Last chance to enter to win a new MacBook

By iDB Deals on Apr 21, 2015

Our most popular iDB Deals giveaway ever will be coming to an end tomorrow: all entries for the New MacBook Giveaway must be submitted before midnight on Wednesday! That means this is your last chance to enter. The good news? A winner will be selected very soon! Read More

 

New MacBook limited to online purchases, shipping times slip to 4-6 weeks across many markets

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 10, 2015

It’s not just the Apple Watch, Apple’s one-port $1,299 twelve-inch MacBook with a Retina screen is seeing limited availability across online and brick-and-mortar Apple Stores, with shipping times for gold models in both 256 and 512GB flavors now having slipped to 3-4 weeks. And across many international markets at availability of the new machine has already slipped to 4-6 weeks.

Worse, the sexy new notebook appears to be limited to online purchases in many locations around the world at launch. Indeed, as some users have reported on Twitter, customizing your MacBook may prompt the Online Apple Store to put up a “This customized Mac takes a bit longer to build” message. Read More

 

Early MacBook reviews praise its ambition, but criticize its compromises

By Cody Lee on Apr 9, 2015

In addition to Apple Watches, Apple gave select members of the press test units of its new ultra-thin MacBook to try out and review. Like the Watch, the new MacBook goes on sale this Friday, so naturally those reviews began hitting the web today.

For the most part it sounds like reviewers agreed with the general consensus back in March, which is that it looks great, but it comes with significant trade-offs. Nevertheless, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite takes on Apple’s new notebook. Read More

 

Apple wants customers to buy Apple Watch and new MacBook online

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 7, 2015

In an interesting break from the publicity Apple normally gets for free whenever customers line up outside its stores to be the first to get their hands on latest new gizmos, the company is now instructing its retail employees to suggest customers buy the Apple Watch and the new twelve-inch MacBook through the Online Apple Store.

According to an internal memo Apple’s retail chief Angela Ahrendts sent to Apple Store employees entitled ‘Get in line online’, obtained by Business Insider, Apple suggests that “the days of waiting in line and crossing fingers for a product are over”. Read More

 

New MacBook unboxed early ahead of April 10 launch

By Jake Smith on Apr 1, 2015

Vietnamese site Tinhte.vn has posted an early unboxing of the new 12-inch MacBook, ahead of its April 10 launch. The unboxing, available to view on video, examines the body of the MacBook, new charger, and quick start guide that Apple is including for customers. Read More

 

Purported iPad Pro casing points to dual ports; could it be USB-C?

By Jake Smith on Mar 30, 2015

New photos posted on China social media site Sina Weibo and shared by HDBlog on Monday point to the rumored, larger, iPad Pro having two ports – if the photos prove to be legitimate. The images were first shared by VandaagApple in February.

The unconfirmed photos show an iPad with the typical Apple logo, rear-camera, and side volume buttons. However curiously, there’s a port of some sorts on the left side of the device, something never before seen on the iPad line. Read More

 

Win a new MacBook from iDownloadBlog

By iDB Deals on Mar 25, 2015

First off, congratulations to Joe A., winner of the MacBook Pro Giveaway! Here’s what he had to say: “I don’t think I have ever won a prize drawing other than one for a $20 gas card. This is awesome!”

And now (drumroll please)…enter our new giveaway to win a brand new MacBook!

The new Macbook is the lightest MacBook ever at two pounds and ultra thin at an incredible 13.1mm. It is powered by a newly designed and super-efficient battery, offering an impressive 9 hours of battery life. You get the cool Force Touch trackpad, a full-size keyboard with new and improved keys, and the beautiful retina display. Read More

 

This app turns your Mac’s Force Touch trackpad into a drawing tablet

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 24, 2015

Apple’s improved Force Touch trackpad on the new 12-inch MacBook and early-2015 MacBook Pro models has pressure sensors that make possible all sorts of new interactions, among them pressure-sensitive drawing with your finger.

In OS X Yosemite, for example, you can press lightly on the trackpad for a thin stroke or harder for a thick one when marking up a Mail attachment or creating a signature for forms in Preview.

And now, a Mac application called Inklet has been refreshed with superior pressure-sensitive drawing capabilities, basically turning the Force Touch trackpad in your Mac notebook into a powerful drawing tablet. Read More

 

How Apple’s Force Touch trackpad with Haptic Engine elevates video editing experience in iMovie

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 20, 2015

The iMovie 10.0.7 update, released earlier in March, contains some nifty features for owners of Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook with Force Touch trackpad.

As first noticed by Final Cut blogger Alex Gollner, Apple’s Taptic Engine inside the notebook’s new trackpad (advertised as Force Touch) provides a nuanced video editing experience in iMovie.

The Taptic Engine can provide physical feedback in iMovie based on context. For example, when dragging a video clip to its maximum length, you’ll get feedback letting you know you’ve hit the end of the clip. Read More

 

Twelve South launches portable MacBook stand that folds up like iPad Smart Cover

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 18, 2015

Hot on the heels of unveiling its HiRise charging stand for the Apple Watch, premium accessory maker Twelve South on Wednesday announced another interesting accessory. This one attaches to the bottom of any MacBook and folds up to an instant stand akin to Apple’s Smart Cover for iPad.

The BaseLift typing stand, as they’re calling it, is a remarkable 3.7 millimeter thin, has a microfiber-layered pad and stays attached to the bottom of your MacBook all the time, so you’ll never forget it. Read More

 

Poll: which new MacBook finish would you opt for?

