MacBook Air from $849
Today at Apple's online store save up to 27 percent off refurbished MacBook Air 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 been reduced to $849. A $170 discount is offered on the 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAm and 128GB of flash storage from June 2013, now priced at $929.
Refurbished Macs from $759
Apple's online store has a variety of refurbished Mac models priced as low as $759. The Mac mini with OS X server, a 2.0GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 4B of RAM and dual 500GB hard drives has been reduced by $240 to $759. Priced at $849, after a $150 price cut, is the 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage.
Working on iMac, MacBooks
Electric car maker Tesla has hired on Apple's Doug Field as its new head of vehicle engineering programs, reports say. While at Apple Field was the company's Hardware VP, working first under Bob Mansfield, and later Dan Riccio. His resume also includes time at corporations like Segway, DEKA, and Johnson & Johnson.
Apple starts recall, replacement program for MacBook Airs
Faulty flash drives in Apple's 2012 MacBook Air models has led to the computer maker posting a notice on its site that some owners of those devices should bring their computers to have the component replaced. Affected models include 64GB and 128GB MacBook Air units sold between June 2012 and June 2013. The announcement comes on the heels of a firmware update for MacBook Airs that was issued earlier this week.
Update evaluates, possibly fixes, data corruption issue with SSD storage
Apple has released a single-model
Second update for Air in less than a month
Apple has issued a new EFI firmware update for the MacBook Air, v2.7. The patch is aimed explicitly at 2013-model Airs, and copes with a bug that caused black screens to appear when trying to install Windows 7 or 8 using Boot Camp Assistant. The problem was triggered if both an external optical drive and a USB stick were connected at the same time. Simultaneously, Apple has tweaked the firmware to ensure a Mac will boot into OS X by default after Windows 8 is installed.
Reports reinforce supplier rumors of 4.8-inch screen on iPhone 6, more
Citing supply chain sources, NPD/DisplaySearch Vice President for the Greater China Market David Hsieh believes that Apple will rely heavily over the next year or so on display technology innovation to help drive growth of some of its most popular products. He predicts both common changes like the expected upgrade to Retina-quality displays in the next iPad mini and off-beat options like the addition of Retina screens in future MacBook Airs, along with a larger 4.7-inch "iPhone 6" in 2014, echoing other analysts.
MacBook Air, digital cameras and more
Currently at MacMall.com, save 25 percent on the 11.6-inch MacBook Air which was $1,000, but has been cut to $750. That $250 price drop makes this the lowest price we've seen on a brand new MBA by $135. Free shipping is available, but sales tax applies for residents of California, Tennessee and Wisconsin. This MBA features a 1.7GHz Intel core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of flash storage. A one-year warranty from Apple is included.
Includes iTunes 11.1.1
As anticipated, Apple has released a Supplemental Update for OS X 10.8.5. The patch fixes a bug that prevented some apps from recognizing the FaceTime HD camera on the 2013 MacBook Air, plus two issues related to OS X's sleep mode: one would cause external drives to be ejected after a Mac went to sleep, while another silenced HDMI audio after waking. The update also copes with some USB Bluetooth adapters not functioning.
SMC update addresses battery bug
Apple has released several firmware updates for its MacBook Pro and MacBook Air notebooks. The MacBook Pro Retina SMC update v1.1 addresses an issue that is said to cause slow frame rates when playing graphics-intensive games with the 15-inch model, along with separate issues relate to Power Nap, waking from sleep and fan control.
MacBook Air from $799
Right now Apple's online store has a wide selection of refurbished MacBook Air models at reduced prices of up to $350 off. 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 $300 to $799. A $350 discount is offered on the refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.8GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage, now $849.
Deals on MacBook Pros and iPods
Apple's online store has a vast selection of refurbished Mac and iPod models at bargain prices. The 13.3-inch, 2.5GHz MacBook Pro with 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive has been reduced to $999, a savings of $200. The refurbished 32GB iPod touch 4G has now dropped to only $179, which is $40 less than its original list price of $219.
Fixes issues with MacBook Air, sleep, other components
Apple is at work on a "Supplemental Update" for OS X 10.8.5, a source says. The patch has reportedly already been seeded to Apple employees, and should reach the public in the next few days. It's expected to cope with several glitches in Mountain Lion, including apps failing to utilize the FaceTime HD camera on the 2013 MacBook Air, and external drives being ejected after a Mac goes to sleep. It also solves a problem with HDMI audio going silent after waking from sleep, and a bug that prevented some USB Bluetooth adapters from operating.
