Apple makes news every year, and ever since Steve Jobs returned to the company in 1997, the news has mostly been good. But any big company will make a few missteps, and Apple is no exception. No company can escape the occasional misstep, but with Apple, the stumbles get the same kind of "generous" coverage that the successes do. Apple is hardly a shy, retiring company that prefers to hide from the spotlight -- even people who've never owned an Apple product can probably name several, whether bec
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When the MacBook Air was first introduced in 2008, it set the bar for thin and light portable computers. But at $1,800 for a 13-inch laptop with a smallish hard disk, and a relatively slow processor, it was regarded as something of an executive toy. That changed in 2010, with the debut of an 11-inch model for $999. The Air still lacks an optical drive and has a slow processor, but the new solid-state hard drive makes up some for the speed issue -- and the limitations aren't as noticeable when the price is under a thousand bucks.