Posts Tagged ‘MacBook Air’

Buying a New Mac?

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Our tech Gene encouraged me to write this post for our clients (and future clients) out there who are getting ready to purchase a new Mac.

We know that the new machines are awesome and it’s tempting to just run out and get a new MacBook Air or iMac to replace the older model that’s sitting on your desk. But before you make that order or rush to your nearest Apple Store, please give us a call or shoot us an email so that we can make sure that you are buying the right machine for your needs.  We’ve had a couple of cases recently where clients bought new machines without consulting us first, only to discover at the onsite service appointment that the new machine they had purchased did not have enough storage capacity for the data on their old machine.

So!  Just a reminder to our clients and NYC users to call or email us for purchase recommendations before scheduling an onsite Mac support appointment with one of our techs.  We can walk you through checking storage capacity on your current machine and discuss your workflow and needs for expansion. We are always here to help provide excellent Mac help!

WWDC 2013 Keynote Highlights

Monday, June 10th, 2013

We tweeted this link earlier today, but we bet most of our users were busy with work and weren’t able to watch the full WWDC 2013 keynote video. Well, now you can view the whole keynote at your leisure on Apple’s site.

And if you don’t have time to sit through the video, here are some of the highlights from this year’s WWDC keynote:

1. OS X Mavericks.  The next OS, 10.9, is named after the famous big wave surf spot in Northern California (see the great documentary Riding Giants by Stacy Peralta), and will be released this fall. Finder Tabs, Tags (in Finder, Apps, and iCloud), and iCloud Keychain are just some of the great new features of the new OS.

2. iOS 7. Some cool improvements have been added to the new iOS, which is also arriving this fall. Here are just a few:

  • Maps – night mode, turn-by-turn walking directions.
  • FaceTime Audio – ability to skip the video and use audio only through FaceTime.
  • Control Center – much easier access to controls and apps.
  • Camera – filters and formats (including a new square format) can be applied with a simple swipe!
  • Activation Lock – this one should hopefully help to decrease the number of iPhone thefts that have been occurring in our fair city.

3. New MacBook Airs! An 11-inch model and a 13-inch model, both of which start shipping TODAY. The 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Airs have options for 128GB of flash storage or 256GB of flash storage. More info on the pricing and new features can be found on Apple’s site.

4. The new Mac Pro! So many of our clients have been waiting for this. The design is gorgeous and around one-eighth the size of the current Mac Pro tower. The new Mac Pro features a 12-core, 256-bit Intel Xeon E5 processor, flash storage (Apple didn’t state the amount of storage available), and 1866MHz ECC DDR3 RAM (capable of 60 GB/s data transmission). There’s no date set for the new Mac Pro, but Apple says to look for it “later this year.”

5. New AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule? Yes! Surprise, surprise. Both the AirPort Extreme and the new Time Capsule have 802.11ac, which allows the devices to boost a constant Wifi signal in all directions. The 2013 Time Capsule is available with either 2TB and 3TB storage and are available for pick-up in an Apple store starting Wednesday, June 12.

Ready to Buy a New MacBook?

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

You might want to wait. With WWDC coming up on Monday, June 10, we think that Apple will most likely announce updates to its current product line. So if you can hold off on buying that new MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, you should.

WWDC 2013

New MacBook Pros, MacBook Air, and a next-generation MacBook Pro! Oh my!

Monday, June 11th, 2012

A new line of hardware was just announced today at Apple WWDC 2012.  The first announcement was the new MacBook Air, which has Ivy Bridge processors, up to 2GHz dual-core i7, up to 8GB of 1600MHz memory and 60% faster graphics.  It also has 512GB of flash storage and two USB 3.0 ports!  The 11-inch model features a 1366 x 768 display, and the 13-inch model has a 1400 x 900 display.  Pricing starts at $999 for the 11-inch and machines start shipping today.

There’s also been an update to the MacBook Pro.  Ivy Bridge processors, up to 2.7GHz quad-core i7′s, 8GB of 1600MHz memory and 60% faster graphics here, too.  The 15-inch has Kepler GeForce GT 650M, up to 1GB of memory.  All MacBook Pros have USB 3.0.  The MacBook Pro comes in 13-inch and 15-inch.  13-inch starts at $1199 and the 15-inch starts at $1799.  Also shipping today.

The big surprise is the next-generation MacBook Pro with Retina display, which also starts shipping today!  The next-generation MacBook Pro has a 15.4 inch display with a pixel density of 2880 x 1800 (four times the number of pixels than the previous generation of MacBook Pro).

