We’re all Apple fans. But why? Deep thoughts like that -- and 50th issues -- call for a countdown! But don’t worry, we balanced our enthusiasm with a hard-hitting look at the dark side of Apple...
Turning 50 is certainly a milestone, and we’ve been saving something special for our 50th issue: a countdown that examines all the reasons that Apple fans are Apple fans. After all, as the Microsoft Stores so perfectly prove, no other tech titan can inspire the same level of devotion.
But there’s no single reason we love our Macs, iPhones, iPads, and iPods -- in fact, we thought of a lot more than 50. It took some of the most epic staff meetings we’ve had in Mac|Life history -- we haggled, we argued, and we picked on Nic and Flo because teasing them is pretty fun -- but in the end, we emerged with a thoughtful, incisive look at what makes Apple so successful.
Apple computers are amazing machines, aren’t they? From the moment you turn a on a Mac to when you shut it down, it really does just work. As a proud owner of a Mac, you never have to worry about defragging, cache cleaning or general upkeep like our Windows PC-rocking friends do, right? Well, actually that's where you're wrong.
While computers running OS X don’t require the same coddling as Windows-based systems, tidying up your Mac’s hard disk or solid state drive can provide you with a number of great benefits, like faster Finder indexing, reclaimed storage space, and on computers running critically low on free drive space, a noticeable performance bump. What computer user in their right mind wouldn’t be excited about those sorts of perks?
To get you started on your own drive cleaning regiment, we’ve put together a list of our five favorite drive cleaning applications that are guaranteed to whip your Mac’s drives into shape in no time flat.
Apple’s Safari browser may be fast and the preferred choice of many, but hackers continually show off just how vulnerable it is. This week, a French hacker pwned the brand-new Safari 5.0.4 in only five seconds -- taking home a $15,000 prize as well as a new MacBook Air.
The MacBook Air is a fantastic computing device, but its minimalist design and lack of optical drive could cause worry for those of us that are prone to losing things. While the Mac itself includes a tiny flash drive for reinstalling Mac OS X, those tiny little peripherals have a habit of becoming misplaced, and are not always with you when the situation calls for it. Using Disk Utility, you can easilly install Mac OS X, or even use the Apple Hardware Test with a piece of Utility software that comes preloaded on Snow Leopard. Follow along to find out how.
While Apple hasn’t released figures of their own on the MacBook Air’s first quarter of availability, an analyst who has kept close watch on the new, diminutive notebook claims that the company has already shipped 1.1 million during the fourth quarter of 2010, another successful product launch for Cupertino.
Waiting for a new MacBook Pro to leap from Apple’s warehouses into your lap? If a new report is to be believed, the company is already manufacturing new models right now and plans to release them to an unsuspecting public in early March.
The latest MacBook Air models exceeded the expectations of many, although there are plenty of folks still pining for a built-in 3G modem to make the tiny notebook a true rival for cheaper netbooks. If a recent Apple survey is any indication, Cupertino might just be paying attention to those wishes.
The MacBook Air is sleek, stylish and svelte, but if you're planning on using your new toy on a day-to-day basis you're going to want to make sure that it's covered up. This week's Best Case Scenario features two Air sleeves from Moshi and Speck, and tests out whether Speck or Incipio's shell case is better suited for your tiny little notebook.