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Mac fans looking for some deals on laptops for Black Friday may have an early jump on the shopping season, with savings up to $650 off Mac laptops right now. The biggest savings comes at B&H with the Apple 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in space gray or silver for $2,149, that is a discount of $650 on the mid-2017 model. Specs on this machine include a 2.9GHz Core i7 quad-core processor, 16GB of 2133 MHz RAM, 512GB SSD, and AMD Radeon Pro 560 graphics with 4GB of RAM. This MacBook has a 15.4-inch 2880 x 1800 Retina display and can be purchased here directly from B&H. If you want a MacBook Pro that is a bit more portable and costs less to boot, B&H also has a deal going... Read more...
Macs used to have a persona of "no viruses or hacks" with many feeling like the MacBook and other Apple computers were more secure and therefore better than Windows counterparts. This was a long-running argument in PC enthusiast circles and despite ample evidence that Macs are vulnerable to attacks, some still feel that the Mac is immune to most of the hazards posed to a Windows user. Apple's latest 2018 MacBook models certainly aren’t immune from significant issues and flaws right out of the box. The high-end Core i9 version was hampered by thermal throttling out of the box that Apple blamed on a flaw in macOS, and a patch was later issued. Researchers at the Black Hat security conference... Read more...
Intel is nearly ready to roll out a new family of low-power Core Y-Series processors, and they could find their way into a number of popular devices in the coming months. There are three processors SKUs that have been revealed, and they all fall under the Amber Lake family. According to Romanian website NextLab501, the three processors will officially launch during the third quarter and are considered part of the 8th generation Core family. All three processors are dual-core parts, HyperThreading-enabled, and incorporate Intel HD Graphics 615: Core m3-8100Y  Base Clock: 1.1GHz All-Core Boost: 2.7GHz Single-Core Boost: 3.4GHz Core i5-8200Y Base Clock: 1.3GHz All-Core Boost: 3.2GHz... Read more...
In May word was going around that noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo was leaving KGI Securities and the world of Apple rumors behind. While he did, in fact, leave KGI, he is still prophesying things all things Apple and is back with a new rumor. Kuo is now at TF International Securities and has published an investor note that outlines what he expects to see in the fall hardware lineup from Apple. Perhaps the biggest news is that long after Tim Cook promised the Mac mini would remain part of the lineup as the cheapest Mac, it will finally get a performance update. Sadly, if you are dying for details on that Mac mini there are no hardware predictions offered. Other tidbits Kuo predicts include... Read more...
One of the things that was rumored early on to turn up at Apple's WWDC last month were refreshed MacBooks running Intel Coffee Lake processors. Those refreshed Macs didn’t happen leaving many Apple fans disappointed. Now, however, a new MacBook Pro model with an Intel Coffee Lake processor has turned up on Geekbench giving Mac fans hope that refreshed hardware is coming. The Geekbench entry was logged this week and lists a "MacBook Pro 15,2" model notebook that packs inside an Intel Core i7-8559U processor. That CPU is a 28W part with a 2.7GHz base frequency. The turbo frequency for the chip is 4.5GHz. Other specs called out in the benchmark results include 16GB of LPDDR3 RAM running at... Read more...
Apple has finally admitted to what we already knew: there is a serious problem with the butterfly key mechanism on its most recent MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboards. The company has announced a new repair program that affects every single laptop that uses the butterfly key mechanism from the 2015 MacBook to the 2017 MacBook Pro models. Apple says that affected MacBook Pro models may encounter one or more of the following symptoms: Letters or characters repeat unexpectedly Letters or characters do not appear Key(s) feel "sticky" or do not respond in a consistent manner These are exactly the same problems that users have been complaining about for years and have in recent months resulted in multiple... Read more...
Apple's 2018 Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) is on the docket for June 4th, which means that we should hear plenty about the next iteration of OS X and iOS at the event. However, Apple also often announces new hardware products at WWDC, which in the past have included new MacBooks, iPad Pros and in the case of WWDC 2017, the HomePod. This year, at least one hardware family will be receiving some special attention: the MacBook Pro. A quick perusal of the Apple Store reveals that half of the pre-configured 13-inch MacBook Pro models are unavailable for immediate shipping, and instead will deliver on June 7th -- three days after the start of WWDC.  The availability... Read more...
