We've already looked at gifts for iPhone users. It seems appropriate to also grab a glance at a few great gift ideas for notebook Macs.A home hub: Elgato Thunderbolt 3 DockMacBook Pro users will want an Elgato Thunderbolt 3 dock (c.$300). Not only does the powered dock recharge any devices even when you take your Mac away, but it provides a seamless and efficient way to continue to use all those old USB devices – all through a single port. Not only this, but you can run an external monitor and recharge your iPhone. Using just one cable from your Mac. You can run external storage, connect using the HDMI port and plug your Ethernet into the dock.Why do I like it so much? For me it’s just so easy and convenient to leave all my accessories plugged into the dock when I’m out with my Mac – and all I need to do is plug one single cable into my Mac to get to use all those devices when I make it back. Did I mention it charges your Mac on the same cable? More … [Read more...] about 8 great gifts for Apple MacBook/MacBook Pro users
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Apple is realigning its familiar laptop line, dramatically reshaping and in some ways merging the favorite options for both heavy-duty "pro" users and everyday customers. And the poster child for this more muddled future is the pricey new MacBook Pro, which appears in stores this week. Apple wants you to focus on the new Pro’s boldest feature, called the Touch Bar. It’s a touch-operated strip of buttons and sliders displayed on a thin screen at the top of the keyboard that changes functions depending on what you’re doing. It injects a bit of iPhone and iPad feel into the Mac. And it’s well worth noting. But, the bigger story here to me is that the Pro, once mainly aimed straight at people who do especially taxing work like professional video editing or serious design, is now being stretched to suit a much larger audience. That’s especially true of the 13-inch model (there’s also a 15-inch variety). It’s thinner and lighter, and is the only … [Read more...] about Mossberg: New MacBook Pro is a fast, slim tweener
I badly need a new computer. The last time I bought one was in the summer of 2011, not long after the MacBook Air’s first (and only) redesign. It was perfect timing: my last MacBook, the white plastic kind, had wiring literally sticking out of it after taking a spill. And Apple had just dropped the Air’s price down to $1,299 — the same price I believe my original MacBook had cost. It’s now six years later, and Apple is hitting that pricing sweet spot again in a big way. Not only does the super-slim MacBook start at $1,299, but so does the new MacBook Pro. And since the MacBook Air, still selling for $999, is woefully out of date — with a low-res screen that’ll look bad next to any current smartphone — $1,299 is essentially the starting price for a modern Mac laptop. So I’ve been wondering: if I want to spend $1,299 again, which one should I get? I’ve been testing both laptops for the past few weeks, and while I don’t think … [Read more...] about MacBook vs. MacBook Pro: how to pick between Apple’s two $1,299 laptops
Apple Inc. began selling its much-anticipated iPad on Saturday, drawing eager customers intent on being among the first owners of a tablet-style device that the company is hoping to convince more people they actually need.Some of these initial iPad buyers were drawn by the ability to read electronic books, watch video and run a myriad of useful or fun applications, including Scrabble.Ray Majewski came to an Apple Store in Freehold with his 10-year-old daughter, Julia, partly as a reward for getting straight A’s in school. He decided on an iPad over Amazon.com Inc.’s Kindle electronic-book reader.“I like the electronic books, and my daughter is really getting into them as well,” Majewski said. “I was thinking of getting a Kindle but then said to myself, ‘Why not get an iPad because I can get so much more from that than just reading books.'”The iPad is essentially a much larger version of Apple’s popular iPhone, without the calling … [Read more...] about Apple Fans Finally Get Their iPad, Not Sure What to do With it
Now that Microsoft has announced the new Surface 3, everyone is speculating about its big-brother and the next likely product launch, the Surface Pro 4. The rumors range from ridiculous to plausible. What speculation is completely bunk, and what is likely to prove true?Rumor #1: The Surface Pro 4 will offer Intel’s Skylake processorWhile Intel just released its Broadwell processors for mobile, some rumors point out that Intel’s upcoming Skylake CPU will release in the third quarter of this year. Others have speculated that the Pro 4 will include Skylake. If Intel doesn’t suffer any delays — as it did in releasing Broadwell — that places a release somewhere between July and September, which is when Windows 10 is scheduled for release.If true, the Surface Pro 4 would be one of the first devices to use Skylake. The upcoming architecture represents an even greater emphasis on energy efficiency than previous products from … [Read more...] about What will the Surface Pro 4 be like? We put 10 rumors to the test
When Apple unveiled its re-imagined Mac Pro at WWDC this month, Apple VP Phil Schiller couldn’t resist muttering “Can’t innovate any more, my ass!” to cheers from the WWDC faithful. And there’s no doubt the new Mac Pro – due to ship sometime later this year at yet-to-be-determined prices – represents a fundamental re-thinking of powerhouse computers. The new Mac Pro will be a sleek (and tiny!) black cylinder, featuring a single top-mounted fan, serious computing horsepower, graphics that can handle three 4K displays (that’s over 24 million pixels!), wicked fast storage, and high-speed connectivity unlike anything else on the market.Apple’s new Mac Pro will scream. But the Mac Pro isn’t aimed at everyday computer users. It’s aimed at professionals, the people who make movies, craft images the size of billboards, produce albums, create massively complex 3D models, design buildings, and (literally) do rocket science. How is … [Read more...] about The new Mac Pro changes the game for creative pros – will they keep playing with it?
