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mt8888
Jul 1, 2013, 03:34 PM
I have been patiently waiting to pull the trigger on a new macbook Air. Now, with the back to school sale about to start, I am ready to purchase one. However, with the reported wifi issues, speaker problems, etc., I am hesitant. I don't want to buy a new machine and have to return it. Do you guys think these are only software issues that will be solved? Or, is it a risk to buy an Air right now? I'm half tempted to just buy a refurbished 2012 Air for $300 less because at least I know it won't have these problems... Thanks



PDFierro
Jul 1, 2013, 03:36 PM
Those problems are few and far in between. I would say just buy it. If you do end up having one of those reported issues, it's nothing Apple won't fix for you.

palpatine
Jul 1, 2013, 03:43 PM
Who knows?

There are no guarantees that anything you buy (2012 or 2013) will be OK. Fortunately, you have a return policy. I am enjoying my 2013 MBA a lot, so from my perspective, the upgrade from 2012 was great.

zephonic
Jul 1, 2013, 03:44 PM
happy with mine :)

cake1
Jul 1, 2013, 04:04 PM
I am more than happy with my new macbook air.
I think its definitely worth getting the 2013 one since it will allow you to leave home without the charger (unlike the older models afaik) and not worry about running out of juice.

I did have some minor issues with the wifi on my home hotspot. I fixed it by changing the wireless security protocol from WPA to WPA2. While I had an issue with WPA, it was occurring once per hour or so. And even then all it took was switching the wifi off and on again. I am pretty sure thats something they will fix with a software update relatively soon.

Edit: Correct me if i am wrong but I dont think there is a "known speaker problem" that affect a portion of the macbook air computers out there. If somebody got a computer with any sort of problem they can always get it replaced. In my opinion, the speakers in this thing (13 inch 2013 air) are amazing! Especially considering how small the machine is.

scaredpoet
Jul 1, 2013, 04:06 PM
I bought a 2013 macbook air and am not regretting a thing. Don't worry about it. If you want it and need it, then buy it.

Database
Jul 1, 2013, 04:23 PM
No issues with mine so far, it's been great. I had a 2012 model as well. The few upgrades, especially the battery life are well worth the jump.

I have no regrets. I hope to keep this one for a couple of years.

Amplelink
Jul 1, 2013, 05:01 PM
You need to understand that any consumer product that sells in the millions is bound to have a few units with problems. And those with problems will form a very, very vocal minority. The vast majority will have zero problems with their computer.

And I for one am very happy with mine.

iloveair
Jul 1, 2013, 05:19 PM
I have no regret purchasing my first mac air i7/8gb

QuarterSwede
Jul 1, 2013, 05:21 PM
You need to understand that any consumer product that sells in the millions is bound to have a few units with problems. And those with problems will form a very, very vocal minority. The vast majority will have zero problems with their computer.

And I for one am very happy with mine.
I once heard from an industry source that the acceptable defective rate for all electronics is 10%.

As for the Air, if you don't have an issue with the non-Retina screen (I can't stand it) you definitely can't beat the battery life. What an amazing little MacBook.

Booji
Jul 1, 2013, 05:38 PM
If you are looking for an ultraportable, its the best option for sure.

However, I believe this is the last iteration of this current chassis.

JMountainDew
Jul 1, 2013, 05:41 PM
If you choose to wait for all the kinks to be worked out, you will probably be waiting each time a new model becomes available. I believe the new MBA's are very much worth buying, even right now. In fact, I'm typing this on my 1 1/2 week old 11" air.

Please also remember that for every post from someone who has a problem with their new device, there are many, many others who have no issues and do not post.

Best regards!

iterva
Jul 1, 2013, 05:54 PM
No issues here, very pleased with the 2013 MBA.
Real powerhouse for sure (considering the form factor).

So for what itīs worth - Go for it, if MBA is the one of your choosing. Donīt read to much into different comments on forums etc. The ones writing on forums are mainly those who have run into any kind of issue...But for sure there is plenty more than those few % that has no issues what so ever.

You have your return policy (No questions asked, assuming you live in US, donīt know the policy for other countries) if you run to any issues...

Good luck!

mj1108
Jul 1, 2013, 10:22 PM
No problems here at all with my i7/8gb. For every person that's having an issue there's many more who's not having that issue. There's a great deal of us who have bought 2013 Air's and are having no issues.

judethat
Jul 1, 2013, 10:40 PM
Loving my 2013 11 base model. This thing is fast but best of all is the battery life. This is now my favourite Mac. Happy to leave the charger at home.

JMountainDew
Jul 2, 2013, 08:52 AM
Happy to leave the charger at home.

Isn't that the truth! One less item to item to stow. My Air lasts through the entire day.

