Be wary of MacBook Air clamshell mode

Why you shouldn't always close the lid.

Apple’s latest M3 MacBook Air has garnered rave reviews for its sleek good looks and capable performance.

It’s also the first Air with Apple silicon that supports two external displays.

However, running two external monitors requires closing the notebook’s lid — because the M3 chip can only handle two screens at a time.

But there’s a small problem with running the new MacBook Air with the lid closed, especially when pushing the machine to the max. Here’s why you should be wary of running the MacBook Air in clamshell mode.

Also in today’s newsletter:

  • There’s a new iPad Pro with a great-looking OLED screen coming any day now. Here’s why it’s likely pushed back until April.

  • These dirt-cheap noise-canceling headphones offer a lot of the same features as AirPods Max for a fraction of the price. Here’s why we give EarFun’s new Wave Pro headphones the full five stars in our hands-on review.

  • Do you remember the “wicked fast” Mac IIfx? The 1990 machine had a 40 MHz chip, which was exceptional for its time, and it was one of the most heavily hyped Macs of its era. I was so proud when I managed to pick up a used one several years after its debut. I used it mostly for playing Doom, IIRC.

  • Portable CarPlay screens are amazing. They’re a super-easy (and super-cheap) way to add Apple’s infotainment system to older vehicles. This 7-inch screen is on sale for $79 for a limited time.

— Leander Kahney, EIC.

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We sat on the patio outside his room and talked for two hours. I was really nervous, because he was one of my heroes. And I was also afraid that he wouldn’t be really smart anymore, that he’d be a caricature of himself, like happens to a lot of people. But I was delighted. He was as sharp as a tack. He was everything I’d hoped. He was really open and honest. He was just telling me about his life and about writing his songs. He said, “They just came through me, it wasn’t like I was having to compose them. That doesn’t happen anymore, I just can’t write them that way anymore.” Then he paused and said to me with his raspy voice and little smile, “But I still can sing them.”

— Steve Jobs on meeting Bob Dylan, 2011.

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