You almost had me, Apple. A diehard PC evangelist, the kind that drools over GPU tweaks and BIOS settings, right there — in your grasp! And then you had to go and ruin things with your usual anti-consumer antics.Let me explain. And, um, grab my flame retardant pants.The stars, alignedI’ve always been a PC guy, and up until this year, I thought I always would be. Then Windows 8 happened.Before you start smashing your head into your keyboard and invoking Godwin’s law in the comments, let me say this: I’m not saying Windows 8 is necessarily bad. I’m just saying it’s not really my cup of tea. The Release Preview has some good things going for it, but every time I “swipe the charm bar,” I’m not sure whether to feel like a giggling teenage girl or a giggling, dirty-minded teenage boy.Either way, I don’t enjoy feeling like a 13-year-old. Or enjoy Windows 8’s lack of customization options. Or the schizophrenic swapping between … [Read more...] about Opinion: MacBook Pro with Retina Display: I wanna love you, but you’re bringing me down
It seems almost every technology analyst, reporter and blogger these days either believes that Apple is on the cusp of releasing an iPod touch-like tablet computer, or is willing to repeat the rumors to that effect. Some believe Apple will reveal a tablet in September, along with the likely announcement of an iPod and iTunes upgrade (think cameras on the iPod touch, more storage and nifty new album content). Plus, Apple's lean and mean next-generation of Mac OS X, a.k.a. "Snow Leopard," is coming out, so September is a real possibility.Others look to give Apple more time -- say, November -- to get something out before the holiday buying season, or early 2010 to coincide with the Consumer Electronics Show and long wintery days that encourage sitting around and dinking with gadgets. (OK, so this last one comes from me -- I'm much more inclined to care about watching a movie on a gadget when it's freakin' cold and dark outside.)Either way, there have also been plenty of naysayers leaping … [Read more...] about OPINION What Does an Apple Tablet Need to Be Worth a Damn?
Rumors are flying fast and furious regarding the long-awaited next generation of Apple MacBook Pros. The last major update to the line came in April last year, but we might finally get a redesign as soon as Thursday.Of course, it's also possible that Apple will fold a MacBook Pro announcement into its March 2 media event next week, where Apple is widely expected to reveal it's second-generation iPad 2. Apple could theoretically include both product lines in an announcement effort showcasing mobile products.On the flip side, Intel is also rumored to be announcing something related to its Light Peak connectivity technology, possibly dubbed "Thunderbolt," on Thursday, which means Apple and Intel would both benefit from the synergy. Apple gets to say it has Thunderbolt, shipping now, and Intel gets to ride on Apple's considerable marketing and media influence.The big question that all the blogs and rumor sites are trying to unravel -- not to mention more than a few financial analysts on … [Read more...] about OPINION The Next MacBook Makeover: High Hopes, Low Expectations
With the expected unveiling of new MacBook Pros just weeks away, rumor mongers have begun to solidify their predictions about the new notebooks.Most Apple prognosticators seem to agree that the MacBook Pros will be thinner, run Intel's new Ivy Bridge chip, and sport an eye-popping Retina Display.Of course, the public won't know for sure what the new MacBook Pros will look like until Apple wants it to know -- which could be as soon as the company's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 11 in San Francisco -- but once the speculators reach a critical consensus on a future Apple product, their predictions can be very accurate.Making the new MacBook Pros thinner to compete with the new crop of Ultrabooks from PC makers could be a design imperative for Apple. Compared to something like the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, which, at 18.8mm Lenovo claims is the thinnest notebook in the market, present MacBooks, at 24mm, look like fatties.There will be limits, though, on any tradeoffs that Apple will … [Read more...] about The MacBook Pro’s Mystery Mix