Macbook Air

The new MacBook Air is cheaper and faster, but is it worth buying?

Now faster and cheaper, the MacBook Air is Apple's best laptop value. But is it right for you?

On Tuesday Apple quietly released a new version of the MacBook Air with an upgraded processor and a lower price. Is the refreshed MacBook Air worth getting? Let's take a look.

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Apple updates MacBook Air line with faster CPUs, lower prices

As rumored in the past day, Apple has updated the MacBook Air with new Intel Haswell processors while slashing the price by $100. The base 11- and 13-inch Air models now sport 1.4GHz Core i5 chips, up from 1.3GHz on the previous model. The 11-incher starts at $899, while the 13-inch is $999, and the price drop also affects the 256GB models, which now sell for $1,099 and $1,199.

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Apple tipped to update MacBook Air tomorrow with fresh new Haswell processors

It's been a while since we've seen a substantial refresh of the MacBook Air, and while there's one pegged to land tomorrow, it won't be a substantial one either. Instead we're looking at a slight update, with Apple swapping out the last-generation Intel Haswell processors for the current-generation Intel Haswell processors. Yes, it's a mammoth update.

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Retina MacBook Air rumored for later this year

Something many of us crave, supply chain rumors claim that Apple will finally launch a MacBook Air with Retina Display later on this year. Treat it with caution, since the source, Digitimes, has a mixed record when it comes to accuracy. Nevertheless, here's what they have to say:

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Sony to exit the PC business: What's it mean for the Mac?

Sony announced Thursday that it will sell off its VAIO computer business to a Japanese investment fund. Sony cited "the drastic changes in the global PC industry" as one reason for its decision. Apple hasn't been immune to the global dropoff in PC sales either. Is Sony's decision a harbinger of what's to come for the Mac?

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Thinner MacBooks make bigger battery problems

When it comes to batteries, Apple could do a better job. Batteries wear out. They stop holding a charge. What's worse, sometimes they fail dramatically. They swell up, distort. That's what recently happened to my wife's four-year-old white MacBook. Now the MacBook is physically damaged because of it.

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OWC shows off prototype flash storage upgrades for 2013 Macs

Among the products that Mac parts and peripheral maker Other World Computing showed off at CES this past week were prototype flash drive upgrades and replacements for Haswell-based Macs as well as the new Mac Pro.

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MagSafe 2: My love hate relationship with Apple's current power connector

Anyone who owns, or has owned a recent MacBook will be familiar with the Magsafe. Apple's take at the laptop charger, and something in my experience that comes with a very distinct love and hate relationship. The latest incarnation, Magsafe 2, one would anticipate being an improvement on the originals, the development of an idea.

But, instead, it's a product that drives many of us to frustration and despair. The reviews section of the Apple Store website is living proof of that. So how can something so good be so bad at the same time?

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MacBook Air 11-inch vs. 13-inch: Which ultralight laptop should you get?

We've already compared MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros, and you've decided that the svelte MacBook Air is right for you. Now you have to decide which MacBook Air is right for you - the smaller 11-inch model or the larger 13-inch version? Also, what configure to order options make the most sense? Let's have a look.

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Mac sales falling, but falling less than PCs

For Apple's fourth quarter for its fiscal year 2013, Mac sales were down year over year, but Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer says that the Mac is still doing better than - and gaining marketshare against - the PC. Mac sales saw a 7 percent drop year over year, but market research firm IDC reports that the PC market overall saw a 10 percent decline.

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