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 16, 2015

If someone told me Apple would release a notebook in faux gold, I’d call them crazy and out of touch with reality, but that’s exactly what the company has done with the new 12-inch MacBook adopting the same Space Gray, Silver and Gold color scheme popularized by iOS devices.

Say you were in the market for that machine, which finish would you go with: the unassuming Silver, the subdued Space Gray or “a stunning gold,” as Phil Schiller, Apple’s marketing honcho, put it unveiling the machine at the “Spring Forward“? Read More

 

Good Deal: 38% off the BatteryBox portable MacBook + mobile charger

By iDB Deals on Mar 13, 2015

If you are anything like us, your MacBook is an essential part of your life – powering your work, arranging your social life and, in some case, providing our livelihoods. Losing power is often simply not an option, which is why you need the brand new BatteryBox Macbook charger.

This unassuming little beast (smaller than a soda can) stores enough power for 13 hours of extra battery life for a MacBook Air and 7.4 hours with a MacBook Pro. The charger is made specifically for MacBooks, with a custom cord already fitted to the unit that will work all MacBooks made after mid-2012 with MagSafe 2 Connector.

But that doesn’t mean it won’t charge other things too – there’s a spare USB port for all of your power needs. You can use them both at the same time to charge multiple devices. Read More

 

iFixit tears down, dissects new MacBook Pro and MacBook Air

By Jake Smith on Mar 12, 2015

iFixit has released a series of tear downs based on the new laptops Apple introduced at its “Spring Forward” media event on Monday. While we’re still waiting for the new MacBook to be examined once it’s released, the updated MacBook Pro and MacBook Air that are now available have been opened and dissected.  Read More

 

LaCie unveils first USB-C external hard drive for new MacBook

By Jake Smith on Mar 10, 2015

Following a bit of backlash that Apple has only chosen to include a USB-C port on the new MacBook, LaCie is working to appease customers with the first external hard drive and accessory for the new Apple creation. Unveiled on Tuesday, the Porsche Design Mobile Drive has been updated to perfectly suit the new Mac with USB-C. Read More

 

The confusing Apple notebooks lineup

By Sébastien Page on Mar 10, 2015

There were very few surprises at the event Apple held yesterday to officially launch Apple Watch. Thanks to accurate leaks and rumors from the past several weeks, we were confident Apple was going to unveil a new notebook, which we all called the 12-inch MacBook Air until then. If the actual product announced wasn’t much of a surprise, its name turned out to be what really took me off guard, because I expected a new MacBook Air, not a new MacBook.

It’s all semantics, you might think, but we all know nothing is just semantics with Apple. Everything the company does, every product denomination has a clear purpose. So, the new MacBook. Read More

 

Apple’s ‘Spring Forward’ keynote video posted to iTunes as downloadable podcast

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 10, 2015

Following yesterday’s “Spring Forward” media event which brought us new Apple Watch details and pricing, an exclusive HBO Now launch on the now-discounted Apple TV, some interesting medical research news and a Retina-enabled twelve-inch MacBook with USB-Type CForce Touch trackpad and silver, space grey and gold finishes, now the whole presentation can be downloaded and kept on your computer in the form of a video podcast. Read More

 

Apple event recap: everything about Apple Watch, new MacBook, ResearchKit and more

By Cody Lee on Mar 9, 2015

The sun is beginning to set in Cupertino, which signifies that Apple’s media event day has come and gone. The keynote is over, all announcements have been made, and we now know what the fabled 12-inch MacBook looks like, and how much the golden Apple Watch will cost.

A lot has happened over the past 12 hours, and we understand that it can be tough to keep up with everything throughout the day. So tonight, as we like to do every post-event evening, we’ve put together a roundup telling you everything you need to know about Apple’s big event. Read More

 

Apple’s new MacBook won’t come bundled with an extension cable

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 9, 2015

Sad news for those of you who use the power extension cable that comes with the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro: Apple’s newest addition to the venerable notebook line no longer comes bundled with said cable.

That’s bad news for those of you who aren’t always in a situation where it’s easy to use plug the power brick directly into the wall outlet. It also means that your MacBook is now on a much shorter leash when it comes to charging.

This change, coupled with the device’s lack of a MagSafe connector, could spell trouble for those of you who need to, you know, work while charging your MacBook. It seems to me like this combination would greatly increase the potential for an accident.

But there is some good news in all of this. Apple will sell you an extension cable separately for only $19.00. Read More

 

Hands-on with Apple’s new ultra thin 12-inch MacBook

By Cody Lee on Mar 9, 2015

So by now you’ve likely watched Apple’s keynote, and know Apple unveiled a new 12-inch MacBook today, but thus far you’ve probably only seen it on stage or in marketing materials. Obviously the new laptop is going to look good in photos, but what about in real life?

Following the event today, select journalists were given the chance to go hands on with the new ultra thin MacBook, and have posted videos of their initial reactions. So naturally, we’ve rounded up some of these clips that show folks trying out the notebook for the first time. Read More

 

Here are the three USB-C adapters for the upcoming MacBook

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 9, 2015

The new 12″ Retina display-equipped MacBook Air is heavy on new innovative features, but noticeably light on ports. In fact, only one port (outside of the headphone jack) for external devices exists on the new machine—a new USB-C connector. This connector will take care of all duties when it comes to external connections. It will handle the power adapter, it will handle USB, and it’ll even do the heavy lifting for external video like HDMI and VGA.

As you might expect, the MacBook doesn’t come bundled with any adapters outside of the power cable. Here’s a look at some of the adapter accessories that will be available when the MacBook launches on April 10th. Read More

 
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