Prices drop as low as $849
Apple has started selling the 11-inch version of the 2013 MacBook Air in its refurb store. That brings the cost of the notebook down to as little as $849 for a configuration with a 128GB SSD; the same system would normally cost $999. Upgrading to a 256GB SSD raises the cost of a refurb to $1,019, which is still $180 less than retail.
MacBook Air and Mac mini for $849 or less
Apple's online store has a vast selection of refurbished Mac models at bargain prices. The refurbished Mac mini with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive has been reduced to $549, a savings of $250. The refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.7GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of flash storage has seen a $250 price cut as well, now down to $749.
BestBuy cuts $100 off MacBook Air models
This week, BestBuy.com has cut the price on a selection of MacBook Air models by $100. The 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage has been cut to $1,100, which beats the next lowest price by $40. For $1,000 is the 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage. Free shipping is included with both, but sales tax applies for residents of most states.
Apple is testing the value proposition of the iPhone 5s
Like many people I am still coming to grips with the reality of Apple’s product announcements yesterday after months of rumors (some accurate, some not) leading up to the official unveiling of iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. While Apple’s pricing for the iPhone 5c caught many by surprise (it is not a ‘cheap’ or a ‘budget’ iPhone), its pricing of the iPhone 5s is worth scrutinizing too. Although Apple’s pricing for the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s varies from market to market, it is interesting to note than in Australia, an iPhone 5s 64GB will retail for $30 more than a MacBook Air with 128GB.
MacBook Air from $799
At Apple's online store right now, save big on refurbished MacBook Air models with savings of up to $380 off. 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 cut by $300 to $799. A $350 discount is offered on the 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.8GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage, dropping the price to $849.
MacBook Air and MacBook Pro from $749
A wide selection of refurbished MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models are currently available at discounted prices at Apple's online store. 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 $250 to $749. For $799, after a $300 discount, is the 11.6-inch MBA with a 1.7GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage.
Meant to reduce 'one-size-fits all lecture formats and rote instruction'
Ames High School, located in Iowa, has announced plans to give each student in grades 9 through 12 an 11-inch MacBook Air for use during the 2013 school year. The deal with Apple covers 1,425 computers, and is estimated to be worth about $1.4 million. The Ames community school board offered program approval back in May; superintendent Tim Taylor says that the Airs will let teachers personalize instruction, cutting back on "one-size-fits all lecture formats and rote instruction."
September 10th, MBA buyers remorse and more
This week in the MacNN forums, anticipation is building ahead of the Apple event on September 10, which will likely see the debut of the next-generation iPhone. A discussion about what kinds of Firewire audio interfaces can be used with a MacBook Air was started yesterday when Posting Junkie "ebuddy" started a thread explaining a potentially big mistake they just made.
11.6-inch MBA for $900, Drobo for $450, more
This weekend, BestBuy.com has cut $100 off a selection of MacBook Air models. The 11.6-inch MacBook Air has been reduced from $999 to $899 with free shipping. That's $50 less than the next lowest price on a brand-new model. This MBA features a 1.3GHz Intel fourth-generation i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD along with Intel HD Graphics 5000. A one-year warranty is included from Apple.
Leather skins for MacBook from onanoff
A new line of leather skins designed for the Retina MacBook Pro and MacBook Air has been released by onanoff. The leather skins are made with a strong adhesive coating that attaches to the MacBook's surface, but can still be removed without leaving any residual markings. Four different color options are available for both MacBook models, including Royal Blue, Fiery Red, Black Onyx and Oak Brown. The skins can be purchased online through onanoff's store with prices range from $50 for the 11-inch MacBook Air variant, up to $60 for the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro.
Mac mini, Apple TV
This week, Apple's online store has a variety of refurbished Macs on sale, along with an even lower price on the Apple TV. Starting at $509 is the refurbished Mac mini with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive. 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 seen a $350 price cut to $849.
Refurbished Macs for $1000 or less
Apple's online store currently has a selection of refurbished Macs for under $1000. At the low end of the price scale is the Mac mini with a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive, it was $799, but has been reduced to $679. For $749 is the refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.7GHz Intel core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of flash storage.
Some Haswell MacBook Air owners reporting 'spotty' connections
Late on Thursday, Apple issued an update for owners of the 2013 model MacBook Airs which corrects a issue that affected some users but was not widespread: intermittent loss of Wi-Fi connectivity. The update also fixes a glitch with Adobe Photoshop that can cause occasional screen flickering, as well as a problem that causes audio playback to fluctuate while viewing videos. The MacBook Air (Mid 2013) Software Update 1.0, as it is called, can be downloaded from Apple's support pages and weighs in at 3.35MB. It has not yet shown up in Software Update.
