What are the benefits of a Macbook Air?
Apple computers are very popular because they combine high-quality, leading edge technology with an intuitive user interface. But one of the most valuable features of a Mac is AppleCare, their warranty program. It covers everything, even if something malfunctions after the standard warranty expires.
We have already seen the benefits of an Apple Mac. Let’s now learn more about the benefits of a Macbook Air.
What are the benefits of a Macbook Air?
- AppleCare protection plan allows you to have an extra layer of protection in case something goes wrong with your machine at a low price point
- Extended battery life beyond 6 hours
- Smaller overall dimensions than most traditional laptops
- Faster speed than some standard laptops on the market today
- Touchpad functionality allows for easier navigation around the screen, especially if you are not using a mouse or have limited mobility in your hands
Why choose a macbook air over other laptops?
- The Macbook Air comes in multiple color options to suit your style preference
- The design of the laptop makes it extremely lightweight and easy to carry around with you on a day to day basis
2. AppleCare protection plan allows you to have an extra layer of protection in case something goes wrong with your machine at a low price point
- In Melbourne, for only an affordable amount, Apple will allow you two years of additional warranty after your standard 1 year is up (3 years total) – There are over 4 million repairs that are completed every day, so it is likely for something abnormal to happen to your laptop at least once throughout those 2 years
3. Extended battery life beyond 6 hours
- Most laptops have a battery life of about 3 hours, but the macbook air can last up to 6 hours on a single charge
4. Solid state hard drive helps keep your laptop running quickly and smoothly
- Traditional hard drives are mechanical and tend to slow down your computer over time
5. macOS Sierra operating system is easy to use and has a wide variety of features for both personal and professional use
- Some features include an updated file system, picture in picture mode, auto unlocking with an Apple Watch, optimized storage, and more!
6. Increased security with Touch ID
- By scanning your fingerprint, you can help ensure that your machine is not accessed by anyone else but you
7. Four high-performance USB C ports provide quick connectivity for all your devices
- USB C is a universal port – it can be used to charge the laptop and other devices, transfer data between computers, and even output video in 4K!
8. Stellar battery life allows you to use your computer without being plugged in for hours
9. Wide selection of apps from the Mac App Store available for download directly onto your laptop
10. MacBook Air is powerful enough to run any popular software program or app that might be needed in school or at work
Tips on how to set up your new Macbook Air
1. Charge your laptop – The very first thing you should do when you get your new MacBook Air is to charge it. There is a lightening cable included in the box, so use that to plug the laptop into an outlet and wait until the battery is full.
2. Connect to Wi-Fi – In order to use the internet and access any files on iCloud or other online storage sites, you will need to connect to Wi-Fi. The MacBook Air has built-in Wi-Fi that can easily be connected to by selecting your network name and password.
3. Log in with your Apple ID – If this is your first time using a Mac, you will need to log in with your Apple ID. This will allow you to access all Apple services and your iCloud storage.
4. Update software – Be sure that both your Mac OS X, which is the computer’s operating system, and any programs you use are up-to-date with any recent security patches or updates from their developers. This can be done using the App Store on your MacBook Air under “Updates.”
5. Set a password – If this is a shared laptop, it is best to set a password so there aren’t any unwelcome users accessing personal data or files on the device without permission.
6. Browse through Launchpad – The Launchpad app allows you to view all of the apps downloaded onto your MacBook Air in one place for easy access.
7. Use keyboard shortcuts – Mac users have a vast selection of keyboard shortcuts that can save time and hassle when navigating around different apps. For example, if you highlight text in an email or other document on your computer, you can press “Command” + C to copy it and “Command” + V to paste it elsewhere.
8. Set up automatic backups – You should set up a system for automatically backing up documents and photos from your MacBook Air onto another device such as an external hard drive or cloud storage service like Google Drive or Dropbox. The amount of data being backed up will depend on the user’s needs but one automated backup worth setting up is Time Machine , which saves hourly backups onto an external hard drive connected to your computer.