DeltaFlyer
Jul 2, 2013, 09:52 AM
Isn't that the truth! One less item to item to stow. My Air lasts through the entire day.

This is the most important factor for me to choose MBA!

Stealth777
Jul 2, 2013, 09:55 AM
Those problems are few and far in between. I would say just buy it. If you do end up having one of those reported issues, it's nothing Apple won't fix for you.

Do you own a 2013 Air? Have you tried photoshop cs6 and streaming videos from youtube or other sites?

I ask because I am on my 2nd air, and BOTH have the problems. No wifi issues though..:)

First one came from Emerville store and then a BTO from China two weeks later. Both have the problems.

I don't know about few and far between but my small sample seems to indicate this is a fairly large problem.

ApplNat
Jul 2, 2013, 09:56 AM
This is my first Macbook (in nearly 20 yrs). So far I'm thrilled with it. I have the 13" 8/i5/256. I'm getting 12 to 13 hours off my battery charge. I wasn't aware of any speaker issue. I do have some wifi drops when I'm @ work. It's pretty steady @ home. I haven't tested it elsewhere yet. I'm assuming Apple will find a fix for the Wifi issues.

I can recommend the Macbook Air without hesitation. Thin, light, long battery life, instant-on, runs cool and quiet.

Stealth777
Jul 2, 2013, 09:56 AM
Edit: Correct me if i am wrong but I dont think there is a "known speaker problem" that affect a portion of the macbook air computers out there. If somebody got a computer with any sort of problem they can always get it replaced. In my opinion, the speakers in this thing (13 inch 2013 air) are amazing! Especially considering how small the machine is.

It's not a speaker problem, it's a volume fluctuation problem and only when watching streaming videos. Both 2013's I got have the problem and it's easily noticeable.

ApplNat
Jul 2, 2013, 09:58 AM
Do you own a 2013 Air? Have you tried photoshop cs6 and streaming videos from youtube or other sites?

I ask because I am on my 2nd air, and BOTH have the problems. No wifi issues though..:)

First one came from Emerville store and then a BTO from China two weeks later. Both have the problems.

I don't know about few and far between but my small sample seems to indicate this is a fairly large problem.


I'm unaware of these speaker problems. Is it that the speakers don't work or aren't loud enough?

IGregory
Jul 2, 2013, 10:34 AM
I have been patiently waiting to pull the trigger on a new macbook Air. Now, with the back to school sale about to start, I am ready to purchase one. However, with the reported wifi issues, speaker problems, etc., I am hesitant. I don't want to buy a new machine and have to return it. Do you guys think these are only software issues that will be solved? Or, is it a risk to buy an Air right now? I'm half tempted to just buy a refurbished 2012 Air for $300 less because at least I know it won't have these problems... Thanks

If you live near an Apple Store, what do you have to lose by purchasing and if you are not satisfied return it, no problem. All these people (http://www.cultofmac.com/?p=234061) can't be wrong.

old-wiz
Jul 2, 2013, 10:38 AM
I'm going to wait for the Haswell rMBP. I want a better screen.

jadam
Jul 2, 2013, 11:07 AM
I once heard from an industry source that the acceptable defective rate for all electronics is 10%.

Absolutely not true. The acceptable defect rate depends entirely on the company and their own policies, however any company that is aggressively pursuing six sigma has defect rates that are extremely low.

scaredpoet
Jul 2, 2013, 11:59 AM
Do you own a 2013 Air? Have you tried photoshop cs6 and streaming videos from youtube or other sites?

I do, and I've run Photoshop CS6 and streamed youtube and Vimeo and other vide sites from it. I've purposefully tried to replicate the problems reported, and so far have not had any "luck" with it.

I don't know about few and far between but my small sample seems to indicate this is a fairly large problem.

Two out of potentially millions is still not "fairly large." It's unfortunate that you ended up with two units exhibiting the issue, but even so, all indicators point to be it being a software issue (and therefore, correctable without requiring a repair or exchange). It's just a matter of updated software being delivered with the fix.

DblEGT
Jul 2, 2013, 01:37 PM
Love mine !! No issues at all !!

Edmilan
Jul 3, 2013, 06:44 AM
I have a MBA 11inch 2012 base model which was my first ever mac. Is it worth it to upgrade to the 2013 model?

ylrd
Jul 4, 2013, 08:17 AM
Yes it is. Best laptop I've ever had.

Les Kern
Jul 4, 2013, 08:46 AM
Had an 11 just got a 13... easily the best laptop I've owned in my 20 years of owning laptops. There is a reason it's the best selling laptop in its class. Buy it yesterday.

