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Old 12-01-2015   #1
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MacBook air

Finally got one! Used on kijiji. Sold a studio flash and a couple of cameras. Arranged and met 3 different people at the same coffee shop earlier tonight. Sold gear to 2 of them, bought the computer from the last one.

I was frustrated, having only an iPad. Recently I took some documentary pics of a blacksmith shop about to be demolished, and due to lack of a USB port on the iPad, I had to send 10 separate emails with 3 pics in each, to get the pics to the owner. I'm also worried about clogging up the iPad with digital pic files.

So, yeah. I'm updating software and iOS right now. 1.9 of 6.2gb right now. Should take a couple of hours.



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i have an ancient macbook that still trudges along...too slow for much but ok for net surfing...i keep it downstairs so i have a computer on each level and an iPad mini for lazy on the comfy chair surfing...
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Hi Frank

Congrats on a great little machine!
I've used a MBA 11" since 2011 now and it's a great little machine.
One bit of advice is to keep things nice and tidy in regard to your storage.
The flash storage can fill up quickly with these little guys. It's best to get yourself a compact external drive to store bulky downloads.
Then keep just your keepers onboard.

My "drive" is a tiny 128GB. I try and keep at a minimum 15% clear in order to have the machine stay nice and perky.
On a a couple week long trip, it can be a challenge without a small external drive.
Seagate has a little 1Terra USB3 that you can find for about $50-$75 online. I bought one last year at Costco for $75... they are even cheaper now.
It's not the main back up rather a supplement to the MBA drive.

I just got my Girlfriend a Half Terra SD card to supplement her 13" MBP which has an SD card slot. Half a Terra would be plenty for my use.
The 11" MBA unfortunately does not have a Card slot.
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Mine's a base unit too: 11', 128gb. It's that USB port that I really needed.
An external drive is next.
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Enjoy your new Mac. I'm using a mid 2011 MacBook Air as my main photo system. Works fine with Lightroom 5.7.1 and latest OS X. Some larger raw files require a bit of patience, but it's OK to slow down every now and then . Like Andy said, external storage is a necessary add-on.

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I just traded my son a 2009 MBP for a 2008 Macbook. He needed Yosemite which the 2008 can't upgrade to. These machine keep on going. I also have a Ipad Mini and 6s+. Options!
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Thanks.

Is there a way to identify the year/model/specs ?
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Top lh corner of the screen is the apple. Click on it and then scroll down to about this mac... It's all there.

Check in on the storage usage bar from time to time.
Make sure the "other" category is not filling up randomly.
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Great, thanks Andy.

Early 2014, 1.4ghz, Intel core i5,
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Great, thanks Andy. Early 2014, 1.4ghz, Intel core i5, 4gb memory, 1600mhz ddr3
You're golden Frank.
That's a great little traveler.
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Great. It is so much more comfortable on my lap than my adult daughter's MacBook Pro. And my iPad has spoiled me for speed, which the mba matches with its flash memory, not a physically spinning disc.
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Great, thanks Andy.

Early 2014, 1.4ghz, Intel core i5,
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Very well done!

Unless you are unlucky, this MBP will last a long time. There are about half a dozen MBP in my family. The only thing that wears out from time to time are the power cables.

Any USB3 external drive will do. A solid-state drive would have the highest performance. You should consider two drives. One to augment the MBP storage and another for automated back ups using Time Machine.
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Very happy with this. Successfully updated to el capitan over night, and with iCloud, all my stuff and info is on the new computer.
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The Air is a great computer. My GF uses one for professional graphic design. She uses a combination of external company servers, Dropbox, and Google for storage. She works on very big files. She does use Time Machine when at home to an inexpensive external Lacie, which I highly recommend.

@ only $1650 USD with 8GB, 512GB and a 2.2GHz i7, IMO there is simply no better portable. The base model is now only $899, about the same specs as Frank's. Used one's do tend to be pricy, so be patient for a good price.

As willie says, very reliable, even dropped a couple of times! BUY APPLECARE!
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Up here north of the 49th parallel, the base model sells new for $1100 before tax, so I was happy to get this one for 600.
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My first two issues were no DVD/CD but prices for external DVD writers are around $25/30 on line, $40 if you need it today and no RJ-45 several different interesting options also USB for under $50.

I'm souping up my wife's MBP 13 with an SSD (to boot), RAM, and a 2nd internal drive when she moves to a MBA in a bit.
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Up here north of the 49th parallel, the base model sells new for $1100 before tax, so I was happy to get this one for 600.
You need to have folks visit you more often and mistakenly leave stuff behind......

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I too have an '11 128g Air ... it's been all over the world with me. Has made me some decent freelance cash as a video editing and songwriting rig, too!

Recently it's been shutting off randomly, even though I keep it very lean, storage wise. Hmmm.

The small size but OS X power is a great combo. And, dare I say ... it's an "inspiring tool."
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Up here north of the 49th parallel, the base model sells new for $1100 before tax, so I was happy to get this one for 600.
Yeah just signed in using a Toronto IP, actually cheaper than in the US at $822 USD at today's favorable exchange rate.

But with tax, based on Toronto final price was $1241 CD, or $928 USD. In NYC the price is $978 USD.

Today at least, better prices in Canada! Bless those currency traders.

$600 CD which is $448 USD is a great saving frank! Especially considering the base model has not really changed.

I got a great little LG CD writer for $30 USD, works perfectly, and has an eject button.
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Did you ask the seller if it has applecare?
It's transferable you know?
Apple replaced my 17" mbp under applecare with a full spec retina 15".
The monitor developed an issue in tge last quarter of applecare coverage.
It's a really nice service if it's available to you.
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Yeah just signed in using a Toronto IP, actually cheaper than in the US at $822 USD at today's favorable exchange rate.