9. Set up sharing – You can prevent files from being seen or copied by others who use your Macbook Air by using the Sharing feature in OS X to restrict access to those documents, photos and other folders. When you enable File Sharing , this creates a separate section on your laptop that will allow those approved users to copy and paste their own files onto and off of the computer without disrupting the user’s information.
10. Adjust preferences – There are many options within System Preferences which should be set up according to each individual user’s needs – for example Permissions controls which determines what an account holder can do with certain places on your computer such as specific hard drives, applications, photos and iPhoto libraries; Parental Controls helps restrict access to websites, games and other types of content for children; and Keyboard allows you to change the keyboard type and setup shortcuts for frequently used commands.
11. Configure iCloud – iCloud is a service that stores your music, photos, documents and more in the cloud so that they’re easily accessible from any device, whether it’s your laptop, iPad or iPhone. To set up iCloud on your Macbook Air, sign in with your Apple ID and password then click on iCloud Preferences . Here you can choose which items you want to be stored in the cloud by selecting them under the respective tabs (Photos, Mail, Contacts etc). You can also choose how often you want your computer to check new information (such as new mail) by selecting an option under the iCloud Account heading.
12. Change your desktop background – If you’re not a fan of the default desktop background that comes with your Macbook Air, you can easily change it by going to System Preferences and clicking on Desktop & Screen Saver . Here, select a new picture from the dropdown menu or use one of your own photos by clicking on the + button. You can also choose to have your computer show a slide show of your photos or use a dynamic wallpaper that changes throughout the day.
13. Add app shortcuts to the Dock – The Dock is a panel at the bottom of your screen that provides easy access to your favourite apps. To add an app shortcut to the Dock, just drag it from the Applications folder into the Dock.
14. Use AirDrop to transfer files – The latest version of MacOS, called El Capitan (10.11), includes a new feature called AirDrop that allows you to transfer files easily between two Mac computers. If both computers are running El Capitan and they are reasonably close to each other (you can’t send files from one continent to another, for example), then all you need to do is open Finder , click AirDrop at the top of the screen, choose your file(s) and then click Send . Your computer will wirelessly beam them over to the receiver’s Macbook where it will appear in their Downloads folder. You can also select multiple files or folders by holding down Command while you click on them. If the file you are sending is too big to be able to send it in one go, you will have an option to divide your large file into smaller parts which can then be sent separately.
Things to consider when purchasing a Macbook Air
Just like with any other purchase, there are a few things you’ll want to take into account when buying a Macbook Air. Here are some of the most important ones:
1. What is your budget?
The Macbook Air starts at $999 for the 11-inch model and goes up to $1,599 for the 13-inch model. So, before you even start looking at specs, decide how much you’re willing to spend.
2. What size do you need?
The Macbook Air is available in two sizes – 11 inches and 13 inches. If you’re someone who likes to carry their laptop around with them everywhere they go, the 11-inch model might be a better choice. On the other hand, if you’re someone who uses your laptop at one specific place most of the time (e.g. in an office), then the 13-inch model might be a better fit for you.
3. What kind of ports do you need?
Macbook Air laptops have two USB 3.0 ports and either a Thunderbolt port or an SD card slot – choose according to your device needs. Do you need fast transfer speeds? If so, use Thunderbolt instead of SD card slot! It is usually much faster when connecting devices that are compatible with this type of port to your computer. However, if all you’ll be using it for is transferring photos quickly from your camera’s memory card over to your computer, the SD card slot is a better option for you.
4. What kind of screen do you want?
Macbook Air laptops have a 13-inch or a 13.3-inch display with either an HD or a Retina resolution – choose according to your preferences!
5. How long do you want your battery to last?
Similar to other laptops on the market, the Macbook Air comes with two different types of batteries – a standard one, which will give you about 12 hours of battery life, or a “high-power” one, which will give you about 15 hours of battery life.