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Forums: MacBook Pro vs. MacBook Air

11/25, 3:40pm

MacBook Pro vs. MacBook Air

Today in the MacNN forums, Dedicated MacNNer "ClaraT" reported that their six-year-old MacBook is starting to have intermittent graphics issues where her screen will go black, and is now contemplating getting a new system, but is looking for advice on what to buy; a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. Yesterday, Senior User "mkerr64" was considering upgrading the graphics card in his Mac Pro, and is wondering if the PSU has will be powerful enough.

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Apple deals: bargain priced Macs from $769

11/21, 2:10pm

bargain priced Macs from $769

At Apple's online store today, find low prices on a selection of refurbished Mac models. The refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of PCIe-based flash storage is now $769, after a $130 discount. Priced at $849, after a $150 discount, is the refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage.

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DealNN: MacBook Air, Apple TV, AirPort Extreme

11/18, 3:51pm

MacBook Air, Apple TV, AirPort Extreme

Today's deal of the day from MacMall.com is on the 13.3-inch MacBook Air, which has been reduced from $999 down to $899. That $100 discount makes this the lowest price we have seen on this configuration by about $50. This MacBook Air features a 1.4GHz Intel (Haswell) dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage. It is backed by Apple's one-year limited warranty on parts and labor.

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Apple deals: Macs as low as $769

11/11, 6:06pm

Macs as low as $769

This week at Apple's online store find low prices on refurbished Mac models starting as low as $769. The refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of PCIe-based flash storage has been dropped by $130 to $769. Priced at $799, after a $150 discount, is the refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage.

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Best Buy to offer gift cards with iPad Air, MacBook Air on November 8

10/30, 12:49pm

Deal in-store only

As a part of a November 8 promotional event, the US branch of Best Buy will be giving away gift cards with purchases of an iPad Air or MacBook Air. Buyers of a first- or second-generation iPad Air will get a $50 card; the card value jumps to $100 when buying a MacBook. Shoppers must go to "select" retail outlets to qualify.

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Forums: All iOS apps must support 64-bit code??

10/21, 12:24pm

All iOS apps must support 64-bit code??

One headline on MacNN this week has caused a bit of a stir in the forums, when Mac Elite "WizOSX" pointed out that Apple has announced that all iOS apps must support 64-bit code by February. One Fresh-Faced Recruit is having trouble playing video with their Windows notebook computer, and is wondering if the MacBook Air would be able to handle it better.

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Analyst claims delays will limit second-gen iPad Air numbers

10/15, 10:51am

Calls for 27-inch Retina iMac, modest Mini update at press event

Apple will announce a second-generation iPad Air at tomorrow's press event, but 2014 shipments of the tablet will be hampered by production delays, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. "Of the new products, we think the market will be more interested in iPad Air 2. However, as the poor yield rate of anti-reflective coating cover lens has delayed mass production, we estimate 2014 shipments of iPad Air 2 to 7M to 9M units, lower than the 12M units of the then-new iPad Air shipments in 2013," he writes. "We thus expect iPad Air 2 to contribute less to the supply chain than iPad Air did last year. We also don't expect the event to boost supply chain shares much."

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No Retina MacBook Air at Apple's Thursday press event, sources say

10/13, 1:27pm

Laptop may still be in development

Although Apple may be working on a MacBook Air with a Retina display, it won't be shown off at this Thursday's press event, sources say. Instead, Apple is forecast to concentrate on new iPads, OS X Yosemite, and a Retina iMac. The updated Air has typically been seen has having a 12-inch display and an even thinner chassis; rumors have suggested that the difficulty of producing the computer means that production could only begin ramping up in November.

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DealNN: MacBook Air, Mac Pro and iPod touch

10/10, 3:10pm

MacBook Air, Mac Pro and iPod touch

Amazon has slashed the price on the previous generation 13.3-inch MacBook Air from $1,099 down to $908 with $7 for shipping, for a savings of $191 off the list price. Even with the shipping charge, that is about $130 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. This MBA configuration features a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage. A one-year warranty on parts and labor is included from Apple.

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Rumor claims 12-inch MacBook Air already in limited production

10/08, 11:38am

Full-scale assembly only ramping up in November

Quanta Computer has already started on small-scale production of a 12-inch MacBook Air model, supply chain sources claim. Yield rates are currently said to be unsatisfactory, and production is only expected to ramp up in November. The sources even suggest that the laptop might not ship in time for Christmas. Typically, however, Apple will do all it can to ship a product before Christmas -- the Apple Watch being a notable exception.

