Apple introduced a much-needed and radical redesign for its Mac Pro desktop line this week, but its refreshing of the MacBook Air was all internal – the laptop’s look has not changed since its revamp in 2010.
Since then, many Windows laptops have tried to copy the Air’s classic wafer-thin looks and it has inspired an entire “Ultrabook” category, created by Intel. But, after trying the new Air and its most recent competition, it’s easy to see why Apple felt no need to change things externally. Read more
Apple’s Lion operating system and its incarnation in the new MacBook Air are the subject of this week’s Personal Technology column in the FT’s Business Life section, which can be read here. It wasn’t possible to cover all of the 250 new Lion features in the column, Apple has a full list here and there’s a rundown of some of the main ones I tried after the jump. Read more
It took a while for tablet rivals to emerge to Apple’s iPad, but Lenovo has wasted no time in coming out with a laptop competitor to the new MacBook Air.
The IdeaPad U260 will go on sale on Monday on Lenovo’s website starting at $899 as “the world’s first 12.5-inch ultra-portable consumer laptop, giving users a 16:9 widescreen dimension in a 12-inch form factor for the first time.” Read more
The Samsung Galaxy Tab has finally arrived, allowing operators around the world to take on the iPad in the tablet stakes, only for Apple to move on to “the future of notebooks” with the new MacBook Air.
I followed up early reviews of the Tab and the Air with a fuller look at these category-bending products in this week’s Personal Technology column in the FT’s Business Life section. Read more
Steve Jobs says netbooks are just slow, cheap laptops with low-quality displays and are no good for anything.
He dissed them as such during the unveiling of the iPad and, judging by falling sales since then, he may have a case. Except that the new MacBook Air, launched on Wednesday, has just become my new favourite netbook. Read more
Apple has unveiled a new version of its MacBook Air notebook and a “younger brother”, costing under $1,000, with a smaller 11.6-inch screen.
A new version of its Mac operating system, codenamed Lion, was also shown along with an updated version of its iLife software suite in a media event at Apple’s Silicon Valley headquarters.
Steve Jobs, Apple chief executive, who lead the presentations, said the Air was “the future of notebooks”. Read more
Apple’s MacBook Air, Sony’s Vaio P Series and now Dell’s Adamo belong to an elite category of portable personal computers whose appeal owes as much to design aesthetics as it does to technology, writes Paul Taylor:
Sony and Apple have a reputation for such products. But Dell – outside of its Alienware unit, which builds high-performance PCs for games players – is best known for producing solid mainstream desktops and businesslike laptops targeting corporate buyers and penny-pinched students. Read more