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Introduced in 2008 and last redesigned in 2010, Apple’s MacBook Air ($999 and up from the Apple Store) started out as a significantly slimmer, lighter, and more expensive alternative to the 13″ MacBook and MacBook Pro. Currently offered in a 13.3″ (1440×900-pixel) size, the MacBook Air is Apple’s most affordable laptop, featuring non-Retina screens, 12-hour battery life, and 128-512GB of flash storage. To reduce their size, they use low-power Intel Core i5 processors, two USB 3.0 ports and a Thunderbolt 2 port and a SDXC card reader. They remain top choices for many students and casual computer users.

In March 2015, Apple refreshed the MacBook Air with slightly faster Intel Broadwell processors and superior Intel HD Graphics 6000 GPUs. The MacBook Air line currently includes 1.6GHz processors across the line with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.7GHz. All four models ship with 4GB of RAM standard, and built-to-order versions can go up to 8GB. 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4 wireless are standard on the Air, as is a 720p FaceTime HD camera.

Although Apple introduced a thinner 12″ Retina MacBook in March 2015 (with an April 2015 release date), the new model lacks almost all of the MacBook Air’s ports, has a lower-resolution FaceTime camera, and reduces the horsepower significantly – all at a higher price. Unless you really want the higher-resolution screen, which is also available on the Retina MacBook Pro, the MacBook Air is a better choice.

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  • MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2015)

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MacBook Air Stories August 28

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Transcend, which has long offered Mac owners the chance to upgrade their SSDs to higher-capacity ones, has announced a new range of drives that support PCIe Gen 3.0. These cards, which use the latest 3D NAND flash chips, offer read/write speeds of up to 950MB/s.

The new JetDrive 820 drives are available in capacities of up to 960GB, and are compatible with a wide range of Macs …

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MacBook Air Stories January 3

AAPL: 116.15

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If you’ve ever wished your MacBook/Air/Pro had a touchscreen, you’ll soon be in luck – at least if you have the 13-inch MacBook Air. AirBar is a plug-and-play infrared device which allows you to use touch on your MacBook Air simply by magnetically attaching the device to the bottom bezel of your screen and plugging it into a USB port.

Creator Neonode says that other MacBook models will be supported later in the year …

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The best 4K & 5K displays for Mac

MacBook Air Stories October 18, 2016

AAPL: 117.47

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Apple is said to be introducing an entirely refreshed lineup of Macs later this month. The event is said to be on October 27th, which we first speculated earlier this month. The new Macs are expected to be available to consumers this month, as well.

As is often the case with Apple events, we already know a good portion of what the company has up its sleeve. Read on for a roundup of what to expect…

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MacBook Air Stories June 17, 2016

AAPL: 95.33

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9to5Toys Last Call: 13-inch MacBook Air $830, 32GB Flash Drive w/ Lightning $36, Aukey 5-port Charger $15, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Last Call Updates:

Grab a 42mm Space Gray Apple Watch Sport with Black Band (Refurb) for $226 (Orig. $349)

Apple’s latest 13-inch MacBook Air 1.6GHz/8GB/128GB drops to $830 shipped (Reg. $999)

Save nearly 20% on Apple’s latest 13-inch MacBook Air 1.6GHz/8GB/256GB: $970 (Reg. $1,199)

This flash drive adds another 32GB to your iPhone or iPad thanks to Lightning + USB 3.0 connectivity: $36 (Reg. $50)

Ditch that ugly plastic flash drive for an all-metal USB 3.0 Samsung from $7 Prime shipped (up to 60% off)

Smartphone Accessories: Aukey 50W/10A 5-Port USB Desktop Charging Station $15 Prime shipped (Reg. $19), more

Sling TV offers new users a 32GB Apple TV for $89 when you pre-pay for 3 mos. of service ($209 value)

Best Buy is taking up to $200 off Apple Watch Stainless Steel: 38mm from $349, 42mm starts at $399

Pebble Steel Smartwatch for iOS and Android $80 shipped, Apple Watches up to $200 off, more

Start your week with a $100 discount on iPad mini 4 & Air 2, priced from $300 shipped

App Store Free App of the Week: TextGrabber + Translator goes free for the very first time (Reg. $5+)