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Apple deals: Macs from $769

10/07, 6:59pm

Macs from $769

Right now at Apple's online store, there is a wide range of refurbished Macs at low prices. The 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of solid state storage is available for only $769, after a $130 price break. A $150 discount drops the price on the refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage down to $849.

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Macs top over one quarter of US share during back-to-school PC sales

09/24, 11:01am

Chromebook, Mac gains come at expense of still-dominant Windows

During the span between July 4 and Labor Day -- the peak of the back-to-school shopping season -- Macs accounted for 26.8 percent of all US computer sales, according to NPD tracking data. That amount is a 14 percent increase year-over-year, and contrasts with a three percent dip for Windows PCs. Windows remains the leading computer platform, however, with 68.4 percent of the market.

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DealNN: MacBook Air, HP printer and more

09/23, 12:26pm

MacBook Air, HP printer and more

Amazon has slashed the price on the 11.6-inch MacBook Air from $999 down to $805. That 19 percent discount dropped the price by $194, and also made this the lowest price we have seen on this Mac model by roughly $15. However, at B&H.com they are offering this same Air for $820, and it includes a full copy of Photoshop Lightroom 5 and $50 off Timbuk2 Commute messenger bag. This MBA features a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage.

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Rumor has 12-inch MacBook Air dropping most ports, getting USB Type C

09/22, 1:13pm

May drop MagSafe for new charging method

Apple's alleged future thinner, 12-inch MacBook Air will forego many of the ports seen on current MacBooks, a new rumor says. The claim comes from the same site that suggested the computer will come in gold, silver, and space gray colors, like the iPhone 6. The new report further indicates that Apple is planning to adopt the reversible USB Type C standard, and might include an adapter with the laptop for the sake of backwards compatibility.

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Next Apple press event targeted for mid- to late October, source says

09/17, 10:27am

Should include new iPads, OS X Yosemite

(Updated with October 21 date and counterclaim) Apple's next press event should take place in mid- to late October, a source tells AppleInsider. The company has reportedly set internal project and marketing deadlines for mid-October, ahead of a planned announcement. Previous rumors have called for an October event, but without specifying more precise timing.

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DealNN: MBP for $1,599, MBA for $869 and more

09/12, 3:35pm

MBP for $1,699, MBA for $869 and more

Amazon currently has the previous-generation 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display on sale for $1,599 with free US shipping. That's a savings of $400 off the list price of $1,999, and $100 less than the lowest price found anywhere else. This MBP features a 2.0GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage and Intel Iris Pro graphics. Included is a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.

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Rumors talk 5K Apple monitor, multiple colors for 12-inch MacBook Air

09/12, 10:01am

4K monitor resolution more likely

Apple may be prepared to launch a 5120x2880 monitor later this year, says an LCD market research firm, WitsView. That would however be beyond the limits of the DisplayPort 1.2 standard used in Thunderbolt 2; when limited to a single cable, even a Mac Pro can only support a 4K display at specific refresh rates. A more likely resolution would therefore be 4096x2160, DisplayPort's current maximum. At the same time, Dell has announced a 5K display, and whatever technology that uses could presumably be adopted by Apple.

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Apple deals: MacBook Air as low as $779

08/29, 2:19pm

MacBook Air as low as $779

This week at Apple's online store, find discounts on refurbished MacBook Air models with prices starting as low as $779. The refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.8GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has been reduced by $420 to $779. A $180 discount is available on the refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage, now $869.

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Thinner MacBook Air's release window is nebulous, sources say

08/27, 10:12am

Release could wait for 2015

Despite earlier reports, the release window for a thinner MacBook Air -- possibly with a 12-inch screen -- is now ambiguous, according to Digitimes. Taiwanese supply chain sources say that the machine will ship "possibly at the end of 2014 or in 2015," although component production has allegedly started "in small volumes." That could mean that even if the product doesn't arrive this year, it will ship in the first quarter of 2015.

