I’m sad to see the old unibody machine go; I’d prefer to have an on-board optical drive, and I’m not convinced that the speedier access, silence, and shockproofness of solid state data storage are worth the trade-off in drive capacity one has to give up, but I didn’t put my money where my mouth is when I upgraded to a 13-inch MacBook Air last fall.
I would expect crashes from my 2009 Macbook with its aging Core 2 Duo processor, but not from my 2013 Macbook Air with an Intel Haswell Processor. Now, MacRumors is reporting that Apple is working on a fix for the issue that causes 11-inch and 13-inch Macbook Airs to crash when they are wakened from sleep.
Apple is celebrating Thirty Years of Mac in a number of countries around the world, taking its 30th anniversary Mac homepage to other countries around the world. Late Friday, a Japanese blog Kodawarisan noticed that Apple had taken the Thirty Years of Mac homepage and mini-site and translated it into Japanese.
Before you brush off that headline as a simple but fine example of clever wordplay, know that I do think it’s a fantastic idea to literally show some skin this Valentine’s Day. I’m all for the romance and the sweet, sweet lovin’ and whatnot. More relevant to AppleTell, however, are skins for your Mac, iPhone and iPad products, and both DecalGirl and Slickwraps are offering some specials.
You can’t really evaluate a workhorse computer until it’s been used for a while in your work environment, but early days impressions are mostly positive. It’s amazingly slim, but not much different footprint-wise than the old MacBook. I had been curious about how it would perform and feel in tasks and venues that have been more and more shunted to the iPad. My verdict is that this 13-inch MacBook Air really isn’t an iPad substitute, but at $1,099 represents the most laptop for the money Apple has ever offered.
My first Mac was a Mac mini, but the first one I ever used was the translucent, candy-colored iMac that was available in nearly every elementary and junior high school in New York City. As a matter of fact, the first computer I ever touched was a Mac, and I’ve never gone back. The fact that Apple made Macs available in schools helped me decide whether I was going to be a Mac or PC user, and I guess my choice is obvious.
Nothing accents an all-aluminum Macbook more than a culmination of high quality leather, waxed canvas, and wood crafted into an insanely high quality product. Pad & Quill goes above and beyond in developing its products, and The Sleeve for the 13″ Macbook Pro/Air is no different. It builds upon every other product that PQ has to offer, and their quality and craftsmanship never wanes.
Two-hundred dollars difference (or $250 in Canada) just doesn’t seem like an unbridgeable gap. So, is there really a rational case for keeping the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lines separate any more, especially if the Air gets a Retina display with its next round of updates as many continue to predict despite being disappointed on that hope last June? Both MacBook families having Retina panels would further blur the line separating Air and Pro.
The Gambit 17 Laptop backpack has pockets, zips, ties, and pouches for just about anything you could wish to carry, all wrapped up in well cushioned padding and super soft fleece to keep your gear safe. And it’s got so much room I was able to fit not only my electronic gear but also clothing and souvenirs during a recent trek across India.
Altego advertises the Polygon Sunfire’s “clean angular lines” and endorphine-inducing “aggressive looks,” but the real genius of this bag are the myriad thoughtful details that make it a great hauler for your MacBook, iPad, and other gear. I used the Polygon for over a month as my primary commuter bag, and I found each of the bag’s features to be well thought out, genuinely useful, and, most crucially, perfectly suited to the task at hand; helping me schlep all my stuff.
Skin manufacturers know a lot you got new tablets, laptops, phones and gaming systems this holiday season, and they want you to know they’ve got protective skins ready for you at reduced prices. Skins are a good way to go, as they’re inexpensive, they provided basic scratch/scuff protection, they’re compatible with third-party docking devices, and they allow you to show off your personality and interests.
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.