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Macbook Air News
Apple has released a critical update today for the mid-2012 MacBook Air. The update, entitled MacBook Air Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.1, is intended to check the build-in SSD drive in the MacBook Air for “an issue that may result in data loss”. The tool tests the drive, and if it checks out, installs new firmware.
Apple has just released a new EFI software update for their latest mid-2013 MacBook Air models. The firmware update is meant to address minor issues related to Boot Camp compatibility with Windows 8.
Apple released SMC firmware updates today for the MacBook Air (mid 2012 and mid 2013 models), the MacBook Pro (mid 2012 models), the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display (late 2012) models, and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display (mid 2012) models. All updates address battery issues.
An Iowa high school has announced it will provide each of its students in grades 9 through 12 with an 11-inch MacBook Air. Ames High School will provide the Apple notebook computer to the students for use through the 2013 school year.
U.K.-based Apple magazine MacFormat is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, and has produced lots of interesting dual-decade-spanning coverage to go along with it. The latest gem, which MacFormat was kind enough to share with us, is a roundup of the The top 20 Apple products of the past 20 years.
Apple released the first software update for their new 2013 MacBook Airs late last week, fixing issues with unreliable WiFi connections, as well as an issue that caused severe screen flickering for some users when using Adobe Photoshop.
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Users in the Apple Support Communities forum report problems with the audio volume fluctuating while playing videos on new 2013 13-inch MacBook Airs. The thread contains 85 replies over 6 pages at the time of this article.
New data from NPD says Apple’s MacBook Air is by far the most popular notebook in its class, grabbing more than half of the thin-and-light laptop market.
Apple is sending out an invitation to some owners of new MacBook Air models, asking them to test a wi-fi software update.
Users are complaining of severe flickering problems when using some 2013 13″ MacBook Air models with Adobe Photoshop, particularly when using the larger brush tools.
There have been a notable amount of users complaining about Wi-Fi issues with their new 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air units. Apple is telling Apple Geniuses to “capture” any new MacBook Air units with Wi-Fi issues.
A thread on Apple’s support forums show an increasing number of users having problems with the Wi-Fi connectivity on their new 802.11ac Wi-Fi equipped MacBook Airs.
Some see a new Apple product and merely gaze at it and drink in its beauty. Others look at the same object and think, “How the hell do I pop this puppy open?” iFixit has performed one of its patented teardowns on the new 11-inch MacBook Pro, and found a smaller SSD, with a slightly larger battery that provides longer life.
The teardown enthusiasts at iFixit have plied their considerable talents on the new 13-Inch MacBook Air, and while they didn’t find any drastic changes, there are a couple that are worth taking note of.