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DealNN: MacBook Air, iMac, HDTVs and more

08/22, 2:34pm

MacBook Air, iMac, HDTVs and more

BestBuy.com this week is offering a $150 discount on the current-generation 13.3-inch MacBook Air, dropping the price from $999 down to $849. That discount makes this the lowest price we have seen on this Mac model by about $50. This MacBook Air features a 1.4GHz Intel core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB solid state drive. It is backed by a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.

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Apple deals: Macs for $1,019 or less

08/19, 1:59pm

Macs for $1,019 or less

Right now at Apple's online store, find bargain prices on refurbished Macs with many priced at $1,019 or less. The refurbished 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro with a 2.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has been reduced to $1,019, for a savings of $180. A $170 discount drops the price on the refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage down to $979.

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Apple deals: five MacBook Air models for $979 or less

08/05, 3:50pm

5 MacBook Air models for $979 or less

Right now, Apple's online store is offering refurbished MacBook Air models at low prices, with five configurations landing at sub-$1,000 price points. The refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has been reduced by $130 down to $719. A refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air, originally released in June 2012, with a 1.8GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has been cut by $420 to $779.

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Apple deals: refurbished Macs from $719

08/01, 4:56pm

refurbished Macs from $719

This week at Apple's online store, save big on refurbished Mac models starting as low as $719. The 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has been cut by $130 to $719. A $150 discount is offered on the refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage.

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Apple re-issues MacBook Air EFI firmware update

07/30, 5:37pm

Previous update caused system crashes, unstable or unbootable machines

Apple released a new update for MacBook Air EFI firmware today, updating to version 2.9.1 for "Mid-2011" models of the notebook. The company states that the update fixes a few issues for owners facing problems with waking from sleep and fans running at full speed in a specific instance. The update replaces a previous version that caused a number of additional problems for owners.

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Apple deals: budget priced Macs from $719

07/25, 3:45pm

budget priced Macs from $719

Today Apple's online store has a variety of refurbished Mac models on sale, starting as low as $719. The refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has been reduced by $130 to $719. A $150 discount drops the price on the refurbished Mac mini with a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, OS X Server, 4GB of RAM and dual 1TB hard drives down to $849.

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Mid-2011 MacBook Air EFI update causing crashes, other issues

07/23, 2:22am

Can sometimes fail to install, leaving computer unusable

A firmware update, issued on Monday for "Mid-2011" MacBook Air models running OS X 10.9.2 and later, apparently has a bug in either the code or the downloaded file, which is causing reports of system crashes and occasionally a failure to install properly, leaving MBA owners unable to boot the machine. The purpose of the firmware update was to correct two "wake from sleep" issues that affected only "mid-2011" MBAs running 10.9.2 or later. Some users have found that an SMC reset can restore the units to functional status.

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DealNN: 11.6-inch MacBook Air cut to $950

07/22, 1:20pm

11.6-inch MacBook Air cut to $950

This week, BestBuy.com is offering sale prices on a variety of Mac models, one being the 11.6-inch MacBook Air, which has seen a $150 discount from $1,099 down to $949. That discount makes this the best price currently available on this Mac model by $50. Free US shipping is included, and sales tax applies for residents of most states. This MBA features a 1.4GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 256GB of solid state storage. A one-year warranty on parts and labor is included from Apple.

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New commercial debuts for MacBook Air, entitled 'Stickers'

07/22, 12:50am

Offbeat ad shows human affection for MacBooks, 'the notebook people love'

An new ad by Apple that debuted on Monday takes something of a different approach than the company's recent iPhone and iPad commercials -- both in that it features a Mac (in this case the MacBook Air) and that shows off clearly-used equipment featuring user's methods of customizing their Air models mostly through the use of stickers, giving the ad its name. Using a stop-motion approach, dozens of customized MBAs are shown at one point even "playing" a game of Space Invaders on the lid.

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Apple issues EFI update for mid-2011 MacBook Air running Mavericks

07/21, 7:42pm

Fixes an issue that caused fans to ramp up, also cures wake-from-sleep issues

On Monday, Apple posted an EFI update specifically aimed at the mid-2011 model MacBook Airs that are running OS X 10.9.2 (Mavericks) or later. The update addresses two wake-from-sleep issues: one in which the computer would take longer than expected to wake from sleep, and the other (more rare) issue of cooling fans ramping up to full speed on waking from sleep. Owners must meet both conditions (mid-2011 MBA, and running Mavericks 10.9.2 or later) for the update to apply.

