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Apple's MacBook Airs to get new "brains", but will keep the same bodies

Apple’s MacBook Air notebooks — which consist of an 11” and 13” model — are some of the best-selling notebook computers on the market. Priced from $999 for the 11” and $1,099 for the 13”, the computers strike a palatable balance between performance and weight.
 
According to 9to5Mac, the MacBook Airs will receive upgraded Haswell processors clocked between 1.4GHz and 1.5GHz, and of course increased overall performance. Apple is also expected to tweak the storage options available on the MacBook Air models.

 
Unfortunately, it appears that a processor upgrade is all that Apple lovers will receive tomorrow. The long-rumored Retina MacBook Air is nowhere to be found. Apple has really fallen behind the pack with regards to screen technology and resolutions on its two MacBook Air models — the 11” gets by with a 1366x768 display while the 13” isn’t much better at 1440x900.
 
In addition, the chassis design for the MacBook Air has barely changed in over three years. While many might suggest “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” we’re sure that Apple could perform a few nips and tucks to make the device even thinner and lighter in the face of stiff Ultrabook competition.

Source: 9to5Mac



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Does this mean delayed Broadwell?
By purerice on 4/28/2014 11:40:27 PM , Rating: 2
By the specs listed in the link, the CPU goes from the i5-4250U to 4260U but everything else is potentially the same.

Once in a while Apple does update a product after 11 months upping the CPU 7% and doing nothing else.
However those updates usually don't follow 3 months of speculation.

Though assuming this were real, knowing Apple often gets preferential treatment of Intel's chips, and knowing that Apple rarely updates products after less than 9 months, could a minor release tomorrow mean that Broadwell won't release in any shape until 2015?

I sure hope not.




WiFi?
By ebakke on 4/28/14, Rating: -1
RE: WiFi?
By aurareturn on 4/28/2014 3:31:58 PM , Rating: 2
I own a 2013 Macbook Air 13". I don't notice any wifi issues.


RE: WiFi?
By peterrushkin on 4/28/2014 4:36:51 PM , Rating: 2
I own a retina 15" 2013. I have no wifi issues either.


RE: WiFi?
By retrospooty on 4/28/14, Rating: 0
RE: WiFi?
By StevoLincolnite on 4/28/2014 7:39:42 PM , Rating: 2
That goes without saying.

All things electronic and mechanical are bound to break down or have defects eventually.

Usually those who have problems are the ones who are going to be vocal about it too.

You can rest assured that all devices have a % of units that have problems.


RE: WiFi?
By tonyswash on 4/28/14, Rating: 0
RE: WiFi?
By retrospooty on 4/28/2014 10:54:58 PM , Rating: 2
Forget the search, click some of the links IN the search. There is an issue with some amount of the product. Sorry that offends your company based sense of self worth.


RE: WiFi?
By CalaverasGrande on 4/28/2014 5:01:00 PM , Rating: 2
had no reports of wifi issues with any of our Mac users. What issues do you get?
I know in our building, the influx of new tenants and multiple new enterprise wifi systems is hammering our throughput.
I downloaded an app for $3 that lets my MBP see what channels our neighbors are on and they are almost all squatting the same default channels. We hopped down a few channels and its smooth sailing.


RE: WiFi?
By sgestwicki on 4/28/2014 10:07:52 PM , Rating: 2
In the standard 2.4 gigahertz band that most wireless runs in you really only have 3 different main channels. They are 1, 6, and 11. The channels use the band that you select and some of the neighboring channels too. If you jump on one of the "open" channels you are actually going to bleed into the two neighboring main channels.


RE: WiFi?
By sgestwicki on 4/28/2014 10:12:41 PM , Rating: 2
Wifi Analyzer and inSSIDer will do that for fee on the Android platform. They may also be available on iOS for anyone else that wants to check out what networks are on which channels.


RE: WiFi?
By ebakke on 4/28/2014 11:12:40 PM , Rating: 2
My wifi performance is entirely sporadic and completely unpredictable. Sometimes it works perfectly. Other times, requests simply will not go through. Just hangs. Other times the first request will take forever, and then suddenly subsequent requests work as expected. ..for a while.. Then another hiccup.

As retrospooty's already stated in this thread, I'm not the only one with the problem. It's common among people with Retina MBs and Mountain Lion.

I've completely wiped all networking config on the OS and started from scratch. I've looked for "open" channels in my neighborhood using the Wireless Diagnostics app (part of OSX). I've used multiple different wireless networks, all with other clients that experience no issues. It happens when connecting to all different hosts. My old MBP has none of these issues, and it's my fallback when my current laptop is unusable.


RE: WiFi?
By Tony Swash on 4/29/2014 6:32:40 AM , Rating: 1
Have you tried Maverick Cache Cleaner, it has a suit of unix based cache cleaning routines that's worth running if things get glitchy.


RE: WiFi?
By m51 on 4/28/2014 6:56:17 PM , Rating: 1
2013 13" Retina Macbook pro and 2013 13" Macbook air here. Wifi works excellent. Never had a problem. Haven't heard of anybody else having a problem either.


RE: WiFi?
By sgestwicki on 4/28/2014 10:18:46 PM , Rating: 2
I know of people that were having wifi issues on their Mac book air but they were able to very that it was a software bug because it only showed up after upgrading the os (I think it was Mountain Lion) and it couldn't be fixed until it just started working again when the next major update came out.


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