The latest news, tips, reviews, and rumors for Apple’s MacBook Air laptops.

Future MacBooks Could Offer Multiple Haptic Areas, Patent Suggests

· Charlotte Henry · Link

M1 MacBook Pro

Upcoming MacBooks could incorporate multiple discrete haptic areas. That’s according to a new patent, spotted by Patently Apple.

Apple’s granted patent generally relates to electronic devices with one or more input areas that also function to provide spatially localized haptics via the Taptic Engine. “Spatially localized” haptics (or haptic output) generally refers to any haptic signal, e.g., haptic output, that is tactilely perceptible to a person touching a particular active region of the electronic device, but imperceptible outside that region. The surface area over which a single haptic output is perceptible is referred to as a “discrete haptic region.” There may be any number of discrete haptic regions in an input area of a laptop computing device. The discrete haptic regions may be separated from each other, or they may overlap. Either way, they remain discrete haptic regions each associated with an individual haptic actuator. An “input area” is a structure or surface configured to accept a user input.

I've Seen the Future of Macintosh

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Dr. Mac intended to kick of 2021 with a “year in review” column, but it bored him and would have bored you, so instead he named Apple Silicon as the “Best Technological Achievement of 2020.”

Apple's M1 MacBook Air: One Week In, It's the Little Things

· Dave Hamilton · Quick Look Review

Apple's M1 MacBook Air

I was fortunate enough to receive my built-to-order M1 MacBook Air (16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 8-core GPU) last Tuesday, and I’ve had a week to truly experience it. We’ve all read the early reviews (Snell, Gruber, and Bohn are the highlights), and they’ve focused on the specs and the highlights, so I won’t rehash (much of) that here. What I want to focus on are the little things.

Big Sur, the M1 MacBook Air, and Quick Tips — Mac Geek Gab 845

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Dave’s had his M1 MacBook Air for a week, and John has some questions for him! Lots more about Big Sur including your questions answered *and* some Quick Tips. Of course, MGG wouldn’t be complete without more in-depth tips, too, and y’all have been keeping the queue full in that department! Press play and enjoy learning at least five new things.

M1 Mac Decision: To Buy or Not to Buy?

· John Martellaro · Analysis

M1 Mac Decision

Amidst the major architectural change of Macs from Intel to Apple’s own Silicon, the M1, the big question is how soon to jump in. It’s the M1 Mac Decision.

Apple Sets Huge Mac Sales Record

· John Martellaro · Columns & Opinions

16 MacBook Pro (2)

Apple set a Mac sales record in Q4 2020. By a considerable margin. John explains why.

Amazon Offers Great Deals on 2020 MacBook Air

· Jeff Butts · Cool Stuff Found

If you’ve been holding off on buying a new 2020 MacBook Air, it’s time to make your move. Right now, Amazon offers great deals on the lightweight laptops with digital coupons worth up to $100. You can purchase a 256GB MacBook Air for $849.99, down from its retail list price of $999.99. Amazon lists it at $949.99, plus you get a $100 digital coupon at checkout. Even better, the 512GB MacBook Air can be yours for $1,149.99. This is marked down from the usual $1299 price tag and also uses a digital coupon.

Amazon Offers Great Deals on 2020 MacBook Air

Apple's MacBook Air Future May Be In Question

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Apple's MacBook Air Future

Regarding Apple’s MacBook Air future, there is a case to be made that it will soon no longer fit in Apple’s lineup.