Intel launches Broadwell Core M processor, chip could find its way into rumored 12-inch MacBook Air notebooks

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Date: Tuesday, November 4th, 2014, 13:30
Category: Hardware, News, Processors

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Intel’s next generation of processors won’t ship until early 2015, but there’s some interesting news on the processor that could wind up in the 12-inch MacBook Pro notebook.

Per MacRumors, the company began shipping some ultra low-power Broadwell chips known as Core M a couple of months ago. These chips are designed to run at just 4.5 watts and are intended for next-generation fanless PCs and tablets, fitting perfectly with circulating rumors of a thinner, fanless 12-inch MacBook Air, potentially with a Retina display.

The first batch of Core M chips launched in early September consisted of the 5Y10/5Y10a running at a base frequency of 800 MHz with a maximum of 2 GHz turbo, along with the more powerful 5Y70 running at 1.1 GHz with a max turbo of 2.6 GHz. Intel now appears to have quietly added several new processor options to the Core M family. Internal roadmaps had targeted an early 2015 launch for these chips, but Intel’s chip database shows the new chips as having launched this quarter.

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Rumor: Apple to announce next-gen 27-inch iMac with Retina display, updated iPad Air units at October 16th media event

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Date: Wednesday, October 15th, 2014, 11:58
Category: Hardware, iMac, iPad, Rumor

There’s a lot of predictions as to what will be announced at tomorrow’s Apple media event.

With any luck, some of them will be right.

Per AppleInsider, ever-reliable KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a note stating to expect a highly-anticipated 27-inch iMac with Retina quality display that will ship before the end of 2014, as well as a next-generation iPad Air that could see limited initial supply.

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Kuo expects only a 27-inch Retina iMac model to take the stage this week, though a 21-inch version is in the works and could debut in the second half of 2015. The analyst says Apple started on the 27-inch offering prior to the 21-inch because developing two different sized high-resolution panels is a demanding task. Comparatively, the larger-screened iteration draws high-end users who can afford the additional cost, making the model ripe for release.

Reports from September claimed the rumored 27-inch Retina iMac will feature a 5K display, though exact specifications have not been confirmed. Code discovered in an OS X 10.10 Yosemite beta in June pointed to 6,400-by-3,600-pixel screen resolutions, possibly hinting at scaling options for a Retina panel.

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Rumor: Apple won’t unveil Retina display MacBook Air at October 16th media event, will hold off until early 2015

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Date: Tuesday, October 14th, 2014, 11:04
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, Rumor

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You can expect a lot of nifty things from Apple’s media event on Thursday.

A Retina display MacBook Air probably won’t be one of them.

Per Re/code and AppleInsider, sources close to the story have stated that the rumored new MacBook Air will not debut. He did, however, reiterate that the company is in fact planning to launch a new iMac with a high-resolution Retina display.

The absence of the new MacBook Air is largely in line with the latest rumors, which have indicated the device won’t be available in time for this holiday season. Instead, it’s been reported that the new ultraportable notebook with a Retina display won’t see the light of day until 2015.

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Rumor: Apple to release thinner MacBook Air in late 2014, early 2015

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Date: Wednesday, August 27th, 2014, 08:01
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, Rumor

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The MacBook Air could get even thinner by the end of 2014 or early 2015.

Per MacRumors and DigiTimes, supply chain sources in Taiwan have noted that component production has already begun in small volumes. Apple will also reportedly cease production of the 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro by the end of 2014.

A report last month claimed that Intel’s continued delays of its Broadwell chip may cause Apple to push back the release of its 12-inch MacBook until late this 2014 or early 2015. The 12-inch MacBook is said to include a Retina display and may either be a successor to the MacBook Air or join Apple’s current 11-inch and 13-inch models.

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Apple posts new MacBook Air EFI update 2.9.1

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Date: Wednesday, July 30th, 2014, 18:36
Category: Announcement, App Store, Apple, Installation, Mac, MacBook Air, OS X, Software

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As we reported last week, there were numerous problems with the MacBook Air firmware update released earlier in the week. Users reported symptoms as innocuous as the update simply not being applied, to preventing the laptop from rebooting. In most cases, performing multiple SMC resets on the computer fixed the booting problem, but the update was still not installed. A few users found that even though the System Information application reported that the firmware was not updated, afterwards their MacBook Airs began suffering some of the problems that the 2.9 update was supposed to fix. Some of the symptoms included trouble reconnecting to wifi networks, fans unnecessarily running at full speed, and issues with sleeping and waking the computer.

