Apple is expected to release its new line of MacBook Air notebooks as soon as tomorrow, multiple sources are reporting. The word is that shipments of the new MacBook Airs have already started arriving at Apple Stores in advance of the announcement, which will allow buyers to pick up the new models right away.
This won't be the redesigned fanless MacBook Air with 12-inch Retina display and buttonless trackpad that has been rumored for a few months. Instead, this update should bring the newer Intel Haswell processor to the Air, offering speed and battery life increases. Once we get word on an announcement, we'll let you know.
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Alongside the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, Apple also announced an updated 15-inch MacBook Pro at today's Apple iPad event as well. The 15-inch model includes the new Intel Crystalwell Iris Pro graphics chip, and ships with OS X Mavericks (which includes a bunch of performance enhancements on its own.) As far as power efficiency, Apple says the new 15-inch model has an 8 hour battery, includes Thunderbolt 2, and supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi. The price is slashed by $200, with a starting price now at $1999 with a 2.0GHz Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. You can get the new 15-inch MacBook Pro today.
At today's Apple iPad event, the company revealed a new 13-inch MacBook Pro. The Retina display model from last year is now the default, and it's is thinner and lighter, at 0.71 inches thick and 3.46 pounds. Apple also cut the price by $1299 (but also defaults now to 4GB RAM instead of 8GB in the base.) Apple says that the new 13-incher gets 9 hours of battery life, Thunderbolt 2, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi support. You can pick up the new 13-inch MacBook Pro today.
Apple has announced a new update to the MacBook Air, based on the Intel Haswell platform. The new Airs provide all-day battery life, with the 11-inch model offering 9-hours of battery life, and the 13-inch model providing a whopping 12-hours. 802.11ac Wi-Fi is built-in as well, giving them support for the fastest state-of-the-art Wi-Fi. Pricing starts at $999 for the 128GB 11-inch model, and $1199 for the 256GB 11-incher. If 13-inches is more your thing, the 128GB model starts at $1099, and the 256GB model is $1299. The new MacBook Air is available today.
Samsung has released its new Series 9 Premium Ultrabook, which you can now purchase. This is a 13.3-inch Ultrabook running a 2 GHz Intel Core i7 chip with 4 GB RAM and 128 GB storage on the SSD. You get a 1080p display, and Intel HD Graphics 4000 embedded, along with a 1.3 megapixel webcam thrown in as well. Naturally, the Series 9 Ultrabook runs Windows 8 (but doesn't sport a touchscreen.)
The notebook itself weighs 2.56 pounds, and starts at $1,399.99. You can pick up the Series 9 Premium Ultrabook now.
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Today Google announced the Chromebook Pixel, an often-leaked touchscreen notebook computer that runs Chrome OS and is optimized for web browsing and cloud storage. The problem is that there is nothing that really sets the Chromebook Pixel apart from just about any other notebook computer to make it a compelling buy. In fact, it looks like a pretty stupid buy.
Let's talk about the price of the Pixel for a moment. You can buy a fantastic Windows 8 PC or MacBook Air for the same price, both of which would blow away the Pixel in terms of usability. The Chromebook requires you to be connected to the Internet to be useful in any way, since it relies on cloud-based apps. A Mac or PC allows you to actually install apps on them, which you can launch when you are away from Wi-Fi, and get work done in.
Apple has announced an immediate price reduction on the entry-level 128 GB 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, slashing the price by $200 down to $1499. Additionally, for $1699 (the same price that the entry-level model used to be) you can now get the 256 GB version with a faster 2.6 GHz processor.
On the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro side of things, the $2,199 base model now features an upgraded 2.4 GHz Intel Core i7 processor (up from a 2.3 GHz chip,) while the top-of-the-line $2,799 model now sports a 2.7 GHz i7 with 16 GB RAM.
As an aside, Apple has also dropped the price of the 13-inch MacBook Air with 256 GB storage--it now sells for $1,399, $100 less than it sold for previously.
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First reported by 9to5Mac, AllThingsD is also reporting that a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display may be anounced alongside the 7.85-inch iPad mini during a speculated Apple invite-only press event on the 23rd of October. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is rumored to have a 2560 x 1600 display (226 pixels per inch,) the same port layout as the 15-inch model, and the same all flash storage configuration. Also like the 15-inch model, the smaller version will be priced much higher than the non-Retina display MacBook Pro of the same size. All in all, it appears that the next Apple event will focus on new size iterations, rather than on entirely new products.
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If you picked up the new MacBook Pro with Retina display, or one of the refreshed MacBook Pro or MacBook Air Apple notebooks, it's always a good thing to consider AppleCare. You get an extended 3-year warranty, but the trick is that you should never buy AppleCare directly from Apple! Instead, buy it from Amazon, and you get it for up to 30% less. What's also nice is that when you resell your Mac, the AppleCare Protection Plan is transferable, and therefore you can charge more. Here's a list of the different AppleCare Protection Plans:
Apple Mobile Devices:
- AppleCare Protection Plan for iPad
- AppleCare Protection Plan for all versions of iPhone
- AppleCare Protection Plan for iPod touch/classic
- AppleCare Protection Plan for iPod nano and iPod shuffle
Apple Mac Computers:
- AppleCare Protection Plan - Mac Laptops 13-inches and below
- AppleCare Protection Plan - Mac Laptops 15-inches and above
- AppleCare Protection Plan - iMac
- AppleCare Protection Plan - Mac Pro
- AppleCare Protection Plan - Mac Mini