MacBook Air

  • Apple quietly upgrades Macbook Air while lowering its price

    Posted April 29, 2014 - 10:37 pm

    Earlier this week Apple launched a refreshed version of its Macbook Air lineup. And they did so quietly. With a minor hardware upgrade comes a price decrease of $100 making what's quite possibly the best laptop even better and more affordable.
  • MacBook Pro vs. MacBook Air: how I made the choice

    Posted April 15, 2014 - 11:35 am

    Lately, I've been struggling with what's clearly a first-world problem: I have too many computers.
  • Why Apple needs a $700 MacBook Air

    Posted February 21, 2014 - 4:36 pm

    High margins still doable by switching to Intel's 'Bay Trail,' argues analyst.
  • Adventures in troubleshooting: Replacing a MacBook Air's faulty SSD

    Posted February 13, 2014 - 5:27 pm

    Following iFixit's instructions made the process pretty painless: The only real worrying moments are unplugging connectors from the logic board--that's the point when one false move could land you in much hotter water than you're already in.
  • Attention MacBook Air owners: Check if you need a replacement for your drive ASAP

    Posted October 18, 2013 - 2:03 pm

    Apple has issued a recall for certain MacBook Airs' flash storage drives
  • Large screen iPhones and retina display for Macbook Air coming in 2014

    Posted October 9, 2013 - 11:47 am

    Big screen iPhones and retina displays for the Macbook Air are coming in 2014. Plus: Apple iPad event may happen on October 22. And Qualcomm backs away from its attack on Apple's 64-bit A7 processor.
  • Apple's 802.11ac Wi-Fi problems: They're for real

    Posted June 27, 2013 - 10:58 am

    The new MacBook Air, which is outfitted with an 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapter, is radically slower when it comes to transferring real-world files over a wireless connection.
  • Review

    MacBook Air review: First impressions

    Posted June 21, 2013 - 11:13 am

    Yes, the battery life really is better, but if you're a hard-core user, 12 hours isn't likely
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    Ultimate MacBook Air 2013 holds its own against the MacBook Pro

    Posted June 19, 2013 - 4:16 pm

    We put together an "ultimate" configuration of the new MacBook Air, and the performance gains are so significant that our configure-to-order (CTO) MacBook Air competes well against Apple's current $1699 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro.
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    Lab Tested: New MacBook Air offers best battery life of any Apple laptop

    Posted June 19, 2013 - 3:32 pm

    Whilewe didn't experience the 12-hour battery life cited by Apple, our tests do show that the new MacBook Air lasts considerably longer than before. And our results were the best we've seen from an Apple laptop.
  • How 802.11ac networking boosts the MacBook Air's Wi-Fi performance

    Posted June 17, 2013 - 12:49 pm

    One exciting aspect of the new MacBook Air release is the prospect of greater Wi-Fi speed and performance. That's because Apple's updated laptop sports built-in compatibility with the newest draft networking standard, 802.11ac, an upgrade of the current 802.11n. That draft standard (established by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is also built into Apple's newly released AirPort Extreme Base Station and AirPort Time Capsule hard drive. The new MacBook Airs are among a handful of laptops with internal 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapters shipping to date.
  • Why I use as few Mac apps as possible

    Posted January 12, 2013 - 8:35 am

    My 11-inch MacBook Air is the pride of my technological life, an indispensible tool: I write stories and columns on it daily; I edit photos and podcasts, track my schedule, and even do the vast majority of my TV watching on it. It's lightweight enough that I can carry it everywhere, and powerful enough that I can use it to do everything I need.
  • Buying guide: 2012 Macs

    Posted December 11, 2012 - 4:43 pm

    It’s the holiday shopping season, and if you’re reading this article, you’re thinking about buying a new Mac and in need of a little guidance. Fortunately, we’ve tested (almost) every standard-configuration Mac model currently in Apple’s lineup. We’re quite familiar with Apple’s Macs, and we’re happy to help you choose the right Mac for you.
  • Apple and the incredible vanishing CD drive

