Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), the world’s most valuable brand, introduced thin (probably the thinnest) light-weight MacBook Air in early 2012. Since then the much desirable product has witnessed many rounds of improvements, upgrades and enhancements to ensure the best ROI to users who are buying MacBook Air out of their fascination and affordability. The product is a definite target of the user segment which has deep pockets and is ready to splurge on original software, as we all know, it is rather difficult to find pirated pieces for Mac OS.
A power-packed laptop, loaded with 4th generation Intel i5 processor and all day long battery back up (12 hours with 13.3” MacBook Air) is probably the best-of-breeds one can ever expect in a Laptop. Before, I actually draft the points – critically important to know before you reach out to your pocket – here is a quick preview of what lies below the hood:
13.3” in MacBook Air (Mid 2013)
- 13 inch LED Display
- 1.3 Ghz Dual Core 4th generation i5 processor
- Intel HD 5000 graphics card
- 4GB DDR3 RAM
- 128 GB/ 256 GB SSD Storage
- 1X Memory Card Slop supports upto 500 GB storage
- 720 px HD Web cam
- WiFi 802.11
- Bluetooth 4
- 3 x USB 3.0 Ports
- 1x Thunderbolt Port
- Upto 12 hours battery backup
- Max OS X Mavericks
You can find many detailed videos and text reviews of MacBook Air over the web, so I am really not going to burn my efforts on them. But it’s important to know the communication capacity of MacBook Air and a few adaptability to latest upgrades, Apple has introduced to MacBook Air recently. These aspects must be taken into consideration before you actually order any variant of MacBook Air (mid 2013).
Advanced Version of USB 3.0 Port: The Biggest Pain
The latest mid 2013 Apple MacBook Air is loaded with an advanced version of USB 3.0. This means, a majority of USB 2.0 external devices and many of USB 3.0 devices do not work flawlessly with MacBook Air. Simple activities like transferring data from earlier versions of the external HDD, setting up your smart watch or connecting your network dongle could result in a periodic fight. Using an external USB cable between an external USB device and MacBook Air solves the issue many a times, but it’s like making a simple process more complex. Even if your MBA detects an external USB device somehow seamless functionality remains the challenge, frequent disconnections, failing to recognise external devices are a few challenges you may encounter on a regular basis.
Solution: Carry one external USB connector, avoid using USB 2.0 external devices and if possible, try to find out the latest drivers of your external devices.
Sudden Death: Don’t Upgrade to OS X Maverick 10.1
No, I am not saying no one should upgrade to Maverick, but if you have got anything to do with USB issue stated above, then refrain from acting as the ‘most advanced element’ on this earth. While using USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 external devices on the MacBook Air powered by OS X 10.1, you may face the sudden reboot, widely known as Sudden Death issue. Once the MBA (MacBook Air) restarts after sudden death, it throws a pop-up ‘Report to Apple’ in 190 lines of technical explanation. While paying close attention to these lines you will see ‘CPU Panic’ as the main reason. Here is what it says, in detail:
However, the satisfactory aspect of this situation is that you don’t lose you data or files you were working just before it went for Sudden Death. But all that browser dependent work, the likes of email drafting, online coding etc, would be a definite loss unless there is an auto backup set on your relative server.
Solution: While Apple is yet to address this issue, the best solution is to refrain from upgrading to OS X 10.1 if you use, so called, outdated USB devices.
Delicate Mouse Pad Area:
Laptops are meant for a bit of rough handling and when you talk about super lightweight laptops, chances are high that you may use it in a more portable way. Many of us rest our palm near the TouchPad mouse area on the MacBook Air (MBA), especially when the MBA is on your lap. Be warned that this is the area with the thinnest coating where the Sound Chip of MBA rests right next to the mouse pad below the hood. A bit of heavy load on the sideways of the mouse pad and you may end up damaging the chip, which will result in no sound coming from your MBA.
