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

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As a developer, what will I miss on a Macbook Air? [MBA vs MBP] [closed]

I am an indie game developer. I am in love with the Mackbook Air [13 inch], and want to buy it. I was wondering: Will I miss the DVD drive, and upgradability if I am choosing a Macbook Air over ...
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How do I silently start up my MacBook Air?

When I start up my MacBook Air, it makes a loud startup sound unless I muted the computer prior to shutting down last time. However, I cannot guarantee that I had muted the computer last time before ...
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Is there a way to securely erase an SSD on my MacBook Air?

I have a late 2011 MacBook Air with an SSD and Lion. I used it for a while and then I activated File Vault 2. Now the data is encrypted, but I need to securely erase it so I can sell the computer. I ...
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Is it bad that my MacBook Air is passing me electricity?

Whenever my MacBook Air is connected to the AC power and I have my hands on the palm rest, I feel it passes some electricity to me. If I unplug it from the AC power it stops doing that. This has ...
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Delay in keyboard responsiveness after wake with Mountain Lion?

After upgrading to Mountain Lion, now when I open the lid to my 2010 13" MacBook Air, there is a 3-5 second delay between when the screen powers on and when the keyboard will respond to key presses in ...
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Keyboard shortcut to turn off display not possible with MacBook Air

Shift + Control + Eject will turn off a Mac's display. I just bought a new MacBook Air. It has a power button instead of an Eject key: Besides a hot corner or turning down the screen brightness, ...
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Wi-Fi connection randomly disconnects on 2012 MacBook Air

My 2012 MacBook Air has problems with Wi-Fi – random disconnections, every few minutes. The problems occurred with Lion, and persist after an upgrade to Mountain Lion. It seems the Wi-Fi drops ...
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Is there a similarly fast alternative to Crtl + Shift + Eject for new Macbook that lack eject keys?

The new MacBook Air and Pro without optical drives lack an Eject key. I use Ctrl + Shift + Eject a lot to put my display to sleep at the simple press of three keys. Without the Eject key being there ...
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Can I connect more than one external monitor to the late 2010 MacBook Air?

I am thinking about buying the new MacBook Air as a primary desktop replacement. One of the things I have on my desktop which I like is two large monitors. Does anyone know whether the new MacBook ...
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Do MacBook Air's SSDs fail?

I have seen many discussions describing SSD as fail-prone. I have read Jeff Atwood's warnings. Portman Wills' experiment looks alarming: Super Talent 32 GB SSD, failed after 137 days OCZ Vertex 1 ...
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Is there any way to output to two 1920x1200 external monitors with any of MacBook Pro or Air?

I understand that you can output to one 1920x1200 monitor while still using the laptop's screen, and one 2560x1600 monitor using the dual-DVI adapter. But can you output to two external 1920x1200 ...
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Why is my Mac's CPU throttled? (Turbo Boost Ratio)

AnandTech has a instructions1 on how you can check the Turbo Ratios for the Mac's CPU. Since they are logged, the information is very easy to find. In Mountain Lion you can do this the following ...
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What is the new turbo boost in the MacBook line?

The new MacBook line has a new turbo boost added to the processor: What exactly does this mean? From what I've heard, the processor can runs above the clocked speed for a short period of time. ...
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MacBook Air with small SSD, BootCamp, Windows 7. Can I use an external hard disk for dual boot?

I'd like to setup a dual boot onto my MacBookAir 128GB, with Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate in BootCamp. However, I'm already close to the 128GB limit (games + CS suite + Eclipse + XCode + a lot of Web ...
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What would happen if I use a Macbook Air Powersupply with a 15" MacBook Pro Retina (or vice versa)

My girlfriend has a Macbook Air. The power supply is smaller and lighter than the Pro. It has an output of 14.85V and 3.05Amps. My Pro Retina has a power supply that is 20V and 4.25 Amps. Both ...
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How can I rename multiple pictures simultaneously?

