Just as the rumors of Cupertino's tablet device have cooled into an
almost conventional wisdom, something comes along to goose the story --
although from a different direction than usual. Like their original
idea for a Microsoft store (lifted rather blatantly
from Apple stores), the Redmond software giant has allegedly decided to
get into the
perpetual motion machine of rumors, the neverending rumor mill. The
latest -- and greatest -- new factoid coming down the pike is that
Apple's possibly developing a 13" and a 15" tablet, as well as the 10"
Unless there's a supreme head-fake in the works, don't count on any major Tablet announcements on 09/09/09. Despite that, though, the rumors persist and in this case, multiply to the point that at least one person is claiming that there's not just one iPad in the works, but two models of different sizes.
Obviously, we’re big fans of MacBooks. We take them everywhere. And
while Apple makes pretty sturdy gear, we’ll admit that we still like to
give our machines a bit more protection. There are tons of laptop
sleeves on the market, but unfortunately, a lot of them strike us as a
bit—well, blah. Haul’s line of MacBook sleeves, on the other hand, are
anything but boring. Made from recycled billboards, each is a
one-of-a-kind piece that can transport your laptop in singular style.
Like everything Apple does, the new MacBook Pro lineup spawned a great
deal of Internet chatter among Mac faithful. Some welcomed the new
13-inch Pro with open arms, remembering the well-loved 12-inch
PowerBook—and happy to have a small MacBook with pro-level features as
an option. Others were less than pleased with the loss of the
ExpressCard slot in most MacBook Pro models (see “MacBook Semi-Pro?”
below), which Apple replaced with an SD Card slot in all but the
17-inch model. With no fewer than six different models available—not to
mention BTO options—there’s a wide range to choose from. And with a
$1,300 price spread across all the MacBook Pros, it’s clear that Apple
is targeting the new Pro models at a wider audience than ever.
Burning Naughty Bits Syndrome is, well, a rather personal thing. You’re kicking back on your chaise lounge, bedecked in short pants with a MacBook on your lap, and within 10 to 15 minutes your
’Book’s legendary battery o’ hellfire is threatening to poach your eggs.
The holy grail of laptop bag design is matching form to function—and companies that make bags with MacBooks in mind have the additional challenge of designing totes that look as good as the Apple portables they hold.
Reviewing laptop bags is an exercise in subjectivity. The truth is, if you really want to know if a particular bag is going to work for your personal style, needs, and mobile predilections, you need to try it yourself, stuffing your own Mac portable and other gear into the bag to see how it fares over a few weeks of full-time schlep duty. Whether a bag is right for you depends on your laptop model, your own height and physique, how much you need to tote besides the computer, and whether you’ll carry it mostly on foot or in transit.