. For starters, it can safely replace Thunderbolt for video and data I/O and MagSafe for charging.

That being said, there are still some fundamental questions like how am I supposed to connect an iPhone to the machine if the only USB port is used for charging? I’ll ellaborate on the viability of a one-port MacBook Air further below, but first tell us, if you will, your initial reactions to the purported design of the forthcoming notebook. Read More


Alleged details for Apple’s next-gen 12-inch MacBook Air surface

By Timothy Reavis on Jan 6, 2015

Details of the long-rumored 12-inch MacBook Air surfaced today, as 9to5mac broke specifics surrounding the device’s dimensions, edge-to-edge keyboard, and lack of traditional ports. Although the device’s screen size is larger and of a higher pixel density than that of the 11-inch MacBook Air, its dimensions are narrower than its smaller counterpart by approximately a one-fourth inch. It is, however, slightly taller due to the larger screen size, with an approximate one-fourth inch increase in height.

Bezels have been reduced around the entire screen of the device, as well as surrounding the keyboard, and the keyboard itself has been made narrower by reducing the space between each individual key. The 12-inch MacBook Air’s function keys, as well as arrow keys, have also been tweaked in order to reduce the keyboard’s overall footprint. Read More


CES 2015: Intel unveils new Broadwell chips bound for MacBook Pros and that rumored Retina Air

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 5, 2015

Monday, chip giant Intel took the wraps off a range of “Broadwell-U” processors poised to find their way into a MacBook near you. The fifth-generation Intel Core processor family utilities Intel’s 14-nanometer manufacturing process to deliver more speed and lower power consumption.

The new chips could possibly pave the way to a rumored MacBook Air model with a Retina display measuring twelve inches diagonally (the current Air models come in 11.6 and 13.3-inch varieties). Read More

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