Discounts up to $313 off on previous-generation MacBook models also
Apple has given Best Buy permission to discount the just-released Haswell-equipped MacBook Airs by up to $64, triggering a wave of price-matching on the new models at other online competitors. Other stores are offering the models at similar prices, or along with three-year AppleCare warranties for the lowest overall price available. The sale has had a ripple effect of also discounting the current MacBook Pro models, with discounts of up to $313 possible using promo codes from AppleInsider.
Video levels uncontrollable
Some owners of the 2013 MacBook Air are experiencing problems with uncontrollable volume fluctuations, according to posts on Apple's support forums. The issue typically manifests in first- and third-party apps playing video, including Apple's own QuickTime. Although Apple has yet to provide a fix, third-party sound enhancement apps can potentially keep audio manageable.
Fix also reflected in OS X Mavericks
The most recent OS X 10.8.5 beta appears to solve a problem with flickering in Photoshop, accounts say. 2013 MacBook Air owners recently complained that using some brush tools in Photoshop would cause severe flickering to the extent that the app became unusable. At the time, an Adobe representative suggested that Apple would need to fix it, since it was probably a driver or GPU glitch.
Refurbished Macs from $749
This week at Apple's online store, save on refurbished Macs starting as low as $749. The 11.6-inch MacBook Air holds the lowest price point at $749, and features a 1.7GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of flash storage with Intel HD Graphics 4000. A $380 discount is available 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 $1,019.
iPad, iPhone 5, MacBook Air listed as infringing hardware
Boston University is suing Apple over infringement of a patent for thin, insulating monocrystalline gallium nitride films. The Boston Herald reports that the case was filed Tuesday through the US District Court of Massachusetts, and that the patent in question dates back to 1997, credited to computer engineering professor Theodor Moustakas. The university lists the iPad, iPhone 5, and MacBook Air as infringing products.
Haswell, OS X Mavericks efficiencies expected to further boost share
Market analyst NPD says that a single model of thin-and-light ultrabook -- Apple's MacBook Air -- owns over half of the market for such devices, leaving all the other manufacturers of endlessly MacBook-esque portables with 44 percent share, at least in the US. NPD analyst Stephen Baker says that the MacBook Air by itself is responsible for 56 percent of all US ultrabook sales, and that is based on figures prior to the recent release of the much-improved 2013 model, which the company thinks will only increase Apple's share.
Does the mid-2013 11-inch MacBook Air remain the top ultraportable?
Apple’s new MacBook Air range is being marketed by the company for its outstanding claimed battery life. Apple is also touting faster flash memory, new 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity as well as the new found graphics prowess of Intel’s fourth-generation Core i5 and i7 dual-core processors. However, its genre-defining design remains unchanged for the sixth-generation model, while it also continues with a TN panel when its competitors are moving to IPS technology and higher resolutions. Does the 11-inch MacBook Air have what it takes to remain at the top of the ultraportable segment? Read on in our full review of the mid-2013 11-inch MacBook Air.
Issue affects 802.11ac network speed in new MacBook Airs
After test results from a number of new MacBook Air units that feature built-in 802.11ac support showed that speeds did not improve over 802.11n, Apple has allegedly invited some buyers to help test a Wi-Fi specific update for the machine that should eliminate what some have suggested was a hard-wired data cap on speed. While the problem does not affect all units, even a MacNN researcher experienced the issue. Apple has been swapping out new Airs at its retail stores in order to study the units that have the problem.
Mac computers from $679
This week at Apple's online store, save on refurbished MacBook Airs, Mac minis and more. The 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 2GB of RAM and 64GB of flash storage has been cut by $220 to $679. A $240 discount is offered on the refurbished Mac mini with OS X Server, a 2.0GHz quad-core i7 processor, and dual 500GB hard drives, it's now $759.
Latest generation has WiFi connection problems for many
Some owners of the new MacBook Air are having problems with intermittent or non-functional Wi-Fi connections, a large thread on Apple's support forums indicates. The source of the problems is unclear though, as the people complaining have different network situations and configurations, including different routers. Some people in the thread are also complaining about other MacBooks experiencing trouble.
Bigger-capacity battery, dual mics, Samsung-provided storage
Two initial teardowns of the latest MacBook Air model by Mac specialists OWC and iFixit have revealed a number of small changes but mostly similarities between the latest revision and the current model. Overall, no huge changes were made to the interior layout of the 11-inch device, apart from a completely redesigned Airport card and other minor tweaks. The investigation did turn up that the battery in the unit features a 6.7 percent capacity increase in the same space, aiding the dramatically increased battery life.