Price starts at $2199 for 2.3GHz quad-core chip, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage.  The next-gen MacBook Pro goes up to 2.7GHz quad-core i7s and up to 16GB of RAM and 768GB of flash storage.  At 0.71 inches thin (almost as thin as a MacBook Air!) and 4.46 pounds, this is the lightest MacBook Pro ever.

Ports: SD, HDMI, 2 – USB 3.0, MagSafe 2, Thunderbolt and a headphone jack.  FireWire 800 and Gigabit Ethernet Thunderbolt adapters.  [Nota bene: the unibody is now an actual component of the display and not just a case, which reduces the number of layers and integrates the glass right into the frame, making it thinner.]

MacBook Air or iPad 2?

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

A lot of users out there are still wondering which is better — MacBook Air or iPad 2?  I tweeted about this a while ago, but thought I’d revisit the question as it has been coming up a lot lately.

Brooke Crothers wrote a spot-on review of the two machines for CNET a few weeks back. His verdict (much the same as ours) is that the MacBook Air is probably a better value for users who need to have great browsing and media capability AS WELL AS the ability to use the software that is part of their every day workflow. And it’s much faster, too!

For the full list of pros and cons, click here.

New MacBook Air Benchmark Reports

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

We know that many people are wondering about the new MacBook Air models. Are they fast enough? How will they handle applications like Photoshop or FileMaker?

Well, according to the benchmark results obtained by Macworld’s tests, the new MacBook Airs are faster than the previous versions — flash storage is fast, the flash storage capacity did not affect overall performance and the processor performance is much improved.

Macworld also tested the build-to-order options — the “ultimate” configurations of the MacBook Airs.  The team at Macworld found that the 13-inch built-to-order MacBook Air 2.13 GHz Core 2 Duo (256 GB FS, 4GB RAM) was 20% faster than the 13-inch MacBook 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo.

Looking forward to seeing more tests on the flash storage of the new Airs…

N.B.  Here’s how the Macworld team tested:

Speedmark 6.5 scores are relative to those of a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo Mac mini (Mid 2010) with 2GB of RAM, which is assigned a score of 100. All Macs were tested with OS X 10.6.4. All laptops were tested with the standard configuration of RAM except where noted. We duplicated a 1GB file, created a Zip archive in the Finder from the two 1GB files and then unzipped it. We converted 135 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. In iMovie ’09, we imported a camera archive and exported it to iTunes using the Mobile Devices setting. We ran a Timedemo at 1024-by-768 with 4X anti-aliasing on in Call of Duty 4. We imported 200 JPEGs into iPhoto ’09. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 23 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. For our multitasking test, we timed the Photoshop test again, but with the iTunes MP3 encoding and file compression tests running in the background. We used Handbrake to encode four chapters from a DVD previously ripped to the hard drive to H.264. We recorded how long it took to render a scene with multiprocessors in Cinebench and ran that application’s OpenGL, frames per second test. We ran the Evaluate Notebook test in MathematicaMark 7. We ran the WorldBench 6 multitasking test on a Parallels 6 VM running Windows 7 Professional. We timed the import and processing time for 200 photos in Aperture.

New MacBook Air with Flash Drive!

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Apple made a few announcements at the “Back to the Mac” event yesterday that were pretty interesting. First and foremost is the new MacBook Air with flash storage, which is available in 11- and 13-inch models. It’s 0.68 inches thick at its thickest, and 0.11 inches at its thinnest and weighs only 2.9 pounds. All unibody construction with glass trackpad. The space-saving flash storage leaves room for a bigger battery, which the new MacBook Air has in both models — 5 hours of battery life in the 11-inch and 7 hours in the 13-inch.

The new MacBook Air is available in stores now.

Apple also announced the new Mac OS X 10.7, “Lion,” which will roll out sometime during the Summer of 2011. The preview showed the Launchpad application launcher, which allows a grid of icons (similar to iPad), and Mission Control, which allows a unified view of a user’s open windows, apps and dock. Apple also announced an App Store for OS X, which will also be coming to Snow Leopard.

And then there’s iLife 11, which is free with all new Macs or a $49 upgrade. Available in stores now. iPhoto 11 has new slideshow themes, improved Facebook and email sharing. iMovie 11 has enhanced audio editing options, a People Finder that id’s people in movie clips and an easy movie trailer editor. Facebook and Vimeo sharing have been added as well. There are also new additions to GarageBand 11 like FlexTime, Groove Matching and more effects and lesson options.

FaceTime for Mac was also announced. It’s not meant to replace iChat as it is dedicated to FaceTime calls only. It pulls contacts from Address Book and you click on the person’s name to make a call (although you have to know which phone number they have associated with their FaceTime account).


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