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Apple deals: five refurbished Macs for $999 or less

04/11, 2:51pm

5 refurbished Macs for $999 or less

Apple's online store today has a variety of Macs that are priced at $999 or less. The refurbished Mac mini with a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, OS X Server, 4GB of RAM and dual 1TB hard drives is now $849 after a $150 discount. Also priced at $849 after a $350 price cut is the 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.8GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage.

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DealNN: MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and more

04/11, 2:49pm

MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and more

At MacMall.com this week, save $350 on the 15.4-inch MacBook Pro which has been cut from $1,800 down to $1,550. A $100 mail-in-rebate offer drops the price further to $1,450, beating the next lowest price by $210. This MBP features a 2.3GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive. Included is a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.

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Apple finally at work on Retina MacBook Air, rumor claims

03/26, 9:22am

Sources also maintain existence of 12-inch iPad

Apple is planning to launch a Retina MacBook Air in the second half of 2014, alongside other updated MacBooks, Taiwanese supply chain sources claim. Although the MacBook Pro has had Retina options for a couple of years, the Air has been stuck with resolutions topping out at 1366x768 or 1440x900, depending on screen size. A Retina upgrade may be possible due to easier and/or cheaper production of Retina panels, and the need for Apple to keep the Air attractive next to Windows laptops with Retina-equivalent graphics.

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Rumor: Next MacBook Air to offer 12-inch screen, fanless design

03/21, 11:13pm

May also abandon 'clicker' trackpad in favor of gesture-only control

A source described by other sites as "normally reliable" has claimed that Apple is planning to revamp its MacBook Air line, potentially introducing a single 12-inch model that the source claims utilizes a "fanless" design (current MacBook Airs have one, very quiet, fan in them). The revamp also allegedly replaces the mechanical "clicker" in the trackpad with gesture-only and tap control, rather than any physical "clicks." As a result, the rumor says, the new design will be even thinner than it is presently.

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Forums: A storage solution for a modern age

03/18, 3:36pm

A storage solution for a modern age

This week, MacNN forum-goers have been discussing the best new storage devices after Moderator "OreoCookie" upgraded their machine to a Retina MBP with 256GB of solid state storage and needed more. "RobOnTheCape" turned to the forums looking for help trying to figure out why the SSD on their MacBook Air was full.

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Apple deals: MacBook Air from $749

03/18, 3:35pm

MacBook Air from $749

Today at Apple's online store, find deals on refurbished MacBook Air models with savings of up to 29 percent off the MSRP. At the bottom of the pricing scale is a $250 discount on the refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.7GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of flash storage, now $749. A $300 discount is offered on the refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.7GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage, bringing it down to $799.

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DealNN: Mac Pro and Dell 4K monotor only $3,442

02/28, 3:04pm

Mac Pro and Dell 4K monotor only $3,442

This week, Expercom has an excellent bundle deal that includes a Mac Pro and a Dell 4K monitor all for only $3,442.22, which is $56 less than Expercom's regular price and a whopping $640 less than buying these items individually anywhere else. The Mac Pro features a 3.7GHz Intel quad-core Intel Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage, with dual AMD FirePro D300 video cards. It is backed by a one-year warranty from Apple. The Dell 28-inch 4K display is included in the bundle deal.

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Apple deals: MacBook Air from $849

02/25, 3:40pm

MacBook Air from $849

This week at Apple's online store, find a wide selection of refurbished MacBook Air models starting as low as $849 for the 11.6-inch MBA with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage. For $929 is the 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 deals: Macs from $849

02/18, 2:58pm

Macs from $849

Apple's online store currently offers a wide selection of refurbished computers at discounted prices. 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 savings of $150. For $929 is the 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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Briefly: SpiShutter webcam privacy cover, Walmart iPad 2 'rollback'

02/07, 6:49pm

SpiShutter for MacBooks released, protects webcam privacy

Web camera privacy accessory SpiShutter has been released for Mac laptops, offering an always-available physical barrier to block the built-in camera on a Macbook Pro or MacBook Air laptop. Consisting of an opening in the center of the strip that lets its user enable the webcam by sliding the strip left or right, the SpiShutter then blocks the camera physically when not in use. SpiShutter can remain on the laptop when closed, and is coated with low-friction powder to prevent the screen from scratches. Priced at $20, SpiShutter is available in black, silver and yellow through Amazon.

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Apple deals: Mac notebooks from $849

02/04, 3:38pm

Mac notebooks from $849

Apple's online store today offers a variety of refurbished Mac notebooks at low prices. 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 by $150 to $849. A $200 discount is offered on the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive, now $999.

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DealNN: MacBook Air, tablets and more

01/24, 2:24pm

MacBook Air, tablets and more

Adorama.com has the 11.6-inch MacBook Air by $100 down to $1,199. That's $100 less than the MSRP, and about $40 less than the next lowest price. Free shipping is included, but sales tax applies for residents of New York and New Jersey. This MBA features a 1.7GHz Intel dual-core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage. Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion is pre-installed, but can be upgraded to Mavericks for free. It is backed by a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.

