Mac Sales

Forget the iPhone, Apple now has to worry about declining Mac sales as well

By on July 12, 2016 at 6:40 PM.

Forget the iPhone, Apple now has to worry about declining Mac sales as well

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%.

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MacBook Pro 2016 Laptops

Check out all the exciting new tech coming to your next laptop

By on July 1, 2016 at 9:35 PM.

Check out all the exciting new tech coming to your next laptop

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 →

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2016 MacBook Pro Headphone Jack

Will the 2016 MacBook Pro also kill the headphone jack?

By on June 22, 2016 at 3:40 PM.

Will the 2016 MacBook Pro also kill the headphone jack?

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.
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MacBook Pro

Code in macOS may confirm MacBook Pro with OLED touch panel and Touch ID

By on June 15, 2016 at 4:19 PM.

Code in macOS may confirm MacBook Pro with OLED touch panel and Touch ID

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.

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MacBook Pro OLED Display

Did Apple steal its big MacBook Pro redesign from this old concept video?

By on June 13, 2016 at 10:59 PM.

Did Apple steal its big MacBook Pro redesign from this old concept video?

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 →

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macOS Sierra Update MacBook Pro Air iMac

These are the Mac models that will run macOS Sierra

By on June 13, 2016 at 7:25 PM.

These are the Mac models that will run macOS Sierra

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 →

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MacBook Pro

Concept images of 2016 MacBook Pro with OLED touch panel are insane

By on June 10, 2016 at 9:39 AM.

Concept images of 2016 MacBook Pro with OLED touch panel are insane

When it comes to conceptual renders of upcoming Apple products, there’s only one designer worth keeping an eye on: Martin Hajek. Over the years, Hajek’s skillfully crafted and tantalizing concept images have provided us with insight into what future Apple hardware and software might look like. And now with reports that Apple has plans to introduce a revamped MacBook Pro with an OLED touch panel located at the top of the keyboard, Hajek has delivered yet another home run.

Based on reports from the rumor mill, Hajek yesterday released a number of renderings which aim to show us how and why Apple’s next-gen MacBook Pro could very well be a game changer. As for a release date, it’s even been rumored that Apple may introduce its revamped notebook next week at WWDC ahead of a nationwide launch in August.

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Retina MacBook External Battery

BatteryBox Slim is the external battery your MacBook needs

By on June 9, 2016 at 10:30 AM.

BatteryBox Slim is the external battery your MacBook needs

You can buy an external battery for your smartphone pretty much anywhere, but it’s harder to get one for your laptop — and it’s even more difficult to find one that’s compatible with a MacBook. But that’s about to change thanks to BatteryBox Slim, an external battery that can recharge all MacBook models and offer some exciting additional features as well. More →

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2016 MacBook Pro Release Date August

Redesigned MacBook Pro might be unveiled at WWDC, set for an August launch

By on June 9, 2016 at 6:50 AM.

Redesigned MacBook Pro might be unveiled at WWDC, set for an August launch

The iPhone 7 might become the best-selling new device Apple launches this year, but that’s not the only exciting new gadget the company is developing. More and more rumors have revealed that the MacBook Pro is getting a fresh design this year, with the flagship laptop expected to be thinner and more powerful than ever. Previous rumors claimed the 2016 MacBook Pro will be launched in the fourth quarter of the year, but a new report says the new notebook family might hit stores in August. And Apple could unveil the device in just a few days, at this year’s WWDC event. More →

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2016 MacBook Pro Refresh

Apple’s next MacBook Pros will be thinner than ever, new report hints

By on June 8, 2016 at 7:45 AM.

Apple’s next MacBook Pros will be thinner than ever, new report hints

Apple’s MacBook Pros are getting a radical redesign this year, multiple reports have revealed. Changes include the replacement of the top keyboard row with a secondary OLED screen that could provide context-aware shortcuts, as well an overall design overhaul. The new MacBook Pro laptops will be lighter and thinner than ever, past reports said, featuring a design similar to the 12-inch Retina MacBook. A new rumor from Asia indicates that at least one supplier is already shipping a critical component to Apple that’s needed for making a thinner laptop: the hinge. More →

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2016 Retina MacBook Pro OLED

This is what the 2016 MacBook Pro might look like

By on June 7, 2016 at 7:45 AM.

This is what the 2016 MacBook Pro might look like

Apple is rumored to give its MacBook Pro a major makeover this year, with one of the new changes concerning the function keys that make the top row of the regular MacBook Pro keyboard. Rather than going with physical keys, Apple has reportedly opted for a secondary OLED display to replace the entire row. The design change is not official yet, though it has been spotted in leaked images. Furthermore, a concept image shows us how such a design would look like. More →

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2016 MacBook Pro GPU VR

Apple might have a sneaky way to bring VR to the MacBook

By on June 2, 2016 at 6:50 AM.

Apple might have a sneaky way to bring VR to the MacBook

Virtual reality is in full bloom this year, but to enjoy amazing VR experiences you need computers capable of heavy lifting, especially in the graphics department. That means you need to either upgrade your Windows 10 computer, or buy a new one – in other words, MacBook and iMac users will be losing out, for the time being. But Apple might have an amazing trick up its sleeve that will allow it not only to continue to slim down its laptops but also to offer VR fans a decent experience.

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2016 MacBook Pro Specs

Samsung’s new SSDs might make the 2016 MacBooks Pro faster and thinner than ever

By on May 31, 2016 at 7:35 AM.

Samsung’s new SSDs might make the 2016 MacBooks Pro faster and thinner than ever

Storage is one of the first world problems when it comes to modern computing devices. We can’t have enough of it on iPhones and laptops, and we want it to be as fast as possible. It’s pretty self-explanatory why having more storage for pictures, media, and apps is better. But we don’t want to deal with slow memory, whether that’s iPhone flash storage, microSD cards, hard drives or SSDs. The fastest the storage, the better performance any computing device will deliver. And Samsung just announced that it’s ready to mass-produce high-speed 512GB SSDs that weigh just 1g and have a volume about a hundredth of a 2.5-inch SSD or HDD.

These SSDs will likely equip ultra-thin laptops of the future, with the 2016 MacBook Pro being one likely candidate for the new SSD. More →

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