MacBook Air

Apple has unveiled its new generation MacBook Air lineup that features a number of long-awaited upgrades, including Intel’s newest processors with up to four cores as well as Iris Plus graphics, a keyboard with scissor mechanism, more memory, as well as more storage space. Apple’s early-2020 MacBook Air laptops come in silver, space gray, as well as gold aluminum chassis that are slightly thicker and slightly heavier when compared to enclosures used for the 2018 and 2019 machines. We are still dealing with systems that are up to 1.61 cm thick and weigh no more than 1.3 kilograms, so they are still more portable than MBAs from, say, 2017. But the slightly different dimensions and weight also brings a big performance gain, as the new MacBook...

Apple’s MacBook Air Gets True Tone Display, Lower Price Tag

Apple on Tuesday introduced updated versions of its entry-level MacBook Air notebooks. Apple’s mid-2019 MacBook Air laptops feature the company’s True Tone displays and lower price tags when compared...

36 by Anton Shilov on 7/9/2019

Spotted at Computex: The Worst Fake MacBook Air

It’s a common way to get a cheap laugh: mention that China doesn’t care about IP infringement and that a lot of fake products exist. There are a good...

36 by Ian Cutress on 5/31/2019

OWC Launches Aura Pro X2 NVMe SSD Upgrade For Macs

Other World Computing (OWC) has launched a new line of NVMe SSD upgrades for several Mac models that used Apple's custom not-quite-M.2 form factor. The new Aura Pro X2...

17 by Billy Tallis on 4/16/2019

Apple Announces 2018 MacBook Air: Entry-Level Laptop Gets Essential Refresh

This morning at a keynote in New York City, Apple took the wraps off of their latest notebook update, the 2018 MacBook Air. The entry-level member of Apple’s laptop...

75 by Ryan Smith on 10/30/2018

Apple Refreshes Mac Laptops: Pro, Vanilla, & Air All Get New CPUs

Today at their annual Worldwide Developer Conference, the company announced a slew of hardware updates for their entire range of laptops. Every last laptop, from the mighty MacBook Pro...

53 by Ryan Smith on 6/5/2017

Apple Updates MacBook Air for 2014: Faster Haswell Parts & $100 Price Drop

This morning Apple announced its 2014 MacBook Air refresh. With Intel's 14nm Broadwell SoC delayed, this mid-cycle update still uses Haswell ULT parts. The chassis and internal specs haven't...

49 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/29/2014

The 2013 MacBook Air Review (11-inch)

Apple launched their new Haswell based MacBook Air laptops last month, and we started our reviews with the MacBook Air 13. Today we have the review of it's smaller...

139 by Vivek Gowri on 8/9/2013

Best Mac Laptops - June 2013

In reviewing the 2013 MacBook Air, I spent a lot of time thinking about how I'd recommend the various notebooks in Apple's lineup. By the end of this year...

74 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/24/2013

2013 MacBook Air: PCIe SSD and Haswell ULT Inside

This morning Apple updated its MacBook Air to Intel's Haswell ULT silicon. The chassis itself didn't get any updates, nor did the displays. Both the 11 and 13 inch...

175 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/10/2013

Apple Is Now Using SanDisk SSDs in the Retina MacBook Pro As Well

There has always been some level of lottery involved when buying an SSD-equipped Mac. The first Mac to start the lottery was the 2010 MacBook Air, which initially used...

31 by Kristian Vättö on 2/5/2013

The 2012 MacBook Air (11 & 13-inch) Review

Things are getting very blurry. The MacBook Pro once stood for tons of power plus upgradability. Add a Retina Display and now it's just tons of power. It's a thicker...

190 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/16/2012

The New MacBook Air Uses Toshiba's SATA 6Gb/s SSDs UPDATE: Samsung Too

Yesterday's keynote was certainly one of the biggest events for Macs that Apple has held in years. The main focus was obviously in the new MacBook Pro with Retina...

10 by Kristian Vättö on 6/12/2012

Apple Updates MacBook Air: Ivy Bridge, Up to 8GB of RAM, USB 3.0, 512GB SSD

Apple just announced its MacBook Air updates. As expected you get Ivy Bridge, as well as up to 8GB of on-board DDR3-1600 memory and up to a 512GB SSD...

5 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/11/2012

ASUS' Zenbook SSD and Apple's MacBook Air SSD Are Not Compatible

In working on yesterday's Zenbook Prime review I ran into a problem with the 256GB Sandisk U100 drive that came with my review sample. Unfortunately, since the drive doesn't...

22 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/23/2012

Firmware Updates Bring Lion Internet Recovery to 2010 Macs

Apple has released a range of firmware updates that enable the Lion Internet Recovery OS restore feature across most of its 2010-vintage Macs, enabling easy reinstallation of the operating...

8 by Andrew Cunningham on 2/8/2012

OWC Mercury Aura Pro Express 6G 480GB SSD Upgrade for MacBook Air

OWC released a SandForce SF-2281 based 2011 MacBook Air SSD upgrade earlier this year in 120GB and 240GB capacities (the Mercury Aura Pro Express 6G). Using Hynix 2x-nm NAND...

5 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/8/2012

OWC Mercury Aura Pro Express 6G Review: A Fast MacBook Air SSD Upgrade

I've written previously about the SSD lottery you play when you buy a new MacBook Air. As with many commodity components, Apple sources its SSDs from two sources. For...

40 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/9/2011

OWC Releases 6Gb/s SSD Upgrades for 2011 MacBook Air

OWC has released SSD upgrades suitable for Apple's MacBook Air (our 2011 review). The SSDs are branded as Mercury Aura Pro Express 6G and come in capacities of 120GB...

8 by Kristian Vättö on 9/16/2011

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