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Latest MacBooks drop Windows 7 compatibility in Boot Camp

03/20, 5:30pm

New Pro, Air, MacBook now require Windows 8 or later; VMs still support Win7 for now

Apple's traditional zeal to push users forward extends even to its support for a rival platform, as the latest MacBook refreshes -- the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, 13-inch MacBook Air, and the forthcoming MacBook -- now require Windows 8 or later to work with Boot Camp, Apple's tool to create a dedicated Windows partition for users who need the compatibility. The company first dropped Windows 7 with the latest Mac Pro in 2013.

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Apple deals: Macs from $419

03/20, 1:34pm

Macs from $419

Right now at Apple's online store, get bargain prices on refurbished Macs -- starting as low as $419. The Mac mini with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive has been reduced by $80 to $419. Priced at $809, after a $240 discount, is the refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 256GB of flash storage.

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Apple deals: Macs for $929 or less

03/17, 1:26pm

Macs for $929 or less

Right now at Apple's online store, find a variety of refurbished Macs priced at $929 or less. They start at $809 for the refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage. Priced at $829 is the refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive and 8x double-layer SuperDrive.

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New 2015 MacBook Air, MacBook Pro appear on Amazon

03/13, 5:00pm

MBA 13-inch version features 2x faster flash storage than before

Apple's just-updated 2015 MacBook Air and 2015 MacBook Pro are now available for sale on Amazon, following availability on the Apple online store. The company lists immediate availability for the two MacBook Air models, which start at $899, while the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro is slightly more constrained, with a warning that it may take an extra one to two days to ship, and 3-5 days for delivery. Pricing for the Pro begins at $1,299.

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Teardown reveals 2x faster PCIe-based flash storage in new 13-inch MBA

03/11, 7:24pm

Shares technology with new MacBook, offers double current PCIe reads, writes

A teardown of the brand-new 2015 13-inch MacBook Air by iFixit has revealed a surprising difference between the 11-inch and 13-inch models -- the latter has also inherited the double-speed new PCIe flash storage system that is included in the new MacBook, which Apple says is up to two times faster than even the recent generation of PCIe flash storage seen in recent MacBook Air models, and in the refreshed 11-inch model. Preliminary testing has confirmed the claim.

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Apple upgrades processor in MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro

03/09, 2:13pm

Thunderbolt 2, Force Touch trackpad included in MacBook Pro update

Just as speculated in rumors and hinted at just before the online Apple Store was taken down, Apple is making upgrades to its MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro lines, alongside the new MacBook line. Both lines will be getting improvements, including Broadwell-based Intel processors, bumps to Intel HD Graphics 6000 GPUs, and other improvements, with Apple shipping the updated models starting from later today.

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Apple Store goes offline, MacBook delays hint at updates

03/09, 8:22am

Store goes down hours ahead of Apple Spring Forward event

Apple has brought down the online Apple Store, ahead of its Spring Forward event later today. Expected as part of any major Apple event, the store went down at 8am ET/12pm GMT, hours before the event is due to take place, allowing the company time to make changes to product listings and to add new items, ready for when the store becomes available again shortly after the event ends.

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Screenshots of refreshed MacBook Air stats hint at Broadwell update

03/04, 3:30pm

Improved processor, upgraded graphics appear to be sole changes in latest edition

A Chinese site has posted images not of the forthcoming refreshed MacBook Air itself, but of its specifications gleaned from the "About this Mac" dialog. The images are said to be from a soon-to-be-released low-end MacBook Air produced by Foxconn, according to Feng.com, and reveal that the 13-inch unit will sport an Intel Broadwell Core i5-5250U dual-core processor set at 1.6GHz (with turboboost when required) and an Intel HD Graphics 6000 video chipset, along with 4GB of RAM.

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Apple deals: Macs from $419

03/03, 1:27pm

Macs from $419

Today at Apple's online store, find big savings on refurbished Macs with prices as low as $419. The refurbished Mac mini with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive has been discounted by $80, to $419. A $130 discount is available on the refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, now $769.

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Apple deals: MacBook Airs from $769

02/24, 2:24pm

MacBook Airs from $769

At Apple's online store today, find big savings on refurbished MacBook Air configurations. The 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of PCIe-based flash storage has been reduced to $769, after a $130 discount. A $150 discount is offered on the refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of PCIe-based flash storage, now $849.

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MacBook Airs being cleared for approaching new model?