Many PC users are quite particular about their keyboards. It's how we communicate with the world and get things done, and a crappy keyboard can be a deal-breaker for many people. Apple has often been considered to produce some of the best keyboards in the business, but that changed with the arrival of the 2015 MacBook with its butterfly key mechanism. People quickly complained about the shallow key travel which made it feel like they were typing on a barely-moving rigid surface. To make matters worse, the short key travel meant that tiny specs of dust or crumbs were enough to make keys stop functioning completely. Apple upset an even larger portion of its customer base when it brought that butterfly... Read more...
Apple has announced that the macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 update is now available for customers to download. It brings a slew of features that fans will appreciate, with one of the new features being something that gamers will flip for. That new feature is support for external graphics processors or eGPUs. If you have a Mac and you want to get in on the eGPU action, Apple has published information on what external graphics gear will work with your Mac. First, you need a Thunderbolt 3-equipped Mac running this new update. You need a MacBook Pro launched in 2016 or later or an iMac from 2017 or later. The eGPU does allow you to do more than just play games, Apple says with this new support you... Read more...
Apple is set to launch a new and lower-priced version of the 13-inch MacBook Air in the coming months says notoriously accurate analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities. Kuo penned a pair of notes to investors recently that talked about a new MacBook Air notebook that will be enticing to the budget-minded Apple faithful and education sectors alike. Kuo says that the new machine will launch in Q2 2018 and he predicts that the new, cheaper Mac will push overall sales for MacBooks up 10 to 15% this year. Currently, the cheapest 13-inch MacBook sells for $999. While Kuo has details on when the new machine might launch, however, what he doesn't have detail on is what sort of hardware the cheaper machine... Read more...
Regardless of how you feel about the company, there is no denying that Apple excels at industrial design. The iPhone, Macbook Air, and even its retail stores have all spurred copycats the world over. Apple’s latest retail store, which is currently under construction, however, won’t be copied anytime soon. Why? Because it’s got a giant Macbook for a roof...Image credit: DNAInfo The 20,000 square foot store is located in Chicago, in Pioneer Court on N. Michigan Ave. The exterior walls of the multi-level store are virtually all-glass, so passers-by can peer all the way through to the other side The interior layout will feature many of the same, minimalist design elements as current retail store... Read more...
Huawei is taking the fight directly to Apple with its new MateBook X. Aimed squarely at the 12-inch MacBook, the MateBook X employs a sleek aluminum frame and a generous 13-inch display with a resolution of 2160×1440 and a screen-to-body ratio of 88 percent thanks to thin 4.4mm bezels. Unlike the MacBook, which it will no doubt be compared to by everyone who looks at it, the MateBook X is powered by Kaby Lake Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors, which is a noticeable upgrade from the Core m3 and Core m5 processors available in Apple’s counterpart. Despite the fact that up to a Core i7 can be configured in the device, the MateBook X has a fanless design made possible by Huawei’s Space Cooling... Read more...
This is shaping up to be an interesting summer. In addition to the ongoing CPU war between AMD and Intel, and a GPU showdown between AMD and NVIDIA, we're going to witness a mobile computing scuffle between Apple and Microsoft. This will take place starting in June when Apple will reportedly introduce upgraded 12-inch MacBook and MacPro laptops with faster processors. Both the 12-inch MacBook and MacBook Pro family are getting bumped up to Kaby Lake, which is Intel's latest processor architecture. As it stands, Apple's 12-inch MacBook and MacBook models feature CPUs based on Intel's previous generation Skylake architecture underneath the hood. By bumping up to Kaby Lake, Apple's laptops will... Read more...
For whatever reason, Apple continues to drag its feet in offering a true laptop with a touchscreen display. However, it hasn't abandoned touch functionality on laptop systems completely. Apple introduced the Touch Bar on its latest MacBook Pro model, which replaces the row of Function keys at the top, and now it's been discovered that Apple filed a patent to dock an iPhone or iPad onto a MacBook-looking laptop.Apple's application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office is for an "electronic accessory device" that can "extend and expand usefulness of a portable computing device." Put more plainly, it's essentially a dock built into laptop.One of Apple's diagrams shows an iPhone fitting... Read more...
