The 2015 13-inch MacBook Air is normally $999, but Best Buy is now offering it for just $800. This is according to PC World. The article says, “This particular Air comes with a 13.3-inch display with 1440×900 resolution, a 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel “Broadwell” Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, 128GB onboard storage, SDXC card reader, and a Thunderbolt 2 port. There’s also a MagSafe adapter, two USB 3 ports, and a headphone jack.”
Are you looking for a laptop cover for your MacBook Air? TwelveSouth has a laptop cover called BookBook. It looks like an old book. I mean a really old book. It’s made of genuine leather. It has a hardback case with a strong spine, with reinforced corners for impact protection, extra padding, and your laptop is kept secured by a zipper. Did I say it looks like a regular book? I guess it’s worth repeating. It’s a good disguise. It looks like you’re carrying a book instead of a laptop. The only gripe I have is, it’s a bit pricey for a laptop cover. It looks like a really nice, elegant antique book. That’s the draw. If you really want it, just be prepared to dish out $80 bucks for this item.
I have a Late 2010 MacBook Air. After 2.5 years, it’s still going strong. Recently, I started looking into the latest, 2013 Macbook Air. From the external perspective, it looks exactly the same. It’s the same dimension, same weight, and the same sleek design. What’s change is what’s in the inside.
The new 2013 MacBook Air has a newer OS, faster CPU, faster SSD, more memory, faster Wi-Fi with the integrated 802.11ac adapter, faster USB with USB 3.0, long-lasting battery up to 14 hours, a backlit keyboard, and dual integrated mics. Sounds like a winner to me.
The only big issue I’ve heard with the newer MacBook Airs is the Wi-Fi issues with the new 802.11ac adapters. That’s a major one. I predict that this would be rectified eventually with future software updates. Maybe, it’s worth waiting a bit longer until Apple fixes the problem.
Apple is just about to release a newer version of the MacBook Air (sometime in July). This is the third release of the MBA. As most remember, the last MacBook Air release was back in November 2010. I bought one shortly after the release. So, what’s new with the new MacBook Air 2011 edition. Here’s the list of features:
- MacOS X Lion
- Thunderbolt data port
- Intel Core i5 and i7 processors
- New GPUs (most likely)
- iCloud (no more MobileMe)
- Better integration with iOS (iPhones and iPad)
Essentially, it’s a hardware refresh. Same design.
According to Ars Technica, Apple is now shipping MacBook Airs with SSDs that are made by Samsung instead of the original SSDs supplied by Toshiba. The switch seems to increase writing and reading performance speeds, on the 2010 MacBook Airs by 20-25 percent, according to tests performed by AnandTech.
I happen to have the MacBook Air, purchased around early December 2010. I wanted to know if I have the original Toshiba SSD or the new Samsung SSD. Before I digging in, I had a feeling that I had the older SSD. I have been very happy with my MacBook Air since I purchased it. But, knowing if I had the faster SSD would be nice.
Go to the System Profiler by accessing the Apple menu and then clicking About this Mac. Go to the section called Serial-ATA, you will see the Model number of your SSD device. Mine says: APPLE SSD TS128C. That means I have the older Toshiba.
It would have been nice to have the faster Samsung SSD, but I have been very happy with my new MacBook Air’s performance. No complaints here. So the question is, how do I get the new SSDs? Is it even possible to swap devices?