02/10, 8:26pm

Pricing changes, inventory reports suggest late-Feb refresh of Apple ultrabook

Thanks to a confluence of factors -- including sudden price reductions on existing inventory, reports of a lack of restocking, and the timing of Intel's latest low-power notebook chips -- the likelihood of Apple offering a refreshed version of its MacBook Air later this month now appears high. Apple's most popular model of notebook will likely see a chip upgrade to Intel's Broadwell processors, with the possibility of a new 12-inch Retina model.

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DealNN: curved monitors, MacBook Airs and more

01/30, 2:57pm

curved monitors, MacBook Airs and more

Right now at MacMall.com, take advantage of a $211 price cut on the Dell UltraSharp 34-inch WQHD curved LED monitor. It was $1,200, but has been discounted to $988. That discount makes this the best price we have seen by roughly $160. This monitor offers a resolution of 3440x1440, an aspect ratio of 21:9, an 8ms response time, and includes HDMI, MHL, Mini DisplayPort and DisplayPort connectivity options. It is backed by a three-year warranty on parts and labor from Dell.

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Apple deals: Macs from $849

01/27, 2:40pm

Macs from $849

This week at Apple's online store, find savings on Macs starting as low as $849 for a 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of PCIe-based flash storage. For $869 is the refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 256GB of flash storage.

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Alleged 12-inch MacBook Air photos appear online

01/23, 3:30am

Smaller unit still longer than 11-inch MBA; no info on alleged new port

A set of photos purporting to show the assembled display of the rumored 12-inch MacBook Air has emerged from a Chinese enthusiast site. The pictures are claimed to be a 12-inch Retina display assembly, but feature an iOS-device like metal Apple logo rather than the usual translucent plastic lighted Apple logo, potentially undermining the credibility of the images. The display is seen to be thinner than a typical MacBook Pro, albeit thicker than an iPad Air.

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Quanta ramping up production of 12-inch MacBook Air, sources say

01/13, 12:23pm

Computer on track for first-quarter rollout?

Taiwan-based supplier Quanta Computer has entered into "volume" production of Apple's alleged upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air, according to supply chain sources. The laptop is reportedly on track to ship in the first quarter of the year, despite other rumors pointing to the second quarter. The new sources say that Quanta has escalated recruitment efforts in order to speed up production.

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Apple deals: Macs from $419

01/09, 11:02am

Macs from $419

At Apple's online store this week, find refurbished Macs on sale for as low as $419. The refurbished Mac mini with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive has been discounted to $419, for a savings of $80. Priced at $769, after a $130 discount, is the refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of PCIe-based flash storage.

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Sources claim new details on 12-inch MacBook Air

01/06, 4:35pm

Apple staff referring to laptop as 'MacBook Stealth'

Sources said to be within Apple have leaked details about the company's rumored 12-inch MacBook Air. Based on prototypes, the laptop is said to be even narrower than the current 11-inch model, albeit a quarter of an inch longer in order to fit a bigger display. To shrink the computer as a whole, Apple has reportedly trimmed the bezels to a minimum not only on the display, but around the keyboard and trackpad.

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Apple deals: Refurbished MacBook Air as low as $769

12/30, 1:21pm

Refurbished MacBook Air as low as $769

This week, Apple's online store has a selection of refurbished MacBook Air models on sale for as low as $769. The refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz dual-core Intel-Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of flash storage, and a 720p FaceTime HD camera has been cut by $130, bringing the price down to $769. Priced at $869 is the refurbished 11.6-inch, 1.3GHz MacBook Air, featuring a larger 256GB flash drive, the same 4GB of RAM, and dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, as well as an LED-backlit widescreen display with 1366x768 native resolution.

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Chinese laptop that shamelessly clones MacBook Air revealed [u]

12/30, 12:40am

Company continues its Apple-copying ways with latest facsimile

[Update: the clone is actually from a company called KakaTech, not Xiaomi] If you've ever wondered why some Chinese computer and mobile device firms such as Xiaomi -- now attacking Samsung successfully in its home market of China -- haven't yet entered any major first-world markets like the US, it's because such companies have a distinct tendency to model their offerings as direct copies of popular Apple products, to a level that puts even Samsung's "shameless" copying to shame. A new notebook from KakaTech, another Chinese firm, is a perfect example: it's a complete design clone of Apple's MacBook Air

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Apple deals: Save up to 22 percent on select iMacs and MacBooks

12/26, 1:05pm

Save up to 22% on select iMacs and MacBooks

Right now at Apple's online store, save up to 22 percent on select iMac and Macbook computers, including the refurbished 3.2GHz, 27-inch iMac that's dropped an impressive $450 in price, and is available for only $1,549. Features range from 8GB of RAM to a Nvidia GeForce GTX 675MX graphics card with 1GB of memory, and include a 1TB hard drive, as well as a quad-core Intel Core i5 processor. Priced significantly lower, at only $1,199, is the refurbished 21.5-inch, 2.9GHz iMac, which offers savings of up to $300, and comes complete with the same 8GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive, and quad-core Intel Core i5 processor as the 27-inch model.