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Giveaway: WaterField Solo case for MacBook Air

07/16, 5:35pm

WaterField Solo case for MacBook Air

Since the beginning, Apple has created devices that merge style and function into one. For many years now, WaterField Designs has been staying ahead of the curve with stylish carrying cases, laptop sleeves and bags that complement Apple devices. They have recently updated their popular Outback Solo case for the new, faster MacBook Air. MacNN has three of these to give away to our readers.

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Apple Deals: MacBook Air from $679

07/15, 2:59pm

MacBook Air from $679

Apple's online store this week has a variety of refurbished MacBook Air models at discounted prices. The 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.7GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has been reduced by $420 down to $679. The 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.8GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has seen a $420 discount to $779.

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Apple deals: Macs from $779

07/08, 2:34pm

Macs from $779

This week at Apple's online store, find bargain prices on refurbished Macs staring as low as $779 for the 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.8GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage. A $150 discount drops the price on the refurbished Mac mini with OS X Server, a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and dual 1TB hard drives down to $849.

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Apple Deals: MacBook Airs from $719

07/04, 10:53am

MacBook Airs from $719

Right now, Apple's online store has a variety of refurbished MacBook Air models on sale starting at $719 for the 11.6-inch MBA with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage. A $420 discount drops the price on the 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.8GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage down to $779.

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Report: 12-inch MacBook Air starting production in third quarter

06/24, 9:17am

Thought to be similar in design to current Airs

Apple's rumored 12-inch MacBook Air will enter mass production by Quanta Computer in the third quarter, sources tell Digitimes. As for specifications, the sources claim that it will have at least some internal changes, affecting layout and the battery. External design should be similar to current 11- and 13-inch Airs. It's still not clear though if the machine will have an anticipated Retina display, which would finally put the Air on par with Apple's other mobile products.

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Microsoft offers Surface Pro 3 buyers $650 for MacBook Air trade-ins

06/23, 3:32pm

Runs with ongoing marketing angle

Microsoft is offering MacBook Air owners up to $650 in store credit if they trade in the laptop when buying a Surface Pro 3. To qualify for the deal, people must bring an Air into a Microsoft Store in the US, Canada, or Puerto Rico; it must also be able to power on, and not have water damage or a cracked screen. The promotion expires on July 31st.

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Apple deals: Macs from $509

06/17, 3:05pm

Macs from $509

This week at Apple's online store, find a variety of discounted refurbished Macs starting as low as $509 for the refurbished Mac mini with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive. For $719, after a $130 discount, is the 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage.

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Apple deals: Macs from $719

06/13, 3:16pm

Macs from $719

Today at Apple's online store, take advantage of bargain prices on refurbished Mac models. The 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has seen a $130 discount to $719. A $470 discount can be had on the 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.8GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage, now $929.

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DealNN: New 13.3-inch MacBook Air slashed to $1,105

06/13, 3:13pm

New 13.3-inch MacBook Air slashed to $1,105

Today at MacMall.com, get the new 13.3-inch MacBook Air for the reduced price of $1,140. That's already a $59 discount off the list price of $1,200. Use our exclusive AppleInsider.com promo code to drop the price further to $1,105, which makes this around $95 less than the lowest price we have seen on this model anywhere else. It features a 1.4GHz Intel Core i5 Haswell processor, 4GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage. Included is a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.

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QuickerTek ships 802.11ac QCard2 for older MacBook Air, Pro models

06/12, 4:28pm

Also available in special bundles

QuickerTek has introduced the QCard2, an 802.11ac Wi-Fi upgrade for older versions of the 13-inch MacBook Air or 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro. Instead of an external adapter, the QCard2 is a PCIe card that replaces the native AirPort card. Two different versions of the card are available: a two-port card for the Air, and a larger three-port card for the Pro.

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Apple issues EFI update for late-model MacBook Airs

06/10, 8:15pm

Comes one day after SMC update, fixes reliability issues with peripherals, more

Just one day after issuing an SMC firmware update for mid-2013 model MacBook Air units, Apple on Tuesday added an EFI firmware update package for both the mid-2013 and early-2014 models. "This update improves reliability when waking from sleep and when booting while certain USB and Thunderbolt devices are connected," the company says. It also addresses a rare memory issue, and sleep issues seen while running Windows under Boot Camp.

