A new version of the MacBook Air is coming tomorrow, according to various sources. The newest of Apple’s thin laptop has been making its way to stores, but won’t be on sale until tomorrow. The newest version is said to house a new processor, which could push the battery life of the Air over the top.
Apple rumors are always making the rounds and a new one has turned up today. This new rumor claims that Apple is set to release updated MacBook Air notebooks next week. This rumor goes along with rumors that surfaced earlier this month suggesting a big change was coming to the MacBook Air line.
Earlier this morning we talked a bit about some rumors having to do with new iPad tablets that would be landing this year sourced from an analyst with KGI Securities named Ming Chi Kuo. The research notes that the analyst put together from details gleaned from sources also talks a bit about Apple's plans for future MacBook and iMac computers.
Over the weekend, tips surfaced claiming a 12-inch fanless MacBook Air is in the works, of which it would be thinner and smaller than the currently available options. Following this, word has surfaced through DigiTimes that Apple plans to release a Retina version of the MacBook Air this year.
Apple is reportedly planning a new, 12-inch MacBook Air which would be even slimmer and more portable than the existing model, doing away with the fan among other things. In addition to being fanless, the new ultraportable is also said to do away with the mechanical click button trackpad familiar from existing MacBooks, instead using touch-to-tap.
Apple has issued a recall for some MacBook Air notebooks, warning owners that the flash storage used in the ultraportables could fail and result in a loss of data. The "MacBook Air Flash Storage Drive Replacement Program" affects select 64GB and 128GB configurations of the notebook sold between June 2012 and June 2013, and will see Apple replace free of charge the potentially risky drives.
It's a frankenstein monster of efforts, this computing rig appearing this afternoon, one that connects a MacBook Air to graphics it has no business running on its own - but certainly has the ability to roll with, it would seem. This amalgamation of bits and pieces starts with a Thunderbolt to Express Card adapter, moving on then to an ExpressCard to PCI-Express adapter, then connecting in the end to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 graphics card. This beast then - after all that - brings what very much appears to be a high-end gaming experience to the Apple notebook.
Those of you waiting for the next-generation MacBook Pro line will do well to keep eyes tuned to the benchmark world this week where two new models have appeared with GeekBench, a 15-inch reboot popping up today. This set of new devices do not yet have one whole heck of a lot of details attached to them as such, but what we can see is telling. Both devices, for instance, work with a custom build of Apple's newest desktop operating system OS X Mavericks.
The Apple Thunderbolt Display is long overdue a makeover. Revealed in July 2011, the 27-inch monitor has watched generations of MacBook come and go - and, until this year at least, the Mac Pro stagnate with no compatibility whatsoever - and, despite the iMac aesthetic it originally echoed being significantly upgraded last October, still languishes with its original design. Sometimes, with Apple, you have to be patient. The company has, for the most part, a yearly refresh cycle, but the Thunderbolt Display is (in tech terms) old. Still, that arguably just gives Apple the chance to do something particularly special with the new Thunderbolt Display - so here's my wish list.
Apple could further slim its MacBook Air and Pro range by combining ports, a new patent application suggests, developing hybrid USB and SD card reader ports that save notebook space without sacrificing connectivity. The newly published patent, simply titled "combined input port", describes a single connector that, thanks to offset pins inside, could work with both a regular USB plug or the contacts on a memory card, depending on which the user required at the time. However, the same arrangement could also be used for combining any other mixture of ports, such as Thunderbolt, Apple points out.
Apple's value-proposition for the 2013 MacBook Air is simple: the same sleek ultraportable notebook as before, but lasting much longer. A switch to Intel's latest Haswell processor architecture and a slightly larger battery takes runtime up to twelve hours versus the seven hour estimate of its predecessor, while a new type of flash storage promises even quicker boot times, resume, and file access. Is this the MacBook to own? Read on for our full review.