Apple may be known for releasing flashy
products that take thin and light to the extreme, but the company is
known for its share
of problems with new
release hardware. The latest product to experience problems is
the recently introduced total
revamp of the MacBook Air.
According to Cult
of Mac, there have been reports of both 11" and 13"
MacBook Airs experiencing problems with screen distortion and blank
screens [see video].
Cult of Mac's David Martin witnessed similar problems with his
own MacBook Air, stating, "I observed horizontal sparkling bands
running up and down the screen, but the computer did not freeze."
Martin and another editor also
experienced problems with "kernel
panics" on the new MacBook Air:
Leander saw two
kernel panics on a 13-inch model and one on an 11-inch model. I’ve
experienced one on my 13-inch model that I attributed to my
attempting to boot with an SD card built on a MacBook Pro – so I’m
sure mine doesn’t count, but his experience is curious. Macs rarely
kernel panic and yet he’s seen three of these within four days. All
occurred during wake-from-sleep.
To pile on to the matter, Macworld
has also experienced similar problems with the new MacBook Airs.
Serenity Caldwell describes:
Sadly, I can
personally confirm these issues: Just two days after unboxing my
11-inch Air—the base model with 4GB of RAM—the notebook randomly
cut to a gray screen during Screen Sharing and only a reboot could
cure it. In the ensuing days, I’ve seen my Air’s screen turn a
variety of colors: gray again, tan, gray-black, and—on Monday—blue!
(Let’s everyone get their Blue Screen of Death jokes out of the way
As I was
working on something different in every instance, it was hard to say
exactly what triggered the crashes, though Screen Sharing has been
the culprit at least twice. Neither a PRAM nor SMC reset did much to
There is also a discussion thread over
at the Apple
Discussions Board where MacBook Air owners are describing
problems with faulty displays and system crashes.
For its part, Apple has not issued an
official statement regarding these new issues.