New MacBook Airs riddled with bugs

The new MacBook Airs seem to be manifesting some teething problems, which are proving a frustration for some early adopters.

Apple Support has already issued a bulletin and patch entitled "About MacBook Air (Late 2010) Software Update 1.0" to resolve an issue where new MacBook Air (Late 2010) notebooks may become unresponsive while playing back movie trailers in iMovie. Apple says the update also addresses a problem where the computer may become unresponsive after waking from sleep when an external display is connected and contains general graphics performance updates for good measure.

Apple is recommending this update for users of all the revised MacBook Air notebooks manufactured in late 2010. For more information see here.

The MacBook Air Software Update 1.0 is a 368kb download, and requires Mac OS X 10.6.4, which is the only OS X version as yet supported by the new MacBook Air.

The download link can be found here.

There is also a thread on Apple Discussions entitled "MacBook Air 11" Screen "Flicker" and Freeze" with several users describing a randomly-occurring phenomenon where weird colours in vertical lines appear and extend across the whole display and the laptop freezes up, necessitating a force quit and reboot. It happens at random times apparently. One user has posted a YouTube video illustrating the problem.

Cult of Mac's David W. Martin says he has encountered a somewhat similar video anomaly on his own 13-inch MacBook Air, with horizontal sparkling bands running up and down the screen, but no freeze-up. And after rebooting the problem hasn’t happened again. Martin also reports that in addition to the video problems, Cult of Mac editor Leander Kahney, himself, and others have experienced kernel panics on their new MacBook Airs — both 11-inch and 13-inch models, all the panics occurring during wake-from-sleep.

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