It’s been years since Apple updated the MacBook Air, and now we know why. Apple is killing the MacBook Air, and replacing it (kind of!) with a basic 13-inch MacBook Pro.
Apple is virtually guaranteed to release two new MacBook Pros tomorrow. This is a good thing, because the MacBook Pro lineup is in dire need of an update. Adding an OLED touch panel and a Touch ID sensor is a smart move, even if I am going to be left fidgeting for an Escape key for the rest of my life.
But good or not, the MacBook Pro isn’t the new laptop to get excited about. That would be the refreshed MacBook Air, which, like a tiny spoiled child before Christmas, I’m hoping appears under Santa Cook’s tree tomorrow.
We’ve been hearing about an upgraded MacBook Pro forever, but with a thinner and more powerful Pro, and the Retina MacBook on the other side, the MacBook Air looks like it’s getting squeezed out.
So no-one is betting heavily on seeing an upgraded MacBook Air from Apple in the next month, but new research suggests we might get lucky.
Apple seems to be slowly pushing the MacBook Air into the deep end, with no updates in sight and the slimmer Retina MacBook threatening to upstage it. The writing might be on the wall, but really, that just means good sales for us.
B&H is selling the 13-inch Air with 128GB of storage for $750, and that price includes three years of AppleCare. That’s still one of the thinnest and lightest computers around, with years of guaranteed support, for $500 less than it should be.
We just saw the first 1TB SD card in the world, albeit only a prototype at the moment. But now it’s time to look at new SSD hardware that’s even more impressive, and arguably more useful. If you’re searching for incredibly fast SSDs, Samsung’s got you covered.
The company unveiled a pair of drives that will make future laptops crazy kinds of fast. The new drives offer sequential read speeds of at least 3.200Mbps and sequential write speeds of at least 1,900Mbps. Unfortunately, the new Samsung 960 Evo and Samsung 960 Pro will not work with current MacBook Pro and Air models. More →
Apple last week unveiled a bunch of new products during its iPhone fall event, with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus sharing the spotlight. There was no surprise one more thing at the end of the show — though you could argue that Apple began with one: Super Mario for iPhone. That means we did not get to see a brief MacBook announcement during the event that was focused on mobile devices and mobile experiences. But Apple is expected to refresh some of its Mac products this year, and Tim Cook hinted that’s going to happen sooner than you think. More →
For as long as I’ve been recommending laptops to people, the Macbook Air has topped the list. From about 2010 onwards, it was the best combination of price, size and power for the computing needs of almost everyone. Sure, the occasional graphic design student needs the extra horsepower of the Macbook Pro, but for your average internet-using human being, the 13-incher with 8GB of RAM was the best computer.
Was. Now it’s no secret that the Air is in desperate need of an upgrade, but all the signs point to that not happening. While we’ve seen leaks hinting at a new Macbook Pro, a new Apple Watch, and ten different flavors of new iPhone, there’s been nary a blurry render of a new Macbook Air. That’s a big problem for Apple.
Apple’s 12-inch MacBook laptop launched last year was the industry’s first PC to ship with a USB-C port – and that’s the only connector the laptop has, aside from the headphone jack. Since then, other PC makers have adopted the port, but not all of Apple’s competitors are thrilled about the upgrade. A new report says that while some laptop manufacturers are reluctant to adopt USB-C in their upcoming devices, Apple will equip its next-gen MacBook Air (or Pro?) with the new interface. More →
Xiaomi is a Chinese tech company best known for making cheap-and-cheerful Android phones which offer flagship-phone specs for half price. So it’s not surprising that the company is applying the same formula for its first laptop.
What is surprising is how much it looks like a Macbook, but also how good the specs are for $750. Laptops this cheap aren’t meant to have integrated graphics, an inch-thick aluminum body and 8GB of RAM, but clearly Xiaomi didn’t get the memo.
We recently heard that the MacBook Air line may have reached its end of line and a new report seems to reinforce that idea. A top Apple insider who’s usually accurate in his predictions regarding unreleased Apple hardware says that the Retina MacBook line will slowly replace the MacBook Air in the near future. More →
A new report suggests that Apple plans to kill off the MacBook Air line this year, and focus instead on the 12-inch Retina MacBook and slimmer-than-ever MacBook Pro models. The company is yet to announce its 2016 MacBook lineup soon, but this new report is in line with what a previous rumor claimed – that Apple will launch 13-inch and 15-inch MacBooks with designs inspired by the 12-inch MacBook released last year. More →
They might not be iPhones, but Apple’s MacBooks and Macs are still relevant players in the PC business. And while Apple may not have anything to announce regarding release plans for this year’s MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, supply chain murmurs have already hit the web and have revealed tentative release dates for this year’s MacBook releases.