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I have a MBA 11inch 2012 base model which was my first ever mac. Is it worth it to upgrade to the 2013 model?

Not in my opinion.

Suraj R.
Jul 4, 2013, 02:14 PM
I ordered my BTO 13" 2013 Air (i5/8/128) on Friday the 28th with standard shipping, and it arrived on Tuesday. Standard shipping. BTO.

They must have stock of i5/8/128s because it seems to be a popular option.

I love it. The screen is fine, people make it sound like its un-readable. Its perfectly 100% fine. The chassis is beautiful and razor thin.

If you get any of those kinks with yours you can always get a refund or a replacement. Nothing wrong with mine, love it.

Edmilan
Jul 4, 2013, 07:03 PM
Had an 11 just got a 13... easily the best laptop I've owned in my 20 years of owning laptops. There is a reason it's the best selling laptop in its class. Buy it yesterday.

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Not in my opinion.


Ayt thanks! Guess i'll be waiting for broadwell come 2014. And i'll make the right decision of NOT getting a low capacity ssd model

yokied
Jul 4, 2013, 08:48 PM
The real question is what are you coming from? For me this is my first laptop and a huge step up from a 6+ year old core 2 duo desktop. I want my computers to last, hence I bought this, now with i7/8gb/512, and it is fast.

As an iphone 4s and ipad 3 user, the one thing I'd note is the screen is different. My eyes are actually seeing pixels, and they're taking a while to adjust to it. I'm very very happy with it.

falconeight
Jul 4, 2013, 09:05 PM
There isn't a better time to buy a macbook air.

Fattytail
Jul 4, 2013, 11:06 PM
I agree. Very happy with mine. Could the screen be better? Yes. Is it bad? Not by any means. It's just not the latest and greatest in screen technology. But it's fine.

The main thing is the battery life is incredible and the computer runs so incredibly quiet and cool.

alexrmc92
Jul 4, 2013, 11:26 PM
This laptop hands down is the best MBA i've ever used. Between the new PCIe SSD and HD 5000 graphics chip it is incredible compared to the last generation. I picked it over the MBP because of those two reasons. The battery lasts me just over 12 ours when doing general computing, about 2 hours when gaming. It never gets hot unless i'm gaming either.

ndriver182
Jul 5, 2013, 12:11 AM
This laptop hands down is the best MBA i've ever used. Between the new PCIe SSD and HD 5000 graphics chip it is incredible compared to the last generation. I picked it over the MBP because of those two reasons. The battery lasts me just over 12 ours when doing general computing, about 2 hours when gaming. It never gets hot unless i'm gaming either.

What sort of gaming are you doing?

daviddth
Jul 5, 2013, 12:18 AM
Isn't that the truth! One less item to item to stow. My Air lasts through the entire day.

That as the hardest thing to do - leave the charger at home... for the first few times. Now it never goes anywhere with me, and I just charge the MacBook Air at home when I remember.

alexrmc92
Jul 5, 2013, 12:25 AM
What sort of gaming are you doing?

Mostly WoW, but i also play COD BO2 and Team Fortress

thelookingglass
Jul 5, 2013, 12:52 AM
That as the hardest thing to do - leave the charger at home... for the first few times. Now it never goes anywhere with me, and I just charge the MacBook Air at home when I remember.

That's sort of funny because I too am sort of starting to charge my Air as if it were an iPad. Off the charger all day, on the charger as I sleep.

daviddth
Jul 5, 2013, 01:44 AM
That's sort of funny because I too am sort of starting to charge my Air as if it were an iPad. Off the charger all day, on the charger as I sleep.

Never thought you would able to do that in the past, now the iPad sees a charger once a week, and the MacBook Air, not used that much at the moment, probably about the same. A long way from my first Laptop which used to last a short movie if you had the brightness down, or a 100 minute one with an external screen :o

Give me 1 week iPhone battery life (with real use) and I'd be very happy there too. 2 days is just not enough

Lucille Carter
Jul 5, 2013, 06:28 AM
I hope it is worth buying as mine arrives TODAY!:eek:

FatGuy007
Jul 5, 2013, 08:39 PM
I have a MBA 11inch 2012 base model which was my first ever mac. Is it worth it to upgrade to the 2013 model?

No from me to. A year in between is way too short for an upgrade.

Jefe's MacAir
Jul 6, 2013, 11:14 AM
Buy it!

I'm on my 3rd Air. I keep upgrading and handing them down to family members.

Honestly my 2010 Air would still be just fine for what I do but I like the new improvements and I'm trying to get my wife and kids in the Apple eco-system.

And with the increase in battery life NOW is the time to get into a Macbook Air.

Tarrou8
Jul 6, 2013, 12:12 PM
Absolutely.