    Posted November 3, 2012 - 7:20 am

    When Apple announced new Macs last week, one thing that was notably absent from the new models presented was an optical drive. While Apple has been phasing out CD/DVD drives since the introduction of the MacBook Air in January 2008, the shift has been slow and gradual. But on Tuesday, Apple dealt a big blow to the music and movie industries.
  • Ultrathin teardown! Asus ultrabook vs MacBook Air

    Posted September 18, 2012 - 1:12 pm

    Are Windows-based Ultrabooks built to the same engineering and manufacturing standards as Apple's now-legendary MacBook Air? We removed the shells from both an ultrathin Asus Zenbook Ultrabook and an Air to find out.
  • Apple releases MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Update 1.0

    Posted July 18, 2012 - 9:19 pm

    If you're sitting in front of your brand-spankin' new MacBook Air or MacBook Pro (or standing, which seems to be the trend nowadays), you might want to take a break after reading this and run Software Update. Apple has released the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Update 1.0.
  • How to use an external microphone with a MacBook Air

    Posted July 7, 2012 - 7:04 am

    Reader and frequent Macworld contributor, Glenn Fleishman should know better than to send me a question via Twitter’s direct message, as I’m sure to blab it to the rest of the world. He messaged:
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    Ultimate MacBook Air 2012 models put to the test

    Posted June 30, 2012 - 7:47 am

    We’ve posted benchmark results and a full review of the 2012 MacBook Airs, but the work in the lab has not stopped. Apple usually offers optional upgrades that allow you to tailor a standard-configuration system to best suit your individual needs. Macworld Lab ran performance benchmarks on two MacBook Air build-to-order (BTO) models, and the results show that while both custom systems were faster than the high-end stock MacBook Airs, the upgrades to the 11-inch gives a bigger performance bang for the buck.
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    Mid-2012 MacBook Airs offer improved performance and connectivity

    Posted June 30, 2012 - 7:15 am

    Believe it or not, it's been nearly four and a half years since Apple released the original --MacBook Air. At the time, it was revolutionary in terms of its size and weight, but it also was slow, had little storage, had only a single USB port for expansion, and was very expensive--it started at $1799, and if you wanted solid-state storage, the price increased dramatically (by $999!). As Jason Snell wrote at the time, "laptop design has always been about compromise," and the original Air required some painful compromises.
  • Students: has Apple got a MacBook and iPad deal for you!

    Posted June 23, 2012 - 7:03 am

    While some students are still waiting to be released from classes, Apple has begun offering back-to-school discounts on its MacBook and iPad.
  • Retina display MacBook Pro reviews: critics are raving

    Posted June 17, 2012 - 7:03 am

    The reviews are in for Apple's MacBook Pro with Retina Display, and you can probably guess what they say.
  • Retina MacBook Pro vs. PC Laptops: who wins?

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:48 am

    Apple took a big leap ahead of competing PC makers Monday introducing a new 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display that borrows from the design concepts of the MacBook Air. The new laptop isn't cheap, but for its class it is very thin (0.71 inches) and light (4.46 pounds) thanks to losing the optical drive, FireWire port, Ethernet jack, and offering nothing but flash storage. Putting this device over the top, however, is its impressive new LED-backlit display with 2880-by-1800 resolution at 220 pixels per inch.
  • How fast are the MacBook's USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt ports?

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:15 am

    The new MacBook Pro and MacBook Air are the only laptops that support both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt ports for external devices. The performance advantage for peripherals is tremendous.
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    Hands on with the Retina MacBook Pro

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:07 am

    The new, Retina-display-bearing MacBook Pro was in our offices Monday afternoon. While we'll start lab testing it and getting our review going, I got a chance to poke and prod it for a few hours. Here are some quick initial impressions.
  • Apple's MacBook Air price cuts make it tougher on Windows ultrabook makers

    Posted June 12, 2012 - 9:27 am

    Apple did something very unusual at WWDC on Monday: It dropped the price of three of the four models in its signature MacBook Air line by $100.

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