Apple's MacBook Air, until a couple of weeks ago, was an underpowered notebook that had been bypassed by almost the entire PC market. The thin profile, that made it special a decade ago when it was released is now common and the specs were not even last generation. Yet, many people held onto those computers for years because they proved reliable and portable. The 2018 model takes what users loved about the old model and give it a thoroughly modern twist.
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For the first time in recent memory, Apple has held an event full of surprises. Sure, we all expected the iPad Pro to receive an update, and there were rumours of new Macs coming, but no specifics leaked. No supply chain photographs, no product names popping up in iOS firmware. The famously secretive company managed to keep its secrets.
At Apple’s big October event today, the Mac-maker announced revamped versions of three products, two of which haven’t received this kind of treatment in a long time. Apple has only made the slightest upgrades to the Macbook Air since it was last redesigned in 2013, and there hasn’t been a new Mac Mini since 2014. There’s also a new and interesting update to the iPad Pro, if you’re looking for a device that straddles the line between laptop and tablet.
Everyone knows that the iPhone is the crown jewel in Apple’s lineup of products, but its second wave of announcements was nothing to sneeze at, either. Here’s the rundown.
Apple just announced a suite of new computers — new iPad Pros, Mac Minis, and a new Macbook Air. (We’re very excited about that last one). All of these shiny chrome devices are coming soon, hitting stores next Wednesday, November 7. Conventional wisdom dictates waiting for reviews before picking up new gear, but maybe you’ve been waiting to pick up your next tablet or laptop and want to pre-order it now.
Apple dropped some pretty big news today: It's no longer selling the 2015 MacBook Pro, which was arguably the last model that had a decent keyboard. Oh, and Apple also updated its top-shelf MacBook Pros, which will now set you back $10,339 for the most expensive iteration — a 15-inch MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar, 4TB of solid-state storage, 32GB of memory and a six-core, 2.9GHz Intel Core i9 CPU.
A few weeks ago, I purchased an old 11-inch MacBook Air. While it's handy to have a small and light computer to carry around when I travel, I ahem to admit I have a soft spot for good tech that gets superseded or dumped. And while that MacBook passes the "good enough" test for most jobs, I have found the battery life to be less than I need. So, I embarked on the process of replacing the MacBook Air's battery.
There are times when you need a piece of tech but the prices of new gear make it prohibitive. That was the situation I faced recently. I needed a portable computer to use while travelling. For quite some time I'd made do with a tablet but there are a few things I need to do that, while possible on a tablet, were costing me a lot of time. So, I started looking around at used and refurbished gear and picked up a used 11-inch MacBook Air for $400. So, how does this almost seven year old portable cope with today's world?
The MacBook Air hasn't gotten much love from Apple over the past few years, but that could finally change this autumn. A new report from popular Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumors) claims we could get a cheaper MacBook Air in the next few months, and, until that happens, you should probably hold off on buying any new Apple laptop.
I have a small obsession with technology. OK, maybe not a small one. I love trying out the latest gadgets and tech on my eternal quest to find the gear that makes me most productive and makes work fun. I've owned more computers than I can recall from almost every major manufacturer. Of all the laptops I've owned, only one has ticked most of the boxes of acceptable compromises when it comes to form and function - the 11-inch MacBook Air. And that's why I hit the used Mac sites last week.
The 2014 refresh of the 13.3-inch MacBook Air is hardly worth writing home about, which makes picking up a 2013 model all the more attractive, if you can hunt down a good price. I'd say $849, including delivery, is an excellent deal, though you only have today to take advantage of it.