The 12-inch MacBook is now available as an Apple Certified Refurbished unit

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 22, 2016

Apple’s 12-inch MacBook, originally released in April of 2015, is now available for purchase on Apple’s Certified Refurbished store. This makes the first time that the diminutive laptop has been made available as a Certified Refurb unit.

Right now, you can score the low end model for $200 off the retail price at $1099. That model features a 1.1 Ghz Core M processor and 256GB of PCIe flash storage. Higher end models are also available for a discount, but you better act fast, as they’re selling out quickly. Read More

 

Griffin’s new USB-C power cable brings MagSafe charging to 12-inch MacBook

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 4, 2016

Apple’s twelve-inch MacBook is one hell of a laptop in terms of portability, build quality and features, but some people are fretting over its limited expandability. With just one USB-C port, folks who wish to connect more than one accessory to the notebook must buy pricey USB-C adapters.

Sadly, the adoption of USB-C on the one-port MacBook has also meant nixing Apple’s tremendously popular MagSafe adapter.

If you’re concerned about sending your notebook flying by accidentally tripping over its USB-C charging cable, Griffin has a solution for you in the form of a newly announced charging cable that brings MagSafe-like technology to the new MacBook. Read More

 

Save $200+ on a 12″ MacBook with 512GB of storage

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 29, 2015

B&H Photo is running a sale on select 12″ Macbook’s with 512GB of storage. As you know, the base-model MacBooks only come with 256GB of storage, so these machines are a step up from the entry level versions of Apple’s super-slim laptop.

Normally, you would expect to pay $1599 for the 12″ MacBook with 512GB of storage, but B&H is selling the Space Grey model for $200 off. Best of all, if you live outside of New York, you can get the 12″ MacBook for $1399 out the door with no tax. Read More

 

Best Buy offering Apple’s 12″ Retina MacBook for $300 off

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 18, 2015

Best Buy is now offering Apple’s super-svelte and forward-thinking 12″ Retina MacBook for only $999. That’s $300 off the original $1299 asking price.

This is definitely one of the best deals that I’ve seen thus far, and it even eclipses many of the iPad and Apple Watch deals that we’ve seen. If you’re in the market for an ultra-portable machine, then the 12″ MacBook should definitely be on your radar at this price. Read More

 

OS wars in education: Chromebooks take lead in US classrooms

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 4, 2015

Chromebooks, a family of inexpensive, Internet-dependent notebooks powered by Google’s Chrome OS software, have taken the lead in the lucrative education technology market, reports CNBC.

These notebooks accounted for more than half of all classroom devices sold in the third quarter in the US.

According to a Futuresource Consulting survey, that’s a huge increase for Chrome OS-driven machines that accounted for just one percent of K-12 sales in 2012. Read More

 

Rumor: major MacBook Air redesign due in 2016, new 15″ model in tow

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 30, 2015

Apple’s MacBook Air notebook is rumored to receive a thorough redesign next year alongside a brand new fifteen-inch model introduction, according to a report Monday by Economic Daily News.

The thinner, faster machine is thought to be up for an official introduction at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in the summer of 2016.

If true, it will mark the first major facelift of Apple’s MacBook Air notebook since its debut eight years ago. Read More

 

Maximize your storage space with HyperDrive MacBook storage expander

By iDB Deals on Nov 24, 2015

With so much media, memories and real-life activity on your computer today, you can easily find yourself at storage capacity in no time. Before you hit that “cannot save file” threshold, increase the capacity of your MacBook Air 13” or MacBook Pro 13/15” by up to a huge 200GB with the HyperDrive MacBook Storage Expander, 33% off.

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Best Buy offering discounts on select iPhone, iPad and Mac models in pre-holiday sale

By Cody Lee on Nov 23, 2015

Folks looking for good deals on electronics ahead of this weekend’s Black Friday mayhem will want to check out their local Best Buy. The popular retailer is currently offering discounts on a wide variety of smartphones, tablets and computers, including select iPhone, iPad and MacBook models.