Let than a day after the reports began flooding in, Apple removed the update from the App Store and users were no longer getting prompted to install it. As of today, a newly numbered 2.9.1 update can be found appearing in the App Store under Updates. Owners are cautioned to hold off on applying the new update, unless necessary, until reports come back that the install is working correctly. We will keep you updated as reports come in and the situation develops.

Have you already risked the update? Let us know and any relevant details in the comments or on our Facebook page!

 

 

Apple removes MacBook Air firmware updater after reports of problems

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Date: Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014, 13:51
Category: Announcement, App Store, Apple, Installation, Mac, MacBook Air, OS X, Software

appstorelogoAfter a day of user complaints of problems applying the MacBook Air 2.9 EFI firmware update after its release, Apple has finally pulled the update from the App Store. As we reported yesterday, threads like this one, started reporting that attempts to apply the update would run and fail to actually update the firmware, or that it would “brick” their laptop leaving it unusable. Those that weren’t left with a non-working MacBook Air also reported that after attempting the failed update, the App Store app would show the update as installed with an additional entry showing that it still needed to be applied.

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Apple releases MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.9, addresses sleep issue with mid-2011 MacBook Air [Update!]

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Date: Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014, 10:12
Category: MacBook Air, News, Software

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With any luck, this will work.

Per The Mac Observer, Apple released its MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.9 late Monday. The update, a 4.3 MB download, addresses a sleep issue with the mid-2011 MacBook Air notebook:

- This update is recommended for MacBook Air (Mid 2011) models. This update addresses an issue where systems may take longer to wake from sleep than expected and fixes a rare issue that may cause fans to run at full speed after waking from sleep.

The update can be directly downloaded from Apple’s web site or located and installed via OS X’s Software update feature.

If you’ve tried the new firmware and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Update! :

Some users have been reporting problems with the EFI update. In some cases, users’ computers would not restart after installation. In others the update would appear to install, but when the laptop restarts, the update is not applied, appears as installed in the App Store app, and STILL shows up as needing to be installed. Multiple attempts at the install simply add an identical entry to the list of installed software with no changes to the computers firmware.

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I personally ran into the latter situation. My MacBook Air is still working fine, but the firmware did not update. People are also having problems with the separate installer downloaded from Apple’s web site. We highly recommend that if you have not updated yet that you hold off until more data can be collected and Apple possibly deploys an update to the update.

Has anyone else experienced this problem? Let us know in the comments.

 

 

Rumor: 12-inch Retina display MacBook Air could be delayed until 2015

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Date: Monday, July 21st, 2014, 09:22
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, Rumor

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You may have to wait a little longer for the 12-inch Retina display MacBook Air.

Per AppleInsider and Taiwan’s Economic Daily News, current rumors have it that Apple’s 12-inch Retina display MacBook Air could be delayed until 2015 given processor supply constraints, while the release of the next-generation 11-inch and 13-inch models will be on time as partner suppliers in East Asia are receiving parts for mass production.

The current stories claim a rumored 12-inch MacBook Air may see its release date pushed back to late 2014 or early 2015, while parts for Apple’s refreshed 11- and 13-inch MacBook Air models are now being shipped to partner supplier Quanta ahead of production next month.

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Rumor: Apple to begin manufacturing 12-inch MacBook Air notebook in Q3

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Date: Tuesday, June 24th, 2014, 11:17
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, Rumor

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If there’s a rumor, there’s usually a kernel of truth to go along with it.

A new report via the sometimes-accurate DigiTimes claims that Apple’s supply partners will begin production of an anticipated 12-inch MacBook Air sometime in Q3 of this year. The current estimate points towards July and Apple is apparently planning to stick with the current MacBook Air design, with only minor unseen tweaks to rearrange certain internal structures and accommodate an adequately sized battery.

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Apple releases MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.8 for mid-2013, early-2014 MacBook Air notebooks, addresses sleep, peripheral issues

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Date: Wednesday, June 11th, 2014, 10:46
Category: MacBook Air, News, Software

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This might prove helpful.

On Wednesday, Apple released its MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.8 for the mid-2013 and early-2014 MacBook Air notebooks. The update, a 4.8 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

- Improves reliability when waking from sleep and when booting while certain USB and Thunderbolt devices are connected.

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