If you want more oomph from your MacBook’s speakers, TwelveSouth’s BassJump 2 can deliver enhanced low-end sound without adding all the bulk of traditional external speakers. The company has just updated the software that handles the audio processing for this external subwoofer, delivering new features and full OS X Mavericks compatibility.
When I ordered the MacBook just before midnight on Black Friday, the projected delivery date was Tuesday, December 10. However, by Friday morning, it had reached the UPS terminal at Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, about 140 miles from the patch of boonies where I live. I figured it was going to beat the estimated TOA, but I didn’t expect UPS to be knocking on the door at 6:32 Friday evening with the box in hand—more than four days sooner than promised.
Apple doesn’t offer many product discounts, and it occurred to me on Friday evening that—being in the hunt for a new Mac system to replace my faithful late-2008 aluminum unibody MacBook—it would make good sense to take advantage of Apple’s Black Friday promotion. If I went with a new machine I could apply the $150 gift card deal to a new iPad, and would also get Apple’s iWork productivity suite bundled for just $50 more than a refurb unit.
Black Friday deals have officially kicked off, and multiple retailers are offering attractive discounts on various Apple products. We’ve listed a few here, including Best Buy, Walmart, Target and Apple, along with a round up of, iPhone apps and accessory Black Friday specials. For those of you who are more interested in getting hold of a new Macbook, here’s a list of some of the best deals on Macbook Pro and Macbook Air.
MacBook or iPad? Laptop or Windows Surface 2? It’s a question that’s getting harder to answer these days. Our own Charles Moore has been wrestling with it, and Joanna Cabot over at TeleRead is faced with a similar dilemma. Her current MacBook is aging quickly, and with the amount of work she’s offloaded to her iPad, she was wondering if a Microsoft tablet isn’t the way to go.
Earlier today, we shared Target’s Black Friday deals on Apple products. If you don’t think they were good enough, take a look at the Black Friday deals being offered by Best Buy and Walmart. Both retailers are using attractive discounts on various Apple products—including iPads, Macs, iPhones, etc.—to make sure you hit their stores on (or before) November 29th.
I’m wondering if I might not find it a compromise less appealing than sticking with a laptop + tablet strategy. And if I ended up using the MacBook Air with external input devices, which I inevitably would, I’d might as well go with a larger laptop and a new iPad Air, using both machines for the things they do best. Maybe sometime the iPad really will become a viable laptop surrogate, but it’s not there yet.
When I offered to review Citizen Berlin messenger bag from Chrome Industries, I have to admit it was based entirely on looks. I absolutely love the design of this bag, and will cover that in a bit. But truth be told, when I received the Citizen Berlin, I didn’t even know how to use it. That won’t be an issue for fans of messenger bags, who will instead be able to focus on all the features the Citizen Berlin offers, and rightly so.
With the holiday season approaching fast, retailers are beginning to offer attractive deals on various devices. If you’re in the market for a new Macbook Air, look no further than the nearest Best Buy store this Friday and Saturday. Best Buy is offering all Macbook Airs with a $100 discount, starting at $899.99 for the 11.6-inch base model. The promotion will begin on November 1st and will end on November 2nd, and is available at the retailer’s online store as well as its physical locations.
The Canadian dollar exchange rate has been slipping for about a month now, although it’s still within five percent of par, and with its October 18 new product announcements, Apple has also quietly raised Canadian prices on the newly announced models.
It’s four months since the nominally entry level MacBook Airs got their Haswell CPU upgrade, and about 16 months since the MacBook Pros were upgraded (save for the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display which was released just short of a year ago). So, how much longer until the Haswell MacBook Pro arrives, and is the delay part of the Mac sale slump?
If you have a MacBook Air with either a 64 GB or 128 GB flash storage drive (SSD) that was manufactured between June 2012 and June 2013, you may need to get the storage drive replaced free of charge. Head past the jump to learn how to determine if your laptop qualifies for the MacBook Air recall.