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Apple deals: Macs for $999 or less

12/23, 2:45pm

Macs for $999 or less

Currently at Apple's online store, find a variety of refurbished Mac models starting as low as $769. The refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of PCIe-flash based storage is on sale right now for $769, after a $130 discount. A $170 discount drops the cost on the refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive down to $929.

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Rumor: 12-inch MacBook Air entering production early next year

12/22, 1:23pm

Laptop could be available in limited numbers

Production of Apple's rumored 12-inch MacBook Air -- along with the Apple Watch -- should enter mass production in the first quarter of 2015, supply chain sources tell Digitimes. Suppliers are allegedly beginning to accelerate work on related components. The new Air is expected to have an Intel Broadwell processor, and an even thinner and lighter design. The new report contradicts previous reports on the alleged consolidated new model.

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Apple debuts new Christmas TV ad, 'The Song'

12/15, 9:40am

Pushes iPads, MacBooks, Apple ecosystem

Apple has launched a new Christmas-themed TV ad, "The Song" (below). Much like last year's "Misunderstood," the spot focuses on lifestyle branding rather than directly promoting Apple products. Its story has a girl discovering a record given from her grandmother to her grandfather in 1952, featuring the grandmother singing "Love is Here to Stay." The girl then uses a MacBook to help her learn and record a duet over the old recording; she leaves an iPad mini with a note attached for her grandmother to find.

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Apple Deals: refurbished Macs from $769, iPads from $309

11/28, 9:00am

refurbished Macs from $769 and iPads from $309

Today at Apple's online store, save on refurbished Macs as low as $769 and iPads from $309. The refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of solid state storage is available for $769 after a $130 discount. Priced at $309, after a $70 discount, is the refurbished iPad mini with Wi-Fi + Cellular for AT&T and 16GB of storage.

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Forums: MacBook Pro vs. MacBook Air

11/25, 3:40pm

MacBook Pro vs. MacBook Air

Today in the MacNN forums, Dedicated MacNNer "ClaraT" reported that her six-year-old MacBook is starting to have intermittent graphics issues where her screen will go black, and is now contemplating getting a new system; however, she is looking for advice on what to buy -- a MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air. Yesterday, Senior User "mkerr64" was considering upgrading the graphics card in his Mac Pro, and is wondering if the PSU has will be powerful enough.

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Apple deals: bargain priced Macs from $769

11/21, 2:10pm

bargain priced Macs from $769

At Apple's online store today, find low prices on a selection of refurbished Mac models. The refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of PCIe-based flash storage is now $769, after a $130 discount. Priced at $849, after a $150 discount, is the refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage.

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DealNN: MacBook Air, Apple TV, AirPort Extreme

11/18, 3:51pm

MacBook Air, Apple TV, AirPort Extreme

Today's deal of the day from MacMall.com is on the 13.3-inch MacBook Air, which has been reduced from $999 down to $899. That $100 discount makes this the lowest price we have seen on this configuration by about $50. This MacBook Air features a 1.4GHz Intel (Haswell) dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage. It is backed by Apple's one-year limited warranty on parts and labor.

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Apple deals: Macs as low as $769

11/11, 6:06pm

Macs as low as $769

This week at Apple's online store find low prices on refurbished Mac models starting as low as $769. The refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of PCIe-based flash storage has been dropped by $130 to $769. Priced at $799, after a $150 discount, is the refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage.

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Best Buy to offer gift cards with iPad Air, MacBook Air on November 8

10/30, 12:49pm

Deal in-store only

As a part of a November 8 promotional event, the US branch of Best Buy will be giving away gift cards with purchases of an iPad Air or MacBook Air. Buyers of a first- or second-generation iPad Air will get a $50 card; the card value jumps to $100 when buying a MacBook. Shoppers must go to "select" retail outlets to qualify.

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Forums: All iOS apps must support 64-bit code??

10/21, 12:24pm

All iOS apps must support 64-bit code??

