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

 

Specs of 13″ MacBook Air refresh leak as rumors of Retina Air intensify

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 4, 2015

Images of what appear to be the specifications of a 13-inch MacBook Air refresh have surfaced on the forums of Chinese website Feng.com.

The seemingly genuine screenshots suggest a minor hardware bump based on Intel’s latest Broadwell processors with more powerful Intel HD 6000 graphics, and a slightly bigger battery as well.

Although the source did not provide info related to the 11-inch MacBook Air model, Apple is likely to upgrade that machine with new Intel chips alongside the 13 incher.

In addition, a questionable report has suggested that a twelve-inch Air with a Retina screen is up for an announcement at Apple’s “Spring Forward” media event next Monday, thought to focus mostly (but not exclusively?) on the Apple Watch. Read More

 

Enter to win a Macbook Pro from iDB Deals

By iDB Deals on Feb 19, 2015

If you’re feeling envious, we’ve got another chance to win big from iDownloadBlog Deals, and it’s a major one. After giving away an iMac earlier this month, we’re back at it with the big-ticket Apple hardware; this time, one lucky winner will get a brand new Macbook Pro! If that doesn’t pique your interest, I’m not sure what will. Read More

 

February 25 Modern Family episode shot on iPhone and iPad, takes place on a MacBook screen

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 17, 2015

Re/code is reporting that an upcoming episode of ABC’s popular television sitcom Modern Family was shot entirely on iPhone and iPad cameras and will play out entirely on a MacBook screen, showing exchanges between characters who use FaceTime to communicate among themselves.

The forthcoming episode, titled “Connection Lost,” was shot entirely on an iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2 and is scheduled to air at 9pm next Wednesday, February 25, on ABC. Read More

 

Touch ID and Apple Pay could be coming to Apple notebooks and the desktop

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 17, 2015

Apple’s revisions to the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro notebooks, as well as next-generation versions of the wireless $69 Magic Mouse and the multi-touch enabled $69 Magic Trackpad, could soon gain an embedded Touch ID sensor for fingerprint identification, if a rumor posted Tuesday by Taiwanese blog Apple.club.tw is anything to go by. The site is alleging that Apple wants to bring its payment service from the confines of iOS-powered mobile devices to your desktop. Read More

 

Apple reportedly planning MacBook Air refresh later this month

By Jake Smith on Feb 8, 2015

Czech-based Apple rumor site letemsvetemapplem.eu reports that Apple will be refreshing its online store with a minor update for the MacBook Air on February 24.

It’s not the massive retina MacBook Air update we’ve been waiting for, however the website claims processor, storage, and RAM improvements will be landing on the ultra-thin laptop – specifics weren’t shared. Read More

 

Poll: your next computer — iPad Pro or Retina Air?

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 4, 2015

If the rumors pan out, we could see both an iPad Pro and a Retina upgrade to the MacBook Air some time in the following months, possibly as soon as April.

Both are thought to include an ultra high-resolution screen measuring about twelve inches diagonally, run quietly thanks to fanless design and the latest power-savvy chips and redefine portability with an even lighter and thinner appearance. True, you’d be hard-pressed to call a twelve-inch tablet ultra portable.

But given Apple’s obsession with thinness and lightness, I suspect a larger iPad could be easier to carry around than you’d think. And assuming that rumored creative stylus accessory is indeed in the works, Apple would be wise to create a vastly improved iOS version with true multitasking, side-by-side apps and other productivity features.

With a proper OS, powerful chips, a screen to die for and an optional accessory, the iPad Pro could be the ultimate productivity tablet you’ve been waiting for.

On the other hand, the twelve-inch Air is said to be almost as light and thin as the iPad. It’s poised to blur the line between the notebook and the tablet even further. Therefore, why bother struggling with an oversized tablet if the new Air will be just as light and thin, while offering a built-in keyboard and OS X? Read More

 
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