Apple’s notebook computers aren’t exactly known as energy hogs — well, if we toss aside the Consumer Reports battery fiasco that was attributed to a Safari bug — but it’s always appreciated to eek as much battery life as possible out of a machine. Given that Apple has full control over the hardware and software stack of its products, it has always had an advantage when it comes to optimizing for power efficiency. A new report indicates that Apple is taking an additional step in its efforts to increase Mac battery life by developing a custom ARM chip that will handle low-power tasks, easing the burden of the primary Intel processor. According to well-connected Apple insider Mark Gurman, the chip... Read more...
Are you the owner of an older MacBook Air or MacBook Pro and aren’t impressed with what Apple has to offer with the latest 2016-edition 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros? Well, Microsoft is definitely looking to get your business and it’s willing to throw quite a bit of cash your way to join the Surface family. Microsoft for a limited time is offering MacBook Air or MacBook Pro owners up to $650 off the purchase of a Surface Pro or Surface Book convertible if they trade-in their device. Microsoft is confident that Apple fans will appreciate the long battery life and added functionality that its Surface mobile devices have to offer. “97% of people that have a Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book use on-screen... Read more...
It’s no secret that Apple’s computing lineup has simply been neglected over the years. Apple’s key MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac and even Mac Pro lines have gone for years with minimal or no updates at all, and sales have suffered as a result. However, Apple is holding an event later this week in which it is widely expected to showcase new MacBook Pros and perhaps even new iMacs. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has been pretty accurate with regards to iPhone channel leaks over the years, has given some insight into what he expects to see with this week’s Mac updates. The most exciting updates are likely to be reserved for the MacBook Pro family, which is currently available in both... Read more...
It appears that Apple is bound and determined to improve the keyboard on its MacBook Pro system in some way, shape, or form. Exactly how remains to be seen. We've heard rumors of Apple swapping out the top row of Function keys for touch sensitive control that display icons based on the app a person is using, but that might not be all it has up its sleeve. A newly published patent application from Apple describes a MacBook keyboard that would allow users to adjust the sensitivity of the keys. Apple correctly surmises in its patent application that "certain users may prefer certain keyboards (and/or keys) to have specific electromechanical properties," further noting that some users might have... Read more...
Apple had been keen on saying we're in the post-PC era, but that was before tablet sales took a nosedive. The company's iPad line wasn't immune from the waning interest in tablets either, and surprise-surprise, that silly post-PC chatter has quieted down. So now what? Well, apparently Apple has been working on some nifty upgrades to its MacBook line, and not just underneath the hood. The biggest feature upgrade could actually be in the keyboard.Image Source: Flickr (tobiasbischoff) Yes, we're aware of how silly that sounds, but we're not talking about an ordinary plank or even a mechanical key set (though that would be awesome). As previously rumored, the MacBook Pro is likely to sport a secondary... Read more...
Shots fired, shots fired! Microsoft took aim at Apple in a new advertisement with a snarky jingle highlighting ways in which its Surface Pro 4 tablet is better than a MacBook, the latter of which is "less useful like a hat for your cat." It's the latest in a long line of Mac versus PC commercials where Apple and Microsoft trade barbs. This latest ad draws attention to the Surface Pro 4's detachable keyboard, included stylus, and touchscreen display, all things the MacBook family lacks. There's also a subtle shout out to Windows Hello, the biometric security system Microsoft built into Windows 10, and the fact that the Surface Pro 4 is "lighter than Air." Less savvy users might miss the intended... Read more...
Apple hoped to revolutionize the thin and light category with its 12-inch MacBook in early 2015. Not everyone was convinced, however, given the notebook’s meager performance, single USB-C port that was used both for charging and expansion, and $1,299 entry point. The 2016 update didn’t move the bar much further, which is giving PC manufacturers the perfect opportunity to take shots at Apple’s premium notebook. That’s where Asus comes into play with its new ZenBook 3, which is a prime example of “Anything you can do I can better.” The ZenBook 3 measures in at just 11.9 millimeters thick, undercutting the MacBook which is 13.1mm thick. And while the MacBook weighs in at an incredibly lightweight... Read more...
It seems as though officials at the Maine Department of Education are finally coming to terms with something that many in the tech community have been saying for years: tablets can often be a poor substitute for full-fledged computers in the classroom, especially in higher grades. Instead of being used as educational tools to help supplement traditional classroom lessons and aide in completing assignments, iPads in the classroom are being used for gaming while at the same time serving as a poor replacement for laptops when it comes to productivity. The Auburn School Department decided to survey its students and teachers to see if the district should continue using the iPads or opt for more traditional... Read more...
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