One headline on MacNN this week has caused a bit of a stir in the forums, when Mac Elite "WizOSX" pointed out that Apple has announced that all iOS apps must support 64-bit code by February. One Fresh-Faced Recruit is having trouble playing video with their Windows notebook computer, and is wondering if the MacBook Air would be able to handle it better.

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Analyst claims delays will limit second-gen iPad Air numbers

10/15, 10:51am

Calls for 27-inch Retina iMac, modest Mini update at press event

Apple will announce a second-generation iPad Air at tomorrow's press event, but 2014 shipments of the tablet will be hampered by production delays, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. "Of the new products, we think the market will be more interested in iPad Air 2. However, as the poor yield rate of anti-reflective coating cover lens has delayed mass production, we estimate 2014 shipments of iPad Air 2 to 7M to 9M units, lower than the 12M units of the then-new iPad Air shipments in 2013," he writes. "We thus expect iPad Air 2 to contribute less to the supply chain than iPad Air did last year. We also don't expect the event to boost supply chain shares much."

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No Retina MacBook Air at Apple's Thursday press event, sources say

10/13, 1:27pm

Laptop may still be in development

Although Apple may be working on a MacBook Air with a Retina display, it won't be shown off at this Thursday's press event, sources say. Instead, Apple is forecast to concentrate on new iPads, OS X Yosemite, and a Retina iMac. The updated Air has typically been seen has having a 12-inch display and an even thinner chassis; rumors have suggested that the difficulty of producing the computer means that production could only begin ramping up in November.

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DealNN: MacBook Air, Mac Pro and iPod touch

10/10, 3:10pm

MacBook Air, Mac Pro and iPod touch

Amazon has slashed the price on the previous generation 13.3-inch MacBook Air from $1,099 down to $908 with $7 for shipping, for a savings of $191 off the list price. Even with the shipping charge, that is about $130 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. This MBA configuration features a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage. A one-year warranty on parts and labor is included from Apple.

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Rumor claims 12-inch MacBook Air already in limited production

10/08, 11:38am

Full-scale assembly only ramping up in November

Quanta Computer has already started on small-scale production of a 12-inch MacBook Air model, supply chain sources claim. Yield rates are currently said to be unsatisfactory, and production is only expected to ramp up in November. The sources even suggest that the laptop might not ship in time for Christmas. Typically, however, Apple will do all it can to ship a product before Christmas -- the Apple Watch being a notable exception.

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Apple deals: Macs from $769

10/07, 6:59pm

Macs from $769

Right now at Apple's online store, there is a wide range of refurbished Macs at low prices. The 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of solid state storage is available for only $769, after a $130 price break. A $150 discount drops the price on the refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage down to $849.

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Macs top over one quarter of US share during back-to-school PC sales

09/24, 11:01am

Chromebook, Mac gains come at expense of still-dominant Windows

During the span between July 4 and Labor Day -- the peak of the back-to-school shopping season -- Macs accounted for 26.8 percent of all US computer sales, according to NPD tracking data. That amount is a 14 percent increase year-over-year, and contrasts with a three percent dip for Windows PCs. Windows remains the leading computer platform, however, with 68.4 percent of the market.

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DealNN: MacBook Air, HP printer and more

09/23, 12:26pm

MacBook Air, HP printer and more

Amazon has slashed the price on the 11.6-inch MacBook Air from $999 down to $805. That 19 percent discount dropped the price by $194, and also made this the lowest price we have seen on this Mac model by roughly $15. However, at B&H.com they are offering this same Air for $820, and it includes a full copy of Photoshop Lightroom 5 and $50 off Timbuk2 Commute messenger bag. This MBA features a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage.

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Rumor has 12-inch MacBook Air dropping most ports, getting USB Type C

09/22, 1:13pm

May drop MagSafe for new charging method

Apple's alleged future thinner, 12-inch MacBook Air will forego many of the ports seen on current MacBooks, a new rumor says. The claim comes from the same site that suggested the computer will come in gold, silver, and space gray colors, like the iPhone 6. The new report further indicates that Apple is planning to adopt the reversible USB Type C standard, and might include an adapter with the laptop for the sake of backwards compatibility.

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Next Apple press event targeted for mid- to late October, source says

09/17, 10:27am

Should include new iPads, OS X Yosemite

(Updated with October 21 date and counterclaim) Apple's next press event should take place in mid- to late October, a source tells AppleInsider. The company has reportedly set internal project and marketing deadlines for mid-October, ahead of a planned announcement. Previous rumors have called for an October event, but without specifying more precise timing.

