A thin Mac with either an 11-inch or 13-inch screen and no optical drive.

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New MBA vs MBP 13" for iOS Developmet

I am going to buy a MacBook for iOS development as its main use, though I will also use Photoshop some for image processing. I am choosing between the new mid-2011 Macbook Air and the early-2011 ...
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Reminders App Hangs after Mavericks Upgrade

A couple of people on twitter share this issue, but I cannot find any discussions of it nor solutions. Since moving to OS X 10.9, Reminders app keeps pinwheeling, and won't respond. It doesn't ...
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Firewall settings with “imagent”

Among others that I recognize, I have the "imagent" been allowed to pass true my firewall (allow incoming connection). What/who is it, and do I must have it or can I just block it. I do not ...
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What might cause a a dock icon to have pixellated noise?

This is possibly a non-issue, but the Finder icon that appears when you Cmd + Tab has some strange graphical noise on the top. I can't remember how long ago it happened, or if I made anything strange ...
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Best replacement for MacBook Air MagSafe 2 cable (OEM or 3rd party?)

My MagSafe 2 cable for my 2012 MacBook Air stopped working. Took it into Apple store where I had bought my MacBook Air, and sure enough it was the excessive cat chew marks that had degraded it*. Can ...
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What to do if I sold my MacBook Air and didn't disable iCloud

I recently sold my MacBook Air, and I deauthorized iTunes, wiped the hard drive, and reinstalled snow leopard (the os version that came installed with the MBA). I stumbled upon this shortly after, ...
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Can a MacBook Air battery be replaced?

I have a MacBook Air which is an awesome computer, however I am curious what my options will be when the battery finally kicks the bucket. Can it be replaced?
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MacBook Air attempting to shutdown after a couple of seconds of inactivity

I have a a MacBook Air that works fine except popping up a shutdown dialog if left untouched for a couple of seconds (seems to be a consistent duration around 3 seconds or so). Hitting Cancel or Esc ...
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Double tap to drag no longer works

I used to have the double-tap-to-drag working, where I would tap the trackpad, let go, then tap-and-hold and it would begin dragging. I temporarily disabled the Tap to click setting in System ...
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How can I use a Macbook Air to provide a TV with an internet connection?

The television we have supports the use of the internet through an Ethernet cable or wireless USB network adapter (bought separately). The television has no built-in wireless and the nearest ethernet ...
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New thunderbolt MacBook Air and external monitors

Does the MB Air with thunderbolt only connect with Apples Thunderbolt monitor? What are the options for third party monitors with DVI or VGA?
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Mail.App deleted, how do I restore it (It's not anywhere accessible on restore media)

This is a pretty simple question. I removed the Mail.App app early on on my Macbook Air, and now I want to take a look at using Mail. It's not in my time-machine backups, and looking at the files on ...
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Unable to modify the volume with the keyboard

Sometimes, when I connect an external set of headphones/speakers, I am unable to change the volume. When I press one the volume keys, I see the image below. Why does this happen? Interestingly, if I ...
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How to type ` on Mac keyboard?

I searched my US American MacBook keyboard and I did not find symbol of "`" (grave accent). Did I miss it?
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MacBook Air forgetting display arrangement

My Mac seems to be forgetting display arrangements for external monitors. It doesn't matter what type of connector it is (Tried Apple converter to VGA as well as non-apple to DVI). Within only a few ...
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Ways to extend lap top battery life on Mavericks

What are some ways to extend lap top battery life on Mavericks? I've heard that disabling notification center via the terminal can help. I've also had a friend tell me that disabling window animations ...
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Repeatedly asked to install firmware update 1.8

In the last few days I have seen the same update keep appearing in my App Store updates list. The details are: Software Update: MacBook Air SMC Firmware Update 1.8 "This update address a rare issue ...
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Why does my MacBook Air 2013 wake from sleep every minute on Mavericks?

I'm having issues with my MacBook Air 2013 waking from sleep into Dark Wake every minute since I upgraded to Mavericks. Whenever it's been to sleep and goes into standby it keeps waking up. This is ...
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Macbook Air how to setup proxy for iTunes and App Store?

I am confused how to setup proxy for iTunes and App Store on Macbook Air. I have noticed that Safari can connect to the Internet through proxy, but for iTunes and App Store, I do not know how it ...
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How do I stop my 2013 Macbook Air from putting the computer to sleep?

I've been fiddling with my new Haswell macbook air (with Mountain Lion), and there's a difference between the "energy saver" settings on my macbook vs my 2011 iMac. On my iMac, there's a "Computer ...
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Comparing performance between the 2012/2013 MBA 13' baseline model

The MBA just launch and I did a little research on the baseline 13 inches for both years: -- MBA 13' (2012): i5-3317U @ 1.7GHz (turbo: 2.6GHz); 4000 Graphics: 350MHz-1050MHz MBA 13' (2013): ...
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Should the MacBook Air have the same amount of charge as its stated capacity when 'Full Charged'?

The following is an extract from System Information (under power): Charge Information: Charge Remaining (mAh): 6517 Fully Charged: Yes Charging: No Full Charge Capacity (mAh): 6690 ...
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MacBook Air display to external projector

I have a new 2012 MacBook Air (just a week old). Today I tried to connect to an external LCD projector, using a mini-DisplayPort-to-VGA adaptor, to project my slides. Something went wrong and I was ...
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Apple USB ethernet adapter is not detected

I have a Macbook Air running 10.7.4 and I'm trying to connect to ethernet using the official Apple USB to ethernet adapter. However, the mac never detects the new network interface. It never displays ...
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Display failure after waking up from standby

for some days I am experiencing a very strange behavior when my MacBook Air (newest generation) wakes up from the standby modus. Instead of the login view there are just many white and black lines ...
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Is putting the computer to sleep while it's in a hot car a bad idea?