MacBook Air as low as $749
Apple's online store currently has a wide selection of refurbished MacBook Air models priced as low as $749 -- starting with the 11.6-inch MBA with a 1.7GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of flash storage, which is $749 after a $250 discount. At the other end of the pricing scale is the 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 2.0GHz Intel dual-core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage, now $1,199.
13.3-inch MBP for $930
Right now at Amazon, save $270 on the 13.3-inch MacBook Air which was $1,199, but is now only $930. That's about $60 less than the lowest price we have seen anywhere else. Free shipping is included, but sales tax applies for residents of most states. This MBA features a 1.8GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage. A one-year warranty on parts and labor is included from Apple.
Apple trades CPU performance for power savings
Apple's new MacBook Airs have already been benchmarked, reports note. Geekbench 2 CPU performance recorded by Primate Labs shows that the new notebooks are only about 3 to 8 percent faster than their predecessors. Primate explains that Intel focused on reducing power consumption with its new Haswell processors, and that Apple went a step beyond, choosing processors with lower frequencies than before for the sake of vastly extending battery life.
First solid glimpse at new iOS
Apple has posted several videos on its website in the wake of today's WWDC keynote. These include the keynote itself, designer Jonathan Ive's introduction to iOS 7, and the "Designed by Apple" corporate branding ad narrated by Ben Affleck. The keynote video is roughly two hours long.
Same casing used, prices lowered over 2012 models
As expected, the MacBook Air line has seen a refresh at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, using the same chassis upgraded to the new line of Intel Haswell CPUs. The systems range in price from $999 to $1,299, and are available at Apple.com and in limited quantities at Apple retail today.
AirPort Extreme, Time Capsule may get matching updates
The MacBooks on the verge of a WWDC update are MacBook Airs, a source indicates. New pricing data for leaked SKUs is said to match that for current-generation Airs. Conversely, there has yet to be any leaked pricing for new Retina MacBook Pros, despite low stock of the notebook. That could mean the Pro will only be updated sometime after the Air.
Global MacBook inventories at low levels
Two new reports may suggest that Apple is planning to update MacBooks at WWDC, which begins June 10th. 9to5Mac says it has been given product SKUs for four new MacBook models, which appear to represent high- and low-end configurations of two different sizes of the same notebook. It's unclear whether that means the MacBook Air or the Retina MacBook Pro, both of which have similar tiers.
Macs from $759
This week at Apple's online store, save on refurbished Macs priced as low as $759. The refurbished Mac mini with OS X Server, a 2.0GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and dual 500GB hard drives is now $759 after a $240 price cut. The refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.7GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of flash storage is now $849 after a $150 discount.
Air could be due for imminent refresh
Third-party vendors are starting to run out of stock of the 13-inch MacBook Air, says AppleInsider. Amazon, B&H, MacConnection, and MacMall are all out of a common configuration, a system with a 1.8GHz processor and a 256GB SSD. Another reseller, J&R, is saying that it only has the configuration at retail stores. Best Buy continues to have some units.
Update mandatory, Apple says
Apple has posted a new support download for mid-2012 MacBook Airs, MacBook Air Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.0. Unusually, Apple states that the patch is mandatory; it fixes a problem with the Air's firmware that can, potentially, prevent a computer from recovering from a crash. The file is a 1.69MB download, and requires either OS X 10.7.5 or 10.8.3.
MacBook Air, Logitech iPad keyboard and more
This week, MacMall.com has reduced the price of the 13.3-inch MacBook Air from $1,399 down to $1,319 with free shipping. That $79 discount makes this the lowest price we have seen by about $30. This MacBook Pro features a 1.8GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage, along with Intel HD Graphics, built-in FaceTime camera with 720p resolution, and it comes with Mountain Lion pre-installed. A one-year warranty is included from Apple.
MacBook Air and MacBook Pro
This week at Apple's online store, take advantage of a vast array of refurbished MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models. 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 $190 to $909. A $240 price break is offered on the 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.8GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage, now $1,159.
June-quarter shipments expected to grow 10 percent over previous quarter
Apple's June-quarter MacBook shipments should increase about 10 percent over the previous quarter, say DigiTimes supply chain sources. The people claim that Apple has almost finished consuming excess inventory, and will probably start placing new orders in mid-May. Most of the ordered systems will likely be Haswell-based MacBooks, the sources comment.