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DealNN: Previous generation 13.3-inch MacBook Air cut to $900

06/10, 4:43pm

Previous generation 13.3-inch MacBook Air cut to $900

At B&H.com this week, save $200 instantly on the 13.3-inch MacBook Air which has been cut from $1,099 down to $899. That discount makes this the lowest price we have seen on this computer by about $30. Also, buyers get a free copy of Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac, or a LoJack for Laptops one-year subscription. The MacBook Air features a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 Haswell processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage. It is backed by a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.

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Apple updates SMC firmware for mid-2013 MacBook Air models

06/10, 1:41am

Fix prevents excessive battery drain when lid is closed during operation

Apple on Monday issued a MacBook Air SMC Update version 2.0 specifically for the next-to-most-recent (otherwise known as the Mid-2013) MacBook Air models. The update, which requires users be running either OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 or later or OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.5), corrects an issue that may "cause the battery to drain faster than expected when the lid is closed," says the company. The 804KB update file revises the firmware of the MacBook Air, and thus the computer must be plugged into a power source for safe updating.

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DealNN: MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, 4K HDTVs

06/03, 2:02pm

MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, 4K HDTVs

One of today's daily deals from 1Sale.com is on the refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air which was $1,200, but has been reduced by 43 percent to $690. That discount makes this the lowest price we have seen on this Mac model by over $250. This MBA features a 1.6GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of solid state storage. Included is a 90-day warranty and charger.

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Apple deals: MacBook Airs starting at $719

05/27, 2:04pm

MacBook Airs starting at $719

At Apple's online store today, find a wide selection of refurbished MacBook Air models for as low as $719. A $130 discount is offered on the refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage, now $719. The refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has been cut by $150, dropping the price to $799.

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Apple deals: Macs from $509

05/23, 2:49pm

Macs from $509

This week, Apple's online store has a wide selection of refurbished Macs at bargain prices. The refurbished Mac mini with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive has been reduced by $90 to $509. A $130 discount is offered on the 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage, now $719.

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OS X 10.9.3 boosts VRAM resources on newer Macs

05/20, 3:49pm

May help to support 4K on MacBook Pro

A subtler change with OS X 10.9.3 is an increase in the available VRAM for newer Macs, reports note. Certain machines -- including the 2013 Retina MacBook Pro, and 2013 and 2014 MacBook Airs -- now have access to 1,536MB of VRAM (1.5GB) instead of 1,024. The difference can be spotted by going to OS X's System Information pane.

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Hands-on: Mujjo 13-inch MacBook Air & Pro Retina Sleeve

05/17, 10:52pm

Mujjo MacBook Sleeve proves versatile for both MacBook Air and Pro users

Last week we took a look at the new Mujjo Slim Fit iPad Air Sleeve from the Dutch company's 'Understated' collection and were impressed by the quality and craftsmanship on offer. This week we take a look at Mujjo's new 13-inch MacBook Air & Pro Retina Sleeve from its 'Low-Key' collection of fine Apple-focused accessories. Mujjo primarily uses two materials in its products, high-quality leather and felt. While the Slim Fit iPad Air Sleeve is made completely from vegetable-tanned leather, the MacBook Sleeve uses a mix of leather and felt in its construction providing both durability and a touch of class.

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Apple deals: MacBook Air from $599

05/13, 3:21pm

MacBook Air from $599

This week, Apple's online store has a wide selection of refurbished MacBook Air models at low prices. The 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.7GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of flash storage has been cut by $400 to $599. A $420 discount is available on the 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.8GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB flash drive, now $779.

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Apple deals: Macs from $719

05/09, 3:43pm

Macs from $719

This week, Apple's online store has a variety of refurbished Mac models at discounted prices. Starting at $719, after a $130 price break, is the 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage. For $799 is the refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage.

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New MacBook Air SSDs rating slower than 2013 models

05/02, 4:03pm

Mix of different brands may be to blame

The SSDs in 2014 MacBook Airs are actually showing slower performance than their 2013 counterparts, according to new benchmarks. A 2013 11-inch Air with a 256GB drive, for example, was pitted against a 2014 11-inch model with a 128GB SSD. When dealing with 6GB of data, the 2013 system scored copy, zip, and unzip speeds of 28, 370.8, and 43.5 seconds, respectively. The 2014 machine was drastically slower, with scores of 53.9, 517, and 127.1.

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