Apple’s portable computers have become the company’s best-selling Mac models, which is no doubt down to them being thinner and lighter than ever before. However, this puts a limit on how big their batteries can be, and although the technology has improved, battery life in laptops is still an important factor. Make use of these tips to maximize the battery life of your MacBook.
The MacBook Air has really come into its own with later revisions and price cuts, which is why, despite being an amazing computer, it’s mildly disappointing that the mid-2014 model is a very minor refresh, with just two significant changes. The processors are a mere 0.1GHz faster: now 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 CPUs are used throughout the range, replacing the 1.3GHz chips inside the mid-2013 models.
Microsoft has tried a number of tactics to get the Apple faithful to switch over from iPads and MacBooks to their Surface tablets (which were partly meant to kill both markets with one stone), and so far it's failed rather dismally. But now the company is attempting to one of the most direct routes to winning your hearts — bring in your MacBook Air, and they'll give you a wad of store credit to put toward a Surface Pro 3.
As of right now, the 13-inch MacBook Pro is the only model available without the spiffy new Retina displays found on many Apple devices. But according to a new report from DigiTimes, it's the last non-Retina model we'll see for Apple's high-end laptop. Apple plans to phase out the unit in favor of its thinner Retina models.
Although we never like to see anyone's Apple gear get stolen, sometimes it can have a different kind of happy ending -- such as a laptop that secretly starts sending images from its new home for the entertainment of others.
If it is computing power you're after this week then we deliver. Whether you want to go the full on laptop route or go light with your iPad and a bluetooth keyboard, you're covered. Plus, we have a few plug-ins to make things a little sweeter in this week's cavalcade of deals.
It's always hard to say goodbye, but with solid-state storage (SSD) becoming cheaper and more prevalent, at least one major hard drive manufacturer is looking to ditch its fastest laptop hard drives later this year.
So Google dropped two items, two pricey items, out into the public sphere recently. Only one of which is for sale for anyone, while the other is still in test mode. Meanwhile we've got some serious review love this week. So if you want our take on the email app du jour and more, you've come to the right place.
When I got my 11-inch MacBook Air, I loved the form factor, but I had a heck of a time finding a decent sleeve for it — everything seemed sized for the 13-inch models or the smaller iPad. So for a while my Air just lounged in a zippered case for the 13-inch Air, like a kid playing dress-up with grown-ups’ clothing.
As soon as Apple rolled out the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display last summer, all the Mac addicts we know began clamoring for more Retina models, and this past fall Apple obliged, introducing a 13-inch version. From the outside, it looks just like its big brother: The same jaw-dropping LED-backlit display, with four times the pixels (2560x1600 in this case). The same advanced ports, including two Thunderbolt ports, two USB 3, HDMI, SDXC, and MagSafe 2. The same thinner, lighter design — this model just 0.75 inches thin (that’s a mere seven one-hundredths of an inch thicker than a MacBook Air) — and weighing only 3.57 pounds. But inside, it's pretty different.