Macbook Air first use and charge

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by bubulol, Dec 23, 2013.

  1. bubulol macrumors 6502a

    Mar 7, 2013
    Hey, good news, i received my Macbook Air today and i am unable to wait more
    any advice for first use like updating drivers? i heard about important update for Wifi or SSD either
    Mac OS X is it ready to use?
    correct me if i m wrong, i think i will plug and charge MBA over night (several hours) for the first charge?

    thanks, glad to be one of your :cool:
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Plug it it in, charge it up, and while its charging use it :)

    There may be updates waiting via the update tab in the app store so just update those once you go through the registration process.

    Enjoy your new baby :)
  3. mpantone, Dec 23, 2013
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2013

    mpantone macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2009
    We don't know what version of the operating system your MacBook Air shipped with since you didn't bother mentioning it.

    In any case, just do as maflynn suggests: plug it in, use it, and let it download any available updates. This took about an hour or two when I got my Air about four months ago.

    Depending on other Apple products and services you may be using, there might be syncing to iCloud, downloading previously installed apps from the Mac App Store, etc.

    There may also be a lengthy process in copying over e-mail if you use an IMAP-based mail service (Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, iCloud and others) and have a large e-mail archive.

    Lastly, there may be some temporary slowness as Spotlight indexes the contents of your computer. The initial indexing may take a couple of hours, depending on how much stuff you have. Future indexing will happen much faster as it will only need to index recently modified files/data.

    Usually when I configure a new OS X system/drive, I will start things in motion, then grab a bite. By the time I return, the process is mostly complete (and the battery charged if it is a notebook computer).

    After all this is done, make a full Time Machine backup of the freshly configured system.

  4. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Before installing or updating anything, I would do a full back up, that way I have a "virgin" copy.

    Then I will play with it for a bit, note how much free space I got, that will be my base-line comparison, before adding anything to the machine.

    Your machine may had come with Mountain Lion, I would save that, in case you don't like Mavericks.

    That's just me.
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Apple recommends that you fully charge your Mac the first time you use it (because it is shipped without a full charge on it), but you can be using it while it's charging. Other than that, run on battery whenever you need to and plug it in whenever you can. You can plug or unplug any time you need to, regardless of the charged percentage, and you never need to completely drain your battery. Just make sure you don't run on AC power exclusively, as your battery needs to be used regularly to stay healthy.
    The link below should answer most, if not all, of your battery/charging questions. If you haven't already done so, I highly recommend you take the time to read it.

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