Posts with tag macbook air
But will it work?
As was evident during the Surface Pro 3 launch event, Microsoft really wants you to ditch your Macbook Air for a Surface Pro 3. A new promotion has popped up for Air owners: If you want a Surface Pro 3, Microsoft will give you up to $650 towards the purchase of a Surface Pro 3.
As you’d expect, the trade-in is only good if your Air is in decent working condition with no water damage or a cracked screen. There’s no mention as to which models are eligible for the promotion so it may be that old, first-generation Air from 2007 is just as eligible as a mid-2013 Air – just don’t expect to get a lot for it.
Now the question is, is this just an early promotion or are they already despairing?
Plus better battery life
While Apple is rumored to be saving some big hardware surprises for WWDC in June, Apple has just released one of its first hardware revisions of 2014; a new lineup of upgraded MacBook Air models. Featuring faster, more power-efficient Haswell ultra-low voltage processors and better battery life, the new MacBook Airs are also significantly cheaper: the basic 11″ model, which now features a 1.4GHz Intel Core i5 processor, now starts at $899. The new 13″ modle, which starts with the same processor, now starts at $999 – each $100 chapter than the less powerful models that came before them.
Apple is rumored to be significantly upgrading their lineup of Mac notebooks later this year, with a new 12-inch MacBook with a Retina Display, MacBook Air-like thin unibody design, and premium specifications is rumored to be coming at some point later this year, likely this fall. Apple is also rumored to be upgrading their lineup of Retina MacBook Pro notebooks, however that’s likely to be more of a spec upgrade akin to these new MacBook Air models at WWDC.
Uses Haswell chips
As expected, Apple has updated their line of MacBook Air notebooks alongside a new version of OS X today at WWDC. The new MacBook Airs appear the same on the outside, but include new Intel Haswell CPUs on the inside.
On top of all the performance improvements that comes along with Haswell, Apple has also updated the battery in the new MacBook Airs. Apple is boasting that the new MacBook Airs offer “all day battery life” – the 11″ model gets 9 hours of battery life, while the 13″ gets a whopping 12 hours of battery life. All new MacBook Airs are shipping now.
Let's separate the haves from the have nots
WWDC 2013 is Apple’s first major opportunity to build up the real excitement and fervor in the Apple community that has been missing for months now, and as such, expectations are at an all time high. Will Apple release a new iPhone? (No, probably not.) Will we see a totally redesigned iOS 7? Is Apple finally ready to launch that long awaited Apple television set?
As today is our final day of posting prior to Monday’s event, we decided the time was right to bring back our “What to realistically expect…” series of posts which we use to temper expectations concerning upcoming Apple events. (We also currently hold a 100% accuracy rate, for people concerned about that sort of thing.)
Click after the break to get to the juicy stuff – our reasonable expectations.
Get more bang for less buck
Apple’s line of notebook computers are quite obviously in a state of transition, with the MacBook Pro line being split in two – the traditional unibody design that we’ve all used and abused since 2008, and their newer line of Retina MacBook Pros. The one dividing factor between the two (beyond the screen, of course) was the relatively high entry price of the Retina MacBook Pro line – but things got a little better today as Apple has moved to both update the processor as well as lower the price of their Retina Pros.
The move affects both the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro as well as the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro. The new lineup is as follows:
- 13″ Retina MacBook Pro w/ 128GB SSD – $1499 (down from $1699)
- 13″ Retina MacBook Pro w/ 256GB SSD – $1699 (down from $1999)
- 15″ Retina MacBook Pro w/ 2.4 GHz Core i7 (up from 2.0 GHz Core i7) + 256GB SSD – $2199
- 15″ Retina MacBook Pro w/ 2.7 GHz Core i7 (up from 2.6 GHz Core i7) + 512GB SSD + 16GB RAM (up from 8GB) – $2799
Apple has also lowered the price of their 13″ MacBook Air (256GB SSD) from $1499 to $1399.
These updates are likely interim updates as Intel prepares for the launch of their next generation Core i7 chips, codenamed Haswell. Haswell is currently expected to launch late Spring/early Summer.
Apple on Tuesday won on a patent (D661,296) that could be, if they ever decided to use it, huge against other laptop manufacturers – particularly those designing those new, slim ultra-books. Apple has won a patent for the MacBook Air’s famous “wedge” design. In such a design, the base of the laptop (farthest from the trackpad) is significantly larger than the end of the laptop (closest to the trackpad), with the case growing slimmer along the way.
Many laptop manufacturers have taken to this sort of design style, including HP’s new Spectre XT ultrabook, which was already under fire all too recently for it’s very apparent similarities to both the MacBook Air as well as the MacBook Pro. This patent could spell further trouble for manufacturers such as HP down the line.
This is a surprisingly broad patent from the US Patent Office, and it’ll be interesting to see how and if Apple leverages this in the future.
Via: The Verge