Here’s why an OLED touch bar would make a stellar addition to the MacBook Pro

By Christian Zibreg on May 25, 2016

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has caused quite a stir among the faithful with yesterday’s research note in which he predicted a major redesign for the MacBook Pro. He claims the refresh includes, among other features, an OLED display touch bar replacing the physical function keys, which are located above the keyboard on current machines.

As some have observed insightfully, the rumored OLED bar could actually turn into a way more powerful feature addition than meets the eye. Read More

 

Kuo: thinner MacBook Pro models coming with OLED touch bar and Touch ID

By Cody Lee on May 23, 2016

Apple plans to release new MacBook Pro models later this year with a thinner design, built-in Touch ID and other new features, reports Ming-Chi Kuo. In a note to investors on Monday, the high-profile analyst said the Pro laptops will make their debut in Q4 of this year.

Kuo says this will be the “most significant upgrade ever undertaken by Apple.” In addition to an all-new thinner and lighter design, and Touch ID, the new MacBooks will also include an embedded OLED display touch bar, that will be located above the keyboard. Read More

 

OWC’s new driver adds Boot Camp support to all of its aftermarket SSD upgrades

By Anthony Bouchard on May 19, 2016

In March, Other World Computing (OWC) launched the world’s first SSD upgrade for 2013 and later MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Retina display computers. The storage upgrades came in 480GB and 1TB flavors, and we recently showed you the install process of the 1TB OWC Aura SSD upgrade.

There was unfortunately a caveat that disallowed you to use Apple’s Boot Camp feature with the drives, which meant you were limited to installing one operating system on it at a time, or using a virtual machine instead of partitioning the drive and dual-booting your Mac.

As of today, OWC has fixed this problem with a new universal driver that enables Boot Camp on all of OWC’s SSD upgrades to date. Read More

 

iQunix makes an affordable, high-quality stand for MacBook

By Anthony Bouchard on May 16, 2016

If you’re looking for a durable aluminum stand for your Apple notebook, then don’t count out iQunix. Although the popular brand names look appealing and are tried and true, we had the chance to go hands-on with the iQunix Edin, which is also a very high-quality stand for all MacBook models, all this at a lower price.

In this review, we’ll show you how the iQunix Edin looks and touch on its build quality and features. Don’t be shy; we think you’re gonna like it! Read More

 

Upgrading your MacBook Air/Pro storage capacity with the OWC Aura Pro SSD

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 22, 2016

Other World Computing unveiled their Aura Pro PCI-e drop-in SSD upgrade kits last month for 2013 and later MacBook Pro with Retina display and MacBook Air model notebooks.

OWC’s Aura Pro SSD storage upgrades start at $399.00 (introductory price) for a 480GB module and and go up in price from there.

Sure to be a popular seller for those that want to upgrade the on-board storage in their expensive Macs without buying an all-new Mac, we’ve decided to try it out and share with you exactly what we think about it.

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Blockhead makes your MacBook charging brick less annoying

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 15, 2016

I love my Mac, but honestly, I hate the AC adapter. The ‘wall wart,’ as I like to call it, sticks out so far from the wall that it can be incredibly inconvenient for plugging in behind couches and in other tight spaces.

Blockhead, which was only just recently announced, eliminates the annoying protrusion of Apple’s AC adapter and is now available from Ten One Design.

Now that the Blockhead is available for purchase, we’ve been lucky enough to get our hands on one. In this review, we’ll walk you through its design and how it looks. Read More

 

Mountie: a simple way to mount your iOS device side-by-side with your MacBook

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 7, 2016

Whether you’re looking to make multitasking easier by having your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad right next to your computer, or you’re using some kind of screen-extension software like Duet Display, the Mountie by Ten 1 Design is a great way to use your iOS device side-by-side with your Mac or PC.

The Mountie, which can be had in either Blue or Green flavors on Amazon for just under $25, is an affordable way to keep your iOS device right where you want it – in front of your face – without needing to shell out big bucks on fancy desk stands.

In this review, we’ll show you how the Mountie works and give you our general opinion on why you should or shouldn’t consider it for your Apple accessory wish list. Read More

 

Simple tips for safely cleaning your Mac and other Apple devices

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 5, 2016

Your Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and/or any other other fancy high-tech devices you have are fun to use, but they’ll easily get dirty and collect dust, sneeze splatter, and bacteria from your fingers over time, whether they’re used frequently or not.

To combat grime, you can clean your devices every so often, but like anything else, there’s a right and a wrong way to do this.

In this piece, we’ll share with you some handy tips for cleaning your Apple devices safely so you don’t accidentally damage them. Read More

 

Having trouble deciding what Mac to buy? Use Apple’s online comparison tool

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 30, 2016

Apple has a wide variety of Macs to choose from, so if you’re in the market to buy a new one, you might need some help deciding which one is going to be right for you.

Fortunately for anyone who needs a quick and reliable way to compare the specs and features of Apple’s various Mac models, Apple has an online comparison tool that is perfect for this need. In this piece, well show you how it works. Read More

 

The importance of your Mac’s battery condition and how to check it

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 13, 2016

Apple’s portable Mac notebooks like the MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro are all powered by Lithium-Ion batteries, and these batteries don’t last forever. They go through cycles as they’re charged up and used over and over. After a number of cycles, batteries tend to lose their effectiveness at storing power, and will eventually need to be replaced.

