Consumer Reports has a definitive answer to a particular debate between laptop buyers. Are MacBooks better than Windows notebooks? Or is it the other way around? The product testing organization found that MacBooks are more reliable than their Windows-based counterpart, after conducting a large-scale study looking at laptop performance. More →
Right after Microsoft unveiled the Surface Book (a.k.a., the “ultimate laptop”), I wrote that I hope Apple copies the idea and creates a similar iPad/MacBook combo. I said that despite the fact that Apple has steadfastly insisted it will never merge iOS and OS X. In Apple’s view, there are specific purposes for the iPad and the MacBook, so seeing a Mac with a touchscreen display seems out of the question.
However, it looks like Apple studied the “ultimate laptop” idea as far back as 2011, when the company first filed for a patent describing such a piece of technology. More →
One of the 12-inch Retina MacBook’s most daring features is the USB-C port that can transfers both power and data at speeds faster than before. Just like MagSafe chargers, the port is also reversible, meaning you don’t have to find the right way of inserting a charger into the MacBook. However, there’s one potentially major problem with the port: It’s the only port on the Retina MacBook. More →
Apple has recently revealed it’s still selling a lot more MacBooks than expected and is continuing its positive growth in a PC business where sales are declining. But MacBooks aren’t cheap, and sometimes users end up choosing entry-level options that have limited storage.
Rather than purchasing pricier memory upgrades from Apple, you can always choose to upgrade the SSD drive in your laptop yourself, but that involves the hassles of actually opening up the laptop or paying someone to do it for you. Alternatively, you could buy an external hard drive, but you’d have to carry it with you at all times. And yes, there’s always the cloud with its unlimited resources, but that means you need a constant Internet connection.
But what if you could double your MacBook’s storage in less than three minutes with a push of a button and avoid any hassles related to alternative storage solutions? More →
In a rare interview, Apple’s Phil Schiller shared more details about the Retina MacBook, including secret features that Apple has never really talked about. On its face, this seems a little strange.
Sure, Apple talks about its products with the media all the time by promoting them before or around launch. Earlier this year, for example, Apple gave multiple news sites and publications access to the Apple Watch before it hit stores and it also talked extensively about Apple Music.
But it’s definitely strange to see Apple pitch the Retina MacBook during an interview — the device was released this past March, after all — rather than focus on the recently launched iPhone 6s and Apple TV or the upcoming iPad Pro. Is it possible that Apple, maybe for the first time in years, is actually afraid of a MacBook rival, Microsoft’s Surface Book? More →
Windows 10 has not been the boost PC vendors were hoping for. Reports from both Gartner and IDC earlier this week suggested that PC sales fell between 7% and 11% year over year in the third quarter, which is a huge hit considering the wave of new hardware that has been released over the past few months. With vendors seemingly running out of options in their attempts to stir up interest in their wares, Microsoft has stepped in with a new offer aimed at incentivizing users to upgrade to a new Windows 10 desktop or laptop.
The deal offers customers $200 to trade in an old Windows laptop when upgrading, but the company will pay you even more if you jump ship from Apple’s camp and switch from a Mac to a Windows 10 PC. More →
Even though we’re in the “post PC” era where smartphones and tablets are the new norm, I still find I use my laptop a lot. Yet I’m also dreaming about a different kind of laptop like the one Microsoft just announced that combines the past with the future.
The Surface Book is essentially a slimmer, better-looking version of the Surface Pro 4. In fact, the two are both able to offer similar performance for day-to-day use, though the Surface Book is practically Microsoft’s answer to Apple’s MacBook Pro and iPad Pro, and therefore an even more powerful machine than the Surface Pro 4.
In other words, Microsoft just made the laptop of my dreams. It has a touchscreen. It has a keyboard. It has a hot operating system. But I can’t wait for Apple to copy it given that I’m so anchored in OS X and iOS. More →
After years of rumors and lofty expectations, Apple has finally unveiled a tablet that could rival its own line of laptops. The iPad Pro comes equipped with an enormous 12.9-inch Retina display and a 64-bit A9X chip that Apple says is 1.8 times as powerful as the A8X, but we want to know whether or not it can kill the MacBook. More →
What’s the worst thing about our smartphones? You guessed it: Battery life. We travel with chargers, battery packs and/or spares, and we constantly chase plugs and hug walls. The only thing that’s probably worse than no battery life is not having any Internet – but at least that would conserve whatever charge is left in the smartphone, tablet or laptop.
Mobile device makers are doing their best trying to come up with smart ways of improving batteries, but nobody has found the miracle formula yet. Not even Apple, whose battery life on new iPhones is more than decent. But the company is studying an absolutely cool way of fixing iPhone and MacBook battery worries once and for all – and this technology might prove to be a game-changer for iPhones. More →
One of the main new features of the 12-inch Retina MacBook is its USB Type-C port that can both charge the battery and let you connect other devices at the same time, but only as long as you have an adapter. And now a new accessory from the makers of the Magnetic Organization System (MOS) is promising to be the USB Type-C-friendly external battery that your MacBook deserves. More →
The Retina MacBook’s single USB-C port is troubling some potential buyers who are worried about not being able to plug all the accessories they want into the laptop. Not to mention that, without an adapter, the USB-C port isn’t even compatible with most peripherals you’d want to hook to the Mac today. However, there’s a new Kickstarter project ready to solve that problem: Meet Voltus. More →