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Apple refreshes the MacBook Air: 13.3-inch and 11.6-inch models available today

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop

Apple wondered what would happen if the MacBook and the iPad "hooked up," and the answer is the new MacBook Air. The new MacBook Air is thinner and lighter than its predecessor, weighing just 2.9 pounds, it's 0.68 inches thick at its thickest area, and 0.11 inches at the thinnest. It's an all unibody enclosure, and it picks up that single-button glass trackpad that the MacBooks and MacBook Pros have been sporting for a while now. You've got a 13.3-inch model with a 1440 x 900 LED backlit display, and a smaller 11.6-inch model with a 1366 x 768 display. You get a couple of USB ports, a mini DisplayPort, stereo speakers, 802.11n WiFi, and an Intel Core 2 Duo processor. The 13-inch model also gets an SD card slot. They all used fast SSD chips, with instant-on support and 30-days of standby battery life.

The new MacBook Air starts at $999, and is on sale starting today.

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Apple will stream their Back to the Mac event live to Apple devices

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Internet, PC / Laptop, Software

Apple Back to the Mac live stream

Apple's Back to the Mac event kicks off in just under 30 minutes, and the company just announced that they will once again be streaming it live to Macs and iOS devices. Point your browser to the Back to the Mac live stream at 10:00 am PDT to get in on the action. We should see news of an updated MacBook Air, iLife '11, and Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.


Apple readying cheaper, faster, lighter MacBook Air

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Rumors

MacBook Air redesign

Looks like the guys over at Cult of Mac have received a few interesting tidbits of information as it pertains to a possible MacBook Air refresh at this Wednesday's Back to the Mac Apple event. Here's a look at what they say they've been told:

  • The new model is also apparently much snappier than its underpowered predecessor. ”It boots so fast, it’s unbelievable,” our source says. “It’s amazing how fast it boots up.”
  • A faster 13-inch model with upgradeable options should appeal to pro users, while a cheaper 11-inch MacBook Air might be more attractive to students and casual users.
  • A 50-percent bigger battery, delivering 8-10 hours of battery life. The current MacBook Air has a 5-hour battery.
  • The new machine is thinner and lighter, weighing less than the current model’s 3lbs, our source says.
  • The new enclosure is also an aluminum unibody design, like the current model — but not as curvy.
  • Same black keyboard as current MBA, same single-button Multi-Touch trackpad. [wha? Current MacBook trackpad has separate button, unlike the rendering]
  • Upgradable RAM (base 2GB [-boo!], SSD. Also NVidia GeForce 320M integrated graphics
  • Two configs: 2.1Ghz (with 2GB of RAM) and 2.4 GHz (with 4GB of RAM).

Of course, we take all this stuff with a grain of salt until Apple actually shows it off, but the MacBook Air is in serious need of a hardware refresh, so we wouldn't be surprised to see it happen on Wednesday. Pricing on these is also rumored to be dropping from the current $1,500 starting price, with the 11.6-inch model starting at $1,100 and the 13.3-inch version going for $1,400.

As always, we will have all the details from this Wednesday's event as they happen.

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New MacBook Air update coming tomorrow?

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Rumors

MacBook Air update

Macworld.au is reporting that a “well-placed source” familiar with Apple and their inventory and refresh schedules is now saying that there may be a MacBook Air update happening very soon—in fact, it could come as soon as tomorrow. There is apparently a new Apple product number out there, that being MC516LL/A K87 BETTER BTR-USA. The ‘BETTER’ portion of that number most likely points to it being in the Mac product line, and the MacBook Air is well overdue for an update. Now, the source also says that it may point to a new 27-inch LED Cinema Display, since that seems to be coming soon as well. However, there are thousands of these apparently headed to Australia, which would be more in line with a major new product revision.

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Black Friday 2009: MacMall ad

MacBook Pro Black Friday

Here at Gear Live we’re big fans of MacMall. Why? Because they consistently beat Apple in terms of pricing, by way of rebates - and their rebates don’t take forever to process.  MacMall will be having a fairly nice sale on a bunch of Apple gear, as well as a few surprises, like a GPS navigation system, video game consoles, players, and more. Hey, when you can pick up a new 13.3-inch MacBook Pro for $1099, you know something special is happening.

