Will Apple call next-gen MacBook Pro’s rumored OLED strip “Magic Toolbar”?

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 20, 2016

Apple is holding a media event on October 27 to unveil new Macs. Everyone is expecting the company to announce a next-generation MacBook Pro with a rumored OLED strip that would replace the physical function keys at the top of the keyboard with programmable shortcuts which would change from one app to another. But what could Apple call that rumored OLED touch bar?

According to trademark agent Brian Conroy who was able to uncover a trademark application that a shell company quite likely filed for on behalf for Apple, the feature could be marketed as “Magic Toolbar.” Read More


WSJ: e-ink keyboards will be a standard feature on 2018 MacBooks

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 19, 2016

Following The Guardian’s report, based on a verified post on Reddit alleging that Apple recently met with representatives from Australian startup Sonder Design to discuss using its dynamic keyboard technology in a future Magic Keyboard, The Wall Street Journal has corroborated that such talks took place on October 11 in China.

However, Sonder CEO Francisco Serra-Martin denied in a press release that the meeting took place. Be that as it may, WSJ claims that the new dynamic keyboards will be a standard feature on next-generation MacBook laptops, which Apple is aiming to launch in 2018. Read More


How to disable the fake clicking sound for Force Touch trackpads

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 5, 2016

Every Mac equipped with a Force Touch trackpad produces an audible ‘click’ sound in order to simulate the sound you would hear on a Mac without a Force Touch trackpad. It has no down travel and all you’re hearing is an audible sound when you click it.

In this tutorial, we’ll talk about how to disable that fake clicking sound. Read More


What to do if your Mac shows the wrong battery level

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 6, 2016

All Macs with internal batteries have an indicator that appears in the Menu Bar. In rare circumstances, the indicator may not display the correct battery level.

In this piece, we’ll be talking about the various troubleshooting steps you should try to remedy this problem. Read More


Will overhauled MacBook Pros debut alongside iPhone 7 in September or in October?

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 10, 2016

In an article this morning, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman rehashed much of the previous rumors regarding Apple’s widely expected MacBook Pro refresh with Touch ID, AMD GPU, an OLED touch strip replacing the row of function keys and more. As per the report, these new MacBook Pros “aren’t likely” to debut alongside the new phones at the September 7 iPhone media event.

Which brings me to our question of the day: will the new machines launch in September, October or maybe even later? Let us know what you think in the comments. Read More


Bloomberg: next-gen MacBook Pro with OLED touch strip “most significant update in 4 years”

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 10, 2016

Bloomberg threw its weight today behind rumors that a next-generation MacBook Pro would have Touch ID and an OLED touch strip with programmable shortcuts replacing the function key row, among other features first predicted by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Author Mark Gurman now writes for Bloomberg that the new MacBook Pros represent “the most significant upgrade” to the lineup in four years with the updated, thinner notebooks offering more powerful graphics processors “for expert users such as video gamers” and design features like a smaller footprint, thinner appearance, a bigger trackpad and more. Read More


Here’s why PC notebook makers, aside from Apple, have been slow to adopt USB-C

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2016

When it debuted in March 2015, Apple’s twelve-inch MacBook has ushered in an era of USB-C, then new high-speed connectivity option from the USB Implementers’ Forum with a reversible, ultra-thin plug resembling Apple’s proprietary Lightning port. In fact, the MacBook was the first notebook to incorporate a USB-C connection as its power port, completely replacing Apple’s own MagSafe charging.

PC notebook vendors around the world were supposed to follow in Apple’s footsteps and readily adopt USB-C across their products—and some have—but too many of them were, and still are, less keen to adopt USB Type C connections on their products. The reason for this is two-fold: design and cost considerations. Read More


Rumor: Apple is going to refresh MacBook Air after all and it’ll have USB-C

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 27, 2016

DigiTimes, a Taiwanese trade publication that more or less accurately reports unknown features of unreleased Apple products (although the timing on its rumors is usually off), is out with a new story Wednesday claiming that USB Type-C connection is coming to a next-gen MacBook Air, implying Apple might update its most popular notebook after all. Read More


Is Xiaomi’s first-ever Windows PC notebook a shameless MacBook Air ripoff?

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 27, 2016

Xiaomi (pronounced “sh-YEOW-mee”), a booming Chinese smartphone and consumer electronics maker, today took the wraps off its first-ever Windows PC notebook and it looks awfully familiar to the MacBook Air. The familiarity starts with the device’s silly ‘Mi Notebook Air’ moniker and extends to its unibody industrial design that’s thinner and lighter than Apple’s notebook.

