Now is a good time to buy a MacBook Air. Not only has Apple increased the speed of the processor, the price was lowered by $100. The updated MacBook Air now uses the latest Intel Haswell processors in the entry-level models; both the 11-inch and 13-inch feature a 1.4GHz dual-core i5 and a 2.7GHz Turbo Boost instead of the 1.3GHz and a 2.6GHz Turbo Boost they had before.
There’s no one size fits all solution when debating a MacBook Pro vs. MacBook Air purchase, but it’s great to have two can’t-go-wrong alternatives. Macworld’s Rob Griffiths and I both recently struggled with this decision, and came to two different conclusions.
Sometimes you just don’t need that much from your MacBook sleeve. Scuff protection? Scratch protection? A classic look? If that’s it, then the STM leather sleeve will do the job. I recently used it on a trip from Cleveland to Hong Kong, and as a way to keep my MacBook Pro safe, it was perfect, but only because I carried them inside a backpack.
The BookArc möd is designed to blur the line between furniture and office equipment, and depending on what color you like, it can channel either Ikea post-modernism or ’50s Danish modern. Whether your office features a luxurious Eames lounger chair or some garage-sale [easyazon-link keywords="Poang chair armchair cushion" locale="us"]Poäng chairs[/easyazon-link], the BookArc möd will look right at home.
Whether you want to dock your iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, iPad mini or your MacBook, Henge Dock has a solution for you. The new Gravitas units for your handheld devices (iPod and iPhone) are real heavyweights, while the Horizontal Dock for your MacBook Pro it provides all the native connectivity of your laptop with a few extras, and it looks good doing it.
The last new MacBook model was the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display released back in October 2012, so Apple is arguably overdue for something to shake things up in the laptop category, which isn’t dead yet by a long shot. A 12″ slim MacBook is reportedly in development, combining the portability of the 11″ MacBook Air, the productivity of the 13″ model, and a Retina display.
I’m sad to see the old unibody machine go; I’d prefer to have an on-board optical drive, and I’m not convinced that the speedier access, silence, and shockproofness of solid state data storage are worth the trade-off in drive capacity one has to give up, but I didn’t put my money where my mouth is when I upgraded to a 13-inch MacBook Air last fall.
I would expect crashes from my 2009 Macbook with its aging Core 2 Duo processor, but not from my 2013 Macbook Air with an Intel Haswell Processor. Now, MacRumors is reporting that Apple is working on a fix for the issue that causes 11-inch and 13-inch Macbook Airs to crash when they are wakened from sleep.
Apple is celebrating Thirty Years of Mac in a number of countries around the world, taking its 30th anniversary Mac homepage to other countries around the world. Late Friday, a Japanese blog Kodawarisan noticed that Apple had taken the Thirty Years of Mac homepage and mini-site and translated it into Japanese.
Before you brush off that headline as a simple but fine example of clever wordplay, know that I do think it’s a fantastic idea to literally show some skin this Valentine’s Day. I’m all for the romance and the sweet, sweet lovin’ and whatnot. More relevant to AppleTell, however, are skins for your Mac, iPhone and iPad products, and both DecalGirl and Slickwraps are offering some specials.
You can’t really evaluate a workhorse computer until it’s been used for a while in your work environment, but early days impressions are mostly positive. It’s amazingly slim, but not much different footprint-wise than the old MacBook. I had been curious about how it would perform and feel in tasks and venues that have been more and more shunted to the iPad. My verdict is that this 13-inch MacBook Air really isn’t an iPad substitute, but at $1,099 represents the most laptop for the money Apple has ever offered.
My first Mac was a Mac mini, but the first one I ever used was the translucent, candy-colored iMac that was available in nearly every elementary and junior high school in New York City. As a matter of fact, the first computer I ever touched was a Mac, and I’ve never gone back. The fact that Apple made Macs available in schools helped me decide whether I was going to be a Mac or PC user, and I guess my choice is obvious.