Apple will begin mass production of its 12-inch Macbook Air in the third quarter of this year, according to a new report from Digitimes. The production line sources responsible for the Digitimes report have not provided any information about changes to the other Macbook Air models, so Apple may only be working on this individual laptop.
For my purposes, laptop shoulder bags cannot be small enough. I don’t want to be able to cram everything I could possibly need into them, I just want efficiency with the items I actually need to put in. A laptop (of course), my iPad and iPhone, and perhaps some business cards, a pen/pencil, etc. Obviously, we all want different things out of our laptop bags, but if you’d rather yours be svelte than accommodating, the STM Sequel is well worth a look.
The Outback Solo for Macbook Air is one of the best cases I’ve used from Waterfield Designs, especially because it strips down the case/bag experience to the bare essentials. Those bare essentials—my iPhone and Macbook—are key items in my average work day, and most times are the only things I need.
It was not without some twinges of disloyalty that I chose a 13-inch Haswell MacBook Air over the still-available non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro for my Mac system upgrade last fall. I consider the 13-inch aluminum unibody MacBook/MacBook Pro to be the best value Apple laptop for non-power users ever made (and perhaps forever
With its warm bamboo, crisp lines, and Apple-specific design, the iSkelter Slate Mobile AirDesk is a portable desk that turns any chair into a full-featured desk, and looks like Apple designed it. It lifts up your laptop to a more ergonomically correct height and keeps both your lap and computer cooler, which makes using a laptop on your lap a more pleasant experience.
The 11.6-inch MacBook Air would be a good general purpose fit for productivity-oriented mobile users who need laptop power and features, but it would have imposed a lot of compromise on my needs. On the other hand, the 128GB iPad is still too limited and imposes too many constraints on user productivity, by comparison, to be taken seriously as a comprehensive work tool.
Being a certified Mac fan, I always like to see how Apple products are doing in the market. Just the other day, we reported the iPad is still No. 1 in Customer Satisfaction in the US. Now we’ve learned that with iPad and Mac shipments combined, Apple is the biggest PC vendor, capturing 17% of the market.
A concept from Classic Mac OS pioneering days still offers some advantages in the SSD era with RamDisk for Mac from Power App.
Earlier this year, I reviewed the Outback Solo for iPad Air from WaterField Designs. That’s the link if you want to read the review, but the basic gist is that the Outback Solo is the kind of product that makes you want to take your iPad places you otherwise wouldn’t just so you have an excuse to use the bag. And now that there’s an Outback Solo for MacBook Air, you’ll be doing it with that, too.
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.