For example,I have 20 pictures downloaded from the Internet. They have some crazy names like "XFGHDHR345" or "SDEREWQ230", and I want to name them: "Picture 1" "Picture 2" "Picture 3" "Picture 4" ...
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Charging iPhone 4S from closed MacBook Air

Should an iPhone recharge when plugged in to a MacBook Air which itself is plugged into its wall charger? My MacBook Air was closed and plugged into its wall charger. The green light on the power ...
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Is it possible to have my MacBook become an iBeacon?

Is it possible to have my MacBook become an iBeacon? I would like it to broadcast itself to iOS devices which support iBeacons. If this is possible, what are the hardware requirements of the computer ...
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Where is the insert key on a MacBook Air?

I am trying to edit a line of code within a program that I use for work. I need to use the insert key to be able to add additional spaces that I can then type letters, numbers or characters. How to ...
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Can the 2013 13" Macbook Air drive an external 4k monitor?

Dell has announced that they're going to release a 4k monitor under $1000 in the beginning of 2014, and also has a 24" 4k monitor around $1300. The product page for the 24" one mentions: Optimal ...
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Upgrade to higher memory or faster processor on MacBook Air

I'm zeroing on buying the 2012 MacBook Air. My usage of the machine will be mostly for development work (MySQL, Eclipse, Xcode, Android, etc.). I will also be running Windows 7 with SQL Server in a ...
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Have to reconnect to WiFi every time computer goes to sleep

I recently purchased a new MacBook Air (2011) with Lion preinstalled. There is this persistent and incredibly annoying problem that is occurring with the WiFi. Every time I close the lid or let the ...
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How do I make a bootable USB flash drive for a MacBook Air?

Does anyone have a Terminal command-line recipe for making a new bootable USB flash drive for one of the new MacBook Air's? Is there a way to dd copy the USB boot device that comes in the box and ...
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How to enable USB tethering on your Android phone to Mac OS X Lion

I want to tether an unlimited data plan on a Nexus S (with Android 2.3.6) via USB cable to a MacBook Air (with OS X Lion). Both on Windows and Ubuntu, it works like a charm, so I'm wondering if ...
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What is the benefit of using flash memory in the Macbook Air?

I don't understand why Apple does not use SSD drives in the Macbook Air like some other manufacturers to (e.g. Asus, Samsung). The technical specifications of the Macbook Air on Apple's website never ...
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How to Connect Multiple Monitors to a MacBook Air

Usually I connect my MacBook Air 11" to a secondary display via the Thunderbolt port. What do I need to connect it to two external monitors?
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How can I clean a MagSafe power port on my MacBook Air

There appears to be a few small metallic fragments clinging to the magnet around the port where the MagSafe power connecter attaches to my MacBook Air. I can still get the cord to (mostly) seat, ...
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Using FaceTime without the video

I have a first generation MacBook Air that heats up a lot when playing videos, and almost grinds to a halt after a few minutes of playback. Is there a way I could turn off the video during FaceTime ...
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For equal cost, why would you select the MacBook Air over the MacBook Pro? [closed]

I can see that the 13" version of MacBook Pro and MacBook Air is same $1199, but the Pro is more feature-loaded than Macbook Air. Why would anyone buy MacBook Air? What's the catch in this? I was ...
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What's the purpose of the eject button on the MacBook Air?

I was interested to see that the power button on the new Airs has been moved to the keyboard, and was anticipating that it would just replace the eject key that has traditionally taken up that ...
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Does the Apple Genius Bar replace Macbook Air battery on site?

I called Apple's toll free number but wasn't able to get a clear answer from them. My 2011 MacBook Air's battery is dying and I would like to have it replaced. The only problem is that I am ...
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Arranging an external monitor for Macbook Air

I connected an external monitor to my Macbook Air, and arranged it above the MBA display. See this screen arrangement. In the above screenshot, the up-display is the external display, and the ...
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Trackpad and mouse different scrolling directions

Is it possible to have the trackpad scrolling direction different from mouse connected to the MBP? EDIT: Found the solution, check my answer below.
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How do Apple engineers reset EFI password on new MacBooks?