The select iPhone models all fall within the 6 and 6 Plus line, meaning no 3D Touch, starting as low as $1 with a two-year contract from either Verizon or Sprint. The iPads in the promo are also a year old (iPad Air), with discounts up to $249, and there is a mix of old and new MacBooks on sale. Read More

 

Tim Cook on why making converged Mac and iPad doesn’t make sense

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 16, 2015

Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down with The Independent to talk the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, Apple’s latest addition to the iPad lineup.

Asked to shed more light on his statement to The Daily Telegraph last week that most mainstream consumers might no longer be interested in buying a PC, Cook reiterated that “We don’t regard Macs and PCs to be the same” and argued that people “are not really looking for a converged Mac and iPad”. Read More

 

Apple’s marketing honcho discusses pursuit of perfection, intense team collaboration and more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 28, 2015

Phil Schiller, 55, is a man of many superlatives, not least of which is the famous ‘can’t innovate anymore, my ass’ message to Apple haters during the unveiling of the radically revamped Mac Pro workstation.

And as a guy who oversees Apple’s marketing initiatives across the globe and acts as the steward of the company’s relationship with developers, it’s his nature and his job to promote collaboration between engineers, designers and executives.

In a rare and interesting interview with Mashable editor-at-large Lance Ulanoff (Mashable? This is the new Apple, get used to it), Schiller talks in detail about internal collaboration that makes radical products like the new 12-inch MacBook possible.

He and John Terns, who is Vice President of Mac and iPad engineering, also touch on a bunch of topics that are dear to the hearts of Apple’s many fans, including an upcoming flying saucer-shaped campus, hybrid computing devices, Apple’s design processes and much more. Read More

 

Apple posts an update improving FaceTime camera compatibility on Windows for Boot Camp users

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 29, 2015

If you use Apple’s Boot Camp software to run Windows and OS X in a dual-boot configuration, you’re advised to install the company’s new driver update for the FaceTime camera on 2015 MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models.

The FaceTime Camera Driver Update, a manual download from Apple’s website, improves FaceTime camera compatibility with Windows. This update is recommended for all Boot Camp users. Read More

 

How to find out your MacBook battery cycle count

By Sébastien Page on Jun 18, 2015

The life expectancy of a notebook battery is mostly based on the battery cycle count. Once that battery cycle count has reached the limit set by the manufacturer, it is considered consumed, and although the laptop might still perform the same, battery life might deplete rapidly, a clear sign it is time to replace that battery. In this post, we will show you how to find out what your MacBook’s battery cycle count is. Read More

 

Latest MacBook Pro supports 5K displays with up to 5,120-by-2,880 pixels at 60Hz

By Christian Zibreg on May 28, 2015

If you purchased Apple’s new fifteen-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display and Force Touch trackpad, congratulate yourself as you’re the proud owner of Apple’s very first notebook capable of driving external displays in glorious 5K resolution.

The new 15-inch MacBook Pro also support single-stream 4K screens at a 4,096-by-2,160 display resolution at 60Hz, another first for Apple. Read More

 

Apple launches 15″ MacBook Pro with Force touch, refreshes 27-inch iMac while bringing down price

By Christian Zibreg on May 19, 2015

Apple on Tuesday launched a new 15-inch MacBook Pro model with Force Touch trackpad, Intel’s faster fourth-generation Haswell chip and other features

In addition, the Cupertino firm has refreshed its 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina screen while making the system more affordable than before.

The new baseline iMac configuration has a slower 3.3GHz chip (previously 3.5GHz) and the traditional 1TB hard drive instead of the Fusion drive. More importantly, it now starts out at just $1,999, a much appreciated discount from the previous asking price of $2,499. In addition, the top-end iMac configuration is now available at a lower price of $2,299. Read More

 

Last chance to enter to win a new MacBook

By iDB Deals on Apr 21, 2015

Winner Update: Congrats to Charles D., winner of the New MacBook Giveaway!

 

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

 
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