Offered in 12.5 and 13.3-inch varieties, the product matches and—in terms of graphics, lightness and thinness—one-ups the MacBook Air while costing half as much. Xiaomi’s new notebooks run Windows 10 and will hit store shelves in China on August 2. Read More


Next-gen MacBook Pro to integrate Touch ID into the Power button?

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 27, 2016

Apple is believed to be working on the next MacBook Pro upgrade that should include, among a faster Intel processor and graphics and other hardware-related enhancements, an OLED bar replacing the row of function keys on the keyboard with programmable touch-sensitive shortcuts that could automatically change from one app to another.

In a new report Monday, 9to5Mac has learned from a sketchy source that the rumored OLED touch bar might be accompanied by a Touch ID sensor for fingerprint login. Read More


Twelve South’s BookArc is a lightweight and stylish Apple notebook stand

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 24, 2016

I like me a good notebook stand for the simple fact that it helps clear unwanted clutter from my desk when I need it for something other than a computer. Plus, it kind of organizes things and makes everything look neater.

Twelve South is probably one of the best brand names you can buy for this sort of thing, and in this review, we’ll be showing you the Twelve South BookArc for all models of Apple’s MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro. Read More


Chinese supplier claims MacBook Pro/Air refresh could happen this month

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 8, 2016

The new twelve-inch MacBook is the future of Apple’s notebook lineup, but the MacBook Pro family being overdue for a refresh doesn’t necessarily mean that the MacBook Air will be going away. According to the fairy reliable Japanese blog Mac Otakara this morning, citing an unnamed Chinese supplier, Apple will be announcing some updated MacBook Airs and Pros later this month, possibly at WWDC. Read More


Mark Gurman shares more details about upcoming WWDC announcements, new iPhones, and more

By Sébastien Page on Jun 4, 2016

While in between two jobs, reporter Mark Gurman appeared on the latest episode of The Jay & Farhad Show podcast, where he shared more details about what we might see at WWDC this year, including new iOS features and design tweaks. Gurman also revealed more information about this year and next year’s iPhone models.

While most of Gurman details were already known or rumored for a while, he did also offer information about features we hadn’t heard of until now. Read More


Add up to 128GB of storage to your MacBook with Nifty MiniDrive

By iDB Deals on Jun 2, 2016

Running out of storage space is a near-inevitability for all of us, with our ever-widening assortment of media, apps and programs putting more strain on our hard drives than ever before. Give your MacBook a serious storage boost with Nifty MiniDrive for MacBooks, which allows you to add up to 128GB of storage to your MacBook without a bulky hard drive attachment. Reclaim your storage freedom for just $33.99

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Apple’s just been granted a patent for a MacBook with embedded cellular connectivity

By Christian Zibreg on May 26, 2016

The United States Patents and Trademark Office (USPTO) today granted Apple a brand new patent which seems to address a longstanding complaint among MacBook owners: the machine’s lack of an embedded cellular connectivity.

Titled “Electronic device with dual clutch barrel cavity antennas” and originally filed for in the second quarter of 2015, the invention describes using additional wireless circuitry for cellular data via cavity antenna structures that are not present on current MacBooks. Read More


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


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


STM Haven laptop bag review: high functionality packed into a minimal design

By Cody Lee on May 17, 2016

Ever since I was a kid I’ve been a closet edc/bag nerd. The more zippers and pockets, the better. There’s just always been something oh-so-satisfying to me about discovering new ways to pack and travel with things more efficiently. So naturally I jumped at the chance to try out STM’s Haven laptop bag.

The Haven is a backpack-style bag, equipped to fit most 15-inch laptops, that incorporates a minimal design constructed of great materials. It also offers features like pass-through holes for USB cables that help keep your stuff both organized and accessible while on the move. Read on for my full review. 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


iFixit tears down the 2016 Retina MacBook, finds minor hardware tweaks

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 25, 2016

Just last week, Apple launched the second generation of its Retina MacBook lineup with a bump in CPU and SSD speed performance, as well as in battery life.

iFixit has now torn down the new 2016 Retina MacBook to reveal what kinds of hardware gems could be hidden inside of the very familiar aluminum enclosure.

Unsurprisingly, they have torn down the new rose gold-colored model. For the most part, a lot of the internals are similar, although there are a few tweaks to the design and internal hardware that users will love and hate. Read More

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