The updated Retina MacBook Pros Apple announced Tuesday are essentially a minor speed bump, bur are perhaps perhaps significant in clearing the decks for Apple to devote full attention to a widely anticipated announcement deeper into the year of a completely new 12-inch MacBook Air design with a Retina display, no internal cooling fan, and no trackpad button.
The MacBook Pro with Retina display laptops have been officially refreshed with more memory, faster processors, more upgrade options, and a cheaper price. As has been rumored, the 15-inch model now comes with 16GB memory standard, along with a 1TB flash drive upgrade option.
A photo of an Apple Store chart has surfaced that suggests the company may have plans to launch a slightly modified line of 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros that will come with 16GB of RAM standard, as well as faster Haswell processors. The photo purportedly comes from Apple’s Chongqing store in China.
Apple has launched its Back to School Promotion as the school year shopping season kicks-off. Students who purchase Mac models (except the Mac mini) are eligible to receive a $100 gift card, while iPad and iPhone buyers are entitled to a $50 gift card.
For my purposes, laptop shoulder bags cannot be small enough. I don’t want to be able to cram everything I could possibly need into them, I just want efficiency with the items I actually need to put in. A laptop (of course), my iPad and iPhone, and perhaps some business cards, a pen/pencil, etc. Obviously, we all want different things out of our laptop bags, but if you’d rather yours be svelte than accommodating, the STM Sequel is well worth a look.
It was not without some twinges of disloyalty that I chose a 13-inch Haswell MacBook Air over the still-available non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro for my Mac system upgrade last fall. I consider the 13-inch aluminum unibody MacBook/MacBook Pro to be the best value Apple laptop for non-power users ever made (and perhaps forever
With its warm bamboo, crisp lines, and Apple-specific design, the iSkelter Slate Mobile AirDesk is a portable desk that turns any chair into a full-featured desk, and looks like Apple designed it. It lifts up your laptop to a more ergonomically correct height and keeps both your lap and computer cooler, which makes using a laptop on your lap a more pleasant experience.
Being a certified Mac fan, I always like to see how Apple products are doing in the market. Just the other day, we reported the iPad is still No. 1 in Customer Satisfaction in the US. Now we’ve learned that with iPad and Mac shipments combined, Apple is the biggest PC vendor, capturing 17% of the market.
A concept from Classic Mac OS pioneering days still offers some advantages in the SSD era with RamDisk for Mac from Power App.
There’s no one size fits all solution when debating a MacBook Pro vs. MacBook Air purchase, but it’s great to have two can’t-go-wrong alternatives. Macworld’s Rob Griffiths and I both recently struggled with this decision, and came to two different conclusions.
Sometimes you just don’t need that much from your MacBook sleeve. Scuff protection? Scratch protection? A classic look? If that’s it, then the STM leather sleeve will do the job. I recently used it on a trip from Cleveland to Hong Kong, and as a way to keep my MacBook Pro safe, it was perfect, but only because I carried them inside a backpack.
The BookArc möd is designed to blur the line between furniture and office equipment, and depending on what color you like, it can channel either Ikea post-modernism or ’50s Danish modern. Whether your office features a luxurious Eames lounger chair or some garage-sale [easyazon-link keywords="Poang chair armchair cushion" locale="us"]Poäng chairs[/easyazon-link], the BookArc möd will look right at home.