Apple MacBook Air
Apple's new MacBook Air may be thin and sleek, but hardware/software problems are being reported

Apple may be known for releasing flashy products that take thin and light to the extreme, but the company is also 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 now, please.)

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 help.

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.

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