All items tagged with "MacBook Air"

Apple Watch event in March could debut iOS 8.2, Retina MacBook Air

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Will we have to wait for March for the iOS 8.2 update? Photo: Apple

Apple has been working on iOS 8.2 for a while now. Just yesterday, they released iOS 8.2 beta 5 to developers, introducing new changes to WatchKit, the new API for Apple Watch developers.

Given how many betas of iOS 8.2 have come out so far, you might expect that its public release is right around the corner. But a new report suggests we have a long way to go, and the release of iOS 8.2 will be accompanied by an official Apple event — as well as the new MacBook Air.

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How to save money on Mac repairs with your credit card’s extended warranty

Use your credit card to solve your Apple problems. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Buy your Mac with a credit card and you could save big money on repairs. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Have you ever had an Apple product bite the dust only a few months after its warranty or AppleCare expired? Out-of-warranty repair costs can easily soar into the hundreds of dollars for Apple products, but if you purchased your Mac using a credit card that offers extended-warranty protection, you might be able to get that money back.

Many credit cards offer purchase-protection and extended warranties, which are usually included as a free benefit for qualifying purchases made using the card. I recently had a MacBook Air die. It was over three years old, so it was no longer covered by Apple’s One-Year Limited Warranty or AppleCare. Fortunately, I purchased it using an American Express credit card and, therefore, AMEX’s extended-warranty program gave me extra coverage.

Read on to learn how Apple repaired my broken MacBook Air and AMEX reimbursed the cost — saving me nearly $300.

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Sexy new renders show the iPad Pro and 12-inch MacBook Air side-by-side

Photo: Martin Hajek

Photo: Martin Hajek

The Apple Watch might be Cupertino’s most hotly anticipated product, but for my money, the two releases I’m most excited about this year are the 12-inch MacBook Air and the 12-inch iPad Pro. Outside of a few leaked images, though, we still have not seen either of these rumored devices in the flash.

Conceptual designer Martin Hajek is no stranger to turning rumors of upcoming Apple products into blisteringly sexy 3-D renders, and now he’s done it again with a series of renders showing the iPad Pro and 12-inch MacBook Air going head to head. Call it the battle of the 12-inchers, if you will!

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Crystal Baller: iPad Pro gets a stylus and other insane Apple rumors

Want a job? Quanta needs 30K people to build new 12-inch MacBook Airs

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The 12-inch Retina MacBook Air is coming in early 2015. Photo: Apple

Are you ready for the thinner, radically-redesigned, 12-inch MacBook Air?

Apple certainly hopes so, because it’s reportedly piling on the pressure on to get Quanta Computer, its Taiwan-based manufacturer, to ramp up volume production of the notebook. The MacBook Air is set to be unveiled by Apple in the first quarter of this year, and to meet that kind of schedule Quanta is recruiting more workers for its production line.

And it’s not just a few workers it’s looking for, either!

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Get photography tips from an Instagram pro on this week’s episode of The CultCast

Photo courtesy of @Withhearts, the prince of Instagram

Photo courtesy of @Withhearts, the prince of Instagram

This week: As promised! With over 430,000 Instagram followers, photographer Cory Staudacher, aka @withhearts, joins us to talk mobile photography, his favorite photo apps and gear, and his tips for capturing beautiful images with your favorite iDevice. Plus, someone tries to burn down the Mrs. Doubtfire house—time for a drive-by fruiting; prepare thy wrists, the  Watch may cometh in March; and details on a radically new Macbook Air.

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Get photography tips from an Instagram pro on this week’s episode of The CultCast

Full show notes ahead!

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How baking your MacBook Pro could solve persistent heat issues

If you've cooked it this much, it may be beyond help. Photo: Wikipedia/Secumem CC

If you’ve cooked your notebook this much, it may be beyond help. Photo: Wikipedia/Secumem CC

Reading that someone decided to put their MacBook Pro in the oven and then set about drilling holes in it sounds like one of those inane YouTube videos showing someone destroying a perfectly good computer for no reason whatsoever.

For iFixit employee “Sterling,” however, it was not a way to destroy his MacBook at all, but rather a means by which to extend the life of a dying machine.

“Unconventional electronics repair tools they may be, but that’s how I saved my MacBook Pro with a drill and an oven,” Sterling writes.

Here’s how he did it.

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Xiaomi’s reputed MacBook Air ripoff turns out to be a hoax

Xiaomi plans to ripoff the MacBook Air next. Photo: Gizmochina

Don’t worry: Xiaomi isn’t being this brazen with its Apple-inspired designs. Yet. Photo: Gizmochina

The Apple blogosphere was ablaze yesterday with reports that the ripoff artists at Xiaomi had come up with the Chinese company’s most brazen copycat product yet. A supposedly leaked image showed a MacBook Air lookalike that was virtually indistinguishable from Cupertino’s offering with the exception of a Xiaomi logo.

Well, the picture is a fake, according to a Xiaomi representative.

While it’s great to hear that Apple’s intellectual property is upheld in this instance, however, it’s still less than ideal for Xiaomi for one very simple reason: just how believable the rumor was.

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Leaked Xiaomi laptop looks eerily similar to MacBook Air

Xiaomi plans to ripoff the MacBook Air next. Photo: Gizmochina

Xiaomi plans to ripoff the MacBook Air next. Photo: Gizmochina

Xiaomi just rode Apple’s coattails to the biggest startup valuation in world, but it appears the Chinese smartphone maker is ready to take its copying to new heights by getting into the laptop game with, you guessed it, a MacBook Air knockoff.

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HP’s new ultralight laptop is yet another MacBook Air doppelgänger

HP's new ultra-light laptop definitely isn't a MacBook. Photo: HP

HP’s new ultra-light laptop definitely isn’t a MacBook. Photo: HP

HP just announced its newest business laptops today – the HP EliteBook Folio 1020 – and even though the company is touting them as the thinnest and lightest ‘business-class’ notebooks ever made, they certainly look a hell of lot like the MacBook Air.

This isn’t the first time HP’s design team ripped off Apple’s work, but the copycats have fine-tuned the design of their previous MacBook Air rip-off, the 1040, by removing the unsightly ventilation fan on the side, so it looks even more Apple-esque.

Here’s another look:

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