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Apple MacBook Air Retina Display

Apple will reportedly launch a MacBook Air with a Retina display in Q3

By on February 19, 2013 at 9:45 AM.

Apple will reportedly launch a MacBook Air with a Retina display in Q3

Much to the delight of MacBook Air fans who feel that Apple’s (AAPL) display team has neglected their favorite computer in favor of the MacBook Pro and the iPad, it seems the company may be planning to offer a MacBook Air equipped with a Retina display later this year. According to a report from EMS One, via Apple Insider, the company will launch a new MacBook Air with a high-resolution display in the third quarter of 2013. Earlier rumors claimed the company would launch new MacBooks in June with no major design changes over previous models. Apple started lowering prices and slightly boosting the hardware of its Retina display MacBook Pro computers last week. However the more affordable Air model was left untouched, leading many to speculate that a refresh is slated to arrive in the coming months.

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MacBook Pro Early-2013 Update

Apple releases updated Retina MacBook Pro models, cuts prices

By on February 13, 2013 at 8:50 AM.

Apple releases updated Retina MacBook Pro models, cuts prices

Apple (AAPL) on Wednesday revealed a surprise update to its laptop lineup. The company announced that its Retina display-equipped MacBook Pro line has received a minor spec update and, more importantly, the laptops’ starting prices have been slashed. Apple’s 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro now starts at $1,499 with 128GB of storage and $1,699 for the 256GB model with a new 2.6 GHz processor. The entry-level 15-inch model now includes a faster 2.4 GHz quad-core processor and the high-end model now has a 2.7 GHz quad-core processor and 16GB of RAM. Apple also cut the base price of its MacBook Air with a 256GB SSD to $1,399. Apple’s full press release follows below. More →

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Surface Pro MacBook Air Storage

128GB Surface Pro only has slightly less usable storage than 128GB MacBook Air

By on February 8, 2013 at 9:03 AM.

128GB Surface Pro only has slightly less usable storage than 128GB MacBook Air

One of the reported downsides to the 128GB Microsoft (MSFT) Surface Pro is that only around 70% of its advertised storage can actually be used for user data — in BGR’s review of the Surface Pro, for instance, we found that the 128GB version of the device had only around 85.3GB of actual free space. But new analysis from ZDNet’s Ed Bott shows that this is only slightly less storage than the 128GB MacBook Air, which has roughly 92.2GB of usable storage. And what’s more, Bott found a way to easily free up more storage on the Surface Pro that wasn’t available on the MacBook Air: By “using the built-in Recovery Media Creator” to “copy the contents of that large Windows 8 Recovery partition to a USB flash drive,” Bott freed up around 8GB of extra data. The bottom line, says Bott, is that “if you’re going to complain about operating systems using too much of the available storage, you’d better make sure your letter to Redmond is cc’ed to Cupertino.”

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MacBook Air MacBook Pro Mid-2013

New MacBook Air, MacBook Pro due in June with unchanged designs

By on December 28, 2012 at 9:05 AM.

New MacBook Air, MacBook Pro due in June with unchanged designs

Apple (AAPL) is reportedly submitting quotation requests to supply chain companies in Taiwan for components related to upcoming refreshed MacBook Air and MacBook Pro computers. Digitimes cites unnamed supply chain sources in its report, and claims the new refreshed models will not see any major design changes compared to Apple’s current laptop lineup. Will they be as “disappointing” as the iPhone 4S? Digitimes notes that combined global shipments of Apple’s MacBook lineup are expected to reach 17 million units, but sell-through may be less impressive. Apple sold 12.88 million notebook PCs in 2011 and 9.78 million laptops through the first three quarters this year.

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Low memory, thermal shutdown top list of MacBook Air gripes

By on September 20, 2012 at 11:30 PM.

Low memory, thermal shutdown top list of MacBook Air gripes

Macbook Air Top Complaints

Apple (AAPL) owners may love their MacBook Airs but that doesn’t mean they think they’re flawless. FixYa, an online troubleshooting guide for gadgets and computers, has put out a new survey showing the top complaints that ultrabook owners have about their computers and has found that MacBook Air owners complain most about their computers’ low memory and forced shutdowns due to overheating. That said, FixYa says that these complaints are relatively minor and that the MacBook Air overall is “a smooth device with very little to complain about.” As far as other ultrabooks go, top complaints tend revolve around poor battery life and screen quality, neither of which was cited as a major problem for MacBook Air owners. More →

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Apple slashes more than $200 off refurbished MacBook Airs

By on September 3, 2012 at 3:40 PM.

Apple slashes more than $200 off refurbished MacBook Airs

Apple Macbook Air Sale

Ever been envious of a friend’s super-slim Macbook Air but haven’t wanted to shell out the cash required to purchase one? Well, now might be the time to consider taking the plunge, as 9to5Mac reports that Apple (AAPL) has taken a big axe to the prices of its 2010 Macbook Air models and is selling a refurbished 11.6-inch, 64GB Air for just $679, a price cut of $220. The refurbished 11.6-inch, 128GB Air has seen an even bigger discount and is now selling for $719, a price cut of $380. As 9to5Mac says, though, interested buyers should act fast since these discounted computers rarely stay in stock for long. More →

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Early 64-bit MacBook Pros, Airs get shafted on OS X Mountain Lion upgrade

By on July 11, 2012 at 11:50 AM.

Early 64-bit MacBook Pros, Airs get shafted on OS X Mountain Lion upgrade

OS X Mountain Lion Upgrade Eligibility

Early adopters of Mac products, prepare to get the shaft. Per Ars Technica, Apple has released system requirements for machines eligible OS X Mountain Lion upgrades and has revealed that pre-2007 iMacs, pre-2008 Mac Pros, MacBook Airs released in the first half of 2008 and MacBook Pros released before mid-2007 haven’t made the cut. More →

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Apple to continue dominating ultra-thin notebook market following Windows 8 launch

By on July 6, 2012 at 10:30 PM.

