Cheers drowned out tears in Manchester on Sunday as Ariana Grande was joined by fellow music stars for a charity concert where fans vowed to face down fears of terrorism after two deadly attacks in Britain. “Let the world hear your resilience,” Pharrell Williams told a sell-out crowd of 50,000 who had gathered to remember victims of a May 22 suicide bomb attack on Grande’s concert in the city. The hastily-organised “One Love Manchester” event became one of the biggest single gatherings of musical talent this year, as stars lined-up for the concert dedicated to the 22 people killed and 116 injured, many of them children.
With typical theatrical flair, Steve Jobs in January of 2008 introduced the world to the MacBook Air, an incredibly compact laptop that, at the time, was touted as the thinnest laptop on the market. Apple's MacBook Air line has evolved considerably over the past few years, but we're now hearing word that the Air's place in Apple's notebook lineup may soon be coming to an unceremonious end. As part of the engrossing Reddit AMA we highlighted yesterday, a purported Foxconn insider with detailed plans of upcoming Apple products relayed that Apple's MacBook Air line is effectively dead.
When asked if Apple will introduce a new MacBook Air in 2017, the Foxconn insider responded flatly that the "line is discontinued."
Notably, this isn't the first inkling we've seen regarding the MacBook Air's days being numbered. Not too long ago, Jack March speculated that the niche occupied by the Air had outgrown its usefulness.
I think its pretty obvious at this point that Apple will never release a new 1 product with the Air branding again.
For starters, the words ‘Light’ and ‘Professional’ are no longer a dichotomy, though they were when the original MacBook Air was launched in 2008. For Apple to achieve the title of World’s Thinnest Notebook they had to compromise on performance and expansion slots. It was a very niche and expensive product, only for people with the primary priority of portability. In 2016 where nearly all products from Apple and competitors are thin and light Apples distinction of Air is redundant.
This is an astute and insightful point. Thinness in a notebook design is not the commodity it once was simply because the clunky notebooks designs of years past are far less prevalent. Now Apple may keep the MacBook Air line around as a cheap entry-level device, but it doesn't seem as if the Air will be graced with a refresh ever again. In fact, there hasn't been a substantive MacBook Air upgrade in more than two years.
All that said, with WWDC kicking off tomorrow, we'll have a better idea of Apple's notebook aspirations soon enough.
Tens of thousands of marchers came out for the 2017 Celebrate Israel Parade in Manhattan.
Fans gathered in Manchester for a star-studded charity concert on Sunday, recalling victims of a suicide bomb attack following an Ariane Grande concert last month and vowing to face down fears of terrorism less than 24 hours after an assault in London claimed seven lives. A sell-out crowd of 50,000, many of them clutching “For our angels” signs, fell silent for a minute before Mumford & Sons frontman Marcus Mumford opened the show. Hastily organised as a benefit concert for the 22 people killed and 116 injured on May 22, many of them children, the “One Love Manchester” event showcases one of the biggest single gatherings of musical talent this year.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley would not confirm reports that senior White House aide Jared Kushner wanted to use the Russian embassy to securely communicate with the Kremlin before Donald Trump took office, but she “wouldn’t do that” herself. Mr Kushner, the President’s son-in-law, allegedly told Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kisylak that wanted a back channel of communication with Moscow during Mr Trump’s transition into office. Mr Kushner was a private citizen at the time.