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Surface Book Retina MacBook iPad Pro

Microsoft just made the laptop of my dreams, and I can’t wait for Apple to copy it

By on October 6, 2015 at 2:35 PM.

Microsoft just made the laptop of my dreams, and I can’t wait for Apple to copy it

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 →

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iPad Pro vs MacBook Pro

iPad Pro vs. MacBook Pro: Can Apple’s huge tablet replace your laptop for good?

By on September 11, 2015 at 2:56 PM.

iPad Pro vs. MacBook Pro: Can Apple’s huge tablet replace your laptop for good?

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 →

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Apple iPhone MacBook Fuel Cell Battery

Meet the major breakthrough that could end iPhone battery complaints for good

By on September 4, 2015 at 2:58 PM.

Meet the major breakthrough that could end iPhone battery complaints for good

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 →

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12-inch iPad Pro MacBook Release Date

Apple’s MacBook killer to finally enter production this fall

By on August 19, 2015 at 2:20 PM.

Apple’s MacBook killer to finally enter production this fall

Reports have claimed for years that Apple is working on a new bigger iPad, but the company has yet to actually launch the device. However, one of the most accurate Apple analysts in the world now says the 12.9-inch iPad Pro will finally enter production this fall. More →

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Retina MacBook Reach Go USB-C Battery

The Retina MacBook finally gets the USB Type-C external battery it deserves

By on July 9, 2015 at 5:16 PM.

The Retina MacBook finally gets the USB Type-C external battery it deserves

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 →

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Printed MacBook Portfolio Eva Zar

Fashion Designer Makes Awesome MacBook-like Printed Portfolio

By on June 18, 2015 at 6:30 PM.

Fashion Designer Makes Awesome MacBook-like Printed Portfolio

Many professionals including designers are using Apple computers for job-related purposes, and a fashion designer has just created what very well might be one of the best-looking portfolios ever, a 70-page book that looks like a Macbook laptop, both inside and out. More →

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Retina MacBook USB-C Battery Adapter Kickstarter

Meet Voltus, the only Retina MacBook accessory you need to fix that USB-C port

By on May 29, 2015 at 4:23 PM.

Meet Voltus, the only Retina MacBook accessory you need to fix that USB-C port

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 →

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Apple MacBook Keyboard Trackpad

The new MacBook’s keyboard has been getting panned – here’s one way Apple could improve it

By on May 26, 2015 at 5:30 PM.

The new MacBook’s keyboard has been getting panned – here’s one way Apple could improve it

One of the biggest criticisms of Apple’s new 2015 MacBook has been its keyboard, which reviewers have said isn’t nearly as easy to use as keyboards from past MacBooks. However, it looks like Apple has some ideas for improving all of its MacBook keyboards with some exciting new technology.

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Apple 2015 MacBook Review Marco Arment

Beloved Apple developer writes an absolutely scathing review of Apple’s newest MacBook

By on May 20, 2015 at 2:56 PM.

Beloved Apple developer writes an absolutely scathing review of Apple’s newest MacBook

Instapaper Marco Arment is a very influential iOS and Mac developer who has long sung the praises of many Apple products. However, he’s also not afraid to let Apple absolutely have it when he thinks they’ve delivered a subpar effort and that’s exactly what he thinks they’ve done with the new 2015 MacBook. In a scathing review published on his blog, Arment rips into Apple for the design choices it made with the new laptop and he even expresses concern about whether the company has run out of ideas for improving its computers other than making them thinner. More →

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Retina MacBook Setup: Stops Responding

Apple already has a fix for your ‘broken’ Retina MacBook

By on April 22, 2015 at 6:00 PM.

Apple already has a fix for your ‘broken’ Retina MacBook

The Retina MacBook laptop is definitely a head-turner, sparking some controversy around some of Apple’s choices for its boldest notebook design yet. However, it appears that some of the 12-inch MacBook units already purchased have an unexpected Setup Assistant flaw that has nothing to do with regular Retina Macbook complaints. The error makes it look like the laptop lags all of a sudden and fails to respond.

It seems that this issue is serious enough that Apple has created a special help page on its support site to address it. More →

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Retina MacBook Specs SSD Performance

One way the new Retina MacBook is better than any other Mac

By on April 17, 2015 at 4:45 PM.

One way the new Retina MacBook is better than any other Mac

Some people have criticized the Retina MacBook since its official announcement both for its lone USB-C port and for the fact that it can’t deliver the same performance as other 2015 laptops. However, these criticisms have often ignored that Apple is giving a preview of the future for its mobile devices. If you want more evidence that the new MacBook is head of its time, look no further than a new discovery made during a recent teardown that shows how it’s better than any other Mac in one crucial aspect. More →

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Retina MacBook USB-C External Battery Pack

One hidden Retina MacBook feature you can use right away

By on April 16, 2015 at 6:25 PM.

One hidden Retina MacBook feature you can use right away

Some versions of the Retina MacBook are already available in stores and users have already started exploring Apple’s boldest MacBook design to date. The device has already been dismantled and thoroughly reviewed, but a video overview from 9to5Mac reveals one hidden feature of the 12-inch machine that not many potential buyers may know about.

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Kickstarter Retina MacBook USB-C Projects

These Kickstarters want to fix the biggest complaint about the new Retina MacBook

By on April 16, 2015 at 4:02 PM.

These Kickstarters want to fix the biggest complaint about the new Retina MacBook

The Retina MacBook is a remarkable piece of engineering, but the 12-inch ultra-slim computer does have one feature that’ll annoy many computer users: The single USB-C port that’s supposed to be used for both charging the battery and connecting peripherals. However, you won’t be able to do all these things at once without purchasing additional accessories. Apple already stocks a few models, but you might be better off looking at Kickstarter for a better solution, as there already are some products looking to fix the USB-C problem. More →

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