According to quarterly PC sales reports released by Gartner and IDC last Wednesday, Apple was the only PC maker among the U.S. market top five vendors to suffer a year-over-year sales decline during the “back-to-school” quarter. However, I don’t think it’s time to start writing the Mac’s obituary quite yet. There are several logical reasons to deduce that the summer Mac sales slump is just a temporary hiccup rather than the beginning of a death spiral for the Mac.
Chrome Industries has announced the third issue of their City Series bags, this time inspired by Berlin. The new Chrome City Series Berlin bags—Citizen Berlin and Yalta Berlin—are made with water resistant “felted” polyester and embossed suede. The inside features Chrome’s own Bavarian inspired needlework print, while the hardware is finished with an antique brass finish.
Exotic sports cars are made of the stuff. Jetliners are made of the stuff. So why shouldn’t a laptop case be made of carbon fiber, one of the lightest, strongest materials available? If DFWComposites recently-launched Kickstarter campaign reaches its funding goal, a Carbon Fiber laptop sleeve could be in your MacBook’s future.
I’ve been pondering lately the fact that my current fleet of Apple hardware is the oldest I’ve ever had since climbing aboard the Cupertino Express back in 1992 with a used Mac Plus. I used to think of myself as a sort of “late early adopter,” typically buying in when the first major revision of a device becomes available, but I tend to like things more the longer I keep them, whether they be items of clothing, tools, cars, or computers.
Describing it as “hauntingly beautiful,” Twelve South today pulled the sheet back from their new GhostStand Macbook riser stand. A simple stand composed of interlocking Lucite arms, GhostStand raises your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro about six inches off your desk. This provides a number of benefits, while its barely-there aesthetic helps keep your desk space visually uncluttered.
It doesn’t make customers happy to go to an Apple Store more than once to complain that the same device they brought in last week. However, that is something thousands of Apple customers have done after they discovered that their brand new Haswell-based Macbook Air has issues with the volume settings. It also doesn’t make me happy to constantly report that Apple has been dropping the ball lately, but it’s very true.
Apple is rumored to be moving away from the current LED-backlit LCD displays that it currently uses in all of its current iOS and Mac products. According to a report from Korea’s IT News, Apple is looking to adopt IGZO displays for all future iOS devices and Macs, and the company may be making this shift as early as next year.
And I had thought that deciding which MacBook to choose for my next anchor laptop would be relatively easy this time. Fat chance! The availability of Mac laptops offering iPad equivalent or better battery runtime between charges—and in a light and compact form factor—has me wondering if I would be able to substitute a MacBook Air for some or even a lot of what I do with the iPad these days.
As part of its annual sales tradition, this year’s Apple Back to School promo has been officially launched. If you’re a qualified customer—namely a college student, a student accepted to a college, a parent buying for a college student or a faculty or staff member from any grade level—you are entitled to a $100 iTunes gift card if you purchase a new Mac.
As a general rule, I’m convinced that Apple Certified Refurbished systems represent the better value when making a Macintosh computer purchase. However, with the mid-2013 MacBook Air models’ twice-as-long battery life with little or no performance penalty, better HD 5000 graphics, and and faster flash storage memory, are they the proverbial exception that proves the rule?
At WWDC 2013, Apple released updated MacBook Air laptops with a vastly improved battery life. The battery life has increased from 5 hours on the 11-inch MacBook Air to 9 hours. The 13-inch MacBook Air has 7 hours of battery life currently, and it will have 12 hours of life with the new model. They use the Haswell ULT processor for lower-power consumption with improved graphics.
After months in beta, Apple has finally released the OS X 10.8.4 update for Mountain Lion. The OS X update is available now for download via the Mac App Store, and brings major improvements throughout Mountain Lion, including Wi-Fi connectivity and Microsoft Exchange compatibility, Safari bug fixes, a fix for an issue that prevented users from making FaceTime calls to non-U.S. numbers, and other enhancements.