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2024-03-05, 09:50

Somehow I missed the news of this yesterday: Apple unveils the new 13- and 15‑inch MacBook Air with the powerful M3 chip

Besides the chip upgrade, pretty much the same as current models with a few nice boosts such as support for 2 external displays and Wi-Fi 6E. Same sizes, same colors, same pricing.

Notably, Apple is still selling the 13" M2 at $999, a $100 price drop. The 15" M2 is discontinued.

So it goes.
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2024-03-05, 10:08

Noticed some articles yesterday, big selling point is that it can now drive two external displays, but only if the lid is closed. So you cannot drive two, and the built in display as well.

No price drop in Canada for the M2, same price as before ($1299) and the M3 starts at $150 more ($1449) than the M2. Effectively a $150 price bump, which is odd given that the exchange rate hasn’t really changed much since the M2 model was released.
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2024-03-05, 10:16

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Noticed some articles yesterday, big selling point is that it can now drive two external displays, but only if the lid is closed. So you cannot drive two, and the built in display as well.
Yeah, and now I'm reading that the 14" M3 MacBook Pro is going to get the same ability with a future software update. It's like magic!
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2024-03-05, 10:27

Wait, so the MBPs still can't do that?

I might need a new computer this year, but I use two big screens and the laptop screen on my final-gen Intel MBP. I won't be able to do that on a new MBP?


(EDIT: oh, it's reserved to the M3 Pro or M3 Max. That's fine, I would probably want one of those anyway.)
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2024-03-05, 11:54

Man, this shows how out-of-the-loop I am and no longer follow/keep up with this stuff. I just now learned about this, via a random stop at Apple.com and saw it on their homepage. Otherwise I might never have known about it. I no longer visit MacRumors.com, Daring Fireball or any of that stuff anymore. Doesn't seem to be a huge step up. Of course, it lowered the prices of the M2 refurbs, where you can currently get an M2 Air from 2022, with 24GB RAM and 1TB SSD, for $1,529, which isn't bad at all. I'd do that before I'd ever BTO a new M3-based model to nearly $2,000.

That's a lot of future-proof (RAM and storage) machine for ~$1,500.
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2024-03-05, 16:35

The M2 MacBook Air is the best notebook I've had from Apple.

This thing is a beast, and I'm only assuming the M3 will be ever better.

The MBP is a fantastic computer, but it's overkill for most users. There are always going to be the people that buy Pro because of the name, but I had Pros for years and switched to the MBA for the M2 and it's been more than capable.

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2024-03-05, 16:50

I only bought the Pro for the mini-LED display. And watching HDR content on YouTube says,” worth it”.

So the 14” M3 MBP is just perfect for me.
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2024-03-05, 18:31

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The M2 MacBook Air is the best notebook I've had from Apple.

This thing is a beast, and I'm only assuming the M3 will be ever better.

The MBP is a fantastic computer, but it's overkill for most users. There are always going to be the people that buy Pro because of the name, but I had Pros for years and switched to the MBA for the M2 and it's been more than capable.
Yeah, Apple notebook-wise, I'm only really considering the 13" Air. I know it'll meet my needs, if this early 2013 2.6GHz Core 2 Duo 13" model (8GB RAM) is. I don't need a Pro anything...Mac or phone.
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2024-03-06, 09:13

I probably don't need even that much any more - also still on a late 2013 machine, albeit an iMac. Between that and a Wintel work machine, I'm covered, but I'm considering a laptop for a somewhat odd reason: the small screen. I find it sometimes helps to focus the mind. Usually my corporate "writing" features huge data sets and multiple contributors, so I need to have at least one large screen, and usually two, when we get down to the nitty gritty of editing and comparing versions/copy. But sometimes, when I just have to write, I unplug and hunch over the keyboard with some snacks and a coffee, like I'm in a library cubicle. Any other time, the bigger the better, especially photoshop, and also editing, but writing needs a little more constraint at times.

I have a couple of personal writing projects that I don't really like to touch on company resources, though I'm sure no one would mind. It might also be nice to go from the den to the back-yard or front porch when I'm working on them...

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2024-03-06, 10:34

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I'm considering a laptop for a somewhat odd reason: the small screen.
For this reason, I sometimes find iPads great. You're forced into a simple, constrained setup. See also full-screen text editors.
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2024-03-07, 09:41

I'll likely move to a laptop for my daily driver in the next year, and since I'm not doing a lot of the intense projects I used to do (and the new machines are capable enough if I do go back to that) I figure the MBA would be a great, sleek machine to cart around. But in pricing this thing out I've run into the perennial Apple Problem:

I can get a very capable 15” Air @ 8/10/24GB/512GB for $1899 –BUT– for just $100 more I can get the same 8/10/24GB/512GB config @ $1999 in a MacBook Pro, but with additional ports and a slightly smaller, but nicer, display. That's appealing, but it's not a sexy, slim Air. –SO– If I'm thinking about a MBP, why not spend a little more and get the extra throughput of the M3Pro and more RAM all encased in a lusty black @ 11/14/36GB/512GB for $2399?

It's a slippery slope built in by the geniuses at Apple Pricing and I'm hating it.

So it goes.
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2024-03-07, 09:47

They often seem to build their pricing structure just so…
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2024-03-11, 12:42

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2024-03-11, 12:49

Might want to go ahead and scoop up Maccidents while you're at it? ::foreheadslap::

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2024-03-11, 12:58

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Might want to go ahead and scoop up Maccidents while you're at it? ::foreheadslap::

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Yeah, you're probably right.

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