Apple to continue dominating ultra-thin notebook market following Windows 8 launch

Windows 8 Vs MacBook Air

Despite the launch of Windows 8 later this year and the wave of ultra-thin Microsoft-powered notebook computers that will accompany the new operating system, Apple will continue to dominate the ultra-thin portable PC market through 2012 according to a new report. Digitimes Research, the analyst arm of industry watcher Digitimes, on Thursday issued a report suggesting Apple’s popular MacBook Air series of laptops accounted for 50% of global ultra-thin notebook shipments last quarter in spite of the continued ultrabook push across numerous PC vendors. More →

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MacBook Air specs leak as WWDC announcement nears

By on June 11, 2012 at 10:15 AM.

MacBook Air specs leak as WWDC announcement nears

Apple MacBook Air Mid-2012 Specs

Apple is expected to unveil a whole new Mac lineup during its Worldwide Developer Conference, and details surrounding new MacBook Air laptops are beginning to emerge. Following a report regarding Apple’s new MacBook Pro and Mac Pro computers from earlier on Monday, 9to5Mac claims to have received preliminary details surrounding Apple’s updated mid-2012 MacBook Air laptops. So far, six models have been revealed:

  • MD223LL/A – MBA 11.6/1.7/4/64FLASH-USA
  • MD224LL/A – MBA 11.6/1.7/4/128FLASH-USA
  • MD845LL/A – MBAIR 11.6/2.0/8/256FLASH-USA
  • MD231LL/A – MBAIR 13.3/1.8/4/128FLASH-USA
  • MD232LL/A – MBAIR 13.3/1.8/4/256FLASH-USA
  • MD846LL/A – MBAIR 13.3/2.0/8/512FLASH-USA

Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference keynote is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. Eastern, 10:00 a.m. Pacific. More →

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Apple said to be prepping $799 MacBook Air

By on May 7, 2012 at 8:55 AM.

Apple said to be prepping $799 MacBook Air

$799 MacBook Air may launch in Q3

While Windows-powered “ultrabooks” have yet to really make a splash in the market, Apple is reportedly considering a move that could further limit their appeal as vendors prepare a second wave of less expensive ultrabook models. Citing unnamed sources within Apple’s supply chain, Digitimes on Monday reported that Apple is readying a new entry-level MacBook Air model that could launch in the third quarter this year. Details are extremely limited, though it is presumed that the notebook will be an updated 11-inch model that could launch around the same time as Apple’s new 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro models, which are expected to become available some time this summer. Apple may reveal the new model during its annual Worldwide Developer Conference, which begins on June 11th. More →

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One in four iPad owners are first-time Apple buyers

By on April 26, 2012 at 9:30 PM.

One in four iPad owners are first-time Apple buyers

NPD Group on Thursday released the results of its Apple Ecosystem Study, which suggests that almost 25% of U.S. iPad owners are first-time Apple buyers. The firm’s data, as reported by AppleInsider, indicated that 33% of U.S. households own Apple products, with a majority owning an iPod. That number is growing beyond the 37 million American households the Cupertino-based company’s products are already found in, thanks to Apple’s flagship tablet. “iPad sales are growing much faster than any other Apple product has this soon after launch,” said Ben Arnold, director of industry analysis at NPD. “In fact, one-in-five Apple owner households has one — nearly equivalent to the number that own an Apple computer. This demonstrates the appeal of both the new form factor and Apple’s app ecosystem.” The study found that six out of ten homes with a Mac also own a Windows PC, and nearly 30% of so-called “Apple enthusiasts” own a smartphone other than the iPhone. The data comes from a survey NPD conducted in February of more than 3,000 consumers. More →

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J.P. Morgan increases Q1 iPhone and iPad estimates

By on April 3, 2012 at 7:00 PM.

J.P. Morgan increases Q1 iPhone and iPad estimates

J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz has made “significant increases” to both his iPhone and iPad sales projections for the first quarter of 2012, raising his price target on Apple stock from $625 to $715, Apple Insider reported on Tuesday. The analyst previously estimated that Apple would ship 28.1 million iPhones in the first quarter of 2012, however he now believes shipments will reach 31.1 million units. Full-year iPhone shipments for 2012 are now expected to total 138.2 million units. Moskowitz thinks Apple’s next-generation smartphone will launch in the second half of 2012 and include a “thinner body and LTE capability.” He projects iPad shipments to reach 13.8 million in the first quarter, up from his earlier estimate of 10.1 million units, and his full-year shipment estimate was raised to 69.6 million tablets, up from 59.8 million. Apple will also “refresh its MacBook portfolio, including the Air, in the next three months,” Moskowitz wrote in his note to investors. He continued by saying that the company needs to improve its specifications and features while introducing lower price points to stay ahead of the “Ultrabook crowd.” More →

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Retina-resolution MacBooks may launch this summer

By on March 23, 2012 at 1:30 PM.

Retina-resolution MacBooks may launch this summer

There’s no going back to a standard-resolution display after using the new iPad, the iPhone 4 and 4S, or any one of a number of Android phones with qHD or better resolution, and Apple may be preparing to create a similar experience with its notebook computers. Apple’s next-generation MacBook line of laptops could feature high-definition Retina displays according to a recent report from Ars Technica. MacBooks with high-resolution Retina displays could launch as soon as this summer according to the site’s sources, one of which found double-sized graphics in the most recent preview of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. “I would interpret it to mean that Retina [MacBook] is close; perhaps concurrent with the release of OS X 10.8,” the unnamed source said. Apple is expected to launch an updated line of laptop computers this summer, including thinner 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros. More →

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