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Apple releases first mid-2013 MacBook Air Software Update on revamped Support webpage

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Apple on Thursday released an update to its recently released MacBook Air models, addressing issues affecting Wi-Fi connectivity, screen flickering when using Adobe Photoshop and volume fluctuation during video playback.

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Apple's "MacBook Air (Mid 2013) Software Update 1.0" is the first for the company's thin-and-light lineup that was in June, and fixes a number of bugs users have complained about over the past few weeks.

Among the initial problems cited by users was intermittent loss of Wi-Fi signals, a problem Apple partially addressed in a separate AirPort Utility software update earlier this month.

Another problem cropped up last week when MacBook Air owners complained of uncontrollable volume fluctuations while playing video content in both first-party and third-party applications. This too has reportedly been solved with the latest Software Update 1.0.

Finally, the release fixes an issue that would occasionally cause screen flickering when using Adobe Photoshop.

The MacBook Air (Mid 2013) Software Update comes in at 3.35MB and can be downloaded via Apple's Support Downloads webpage.

On a side note, Apple also revamped its Support Downloads webpage, which now takes on a look more in line with the rest of the site. Instead of listing updates in a linear fashion, the releases are laid out in rows and columns, offering a cleaner and arguably more appealing interface.
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It is always good to wait for the big fix release. I'm not sure if this is a sign of old age or just a sign of plenty of experience but wait and see should be the order of the day with new hardware.
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It is always good to wait for the big fix release. I'm not sure if this is a sign of old age or just a sign of plenty of experience but wait and see should be the order of the day with new hardware.

 

I agree.  I've been wanting to buy a new MacBook Air, but have been waiting on this kind of bug-fix release before I pull the trigger.  That way, I don't have to go through the trouble of installing the update myself.

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I agree.  I've been wanting to buy a new MacBook Air, but have been waiting on this kind of bug-fix release before I pull the trigger.  That way, I don't have to go through the trouble of installing the update myself.

 

Seriously? I can understand wanting to avoid the actual trouble that the software update is supposed to fix, but installing an update shouldn't occupy much more than 0.0001% of your brain — and for a brief period at that.

 

If you want to avoid the trouble of installing updates, then you'd better not trouble yourself to buy computers at all!

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I agree.  I've been wanting to buy a new MacBook Air, but have been waiting on this kind of bug-fix release before I pull the trigger.  That way, I don't have to go through the trouble of installing the update myself.

Because Mac OS X makes it so hard to install updates?

"Apple should pull the plug on the iPhone."

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Because Mac OS X makes it so hard to install updates?

Mavericks' App Store's Notification Center popup even gives you the option of "Install" and "Later", with a dropdown on the latter specifying "in one hour", "tonight", and "tomorrow".
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