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DealNN: MBP for $1,599, MBA for $869 and more

09/12, 3:35pm

MBP for $1,699, MBA for $869 and more

Amazon currently has the previous-generation 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display on sale for $1,599 with free US shipping. That's a savings of $400 off the list price of $1,999, and $100 less than the lowest price found anywhere else. This MBP features a 2.0GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage and Intel Iris Pro graphics. Included is a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.

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Rumors talk 5K Apple monitor, multiple colors for 12-inch MacBook Air

09/12, 10:01am

4K monitor resolution more likely

Apple may be prepared to launch a 5120x2880 monitor later this year, says an LCD market research firm, WitsView. That would however be beyond the limits of the DisplayPort 1.2 standard used in Thunderbolt 2; when limited to a single cable, even a Mac Pro can only support a 4K display at specific refresh rates. A more likely resolution would therefore be 4096x2160, DisplayPort's current maximum. At the same time, Dell has announced a 5K display, and whatever technology that uses could presumably be adopted by Apple.

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Apple deals: MacBook Air as low as $779

08/29, 2:19pm

MacBook Air as low as $779

This week at Apple's online store, find discounts on refurbished MacBook Air models with prices starting as low as $779. The refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.8GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has been reduced by $420 to $779. A $180 discount is available on the refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage, now $869.

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Thinner MacBook Air's release window is nebulous, sources say

08/27, 10:12am

Release could wait for 2015

Despite earlier reports, the release window for a thinner MacBook Air -- possibly with a 12-inch screen -- is now ambiguous, according to Digitimes. Taiwanese supply chain sources say that the machine will ship "possibly at the end of 2014 or in 2015," although component production has allegedly started "in small volumes." That could mean that even if the product doesn't arrive this year, it will ship in the first quarter of 2015.

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DealNN: MacBook Air, iMac, HDTVs and more

08/22, 2:34pm

MacBook Air, iMac, HDTVs and more

BestBuy.com this week is offering a $150 discount on the current-generation 13.3-inch MacBook Air, dropping the price from $999 down to $849. That discount makes this the lowest price we have seen on this Mac model by about $50. This MacBook Air features a 1.4GHz Intel core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB solid state drive. It is backed by a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.

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Apple deals: Macs for $1,019 or less

08/19, 1:59pm

Macs for $1,019 or less

Right now at Apple's online store, find bargain prices on refurbished Macs with many priced at $1,019 or less. The refurbished 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro with a 2.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has been reduced to $1,019, for a savings of $180. A $170 discount drops the price on the refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage down to $979.

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Apple deals: five MacBook Air models for $979 or less

08/05, 3:50pm

5 MacBook Air models for $979 or less

Right now, Apple's online store is offering refurbished MacBook Air models at low prices, with five configurations landing at sub-$1,000 price points. The refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has been reduced by $130 down to $719. A refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air, originally released in June 2012, with a 1.8GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has been cut by $420 to $779.

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Apple deals: refurbished Macs from $719

08/01, 4:56pm

refurbished Macs from $719

This week at Apple's online store, save big on refurbished Mac models starting as low as $719. The 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has been cut by $130 to $719. A $150 discount is offered on the refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage.

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Apple re-issues MacBook Air EFI firmware update

07/30, 5:37pm

Previous update caused system crashes, unstable or unbootable machines

Apple released a new update for MacBook Air EFI firmware today, updating to version 2.9.1 for "Mid-2011" models of the notebook. The company states that the update fixes a few issues for owners facing problems with waking from sleep and fans running at full speed in a specific instance. The update replaces a previous version that caused a number of additional problems for owners.

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Apple deals: budget priced Macs from $719

07/25, 3:45pm

budget priced Macs from $719

Today Apple's online store has a variety of refurbished Mac models on sale, starting as low as $719. The refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has been reduced by $130 to $719. A $150 discount drops the price on the refurbished Mac mini with a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, OS X Server, 4GB of RAM and dual 1TB hard drives down to $849.

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Mid-2011 MacBook Air EFI update causing crashes, other issues

07/23, 2:22am

Can sometimes fail to install, leaving computer unusable

A firmware update, issued on Monday for "Mid-2011" MacBook Air models running OS X 10.9.2 and later, apparently has a bug in either the code or the downloaded file, which is causing reports of system crashes and occasionally a failure to install properly, leaving MBA owners unable to boot the machine. The purpose of the firmware update was to correct two "wake from sleep" issues that affected only "mid-2011" MBAs running 10.9.2 or later. Some users have found that an SMC reset can restore the units to functional status.

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