Enter to win a Macbook Pro from iDB Deals

By iDB Deals on Feb 19, 2015

Congratulations to Derrick Del Valle, winner of the Apple Watch Giveaway! Here’s what Derrick had to say about his big win: “I’ve followed iDownloadBlog for years now and they’ve always given me all the info anyone could need about Apple. Now they gift me an Apple Watch and I couldn’t ask for more! Thanks iDB for being awesome!

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

 

Review: PlugBug World by Twelve South, the versatile little charger Apple should have made

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 2, 2015

Aren’t you sick and tired of those unsightly, clunky wall chargers lying underneath your desk? I’m all for simplification so solutions that cut down the number of power adapters needed to juice up my devices are bound to win my attention.

Twelve South’s PlugBug World is a cute hybrid charger which connects to any MacBook brick or Apple USB wall charger.

By integrating an additional 2.1-Amp USB port, this compact accessory can quickly recharge any iOS device, or a lower-powered USB device, while feeding power to a MacBook at the same time.

Continue reading as I let you in on the PlugBug’s little secrets, such as its cunning adaptability, versatility and smart design choices that make it stand out from other products and turn it into an indispensable companion in your mobile arsenal. Read More

 

Apple airs its first advertisement targeted specifically at China

By Jake Smith on Feb 1, 2015

No, not a Super Bowl advertisement.

The China arm of Apple has debuted its first television advertisement in the region on Sunday, during a time when China has been crucial to Apple’s quarterly profits.

The one minute and a half advertisement, shown on the Apple China website and titled “Start Something New”, is geared towards the Chinese New Year. It’s similar to the US Apple advertisement called “The Song”. Read More

 

Noted analyst pegs 12″ MacBook Air for Q1, reiterates March launch of Apple Watch

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 25, 2015

Pretty accurate KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a brand new note to clients. In it, he confirmed an earlier report calling for a March release date of the Apple Watch (remember, Apple’s retail boss mentioned a vague Spring release date).

In the note, a copy of which was obtained last evening by MacRumors, Kuo also claims that a rumored MacBook Air refresh with a twelve-inch Retina display and a radically redesigned chassis will go on sale during the first quarter of this year. Read More

 

It seems 12″ MacBook Air’s logo doesn’t glow

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 23, 2015

As soon as Chinese website iFanr posted a bunch of photos last night showing what appears to be a display assembly for Apple’s rumored twelve-inch Retina MacBook Air, one particular design feature immediately stood out: a polished logo on the lid.

And if the latest leak published by French blog NowhereElse.fr is anything to go by, it seems that Apple’s radically redesigned notebook will in fact lose its traditional backlit translucent logo on the lid in favor of a metallic one that doesn’t glow. Read More

 

Claimed photos of 12″ MacBook Air display assembly surface

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 23, 2015

Chinese website iFanr on Friday posted a series of claimed photographs said to depict a display for Apple’s rumored MacBook Air redesign featuring a twelve-inch Retina screen display assembly with black glass cover and a polished Apple logo.

Earlier in the month, Taiwanese trade publication learned that Apple supplier Quanta Computer had begun ramping up production of the upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air ahead of launch sometime in the first quarter of 2015. Read More

 

Twelve South launches hybrid MacBook stand you can type on

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 20, 2015

Premium Apple accessory maker Twelve South on Tuesday announced a new MacBook stand that you can actually type on.

Unlike a bunch of similar notebook stands by rival vendors, the ParcSlope elevates your MacBook screen to a neck-friendly height while tilting the keyboard at desk level for comfortable typing.

The hybrid solution provides a more ergonomic viewing height at an angle of eighteen degrees, without requiring an external keyboard, although you can use the ParcSlope with one if you want. The accessory is available now at the Twelve South webstore for $49.99. Read More

 

DigiTimes: 12″ MacBook Air with Retina screen ramping up for Q1 launch, replacing 11-incher

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 13, 2015

Contract fabricator Quanta Computer is ramping up production of the highly anticipated MacBook Air model with a twelve-inch screen as Apple preps to launch the forthcoming ultra-portable during the first quarter of this year, if a new report by DigiTimes, a Taiwanese trade publication, is an indication.

Well-informed blogger Mark Gurman recently claimed that Apple is expected to raise the bar on notebook portability by engineering a lighter, thinner computer without a fan that ditches standard USB ports, the SD Card slot, Thunderbolt I/O and the MagSafe power connector in favor of a single, fully reversible USB 3.1 Type-C port. Read More

 

Eye-candy renderings of one-port MacBook Air with laser-cut Apple logo that shines at the edges

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 8, 2015

Our favorite rendering artist, Martin Hajek, has created a gorgeous batch of renderings based on the mockups and information from 9to5Mac’s scoop regarding Apple’s rumored one-port 12-inch Air.

The images give a closer look at some of the rumored features of the purported notebook that’ve been making rounds, such as distinct iPhone-like finishes in Silver, Space Grey and Gold.

I’ve included the gorgeous renderings for your enjoyment right below. Read More

 

Poll: how do you feel about Apple’s reportedly radical MacBook Air redesign?

