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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 Stories June 8, 2016

AAPL: 98.94

-0.09

Japanese blog Macotakara is citing a ‘reliable Chinese supplier’ as saying that Apple is planning to announce a new MacBook Air this month, with the model going on sale in August.

While the blog does have a reasonable track-record, there are a couple of reasons for not expecting this to be too big a deal if it happens at all …

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MacBook Air Stories June 2, 2016

AAPL: 97.72

-0.74

9to5Toys Last Call: 11″ MacBook Air from $600, Beats Solo2 $80, iPad Pro 128GB LTE refurb $650, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Last Call Updates:

App Store Free App of the Week: Sago Mini Road Trip goes free for the first time in over a year ($3 value)

Apple’s latest 11-inch MacBook Air is on sale from $600 shipped w/ .edu, 13-inch 128GB as low as $800, more

Apple 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro (latest version) 2.7GHz/8GB/256GB $1,200 shipped (Reg. $1,499)

Best Buy’s 3-Day Sale includes Beats Solo2 On-ear Headphones for $80 (Reg. $120), more

Save $429 on Apple’s 12.9-inch 128GB iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular by going w/ a refurb for $650 shipped

Apple’s 12.9″ 128GB iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular is all the way down to $800 (Reg. $1,079)

VPN Unlimited: Lifetime Subscription for $29 ($500 value)

World Class Mac Bundle: 8 outstanding apps for $25 w/coupon (Orig. $401)

Pay what you want for 26.5 hours of photography tutorials and 100 stock images

Get 83 hours of coding tutorials with the Comprehensive Android Development Bundle: $40 (Orig. $727)

App Store $1 Amazing Apps & Games Sale: Halo, Runtastic, Lifeline, djay 2, Runstastic, more

App Store Free App of the Week: Octagon arcade-runner free for the first time in over a year ($2 value)

KAMI paper puzzle game goes free on iOS for the very first time today (Reg. $2)

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NBA 2K16 for iOS now matching lowest price ever in celebration of NBA Finals: $4 (Reg. $8)

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AmazonBasics Felt Sleeves for MacBooks up to 15-inches are on sale from $8 Prime shipped

Bring HomeKit control to your lights w/ Philips’ 2nd Gen Hue LED Starter Kit: $170 + varied shipping (Reg. $200)

Philips Smart Lighting: Hue Go Portable LED $80, Wireless Hue Tap Switch $50

Review: Pelican’s impressive Elite Luggage is built like a tank, but is it worth the price tag?

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SodaStream gets tipsy with its new Beer Bar homebrew beverage maker

MacBook Air Stories May 26, 2016

AAPL: 100.41

0.79

9to5Toys Last Call: 11″ MacBook Air $650, Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones $90, Philips Hue Go $80, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Last Call Updates:

App Store Free App of the Week: Octagon arcade-runner free for the first time in over a year ($2 value)

Apple 11-inch MacBook Air 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB (latest version) from $650 shipped w/ .edu (Reg. $899)

Daily Deals: Audio-Technica ATH-M50X Pro Studio Headphones (Refurb) $90, more

Philips Smart Lighting: Hue Go Portable LED $80, Wireless Hue Tap Switch $50

Pay what you want for 26.5 hours of photography tutorials and 100 stock images

Get 83 hours of coding tutorials with the Comprehensive Android Development Bundle: $40 (Orig. $727)

Many acclaimed Bose speakers & headphones now on sale, SoundLink Mini II $179 shipped (Reg. $199)

WWE 2K on iOS and Android now on sale for just $1 (Reg. $8)

Get ready for Memorial Day weekend parties with djay 2 for iOS: $1 (Reg. up to $10)

KAMI paper puzzle game goes free on iOS for the very first time today (Reg. $2)

Halo Spartan Strike action-shooter for iOS drops to its lowest price yet: $1 (Reg. $6)

App Store Free App of the Week: Pull My Tongue goes free for the first time ($1 value)

Review: We flew DJI’s impressive Phantom 4 drone towards a wall at 20MPH and nothing happened

