Both Microsoft and Apple are preparing to launch new laptops this year, but it’s only the Redmond-based company that’s making a big fuss about its existing lineup. In a hilarious attack on the Mac, Microsoft says – well, sings – that the Macs are less useful, just like as a hat for your cat. The 30-second ad is funny, but also rather ironic, as Microsoft is making fun of the devices that it also happens to praise.
The best MacBook Pro money can buy right now is amazing. But it still can’t offer you the kind of gaming experience you expect from a computer, and the same goes for virtual reality. Apple might be exploring VR right now, and it’s likely that future MacBook Pros will have better graphic cards so they can handle more complex programs and games. But any existing MacBooks won’t be eligible for upgrades – after all, these are laptops.
To fix that, one company has come up with a device that aims to give any laptop, including MacBooks, a huge boost: Meet the Wolfe.
Apple’s upcoming Macbooks need to be a major refresh to the lineup, since the laptop selection is looking a little old lately. We’re expecting Touch ID and a new OLED button panel to come to the 2016 Macbook Pro, but code hidden in the latest version of macOS Sierra hints at one additional feature.
According to code uncovered by 9to5Mac, macOS Sierra will support USB 3.1 Gen 2, better known as the upgraded version of USB-C. Apple introduced USB-C ports into its lineup with the 2015 Retina Macbook, and it’s a safer bet than ever that those ports will be coming to the new Macbook Pro.
Best Buy is going to celebrate its 50th anniversary on August 22nd, and the company will host a special sales event this week to kick off the party. Starting at 11:00 PM Eastern on Thursday and ending at 12:59 AM Eastern on Sunday, this will be Best Buy’s first-ever 50 deals for 50 hours event. Most deals will be available both in stores and online, though some are going to be online-only. On top of some hot discounts, buyers will also get free two-day shipping on almost everything in the sale. More →
Apple is very interested in virtual reality, but not all of its hardware can support VR at this point. However, things may change later this year when Apple launches its 2016 MacBook Pro series. Detailing the alleged new features of the new laptops, a report casually mentions that some models will pack high-end Polaris graphics cards, which have been built to offer gamers cheap access to VR, at least on desktops. More →
Apple is expected to debut a new line of MacBook laptops at some point in the last quarter of the year, with the long-forgotten Macbook Pro expected to finally get an update
It’s not clear at this stage whether the MacBook Air brand will be discontinued or not, but a new report reveals more details about Apple’s rumored 2016 MacBooks. More →
Apple’s 12-inch MacBook laptop launched last year was the industry’s first PC to ship with a USB-C port – and that’s the only connector the laptop has, aside from the headphone jack. Since then, other PC makers have adopted the port, but not all of Apple’s competitors are thrilled about the upgrade. A new report says that while some laptop manufacturers are reluctant to adopt USB-C in their upcoming devices, Apple will equip its next-gen MacBook Air (or Pro?) with the new interface. More →
With Apple already trying to withstand the brunt of declining iPhone sales, recent data from both Gartner and IDC suggests that Apple now has to contend with a worrisome decline in Mac sales.
According to IDC, Mac sales during the June quarter checked in at an estimated 4.4 million units, representing an 8.3% decline year over year. In turn, Apple’s share of the PC market also took a hit, dropping from 7.4% down to 7.1%.
Apple keeps telling us that iPad is the future of computing, and that may indeed be the case. The iPad Pro can certainly replace a laptop for many of our daily computing needs, but laptops are still the better choice when it comes to work. MacBooks are still setting the tone in the business, while Windows 10 is allowing OEMs to offer users exciting 2-in-1 notebooks that operate both as a tablet and a laptop. While sales aren’t what they used to be for most notebook makers, this year’s generation of laptops are shaping up to be more exciting than ever. More →
Much has been written about the imminent death of the 3.5mm headphone jack in the past months, and especially this week, now that it’s almost a given that the iPhone – cough – 7 will not have one. Apple is at the receiving end of plenty of criticism, much of it being rather obtuse and unwarranted. In the grand scheme of things, the standard 3.5mm jack has to die, and there will never be a right time to do it if you ask customers who happen to own plenty of wired headphones. Not to mention that other companies have already pulled similar tricks, with Motorola being the most notorious phone maker to do it – yet nobody scolded Moto for ditching it.
But killing the 3.5mm headphone jack isn’t a simple one-time murder. It has to be a serial-killing operation that would see Apple gradually removing the port from all its products, including iPads and MacBooks. In fact, there’s already speculation that this year’s MacBook Pros won’t have a 3.5mm headset jack either.
WWDC came and went without any new hardware, but new APIs found in the recently released beta of MacOS Sierra seem to confirm that a MacBook Pro with a customizable OLED touch panel is in fact on the way.
Specifically, Mac Generation alerts us to the fact that the new MacOS beta contains references to items like “kHIDUsage_LED_CallPickup”, “kHIDUsage_LED_DoNotDisturb” and “kHIDUsage_LED_CapsLock.” In fact, an API Reference page for MacOS Sierra on Apple’s website yields a long list of strings which seem to indicate upcoming support for the rumored MacBook Pro with an OLED display located in place of the function keys.
Apple is rumored to be launching a new MacBook Pro laptop family this year that will feature a significant redesign, at least compared to current MacBook Pro models. Among the proposed changes, a secondary OLED touchscreen that would replace the top row on the keyboard stands out. The design choice would allow Apple to offer a contextual menu that could adapt to what’s happening on the main display. A few days ago, a designer put together gorgeous 3D renders that imagine what an OLED bar would look like (top image), but it appears as though he’s not the first one to do it.
In September 2014 a designer created a video of a similar feature, and he sent his creation to Apple. More →
Apple just made a whole slew of software announcements, unveiling major updates for watchOS, tvOS, macOS and iOS. On top of a bunch of exciting new features, the Mac operating system also received a welcomed name change: as rumored, it’s going to be known as macOS, and the 2016 macOS release will be named Sierra. But is your MacBook or iMac even compatible with macOS Sierra? It turns out that many old machines will be eligible for the upgrade, but some will be left behind. More →