While rumors of a 12-inch MacBook Air have been merrily percolating these last few months, the most interesting aspect of Apple's upcoming redesign turns out not to be the size after all. It's the apparent abandonment of ports.
While watching sports, have you ever stopped (midway through a bowl of Cheetos) to wonder, "How far are those guys actually running?" It's a common question, one that's historically been subject mostly to guesswork, Thanks to some recent technological developments, though, we can now actually apply some data to it.
Lugging around an external drive that weighs more than your MBA kind of defeats the purpose of buying a lightweight laptop. Luckily, Western Digital's latest My Passport drives can hold a terabyte of data but tip the scales at less than a pound.
The brand new MacBook Airs are pretty flipping sweet, we all know that. But what we didn't know was that the Thunderbolt in the MacBook Air was gimped—it's smaller and less powerful than its big brother Macs.
Holy crud. While it's just a benchmark test and those don't accurately reflect yadda yadda yadda YOU GUYS. The 1.7GHz Core i5 13-inch MBA just blew the door off of last year's 2.67GHz Core i7 17-inch MacBook Pro on GeekBench. And did more than twice as well as last year's tricked 13-inch Air. That is bonkers.
Samsung's Series 9 laptop is the first real dart thrown at the MacBook Air; it's lighter, it's thinner, it's faster, and it looks gorgeous. Looks like Samsung's not going to match Apple on price, though. The 13-inch Series 9 starts at $1,650, fifty bucks more than the most expensive Air and a full $350 more than…
The 11-inch MacBook Air is marvelously twee—most people will quite literally marvel at it. It's stupid thin. And if it were any lighter, it would feel more like a trick than a tiny wonder of engineering and design.
The new 13-inch MacBook Air is Apple's katana blade: thin, durable, powerful, sleek. But does it have enough mettle to be your weapon of choice? Abandoning the metaphor: can you ditch your MacBook Pro?
We're taking our time with the new MacBook Airs, trying to find out if you can really count on these wonder wedges to serve as your main machine. But some early benchmarks are already out, and here's how they look:
It's been two years since the last MacBook Air refresh, but Apple's made up for lost time: the redesigned MacBook Air comes in 13.3 and 11.6-inch flavors with complete unibody construction. And a storage secret.
It looks like that custom MacBook Air processor—you know, the Core 2 Duo processor that Intel shrunk to tiny levels without miniaturizing their 65nm manufacturing process—may soon be making its way into PCs. According to PC Advisor, two non-Apple manufacturers (including Intel itself?) will be implementing the new…
The Macbook Air sure is a fine piece of Cupertino craftsmanship, but the lack of useful input ports is a complete downer on the slinky sexy soiree. Fret not, Flickr user Nybras.Rodrigo has conjured up a fantastic solution. He's confident in his solution, and so are we. Check it out above. There are all the ports…
Click to viewAh, shit. The Air technically belongs to Apple, so we're not supposed to open it up. For the time being, we're pulling the photos, but nothing is gonna stop us from running em later. We'll repost when we get our own units. UPDATE: Now that Macbooks are shipping, we've posted the second set of innards.…