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Mackie Studio Speakers: 5-inch w/ Bluetooth $200 (Reg. $250), 6.5-inch $160 (Reg. $200)

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Get SSD speed and size for $50 w/ Lexar 256GB S75 USB 3 Jumpdrive retractable Flash Drive (150mb/s read)

Samsung’s SmartThings home automation lineup now 20% off, get the 2nd gen Hub for $79

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Olympus wants you to beat the hell out of its new Tough TG-Tracker 4K Action Camera

Grado Labs latest Brooklyn-made set of headphones blend mahogany & maple woods

Xiaomi’s first drone records 4K video, lasts 27mins, costs $460

I’m not normally one for hiding Apple’s gorgeous designs away inside cases, but my 11-inch MacBook Air is used almost exclusively when I’m out and about, so it does normally live in a TwelveSouth BookBook case to keep it safe on its travels. I adore that case, so persuading me to set it aside for an alternative would not be an easy task.

But I was very taken with the leather iPhone and iPad cases I recently reviewed from NY-based Burkley, so I decided to give one of the company’s snap-on leather MacBook Air covers a try. It currently offers these for the MacBook Air only (both 11- and 13-inch) – though it does also have a non-snap-on variation for the 12-inch MacBook.

Burkley likes to mix up its leather offerings for each product, with the Antique Camel Leather I liked last time not available for the MacBook, so I tried the Special Burned Tan Leather. This is a fairly standard tan color in the center, with darker burned-in edges …

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The team behind Pixelmator has today released yet another free update to its Mac photo editor, Pixelmator version 3.5 ($29.99 in the Mac App Store). Alongside the usual round of performance improvements and bug fixes, the app includes a few handy new end-user features. There’s a smarter Auto Selection tool and a brand new Magnetic Selection tool to accurately and quickly cutout objects from a scene in a photograph. There’s also a brand new Retouch extension for the native OS X Photos app, integrating refined brush-style edits into iCloud Photo Library. Video demo after the break …

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MacBook Air Stories May 17, 2016

AAPL: 93.49

-0.39

9to5Toys Last Call: Retina 5K iMac $1,899, TP-LINK Travel Router for $20, LifeProof FRĒ iPhone 6 case $30, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Last Call Updates:

Canvas Messenger Bags for MacBooks (up to 15-inches) in a variety of styles/colors from $25 Prime shipped (Reg. $50+)

Apple 27-inch Retina 5K iMac 3.2GHz/8GB/1TB Fusion (newest) $1,899 shipped (Reg. $1,999), MacBook deals, more

Amazon’s taking up to 40% off everything you need for rock solid Wi-Fi at home & on the road

LifeProof FRĒ Waterproof Case for iPhone 6 (Various Colors) $30 shipped (Reg. $60)

Best Buy hands Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad Pro its first significant discount, 128GB model now $650

Apple 12-inch MacBook 1.1GHz/8GB/256GB (2015): $899.99 shipped (Orig. $1,299)

Apple 13-inch MacBook Air 1.6GHz/8GB/128GB (newest model): $850 shipped (Reg. $999)

iTunes $50 Gift Card for $42.50 shipped – save 15% on games, apps, subscriptions, more

App Store Free App of the Week: King Rabbit goes free for the first time (Reg. $1)

Adventure/platformer Swordigo goes free on iOS for the first time in over a year (Reg. $3)

Call of Duty iOS titles matching all-time lows: Strike Team $2 (Reg. $7), Zombies $1 (Reg. $5), more

Grand Theft Auto iOS Sale: Liberty City Stories $3, China Town Wars $3, San Andreas $4, more

Roundup: The best power strips w/ USB ports to quickly (and safely!) charge all of your devices

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

Keep the Wi-Fi running during power outages w/ this APC UPS System + USB Power Supply: $80 shipped (Reg. $110+)

MORE DEALS STILL ALIVE:

Get Nomad’s premium Italian leather Apple Watch Strap for just $100 shipped (Reg. $150)

The 2016 Roku Streaming Stick receives its first discount: $40 Prime shipped (Reg. $50)

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Garmin’s new vívosmart HR+ opts for GPS-tracking and heart rate monitoring over battery life

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