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 7, 2015

A well-sourced report from 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman has ignited a heated debate on social media about the practicability of a brand new twelve-inch MacBook Air model as it’s said to ditch standard USB ports, the SD Card slot and even its Thunderbolt I/O and MagSafe power connector in favor of a single, fully reversible USB Type-C port.

Critics who call it a step back usability-wise, not forward, mention the original MacBook Air which released in January 2008 with just one USB port on it. On the other hand, they forget that USB Type-C does a lot more than standard USB. For starters, it can safely replace Thunderbolt for video and data I/O and MagSafe for charging.

That being said, there are still some fundamental questions like how am I supposed to connect an iPhone to the machine if the only USB port is used for charging? I’ll ellaborate on the viability of a one-port MacBook Air further below, but first tell us, if you will, your initial reactions to the purported design of the forthcoming notebook. Read More

 

CES 2015: Intel unveils new Broadwell chips bound for MacBook Pros and that rumored Retina Air

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 5, 2015

Monday, chip giant Intel took the wraps off a range of “Broadwell-U” processors poised to find their way into a MacBook near you. The fifth-generation Intel Core processor family utilities Intel’s 14-nanometer manufacturing process to deliver more speed and lower power consumption.

The new chips could possibly pave the way to a rumored MacBook Air model with a Retina display measuring twelve inches diagonally (the current Air models come in 11.6 and 13.3-inch varieties). Read More

 

Lenovo breaks Apple’s MacBook in half in “hidden” camera prank vid

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 25, 2014

You may recall that Lenovo recently teamed up with Microsoft on a television commercial which dissed the MacBook Air because the ultra-thin Apple notebook is not a convertible machine like Lenovo’s Yoga 3 Pro. Now the computer maker is back at it with a new video Tuesday.

Crafted in co-operation with UCB Comedy’s funniest prank shoppers and presented as a hidden camera prank, the clip depicts a guy pitching Lenovo’s new Yoga 3 convertible to mall shoppers.

How?

By breaking MacBooks in half to demonstrate how the Yoga 3 combines two devices into one, a traditional laptop and a tablet. Read More

 

Details of Telltale’s upcoming game based on HBO’s Game of Thrones series leak

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 14, 2014

Before revealing the first story details and premier trailer of “Tales from the Borderlands”, its upcoming adventure game based on on Gearbox and 2K’s Borderlands 2, Telltale yesterday offered a glimpse into an upcoming “Game of Thrones” game based on HBO’s award-winning fantasy drama television series, itself adapted from of “A Song of Ice and Fire”, George R. R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels.

Filing as another episodic adventure game, the game follows the storyline of House Forrester detailed in the book “A Dance with Dragons,” the fifth book of the series, with an interesting twist: players will be permitted to assume the role of any of the five members of House Forrester in various locations around Westeros and Essos.

Needless to say, your actions affect the rest of House Forrester. “Multiply the actions of one character by five, and you’re truly playing the Game of Thrones … where you win, or you die,” notes the blurb. Read More

 

New Microsoft ad pits Lenovo’s Yoga 3 Pro convertible to MacBook Air

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 3, 2014

Microsoft’s Windows channel on YouTube yesterday released a new commercial painting Lenovo’s Yoga Pro 3 convertible laptop as a better portable computer overall than Apple’s ultra-thin MacBook Air.

Titled ‘Let’s Dance’, the 30-second commercial is critical of the Apple machine’s lack of a touchscreen while praising multi-mode flexibility of the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro, concluding that once you add the touchscreen to the mix, “it’s game over” because the Yoga 3 Pro proves there’s “more than one way to do what you want”. Read More

 

Rumor: Apple switching to laser-cut logo with “shine at the edges” across all 2015 products

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 15, 2014

In spite of both The Wall Street Journal and Re/code’s reliable John Paczkowski cautioning against a Retina refresh for Apple’s MacBook Air at tomorrow’s event, the hit-and-miss DigiTimes on Wednesday quoted Taiwanese suppliers as saying that small-volume shipments have already begun.

More interesting than that, sources asserted that the Cupertino firm is planning a major switch to using laser cutting and some advanced embedded technologies to make the Apple logo on products “3D-like and shine at the edges”.

This is allegedly a large-scale effort as all Apple products reportedly are going to feature the new logo in 2015, ”starting with the next-generation iMac”. As a reminder, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo thinks the next iMac with a 5K Retina screen will be unveiled at tomorrow’s event, among other goodies. Read More

 

Apple not going to unveil Retina MacBook Air this Thursday, reliable report claims

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 13, 2014

Monday, Re/code’s well-informed John Paczkowski poured cold water on rumors calling for a Retina MacBook Air introduction at Apple’s upcoming media event this Thursday. The Cupertino company is not going to unveil a new MacBook Air model with a twelve-inch Retina display at the event, Paczkowski has learned from plugged-in sources.

“Sources familiar with Apple’s plans tell me that the company’s latest reimagining of the ultralight laptop won’t be shown off at its Thursday event,” he said. As Paczkowski previously reported, the forthcoming press conference — which Apple teased under the ‘It’s been way too long’ tagline — should be about new iPads, OS X Yosemite and “a new hi-res iMac”. Read More

 
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