Apple state: Only Apple retail stores or Apple Authorized Service Providers can unlock these computers protected by a firmware password. If you cannot remember the firmware password for your ...
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mid-2011 Macbook Air changes applications on wake from sleep

When my new Macbook Air (13" mid-2011, Lion) wakes from sleep (by opening the lid, clicking the mouse or pressing the space bar), it usually wakes to the last application I was using, then changes ...
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MacBook Air takes an eternity to come out of sleep

For the past few years I've been using a 2008 aluminum MacBook. The day the new airs came out I decided to switch so I purchased one to replace my well used MB. Lion has had its bugs, most of which ...
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Why has sound stopped outputting with VLC?

Background: I tried recently to hook my Macbook Air to my TV using an HDMI cord and a converter. It worked completely using Netflix and iTunes but the audio did not work with ANY of the AVI files I ...
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How to format the OS X installer USB stick that comes with MacBook Air?

When you purchase a new MacBook Air they give you a mini-USB drive that is used to reinstall OS X and iLife '11. How can I format this USB stick and put whatever I want on it? The option to format ...
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Simplest way to record voice on Macbook Air

I'm looking for the simplest way to record voice -- a two people conversation -- with a Macbook Air. The goal is then later to listen to it on the Mac and transcribe it.
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Can you boot a MacBook Air from a USB 3 external hard drive?

Macs have long been able to boot from external FireWire hard drives. I don’t think they’ve been able to boot from external USB 2 drives though. The new MacBook Air (2012) has USB 3.0. Can it boot ...
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Can I install Windows 7 on a MacBook Air without a SuperDrive?

Is it possible to install Windows 7 as a second OS on a Macbook Air with no access to a superdrive? And if it is, how?
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Is there anyway to expand my MacBook Air's hard disk?

I have a 2011 MacBook Air(11-inch), I am using OS X 10.9, but I only have 64GB Flash Storage, and I want to expand the storage of MacBook Air's hard disk. I asked geniuses at Apple and they told me ...
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Can my Thunderbolt Macbook Air drive my Mini DisplayPort iMac as an external display?

I've run an iMac as an external display for a Mac laptop before, but am wondering if my new setup can work like that. I have: 2011 Macbook Air with Thunderbolt 2009 iMac with Mini DisplayPort mini ...
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How can I preserve the battery cycles on my MacBook Air?

I recently got my MacBook Air, and the battery cycles is already at 12. Is this good/average? I don't know if I am not charging it properly or something, because I don't want to ruin my battery in the ...
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MacBook Air has delay when waking from sleep

I have a MacBook Air (11-inch, Late 2010). Ever since I purchased it, I have noticed that it has quite a delay waking from sleep. It takes sometimes up to 5-10 seconds to fully wake up and allow me ...
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what is com.apple.coresymbolicationd in caches?

Doing some cleanup on my Macbook Air with 128 SSD looking for big files to reduce space used. I found something named com.apple.coresymbolicationd that is 1GB in the library/caches folder I don't ...
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Macbook Air - i5 vs i7

I am buying a Macbook Air and would like to know about the difference between the i5 and the i7 option. The i7 is only 100mhz faster and has 1mb of extra cache on the CPU. Does that small difference ...
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Is it possible to get digital audio output from a MacBook Air (2011), like on other Macs?

I know the audio line-out port on the MacBook Pro – and even older MacBooks and the Mac mini – sport a dual capability: in addition to providing the expected and obvious 3.5mm analog ...
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Does the MacBook Air draw power from the battery or wall socket when the battery is at 100% and plugged in?

I have a MacBook Air 13" (late 2010 model). I use it both as a portable computer (i.e. not plugged in, drawing power from the battery) and as a desktop (i.e. plugged into the wall socket) regularly. ...
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Wireless 802.11ac and New MacBook Air

Just bought the new MacBook Air, 13" and the new AirPort Extreme Base Station. I am curious as to how I get the max connection? Option + Click on my WiFi shows I am connected only using "n" and on the ...