The MacBook Air is an icon: A wedge-shaped computer fashioned from a block of aluminium into a device so thin it can fit in a paper envelope. But other laptop makers have riffed on Apple’s idea in the last ten years. Instead of aluminium (or in the case of the new Air: recycled aluminium), some companies are using materials like magnesium, carbon fibre, and even leather. Apple’s iconic design is now old, and Apple’s commitment to it makes the new MacBook Air a fine laptop that millions of people will buy. But maybe they shouldn’t.
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You are in the market for a laptop. You are aware that Windows and Chrome OS laptops are cheaper and are now just as well crafted and designed as Apple ones. You do not care. You want an Apple laptop. As an avowed user of the platform for 20-plus years, I support this decision to spend more money than you should to use a wonderful OS on some nicely designed hardware. But the question is which laptop do you buy?
There’s this weird sort of fervor that surrounds the MacBook Air that I’ve never fully understood. Sure, when Steve Jobs pulled the first one out of a manila envelope in 2008, it was cool as hell. But in the 10 years since then, Apple’s once industry-leading laptop was neglected and abandoned to the point that it became a running joke.
Apple has finally updated the MacBook Air. Sort of. Because Apple doesn’t just kill old products, you can still buy it for $1,499. But you should not buy it. Ever. If someone you love comes home with its box in their hands please slap it out of their hands. And if they come home with a brand new MacBook you might want to slap it out of there hands too, because with the many updates to the MacBook Air the MacBook is looking like a real bad buy.
Apple’s second launch event this spring brought with it few surprises, with no talk of that long-awaited Mac Pro revamp, nor an overdue update on whatever the hell is happening with AirPower.
But many of the rumours did pan out today as Apple breathed new life into its outdated Mac Mini and brought Face ID to the iPad Pro. For all you skimmers out there, here’s a rundown of all the stuff Apple announced.
Without fail when someone tells me they are going to buy a MacBook Air, I will cringe and reach for them — begging them not to make such a poor decision. The MacBook Air is a decrepit dinosaur — a relic of another time — and when Apple announces a new wave of devices Tuesday in Brooklyn, it will hopefully, finally, kill the Air. Or at least refresh the damn thing.
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?
When Apple launched the MacBook Air at the end of January 2008, it was an overpriced marvel of design and tech. The laptop, a silvery sliver of machined aluminium, was 1.9cm at its thickest and weighed 1.36kg. In an impractical but effective on-stage demonstration, Steve Jobs unveiled the the $2499 computer by removing it from a Manila interoffice envelope to demonstrate just how svelte it really was. "What is the MacBook Air?" he asked while pacing the stage. "In a sentence, it's the world's thinnest notebook."
On Tuesday, Apple's annual developer conference, WWDC, kicks off, and that means we will soon learn more about the company's newest and most exciting products. This year, the event runs from June 5 to June 9 (June 6 to June 10 in Australia) and is expected to serve as the launching point for major updates to iOS and macOS, as well as some new hardware.
The MacBook Air was Apple's everyman computer, but as it slowly sunsets that notebook, we're looking to Apple for a new vision of the do-everything laptop. The MacBook Air was the computer that businesses issued to their employees, the notebook college students bought, and the laptop you saw littered across coffee shops throughout America. The MacBook, because of its price-to-performance ratio, hasn't quite hit that sweet spot. But the new MacBook Pro without Touch Bar could. This is your MacBook Air replacement, and it's going to cost you.
If you own a MacBook, you're likely well aware of how scrolling and right-clicking work on the trackpad, but you may not know how to invoke Quick Look, Notification Center, or Exposè. Whether you're new to macOS or you just never bothered to learn them, these gestures can make your life a little simpler.
The MacBook Air is likely dead. Despite being Apple's most popular current computer device, and used by programmers, bloggers and coffee shop patrons everywhere, the MacBook Air appears to have been put to pasture. It's never going to get a super high resolution Retina display or a super thin bezel. Instead according to Tim Cook, MacBook Air fans should go with the tiny MacBook Apple announced last year.
Hot on the heels of the Microsoft Surface Studio all-in-one, Apple has brand new MacBooks to introduce to the world in the bleary-eyed early hours of tomorrow morning. We've already had a pretty good look at what they might look like and what they might do, but as is Apple tradition, we're also excited for that one more thing.
The last major update to the MacBook Pro was in 2012. Sure, it's had incremental upgrades like a higher-res Retina display and the Force Touch haptic trackpad since then, but we've been waiting a long time for something new. (We've been waiting even longer for a new MacBook Air.) It seems all but certain, though, that Apple will hold an event on October 28th Australian time to introduce the world to a new, high-tech MacBook Pro -- possibly with a set of function keys that are also full-colour touchscreens.