Apple on Tuesday released new System Management Controller (SMC) updates for 2012-era MacBook Pros, 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros with Retina Display, and MacBook Air mid-2012 and mid-2013 models. The updates are available through the Software Update system preference and through Apple's Support web site.
Twelve South's latest creation is the GhostStand, a new stand for MacBook Air and MacBook Pro laptops. The stand is constructed of lucite, with metal rails inlaid with silicone to provide a non-skid surface for the MacBook to rest on.
Moshi has an annoying and costly (well, for me, anyway) habit of creating beautiful products for Apple devices that work really well. That's readily apparent in their newest case, the Codex for MacBook Air, a carrying case that lets you keep using your MacBook Air without removing it first.
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If you're in the market for a MacBook Air, times are great. Apple's new machines, updated in June with Intel's fourth-generation Core processor, are better values than ever. But if you need a MacBook Pro, iMac or Mac mini, the current crop of computers from Apple is looking long in the tooth. Is there any point in buying a new Mac until Apple completes the Haswell transition?
Apple reported its third fiscal quarter earnings for its FY2013 today, and the Mac sales numbers aren't great: Year over year the number of Macs sold dropped 7 percent, from 4.02 million to 3.75 million. What's this mean for Apple and for the future of the Mac?
WiFi issues on the new 802.11ac capable MacBook Air are reportedly being investigated by Apple as they try to "capture" affected devices. The 802.11ac WiFi is one of the headline features on the refreshed Air line, and some reports have suggested that a software issue with Mountain Lion could be at fault. However, according to 9to5Mac, Apple is at least aware of the issue and taking steps to find out what is going on:
Despite HP's status as the "preferred" vendor for the state of Maine's massive Maine Technology Learning Initiative (MTLI), the program is largely sticking with Apple for now, according to an Electronista report.
Here it is, the new Haswell-based MacBook Air. We're talking 1.7GHz dual core i7 proc with Intel HD 5000 graphics 8GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage. The ports are the same as last year's -- 2x USB 3 and 1x Thunderbolt. Sadly, it's Thunderbolt 1 and not the new, fancy Thunderbolt 2, which kind of puts the damper on Retina Thunderbolt display support, and makes it standard size pixels all around. The only new addition is the second mic, which should hopefully help with sound input quality.
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The new Mac Pro isn't the only new Mac model with PCIe-based Solid State Drive storage. The new MacBook Air, which began shipping this week as soon as it was introduced on stage at WWDC, also uses the technology, according to Ben Lovejoy at 9to5Mac.