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Latest MacBook Air reported to have 802.11ac Wi-Fi issues, no fix yet

01/22, 9:00pm

Engineering, driver blamed for poor performance on 802.11ac Wi-Fi

Some users of the MacBook Air's June 2013 revision are experiencing Wi-Fi issues, and taking to the Apple community support forums to air their grievances. Issues reported by the users include dropped packets, inconsistent network connections, high latency, and low data transfer rates from the newly-refreshed 802.11ac connection.

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Apple deals: Macs from $509

01/15, 2:01pm

Macs from $509

Apple's online store today has a selection of refurbished Macs priced as low as $509. The refurbished Mac mini with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive is first up at $509, which is $90 off the list price. Priced at $849, after a $150 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: MacBook Air and MacBook Pro

12/27, 1:33pm

MacBook Air and MacBook Pro

At Apple's online store, find savings on refurbished MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models starting as low as $849. The 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has been cut to $849, a savings of $150. 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, now $929.

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DealNN: MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and more

12/17, 6:56pm

MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and more

BestBuy.com has reduced prices on the current generation MacBook Air models. The 11.6-inch MacBook Air has been reduced from $1,000 down to $900 with free shipping. That discount makes this the best price we've seen by about $30, but bear in mind that sales tax applies for residents of most states. This MacBook Air features a 1.3GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage. A one-year limited warranty on parts and labor is included from Apple.

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Apple deals: MacBook Airs from $849

12/10, 3:56pm

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.

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Apple deals: Refurbished Macs from $759

11/15, 3:51pm

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.

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Tesla hires away Apple Hardware VP Doug Field

10/24, 3:57pm

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.

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Faulty SSDs force 2012 MacBook Air recall program

10/19, 3:35pm

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.

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Apple issues firmware update for mid-2012 MacBook Air models

10/17, 11:10pm

Update evaluates, possibly fixes, data corruption issue with SSD storage

Apple has released a single-model

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New MacBook Air EFI update fixes problems with Boot Camp

10/10, 4:47pm

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.

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Apple will move to larger, Retina screens next year, say analysts

10/09, 3:41am

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.

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DealNN roundup: MacBook Air, digital cameras and more

10/04, 3:16pm

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.

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Apple releases OS X 10.8.5 Supplemental Update

10/03, 4:47pm

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.

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Apple releases firmware updates for MacBook Pro, MacBook Air

10/01, 5:10pm

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.

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Apple deals: MacBook Air from $799

10/01, 1:55pm

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.

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Apple deals: Save on MacBook Pros, iPods and more

09/27, 9:00am

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.

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Apple preparing 'supplemental' update for OS X 10.8.5

09/24, 4:20pm

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.

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11-inch 2013 MacBook Air arrives at Apple's online refurb store

09/19, 9:23am

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.

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Apple deals: MacBook Air and Mac mini for $849 or less

09/17, 3:25pm

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.

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DealNN: BestBuy cuts $100 off MacBook Air models

09/13, 6:30pm

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.

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Opinion: What would you rather; a MacBook Air or an iPhone 5s?

09/11, 5:28am

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.

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Apple deals: MacBook Air from $799

09/06, 12:11pm

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.

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Apple Deals: MacBook Air and MacBook Pro from $749

08/23, 11:54am

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.

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Iowa high school buys $1.4 million in MacBook Airs for students

08/22, 11:43am

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."

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Forums: September 10 event rumor, MBA buyer's remorse and more

08/20, 1:31pm

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.

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DealNN: 11.6-inch MBA for $900, Drobo for $450, more

08/16, 1:39pm

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.

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Briefly: Leather MacBook skins, Native Instruments launches Drum Lab

08/05, 2:36pm

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.

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Apple deals: Mac mini, Apple TV

08/02, 3:54pm

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.

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Apple deals: Refurbished Macs for $1000 or less

07/26, 2:11pm

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.

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Apple updates latest MacBook Air models to fix Wi-Fi issues

07/18, 10:00pm

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.

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Best Buy, others begin discounting just-released Haswell MacBook Airs

07/15, 8:30pm

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.

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MacBook Air owners complain about fluctuating volume

07/12, 4:33pm

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.

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Latest OS X 10.8.5 seed solves flickering Photoshop

07/11, 10:33am

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.

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Apple deals: refurbished Macs from $749

07/09, 1:43pm

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.

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Boston University sues Apple for patent infringement

07/03, 11:26am

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.

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NPD: MacBook Air owns 56 percent of the US ultrabook market

07/01, 6:23pm

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.

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Full Review: mid-2013 11-inch Apple MacBook Air

07/01, 6:50am

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.

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Report: Apple inviting some new MBA buyers to test Wi-Fi patch

06/30, 4:00am

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.

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