But with tax, based on Toronto final price was $1241 CD, or $928 USD. In NYC the price is $978 USD.

Today at least, better prices in Canada! Bless those currency traders.

$600CD which is $448 USD is a great saving frank! Especially considering the base model has not really changed.

I got a great little LG CD writer for $30 USD, works perfectly, and has an eject button.
frank can smell a deal a mile/km away!
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frank can smell a deal a mile/km away!
Not easy, around here on Craigslist Macs are almost as much as new.
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Photo of, I just remembered that I have an LG external CD player/writer I bought a few years ago for a crappy netbook.
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Photo of, I just remembered that I have an LG external CD player/writer I bought a few years ago for a crappy netbook.
And I see the infamous Apple spell checker is busy changing "photomoof" to "photo of."

How soon the new kids at Apple forget what Moof was.
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And I see the infamous Apple spell checker is busy changing "photomoof" to "photo of."

How soon the new kids at Apple forget what Moof was.
How can they forget Clarus?

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The MacBook Air is awesome (my wife got one this year), but did you never see this accessory for the iPad?
http://www.amazon.com/Apple-iPad-Cam.../dp/B0149QE3RQ
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The MacBook Air is a wonderful small machine with a mighty punch and oodles of battery power (12 hours on mine). It's perfect for creative people like us.

IMHO, an iPad is a device where you "consume" other people's work (e.g., surf the web, look at images, read news, emails, books), whereas a laptop/notebook is a device where you can actually "create" things (e.g., photoshop images, create web sites, etc).
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http://www.amazon.com/Apple-iPad-Cam.../dp/B0149QE3RQ
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That was made for the first generation iPad, but never really worked as additional memory, I owned one.

Now it is easy to move files to a desktop wirelessly.

There are newer connectors, not sure if they are read-only -- http://www.cnet.com/pictures/must-ha...ries-pictures/.
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big Mac Air fan here. used mid-2010 13-inch model for many years without issues, other than it was getting slow to run newer and heavier programs. got recently early-2015 model, and it feels the same machine, just faster.

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I have a mid-2011 13" with 128GB. All my non-essential storage is on drives connected to the network, including my iTunes library. (Since my iTunes library is synced to my iPhone, it's not really needed on my MBA itself.) The 2x 2TB network drives are USB2 drives attached via hub to an Apple Time Capsule, which serves up WiFi and stores my backups.

Optical drives not made for Mac may or not work properly - I bought the external Apple Super Drive which was only $69 IIRC, minus an employee discount.

So now this machine is 5 years old and I have NO reason to upgrade to newer hardware. The only advantage would be Lightning 2 ports and 802.11AC wireless. The 802.11AC radio on my iPhone 6s is wicked fast, so that would be nice. I'm not using any Lighning devices, but would like to. I'm waiting for those prices to come down a bit more.

And if you need anything left behind Frank, just say the word.
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I've been using the MacBook Air line of products since the very original 13" as my main machine. My current machine is Mid 2013 "Ultimate" 11" (maxed out spec for that generation). I'm a UX designer and I do all of my work from visual designs to information architecture design, from investor presentations to prototyping. It's a wonderful little machine and I can't imagine going back to the Pro line which I used before the original MBA came out.

I have a set of 27" Cinema/Thunderbolt display, BT keyboard and trackpad at home, and got a duplicate setup at my office. I can have a full desktop experience with more than enough power for my needs at home or office, and enjoy the lightweight and low profile portable workstation experience when I work from coffee shops or flying for work. I don't abuse my tools but definitely don't baby neither, and the MBA is holding up quite well. I'm going to hold on to this 11" as long as I can and hoping the next gen 12" MacBook Retina will be a bit more usable for daily work.

BTW, there is a rumor that Apple will be killing the 11" MBA, introducing new 13" and 15" early next year. I'm so spoiled with the size of 11" I hope the 12" MB Retina will be ready for prime time by then.
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I bought my wife a 13" MacAir (AirMac?). It is amazingly small and light compared to my 13" Macbook. And it runs quite a long time on battery, too. The only down side I can see is it doesn't have a CD drive, so can't load programs you might have in your collection that are on Cd or DVD. But of course there have to be limits to what can be stuffed into such a slender computer. Anyway, Sue loves hers.
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Wow, this place is amazing. I post that I've bought a new (used) computer, and people get how important this is to me. RFF feels like virtual home.

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Okay, dumb question alert: for my iPhone and iPad, I get apps from the apple store. Can I also download these apps onto the MacBook Air?

Andy: the seller did mention she bought AppleCare. How do I transfer it to me?
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You should be able to find App Store in your Applications folder (not sure what OS version you need for this). There are many applications distributed outside of Apple App Store as well.

If things haven't changed in the recent years, AppleCare is attached to the computer, not to the purchaser so you shouldn't have to do anything. I think you can call the customer service to make sure your MBA actually has AppleCare on it.
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Hi Frank

IOs apps stay in on the cloud until you instal them. You'll see them in your "purchased" menu but, they are bot on the computer hd.
IOs apps and OSX apps do not cross over.

Snapseed was once available for osx.
I have it on my mba 11". You may be able to find a copy although El cap may not support it (I'm still using Mavericks on my mba).

The previous owner would call apple support and transfer the applecare to you.
They will need your iTunes email address.
I tried transferring online through an apple-support page but it did not work.
It's worth the trouble to transfer.
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okay thanks Sug and Andy.

So the apple store apps are only for phone and pads. Bear with me now: Where can i find programs for the macbook, like a good photo processor, for free?
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