I know that keeping the battery of a MacBook Air in a hot environment is a bad idea. But sometimes I have to leave it in a hot car. Are there any recommendations as to what to do in this kind of ...
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Can a Macbook Air host a network?

I'm going to be away for a few days and will be taking both my Macbook Air and my iPad away with me. Whilst we're stuck in a hotel room I may not have internet connection (I'm not willing to pay for ...
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External monitor has “snow” at 1080p/i when connected to MacBook Air

When I connect an external monitor to my new MacBook Air via Mini DisplayPort to HDMI, I see the extended desktop but there are snow-like artifacts. When I change the resolution to 720p, the screen ...
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Does the MacBook Air Support 5.1 Surround Sound

The title pretty much says it all. I have a 13" version of the newest-generation MBA. Can I get 5.1 surround sound? If so, do I have to do anything special to enable it?
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Running flash on MacBook Air V1

I run applications that use Adobe Flash. This causes my MacBook Air (1st generation) to heat up and end up becoming unusable. Someone suggested running flash after creating a new Windows Partition, ...
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Where can i get a copy of OS X Lion s/w?

Where can I get a copy of the S/W Lion? I want to "clean install OS X Lion" on my MBA 13" 2012, like it originally came. AirRay
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Is there a significant reduction in cooling fan noise level in recent MacBooks?

The MacBook Air 11'' (Mid 2012) I am currently using has a fairly loud cooling fan. It doesn't help that it's on most of the time. Are the cooling fans in more recent MacBook Airs and Retinas ...
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Macbook Air blocking websites

I am not tech savvy and know almost nothing about computers. Macs are even harder, so I don't know where to start. I did the suggested update yesterday and now it is blocking me on a bunch of stuff ...
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Crazy Memory usage on Transcend 128GB JetDrive 130 Expansion Card for MBA

I've just received my new JetDrive Lite 130 designed for Macbook Air. When I plugged it in, I was happy to see 128GB available on the empty card. However, I copied 16GB of files to it and the Finder ...
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MBA mid-2013'' total freeze; hardware issue?

Update (22nd September, 2014): Ever since I upgraded above a certain developer preview version of OS X Yosemite (DP4 or thereabouts) a couple of months ago, the problem described below has not ...
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Skype video call taking a lot of battery power on mavericks

I have got mavericks 10.9.2 and latest Skype version 6.14(351) on a MBA 2013. Whilst on a video call with one person only both cameras turned one and very good wifi signal Skype drained about 18% of ...
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Where is the MacBook Air (13") Mid 2012 fan exhaust?

I would like to put a plastic dust cover on my MacBook Air, but I'm not sure whether it would obstruct the fan exhaust. Below is a drawing that shows the soft cover. I know someone that would make ...
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Itunes wireless sync between iPad and Macbook Air

Is there any way to iTunes sync an iPad with a MacBook Air using a wireless connection (either WiFi or bluetooth). If so, how? I managed to bluetooth pair my MacBook Air with my iPad, but I can't ...
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Trying to securely erase hard drive, but Security Options not available (Mavericks)

Recently got a new Macbook Pro 13″ and I'm preparing my old Macbook Air for sale. I'm following steps in the Apple Support article on this topic (as well as other similar articles I've found). I'm ...
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Can I use two non-Thunderbolt displays on a MacBook Air

I have been told that the only way to connect more than one external display to a MacBook Air was to buy Apple's Thunderbolt monitor and daisy chain. Mavericks promises better support for external ...
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Coloured Vertical Lines on Screen

I dropped my macbook air and the screen is like this since. Does anyone know what exactly happened to it? Is it hardware or software?
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MacBookAir kernel_task at 300% and rising

I have a MacBookAir5,1 connected to a Thunderbolt Display. When it gets very hot, PID 0 "kernel_task" uses ever more CPU until reaching 340% and slowing the Mac down sufficiently to make me restart ...
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How to send and receive iMessages from my phone number on my MacBook Air with Mountain Lion

I recently downloaded Mountain Lion because I wanted to be able to send and receive iMessages from my phone number on my MacBook Air. But, for some reason I'm not able to add my number to my Mac. When ...
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What is the advantage of dual microphones?

The new MacBook Air (Jun 2013) comes with dual microphones. What's the advantage over single microphone? Anything to do with background noise cancellation?
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How can I get files off of a Mac when the display is broken?

I need to get files off of my mac, and SSH and RDP are both disabled. My screen is broken, and my SSD is encrypted by FileVault. Now, I do have one advantage: An external monitor. However, it will ...
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How to reduce the size of swap files (Mac OS 10.6) \

I recently deleted (Oops!) my swap files and thanks to some great help on this forum, I was able to re-start my Mac and there is now a new swap folder. I had used Grand Perspectives in an attempt to ...
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MacBook Air 2011 - External Display

I currently have a MacBook Air 13" 2011. I want to connect two external Displays. Does it work? I think it can speak to two Displays. When the internal Display is closed, it should be possible to ...
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Airplay over wired network?

I intend to buy a MacBook Air. I already own an AirPlay enabled receiver/player from Denon. It features both WiFi and Ethernet network interfaces. Will AirPlay work over a wired (Ethernet) network ...
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What are the physical dimensions of the SSD used in the MacBook Air?

I need the dimensions of the "gum-stick" SSD (solid-state drive) used in 2011 MacBook Air models, preferably in cm or mm.
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Does the MacBook show FaceTime missed calls?

I use my MacBook Air for FaceTime calls, while a friend calls me using an iPad 2. Since I don't always keep my Air turned on all the time, my friend's calls often end up unanswered. However, it's ...