Another week goes flying by! Friday is here again, and with it comes the usual wave of rumors, product updates and fee increases by AT&T. Oh, missed that last one? Well, be sure to read all the way through today’s news recap, because your next handset is going to cost you more, thanks to the upgrade fee charged by the carrier effectively being doubled, beginning this Sunday. But hey, why close out the week on such a downer note? There’s better news ahead in the rest of our recap for Friday, February 20, 2012.
They're out there, lurking online in places you go and places you don't. We're talking deals, people. Sure, you can hunt them down on your own, you can set up alerts, you can even put your favorite deal busting sites into your RSS feed, but since you come to Maclife.com every day for the lowdown, we thought we'd round up the best deals we've found this week and save you the trouble.
By all accounts, Black Friday 2011 was one of the biggest in recent memory -- bad economy aside, folks came out in droves to spend, spend, spend. Judging from a source inside Apple Retail, Cupertino’s own chain of stores were not immune from the good news.
Multi-Touch gestures are a huge feature in newer versions of Mac OS X, but Macs that support these shortcuts have only been around for a few years. In this article, we’ll tell you exactly which MacBooks support these Multi-Touch gestures, and which ones don’t.
Apple today released an EFI update for the MacBook Air. The update chances the stability of Lion Recovery from an internet connection and fixes the Thunderbolt Display compatability issues with Thunderbolt, as well as remedies any issues with the Thunderbolt Target Disk Mode performance.
If you’re Apple Inc. and you’re unhappy with how much power your notebook processors are using, what can you do about it? Apparently, threaten to cut off your supplier and move on, which is exactly what Cupertino did with Intel -- but don’t worry, they’re not going anywhere (for now).
Add the MacBook to the long list of things Apple has killed off. Toss it on the pile, alongside floppy drives, ADB ports, and (soon, we’re betting) optical drives. While the death of the MacBook was shocking at first, what’s even more shocking is to realize that the SSD-equipped MacBook Air is Apple’s new budget laptop. It’s the sexiest, smallest, and yep, the cheapest too. But the Air isn’t the only thing Apple has overhauled. Their starter desktop has also gotten a makeover. The 2011 Mac mini now sports a Core i5 processor, but like the laptop line, Apple has trimmed some of the fat -- in this case, the optical drive.
Lion continues to dominate the news, like the king of the jungle that it is, and we continue to rock out hard with stories featuring this good beast. But that wasn't all, by far, that happened this week, because there were some hardware refreshes, some how-tos that came out as a result of the new OS, and more, tons more, in case you missed it.
If we told you there were patents galore in this week's news, would that surprise you? Well, what if we told you iLife everywhere, Facebook and the BBC on the iPad, and a new king of the smartphone manufacturing world? Well, there's that and there's more in this week's hottest Apple news. Just make sure you don't burn before reading.
We finally got ahold of the brand spankin' new Mac mini and MacBook Air. While the specifications were already very impressive -- a bump in performance with its updated processors and the inclusion of the new Thunderbolt i/O port -- the deal is absolutely sealed when you get ahold of one of these beautiful babies. The MacBook Air is light and easy to weild, and while the Mac mini is a little heavy out of the box, its sleek, brushed metallic chassis had us instantly infatuated, and we couldn't wait to pair it with the new Thunderbolt Display. Click through for your own 360-degree view of both the MacBook Air and Mac mini.
Oh, and can you tell what they both have in common? Okay, we'll tell you: neither have an optical drive!