If you have ever wondered just how close you are to needing a battery replacement in your Mac, then you’ll be happy to know that OS X is actively monitoring your Mac’s battery and can tell you with a quick keyboard shortcut, which we’ll be discussing in this short information piece. Read More

 

OWC launches SSD Upgrades for Mid-2013 and later Mac Notebooks

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 8, 2016

Other World Computing (OWC) has announced on Tuesday a major new step forward in upgrading the flash storage of your 2013 or later MacBook Air or MacBook Pro with Retina display.

Now available are the OWC Aura solid state drives (SSD), which come in flavors of 480GB and 1TB. These storage drive upgrades are direct PCI-e drop-ins for any of the supported computers. Read More

 

My 5 favorite accessories to use with my MacBook Pro

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 8, 2016

Whenever I’m using my MacBook Pro, there are a number of third-party accessories I like to use to glorify my user experience based on what I may be using it for. In this piece, I’ll share with you my five favorite accessories that I use with my 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display regularly. Read More

 

A look at the Incipio Asher MacBook Pro carry sleeve

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 7, 2016

As I’m always on the go, I needed a way to safely take my 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display all around with me without fearing that it could get damaged from drops or scuffs, and I turned to Incipio for those needs.

The Incipio Asher sleeve, which can be had off of Amazon for $30, is perfect for the on-the-go MacBook Pro user, as it provides excellent padding protection and additional stowaway room for the AC adapter and some small MacBook accessories.

In this review, we’ll talk about some of the features of the Incipio Asher sleeve, as well as its pros and cons. Read More

 

Give your Retina Mac’s screen more real estate with OS X’s scaling options

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 3, 2016

Macs that comes with retina displays allow the user to configure their own resolution scaling options.

These scaling options can be taken advantage of to give your Mac more screen space and gives you the illusion that your screen is bigger than it really is. With that in mind, you can run more windows side-by-side and be more productive.

In this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how you can create more space on your screen for additional windows on your Retina display Mac – this includes the new MacBook, some MacBook Pro models, and even some iMac models. Read More

 

Recent OS X security update has disabled Ethernet port on some iMacs and MacBook Pros

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2016

In squashing software bugs, you inevitably introduce new ones—that’s a fact of life. According to a thread on Reddit, Apple’s recent OS X security update has inadvertently disabled the Ethernet port for some owners of Apple’s all-in-one desktop and the MacBook Pro notebook.

Making matter worse is the fact that Apple pushed this security update via the silent updating mechanism, according to a poster on Reddit who probably enabled the option in System Preferences → App Store that prompts OS X to automatically install system data files and security updates. Read More

 

Add some protection to your MacBook Pro with the Incipio Feather case

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 22, 2016

If you travel abroad with your MacBook Pro and don’t want to scuff up the factory aluminum finish as you go through every day wear and tear, you should consider adding some protection to it.

Although the slimness of modern MacBook Pro models is one of the nicest features of the notebook, Incipio’s Feather cases are beautifully crafted to not only give it a splash of color, but also to protect all of its most sensitive edges from friction and shock that might occur when a notebook is stored in a laptop bag or backpack.

In this review, we’ll be taking you through the case’s features and show you how it looks on a 15-inch MacBook Pro with retina display from every angle. Read More

 

Apple will repair 2011-2013 MacBook Pros with video issues until December 31, 2016

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 19, 2016

Apple has extended a repair program to fix MacBook Pro notebooks that are plagued with video issue until December 31, 2016, reveals an updated support document on the company’s website. The MacBook Pro Repair Extension Program for Video Issues, as it’s officially referred to as, was originally scheduled to expire on February 27, 2016.

A small percentage of 15 and 17-inch MacBook Pro models sold between February 2011 and February 2013 may display distorted or scrambled video on the computer screen, show no video on the inbuilt screen or external display or the machine may restart unexpectedly. Read More

 

Best Buy is discounting tons of Apple hardware by $100 or more

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 10, 2015

Best Buy is in the midst of a huge sale on many new Apple Products, with quite a few of them going for $100 off or more. This sale isn’t just limited to Apple Watch, which is currently seeing a more than 30% discount in some instances, but it’s open to the iPad, MacBook, and iMac line as well. If you’re looking for a deal, then look no further than Best Buy. Read More

 

Watch the iPad Pro go toe-to-toe with a MacBook Pro when exporting 4K video

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 23, 2015

If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m extremely excited about the iPad Pro and what it brings to the table. It features a super-powerful A9X system on a chip, 4GB of RAM, and improved memory architecture. It’s a beast of a machine, no doubt.

But is the iPad Pro beastly enough to go toe-to-toe with an 2.3 Ghz Intel i7 equipped MacBook Pro with 16GB of RAM? Surely that’s crazy talk, no? Watch my video to find out… Read More

 

iPhone 6s Plus vs MacBook Pro: Exporting 4K video from iMovie

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 28, 2015

By now, it’s well documented how fast the new A9 processor is in the iPhone 6s. The benchmarks show a marked improvement over last year’s iPhone 6, and it even compares nicely with the iPad Air 2.

The iPhone 6s benchmarks better than the entry-level 12″ MacBook, and compares nicely with some the earlier generations of MacBook Airs. Needless to say, this device is quite something from a technical perspective. So much so, that I thought it would be fun to compare it with my MacBook Pro.

I decided to install iMovie on my Mac, and compare a 4K export between it and the iPhone 6s. By no means is this a scientific test, but the results paint a general picture that may surprise some people. Read More

 
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