Apple’s iMac computer lineup is gorgeous, sleek and powerful, but the models that make up the iMac family are very pricey. The MacBook Air lineup is thin, well-designed and quite capable, but there is no ultra-high resolution option like there is in the MacBook Pro family. According to a new report from an extremely reliable source, Apple is righting both of those wrongs in 2014. More →
Apple fans wondering when their favorite PC and mobile device maker might finally introduce a MacBook Air with Retina display might not have much longer to wait. According to a report from Digitimes on Wednesday that cited unnamed sources within Apple’s Taiwan-based supply chain, the company plans to launch its Retina MacBook Air sometime in the second half of 2014. No specifics about the notebook computer were shared, though it is said to be one of several new MacBook models set to be released later this year.
Apple may launch a brand new MacBook Air version this year, a Weiphone poster has revealed, sporting some exciting features including a 12-inch screen that would position it between the existing 11.6-inch and the 13.3-inch models. Furthermore, the new MacBook model would have a high-resolution “Retina” display, would lack a fan and might feature a new trackpad design that eliminates the mechanical button. More →
Apple on Thursday issued a software update for its latest 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air computers to fix issues with the screen and improve Wi-Fi connectivity. Some users had reported that their screens would flicker when using programs like Adobe Photoshop, while other were complaining of a bug that caused them to disconnect from Wi-Fi and would require a full system reboot to reconnect. Earlier reports had suggested that the company was still trying to pinpoint the problem and was replacing affected devices. The latest software update can be downloaded through the Mac App Store or Apple’s software update page.
Apple has been accused of stealing patented technology from Boston University. According to the Boston Herald, BU filed a lawsuit on Tuesday in the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts against the against Apple for allegedly ripping off one of its professor’s patented electronic semiconductor designs. BU claims a “small electronic component” that was invented by computer engineering professor Theodore D. Moustakas and patented in 1997 is being used in the iPhone 5, iPad and MacBook Air. The university says that Apple’s actions have “caused and will continue to cause substantial and irreparable damage to the University.” The Herald notes that BU has filed eight identical claims against smaller vendors in the past year, and has also targeted both Samsung and Amazon.
A new report suggests that Apple continues to control the majority of the “thin-and-light” laptop market. According to data from market research firm NPD Group, per CNET, the MacBook Air dominated the category during the first five months of the year, capturing 56% of thin-and-light laptop sales in the United States. Ultrabooks from a wide range of PC vendors made up the remaining 44%. Apple is expected to continue its dominance with the release of new MacBook Air models, which have been praised for their improved processors and impressive battery life. Microsoft and its manufacturing partners don’t plan to go down quietly, however. Companies such as HP, Sony, Samsung and Lenovo plan to bring a variety of touch-enabled laptop-tablet hybrids running the new Windows 8.1 operating system to the market in the coming months.
Apple is reportedly replacing new MacBook Air models that are suffering from a Wi-Fi connectivity bug. Earlier reports suggested that new models equipped with Haswell processors and faster 802.11ac wireless cards were unable to maintain an Internet connection, and in some cases required a complete system reboot to reconnect. According to 9to5Mac, Apple is aware of the issue and is working to identify the source of the problem. The company has informed its Apple Store employees to “capture” affected units, which will then be sent back to Apple for further testing. In the meantime, the company is reportedly swapping out impacted models for new ones. More →
Apple recently updated its MacBook Air computers to include Intel’s new Haswell processors. Reviews have thus far been relatively positive, praising the computer’s class-leading design and all-day battery life. Not everyone is happy, however. A number of customers have taken to Apple’s support forums to vent their frustrations with a Wi-Fi connectivity bug that is reportedly affecting new models. It would appear as if impacted computers can connect to the Internet, however after a few minutes they lose their connections and require a complete system reboot. Gizmodo claims that one Apple’s retail stores in London has experienced returns and complaints that have been “well above average.” It is unclear if or when Apple plans to address the issue.
Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, on Monday took the wraps off of the company’s new MacBook Air computers at its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. The 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air models have been upgraded with Intel’s new Haswell processor, improved battery life and 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity. The 11-inch model will now deliver 9 hours of battery life, while the 13-inch model will last a whopping 12 hours. The 11-inch model will start at $999 with 128GB of internal storage and the 13-inch will start at $1,099. The new MacBook Air will ship out to consumers today. Apple also announced a completely redesigned Mac Pro computer that will be built in the United States. The desktop is 1/8th the size of previous models and is equipped with a next-generation Intel Xeon processor. The computer also supports 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 ports, gigabit ethernet, HDMI Out, USB 3.0, dual graphics and 4K resolution displays. The new Mac Pro will be available this fall.
While this year’s WWDC may not be as exciting as those in years past, it should still deliver a much-anticipated refresh of Apple’s MacBook Air lineup. According to 9to5Mac, Apple will launch new versions of the Air at WWDC next week that will likely “carry the faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi chips” that are capable of delivering gigabit Wi-Fi connectivity. Other reports have indicated that the new MacBook Air will feature a front-facing 1080p video camera and a dual-microphone system. 9to5Mac’s sources also say that “Apple could drop the price slightly of the high-end MacBook Air in some countries,” although it’s unclear if that price cut would apply to customers in the United States.
Apple is sure to announce a variety of new products at its Worldwide Developers Conference next week and a recent leak from 9to5Mac confirms that the company will refresh at least one of its MacBook lines at the annual event. The website obtained SKU information for an unreleased MacBook model and speculates that both the MacBook Pro with a Retina display and MacBook Air may see updates. The latest rumors point to a slimmer 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro with a full HD iSight camera and Intel’s new Haswell processor. The MacBook Air is expected to see similar updates to its internal hardware, along with a better front-facing camera and an improved microphone system. Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is scheduled to take place on June 10th in San Francisco.
Apple is expected to debut a number of updated Mac computers during its annual WWDC show this year, and a new report suggests a redesigned Retina MacBook Pro will be among them. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a good track record when reporting details surrounding unannounced Apple devices, believes Apple has a number of important tweaks in store for its laptop lineup at WWDC. In a research note picked up by 9to5Mac, Kuo writes that Apple will unveil a slimmer 13-inch Retina-equipped MacBook Pro with a full HD iSight camera and Intel’s new Haswell processor, which is said to increase laptop battery life by up to 50%. Kuo also thinks Apple’s MacBook Air lineup will receive similar upgrades — minus the Retina display, of course — but despite the updates, he sees Apple’s laptop sales falling to 12 million units in 2013 from 13.6 million in 2012.
While software is expected to take center stage at Apple’s WWDC keynote this year, a new report claims that we’ll still see some new hardware debut on June 10th in San Francisco. WWDC 2013 tickets sold out in under 3 minutes as excitement among developers boiled over, and all eyes are on iOS 7, which is expected to feature the first major user interface design overhaul iOS has ever seen. We’re not expecting any new iPhones or iPads to debut on stage at WWDC, however. Instead, KGI Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo reports that Apple will unveil several new MacBook computers at WWDC alongside a new version of OS X that should also be shown off during the show. More →