We’ve got the full list of the MacMall Black Friday deals for you, after the jump.

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WWDC 2009 Keynote Live Updates

WWDC Phil Schiller

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WWDC 2009 is about to get kicked off, with Phil Schiller kicking it off with the Apple keynote. We are hanging out at our local Apple store, and will be bringing you all the notable updates as things progress!

  • Things get kicked off with a new Mac vs. PC commercial, where PC tries to discourage Mac from innovating at this year’s WWDC.
  • At WWDC this year there are over 5200 attendees from 52 countries.
  • We are starting with Mac news. Apple says they don’t want to stop leading with way with Macbook designs.
  • Phil announces a brand new 15” MacBook Pro, with the Lithium Polymer battery that the 17” model sports. 7 hours of battery life 2 hours more than before. That is 40% longer.
  • The new MacBook Pro has “the best display we’ve ever shipped on a notebook.”
  • The 15” MacBook Pro picks up an SD Card slot, and drops ExpressCard.
  • The price drops by $300. $1699 introductory price.
  • At the introductory price, you get a 2.53GHz processor, 4GB RAM, 250GB hard drive, and the SD card slot.
  • The 13-inch MacBooks also get the same SD card treatment, non-removable battery, and FIREWIRE IS BACK. The unibody MacBooks are now officially MacBook Pros.
  • 13-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1199 with 2GB RAM, 160GB hard drive, SD card slot, 2.26 GHz processor.
  • MacBook Air updated as well. $1499 for the base model, $1799 with 256GB SSD. $700 cheaper than before.

 

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Bleeding Edge TV 294: MacBook, MacBook Pro redesign comparisons

A few days ago, at the , the company unveiled their newly redesigned (gallery) and (gallery) portables. We were able to get our hands on the new MacBook and MacBook Pro, and in this video, we compare each to their last generation counterpart. That’s right, we put the white MacBook up against the newer aluminum MacBook, compare the older MacBook Pro to the new one, and to top it all off, we bring in a for comparisons sake as well. Hit the video to get a look at all the aluminum and glass unibody goodness.


Apple updated MacBook Air with NVIDIA graphics, more storage

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop

MacBook Air upgrade

During this mornings notebook event, announced that the MacBook Air was getting a bump in some of its specs. First and foremost, the Air is getting updated to the new NVIDIA 9400M graphics chipset, which should be a nice upgrade. Even better, if SSD is your thing, you’ll be pleased to know that a 128GB solid state drive is now available, along with a standard 120GB drive if that is more your thing. microDVI has been replaced by a mini DisplayPort, which we are seeinc across the board with Apple. You can grab the base model for $1799, or go with the SSD model with 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo for the lowered price of $2499 (that one is due in November.)

Read More | MacBook Air announcement

Apple notebook event this Tuesday

Apple Notebook Event

has just announced that their next event will be taking place this coming Tuesday (read: five days from today), confirming rumors that October 14th would be the day that new notebooks would be unveiled. The company sent invitations to select media this morning, with a graphic of a notebook featuring the sub-heading “The spotlight turns to notebooks.” So, what should you expect to see? Well, if the rumor mill is correct, we’ll see updates across the board in the MacBook and MacBook Pro lines, including a new manufacturing process that sees the notebook casing carved out of a single block of aluminum. There are also rumblings of a true from Apple as well, possibly launching in the $800 range.

As always, take these rumors with a grain of salt - but as we’ve seen with recent and news, the latest Apple rumors have pretty much come to fruition.


Bleeding Edge TV 293: MacBook Air vs. Voodoo Envy 133 - World’s Thinnest Notebooks

In the world of gadgets, thin is definitely in. and are both aware of this, and the companies currently ship the two thinnest notebooks available in the world. We’re talking about the and the 133. We were able to get our hands on both notebooks, and figured we’d put them side-by-side, just so that we could give you a look at the two thinnest portable computers in the world, and allow you to judge for yourself. What do we mean? Well, we think this one is a toss up, due to the shapes of both notebooks. Hit the video, and let us know your thoughts in the comments.


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