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Apple Issues MacBook Air Firmware Update to Address Sleep-Wake Issues

Apple yesterday issued a firmware update for the MacBook Air, addressing potential sleep wake issues associated with the laptop.

The following is Apple’s full change log for EFI Firmware Update 2.9:

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 downloaded via the “Updates” section of the Mac App Store and is available for devices running OS X 10.9.2 or later.

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Broadwell Chip Constraints Could Delay Launch of 12-Inch MacBook Air Into 2015

Apple’s highly-anticipated 12-inch MacBook Air could be delayed into 2015 due to chip constraints, according to a report yesterday from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News.

The report attributes the delay to a shortage of Intel’s 14-nanometer Broadwell chips, which are reportedly facing production issues due to a manufacturing glitch.

According to an earlier report by Chinese site VR Zone, the Broadwell chips to be used in Apple’s 12-inch MacBook Air may not ship until ‘early to mid 2015′, which appears to line up with yesterday’s report of a delayed launch for the laptop.

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Mass Production of 12-Inch MacBook Air Reportedly Beginning in Third Quarter

Taiwanese tech site Digitimes has published a report claiming that Apple will begin mass production of its rumoured 12-inch MacBook Air in the third quarter, with Quanta Computer Inc. being the lead manufacturer.

Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook Air will enter mass production in the third quarter, filling the gap between the 11- and 13-inch MacBook Airs as well as enhancing Apple’s leadership in the small-to-medium-size ultra-thin notebook market, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Quanta Computer will be responsible for the assembly of the 12-inch device, said the sources, adding that so far, they have not heard any changes coming to the 11- and 13-inch MacBook Air products.

Rumours of a 12-inch MacBook have been around for a while, and were given greater credence when renowned Apple analyst Ming-chi Kuo claimed in an earlier research note that Apple did indeed have such a product in its pipeline. Kuo had predicted a year-end launch for the laptop, which he added would be “ultra-thin” and reportedly be able to function “without a fan”.

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New EFI Firmware Update Available for MacBook Airs

Just a day after releasing an SMC update for the MacBook Air to fix battery drain issues, Apple has issued an EFI firmware update, also for the MacBook Air, to address sleep-wake issues when connecting to USB and Thunderbolt devices.

The following is Apple’s full change log for the update:

This update is recommended for MacBook Air (mid 2013 and early 2014) models.

This update improves reliability when waking from sleep and when booting while certain USB and Thunderbolt devices are connected.

This update also addresses a rare memory issue that may cause the system to randomly reboot, and an issue where the system may not properly sleep the built-in display when an external display is connected while running Windows using Boot Camp.

The EFI firmware update can be downloaded for free from Apple’s support page.

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Apple Releases SMC Update for MacBook Air to Fix Battery Drain Issue

Apple yesterday released SMC Update v2.0 for its MacBook Air, addressing a widely-reported issue that causes faster than expected battery drain on the mid-2013 model of the laptop.

The following is Apple’s full release notes for the update:

This update is recommended for MacBook Air (Mid 2013) models.

This update addresses an issue which may cause the battery to drain faster than expected when the lid is closed.

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Apple Launches Refreshed MacBook Airs with Processor Improvements and S$160 Price Cut

Apple today announced new refreshed models of its 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air, as predicted by reports yesterday.

“With MacBook Air starting at $899, there’s no reason to settle for anything less than a Mac,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Macs have never been more popular, and today we’ve boosted the performance and lowered the price of MacBook Air so even more people can experience the perfect everyday notebook.”

The new MacBook Air models feature a minor spec bump from the previous models, and also a S$160 price drop. Both the 11-inch and 13-inch models come with a 1.4GHz Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz, as compared to a 1.3GHz processor with Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz in the previous models. Apple has also dropped the price of the 13-inch base model to S$1,328 from S$1,488 previously, with the 11-inch base model seeing a similar price reduction to S$1,188.

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Updated MacBook Airs Reportedly Launching Tomorrow

According to a new report by 9to5Mac, Apple could be refreshing its line of MacBook Airs ‘as soon as tomorrow’.

The report cites ‘multiple sources’ which claim that new shipments of upgraded 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Airs have started to arrive at Apple Stores across the United States. Apple has also reportedly informed stores to re-arrange the placement of Macs to focus on the new MacBook Airs.

Last week,  it was reported that Apple would be updating its MacBook Air line this week. However, the update is likely to be incremental, with sources claiming that both the 11-inch and 13-inch models will be receiving a minor spec bump, in-line with Intel’s processor roadmap. These claims are reiterated in the 9to5Mac report:

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Apple Reportedly Updating MacBook Air Line Next Week

Apple will reportedly update its MacBook Air product line next week, according to a new report by MacGeneration, as spotted by MacRumors.

Citing reliable sources, the website notes that references have been made towards new devices featuring screens of 11-inches and 13-inches, which are the current display sizes for the MacBook Air.

The report does not provide any details of updated specs or what we can expect to see in the new models. However, MacRumors notes that a minor spec bump would be in-line with Intel’s earlier-announced processor roadmap.

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Analyst Predicts Blockbuster Q3 & Q4 for Apple: New iPads, iPhone 6, ‘iWatch’, 12-Inch MacBook and Apple TV

Today, Appleinsider and MacRumors both obtained a research note by prominent KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo detailing Apple’s product roadmap for 2014.

Ming-Chi Kuo’s prediction for Apple’s 2014 pipeline, posted by Appleinsider.

Kuo is widely-regarded as one of the most reliable Apple analysts, and his predictions have been mostly accurate in the past. As such, many sites are giving a lot of weight to his new research note.

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