It seems that the tech journalism world didn’t take much of a Thanksgiving break this year, with a couple of reports detailing a recent Apple land grab from HP as well as rumors on the next iPad, MacBook Pro and Final Cut Pro updates.
Apple was firing with all chambers on Wednesday, with the majority of the focus on its “Back to the Mac” media event. But the company also found time to unleash a few software updates and even quietly offer a speed bump on its MacBook Pro.
Apple has issued an SMC Firmware update to address charging problems affecting 2007-2008 MacBooks and MacBook Pros when connected to the new L-shaped MagSafe adapter. Apple switched to the new MagSafe charger after receiving complaints about fraying from the older power bricks that featured a straight plug.
It looks as though Apple users, a typically intelligent, tech-savvy and genteel lot (yes, we're stroking our own egos here,) can add another particular to their growing list of resume foibles: 31337 6@/\/\3®. That's 'elite gamer' for all of you out there that don't hablas l33t speak. According to a monthly survey conducted by the game mongers at Steam, a growing number of the individuals enjoying their services are doing so on Apple hardware.
Don't know how to properly coil the MagSafe cord for your MacBook or MacBook Pro? Well that's cool, but you might want to start doing it the correct way, lest you burn your house down. The guys at Tested have figured out a simple way to make sure your laptop's power cord is properly wound up, without the risk of electrical shock.
When it comes to things like MacBook sleeves and iPhone cases, we don’t often go for flash. Basic black works just fine. It coordinates with everything, doesn’t show dirt, and works for business or casual settings.
But black gets a bit dull. Sometimes you need a splash of color or the visual variety of a pattern. Especially for guys (who don’t have as much opportunity as ladies to add unique accents in their wardrobes), it’s refreshing to be able to outfit your tech gear with a bit more panache. Enter Incase and L.A. art collective Arkitip (arkitip.com), who have teamed up to offer a series of MacBook Pro sleeves and iPhone cases printed with original art by Evan Hecox, whose gorgeous work focuses on “average people as they traverse the modern metropolis.”
Air Display is a nifty software utility that enables you to use your iPad as a second monitor, alongside your trusty Apple computer. The app requires a desktop companion application, which is only available for Macs running OS X 10.6, and a Windows version should be arriving soon. Jump after the cut to view the video!
Arriving just in time for Steam’s debut on the Mac, the Core i5 MacBook Pro is the best gaming laptop Apple’s ever built. And thanks to the new processor’s Hyper-Threading technology and Turbo Boost speeds, this MacBook Pro is also a workhorse that delivers both impressive speeds in all the most processor-intensive applications and a built-in battery that lasts an entire day.