Apple is getting ready to unleash a NEW, revised MacBook Air into the world…soon. No exact dates yet.
The rumor is the design of the MacBook Air will remain untouched but as my Grandmother always told me, “It’s what’s inside that counts”. So this bad boy will come with a standard Penryn-class Core 2 Duo plus a higher-capacity battery.
The SSD prices will go down and hopefully the Hard-Drive will be increased to 120 -160 GB.
The MacBook Air will still come with No firewire ports, optical drive or removable battery but all that doesn’t seem to have hurt sales of this popular lightweight laptop!
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Solar Power for Apple MacBook Air
QuickerTek, the leader in wireless Apple products, announces the Apple Juicz – a new way to power the Apple MacBook Air using solar power. Three models are priced from $500 to $1,000 USD and fold to a convenient 10.5 size and come with a cool Element messenger bag. These solar panels charge the MacBook Air while in use.
The Apple Juicz Solar Charger requires the sun to charge your MacBook, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. The flexible thin-film solar cells will charge the MacBook Air in five hours. Since the MacBook Air has a non-removeable battery, alternative power options are welcomed by the Mac community. Especially “green” options.
There are three different solar panels:
* 55 watt model $1000.00 – recharges the MBA in 5 hours, unfolds to 60 x 42 inches
* 27 watt model $600.00 – recharges the MBA in 8 hours, unfolds to 41.5 x 30.5 inches
* 18 watt model $500.00 – recharges the MBA in 14 hours, unfolds to 30.5 x 30 inches
All models require an upgraded MagSafe power adapter. QuickerTek can modify the customer’s adapter for $25.00 or purchase a modified MagSafe power adapter for $100.00. Either way, the adapter retains the original functionality with the added advantage of being able to hook into the Apple Juicz line. Each unit comes with a cool Element messenger bag which holds everything nicely.
Like most QuickerTek products, the Apple Juicz Solar Charger is backed with a one-year warranty on parts and labor.
Apple Juicz Solar Charger
QuickerTek, Inc. is based out of Wichita, Kansas and was founded by Rick Estes in 2002. QuickerTek has been a recognized leading innovator of antennas and RF products for the Mac community.
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Apple Slashes $400 from SSD Drive in MacBook Air
Apple has reduced the Solid State Drive (SSD) option on the MacBook Air from US$999 to US$599 just in time for holiday shopping. Studies have shown that current SSD drives save only a little on battery power and improve only a little on various read/write functions. Even so, the removing the HDD gets the last moving part out of a notebook computer — something that will appeal to many customers.
In addition, for those who want to upgrade to the 1.8 GHz model, that option will now cost US$100 less. Combined, that’s a reduction of $500. Happy holiday shopping to all.
Orbino offers stylish MacBook Air cases
Orbino thinks the MacBook Air is a classy notebook. Classy notebooks need classy cases. That’s why they’ve created the Aria case for the MacBook Air. Available for pre-order with a $529 price tag, this case sports a hand folded leather exterior, as well as a durable aluminum frame. It comes with a padded shoulder strap and a removable accessory pack, and is available in four separate colors. It will begin shipping in July.
Orbino is no stranger when it comes to cases. With hand crafted, fine leather cases for iPods, laptops, and Palms, it seems like Orbino takes great pride in their work.
They also have an Arista MacBook Air case that is more like a bag, featuring a nice, long strap. It, too, comes in various colors and offers full protection, but this one only costs $349. These both seem a bit expensive for me, but if I spent $1799+ on a laptop, I sure would want it protected.
Product Page [Aria Case, Arista]
As tnkgrl mentions at the outset of this hack, the MacBook Air SuperDrive is a nice little slice of hotness, retailing for a mere $99, and doing the whole external drive thing with Apple’s sense of style. Unfortunately, it only works with the MacBook Air due to a proprietary IDE to USB bridge, as tnkgrl discovered. For a mere $9 she was able to find a replacement part, and after pushing some internals around she had her slef a Mac mini and HP Mini-Note-friendly USB disc drive. We’ve all been laboring under the assumption that Apple needed more than the standard USB power draw, so it comes as a bit of a surprise that she was able to pull this off with a regular part, and we demand Apple start selling $108 SuperDrives-for-all immediately. Er, please?