Yoga Studio: one of the best iOS yoga apps out there just went free for the first time in a year (Reg. $4)

All the iOS Grand Theft Auto titles just went on sale up to 60% off: Liberty City Stories $3 (Reg. $7), more

Rovio’s Bad Piggies for iPhone/iPad goes free for the first time in years (Reg. $1)

Giotto’s $10 Rocket Air Blaster is the best way to keep your Mac clean for the money

Review: At just $24, this Leather Loop Band for Apple Watch looks great and won’t break the bank [Gallery]

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Bring a 40-inch Roku-enabled Smart 1080p HDTV to your bedroom or office for just $200 shipped

MORE DEALS STILL ALIVE:

The 3rd Gen. Nest Thermostat hits $199 shipped (Reg. $250) just in time for the summer heat wave

3 digital magazines for FREE on Amazon, no strings attached

MacBook Air Stories June 15, 2016

AAPL: 97.14

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9to5Toys Last Call: 13-inch MacBook Air 256GB $970, Seagate 5TB External Hard Drive $110, JBL Speakers $18, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Last Call Updates:

Review: At just $24, this Leather Loop Band for Apple Watch looks great and won’t break the bank [Gallery]

Save nearly 20% on Apple’s latest 13-inch MacBook Air 1.6GHz/8GB/256GB: $970 (Reg. $1,199)

Give your Mac or PC a little breathing room: Seagate 5TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive $110 shipped (Reg. $130+), more

Daily Deals: JBL Jembe 2.0 Computer Speakers $18, Canon PIXMA All-In-One Printer w/ AirPrint $80, more

Sling TV offers new users a 32GB Apple TV for $89 when you pre-pay for 3 mos. of service ($209 value)

Best Buy is taking up to $200 off Apple Watch Stainless Steel: 38mm from $349, 42mm starts at $399

Pebble Steel Smartwatch for iOS and Android $80 shipped, Apple Watches up to $200 off, more

Start your week with a $100 discount on iPad mini 4 & Air 2, priced from $300 shipped

App Store Free App of the Week: Drop Flip puzzler goes free for the first time ever (Reg. $2)

Rovio’s Bad Piggies for iPhone/iPad goes free for the first time in years (Reg. $1)

AngerOfStick2 and its brutal beat’em up action goes free on iOS (Reg. $1)

Square Enix brings human augmentations and hacking to iOS with the new Deus Ex Go

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

Logitech’s Harmony Smart Remote brings simplified control to your TV, stereo system and home: $70 shipped (Reg. $94)

MacBook Air Stories June 14, 2016

AAPL: 97.46

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9to5Toys Last Call: iPhone 6/s Battery Case $11, 13″ MacBook Air 256GB $829, Philips Lightning Headphones $140, more

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Last Call Updates:

Save nearly 20% on Apple’s latest 13-inch MacBook Air 1.6GHz/8GB/256GB: $970 (Reg. $1,199)

Smartphone Accessories: 1byone 3100mAh Battery Case for iPhone 6/6s $11 Prime shipped (Reg. $25), more

Daily Deals: MacBook Air 13.3-inch Laptop 1.6GHz/4GB/256GB $829, JBL Charge 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker $80, more

Don’t wait on the iPhone 7, these Philips headphones have a built-in Lightning cable: $140 shipped (Reg. $240+)

Sling TV offers new users a 32GB Apple TV for $89 when you pre-pay for 3 mos. of service ($209 value)

Now you can get the UE Boom 2 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker for $150 ($50 off)

Best Buy is taking up to $200 off Apple Watch Stainless Steel: 38mm from $349, 42mm starts at $399

Pebble Steel Smartwatch for iOS and Android $80 shipped, Apple Watches up to $200 off, more

Start your week with a $100 discount on iPad mini 4 & Air 2, priced from $300 shipped

App Store Free App of the Week: Drop Flip puzzler goes free for the first time ever (Reg. $2)

Rovio’s Bad Piggies for iPhone/iPad goes free for the first time in years (Reg. $1)

AngerOfStick2 and its brutal beat’em up action goes free on iOS (Reg. $1)

Square Enix brings human augmentations and hacking to iOS with the new Deus Ex Go

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

Amazon Gold Box saves everyone’s Father’s Day with tools, watches, grooming, drones and dad clothes

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