The above are the few important aspects that you must consider before you shell out a heavy price to own an Apple MacBook Air. All these aspects are experienced, discussed issues with Apple team and are not just a sneaked piece from any other source. It’s also equally important to quote that Apple DOES NOT have a replacement policy for MBA , MBP (MacBook pro) or iMac – unlike iPhone and iPad. If you encounter any issues with MacBook you will have to get it repaired no matter how many days, months or years old your MacBook is.
Having said all that, I must conclude with the fact that the MBA is definitely one of the best in-class products available in the market. And despite of a few challenges, it’s really tough to settle down with non-Apple products.
Snuff_Smith out mate. As aways, your help is appreciated.
Snuff_Smith it’s through google plus. I’ve already set it up through my 4.
livefromDarwin only thing I would check is that it is iOS compatible. If it’s Flash based it won’t be.
Snuff_Smith Canva? Looks great hey. I think I’ll be using it a lot.
livefromDarwin Fair enough.
Snuff_Smith I was recommended that last week. Blogger looked easier. I like easy.
livefromDarwin just had a look. Impressive.
Snuff_Smith from what I’ve seen, it’s brilliant. Even for cards etc.
livefromDarwin it’ll work. It’s web based. WordPress is more blog. That’s more web page.
Snuff_Smith that’s all good. We have a web designer. She’s pretty handy.
livefromDarwin let me look. If it’s web based yes.
Snuff_Smith thank fuck. That’s a win then. Canva is Bata and doesn’t run on iPhone. Can Air Mac handle that?
livefromDarwin I’m good for everything but website. Never done one.
Snuff_Smith that’s just for the blog. Need to tie in twitter, FB as well. Plus the website and multiple emails.
livefromDarwin Chrome browser is easy.
Snuff_Smith Chrome DoShare Plugin, Friends Plus Me, Keyword Planner, OpenSite Explorer etc. Doing my head in mate.
livefromDarwin You’re talking Spanish to me now! All web based?
Snuff_Smith need heaps more. Have to do SEMrush, Social Crawlytics, Topsy, Piktochart, DLVR.IT, SocialOomph, Zapier, Moz Toolbar, Triberr..
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livefromDarwin Snuff_Smith is that a catamaran?
livefromDarwin Righto mate. You might want a bit more data on your phone. Unless you’ve now got Internet.
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Snuff_Smith anyway, that sounds perfect. I’ll get one ordered.
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livefromDarwin I’m ok now. sorry about that
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AinePhoenix Snuff_Smith where’s your head at?
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AinePhoenix You said it was all wrong. If you’ve a better idea go for it. livefromDarwin
Snuff_Smith go for what? I want a Mac but still trying to convince the boss livefromDarwin
Snuff_Smith great. That’s what I need. I need a fair bit of oomph so that sounds perfect.
AinePhoenix Go for it. livefromDarwin
livefromDarwin it’s what I would recommend. Use the phone as a wifi hotspot.
livefromDarwin Snuff_Smith ugg what are you two doing?
this is all wrong.
livefromDarwin Mum? aww come on Snuff_Smith
Snuff_Smith Mac Book Air?
Snuff_Smith sweet. I’ll hit the boss up for one. Aka, mum. Lol.
livefromDarwin Yep, the idea with these is everything is in the cloud. I can set it up with you so you can use phone or it and they sync.
livefromDarwin More like a full blown computer, but if you know iOS it has the same apps. Safari, etc.
Snuff_Smith is that as easy as an iPhone to use mate?
Snuff_Smith ok. That won’t be a problem. Obviously I’ll need one.
livefromDarwin oops my mistake. It’s just a review of MacBook Air. About $1100.
Snuff_Smith yep. Not good reception though. I need wi-fi. I’ll be able to upgrade though and claim it back on the business.
livefromDarwin you on iOS 7?
livefromDarwin Thought you were waiting?
Snuff_Smith nup. Won’t open.
Snuff_Smith won’t load up.