Macs from $419
At Apple's online store today save big on refurbished Macs. Prices start at $419 for the refurbished Mac mini with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive, now $419 after an $80 price cut. A $140 price cut is available on the refurbished MacBook Air with a 1.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 158GB hard drive, now $759.
busted graphics, trackpad pains and more
Today in the MacNN forums, members try to assist Junior Member "Sebastian" with figuring out what to do with a busted graphics card in his 2009 iMac. Senior User "RobOnTheCape" has reported a strange fingertip pain and has determined that the cause must be the MacBook Air he is using, but wonders if anyone else has had a similar experience.
Ruggedized case protects Apple's slimmest Mac
Owners of Apple's 12-inch Macbook now have a new option if they want to keep their ultraportable safe amid harsh conditions. Accessory manufacturer Urban Armor Gear recently showed off its newest case, which it says is the first mil-spec rugged case for the Apple's new 12-inch MacBook.
Macs as low as $419
Today at Apple's online store, save big on refurbished Macs, with prices starting as low as $419. The refurbished Mac mini with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive has been reduced to $419. Priced at $759, after a $140 discount, is the refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage.
up to 24% off Macs
At Apple's online store today find discounts on refurbished Macs with savings of up to 24 percent off. The refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage, cut to $759 after a $140 price break. The 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive has been reduced to $829 after a $270 discount.
MacBooks with anti-reflective coating problems will be fixed by Apple
Apple has launched a new Quality Program that will help owners of the MacBook and MacBook Pro affected with a display issue, according to a report. Following complaints from earlier in the year where the anti-reflective protective coating on some Retina displays started to delaminate or wear off on MacBooks, Apple is said to now have an official process to address the problem, by taking in affected systems for repair.
new iMacs, hard drive cloning and more
This week in the MacNN forums, the big talk has been about the new iMacs with members discussing what the new models offer and when they expect to be getting one. One Forum Regular was asking about cloning a MacBook hard drive and putting it on his Mac Mini and wonders what the downsides might be.
Macs for $1,099 or less
At Apple's online store today, get bargain-priced refurbished Macs for $1,099 or less. Starting as low as $809 is the refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 256GB of flash storage. For $829, after a $270 discount, is the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive.
Apple deals: Macs as low as $419
At Apple's online store today, take advantage of price cuts across a wide selection of refurbished Apple computers. The refurbished Mac mini with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive is on sale for $419 after a $80 discount. A $140 discount drops the cost on the refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage down to $759.
Computer heist in January 2014 leads to arrests
Four men have been arrested in the last week for the alleged theft of over $1 million worth of computers. including MacBook Airs, destined for use in two public high schools in New Jersey. The gang were arrested on Wednesday and put before a federal judge in New York on Wednesday, accused of "participating in a scheme to steal, transport, and sell a shipment of approximately 1,200 computers" in January last year.
Reinvented MacBook heralds the future of Apple's MacBook line
The 12-inch Retina MacBook received a lot of attention when it was launched, but perhaps not all for the right reasons. In particular, much of the coverage focused on its single USB Type-C port, which perhaps makes it impractical for some, if not many users. Other complaints at the time were that it is underpowered, relying on Intel's somewhat underwhelming Core M processor. Still others moaned about its all-new keyboard, with short key stroke travel. Our review of the 12-inch MacBook, however, focused on what made this the near-perfect portable companion for road warriors looking to keep things light, compact, but productive. We've been living with it on a daily basis almost since its April launch -- is it still all we thought it was cracked up to be?
Macs from $679
At Apple's online store today, take advantage of price cuts on a wide selection of refurbished Apple models. The 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has been reduced by $120 to $679. The refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of flash storage is now only $759 after a $140 discount.
New panel provides enough power to use, charge new USB-C MacBook
Solar power device purveyor QuickerTek today announced the 30 Watt 2015 Type-C MacBook Solar Panel. This solar power charger is the only in the world to feature the USB 3.1 adaptor cable which powers and charges the 2015 Apple 12-inch MacBook simultaneously given strong enough sun.
iPhone 6s, Skylake processors and more
This week in the MacNN forums, members begin to discuss what they expect with the iPhone 6s, with some expecting updates such as Force Touch, and others not much at all. Moderator OreoCookie is wondering when 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro's with Skylake processors will be available.
Macs for under $1,099
At Apple's online store this week, find a wide range of refurbished Macs for under $1,099. The 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has been reduced by $140 to $759. Priced at $829, after a $270 price cut, is the refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive, now $829.
Apple CEO greets visitors to celebrate debut of Apple Watch in Turkey
Over the weekend, Apple CEO Tim Cook took a surprise visit to Turkey on Saturday to be present at the two Apple Stores in the country's largest city, Istanbul, to celebrate the arrival of the Apple Watch to the country. The Apple Watch Sport starts at 1,249 Turkish Lira (TRY), which translates to about $450 US at the current exchange rate. The company now has two stores in Istanbul, a flagship store at the Zorlu Center mall, and another at the Akasya Shopping Center.
Improves FaceTime compatibility with Boot Camp-based installs
In a seeming coincidence to being the day Microsoft has launched its latest version of Windows, on Wednesday Apple released a driver update for those running Windows 7 and Windows 8 on their 2015 series MacBook computers, including the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and the latest Retina MacBook. The update is a FaceTime Camera driver update that improves compatibility with Windows when using Boot Camp-based installations.
Macs from $419
Right now at Apple's online store find bargain prices on refurbished Macs with prices starting as low as $419. The refurbished Mac mini with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive has seen an $80 discount to $419. A $140 discount drops the cost on the refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage down to $759.
Macs from $809
At Apple's online store today, take advantage of low prices on refurbished Macs. Starting at $809 is the refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage. A $270 discount is offered on the refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive, now $829.
Announces new Chinese educational programs to be offered in schools
In a new interview given to the Chinese-language version of Businessweek, Apple CEO Tim Cook admits that the company takes Chinese consumer tastes into account in its product designs, along with other factors. Cook specifically pointed to the gold color option -- first introduced with 2013's iPhone 5s and now expanded to the iPad and new 12-inch Retina MacBook line -- as reflecting in part "the popularity of that color among Chinese users."
MacBook vs. MacBook Air
This week in the MacNN forums, members continue to discuss the differences between the new MacBook and the MacBook Air with members trying to figure out which option is really a better ownership proposition. Forum Regular "imdipped" is "tired of waiting for Apple to make Pages equal to or better than Pages '09" and wonders if there are any alternatives that are easy to use.
This week in the MacNN Forums, members try to assist one Fresh-Faced Recruit with getting to the bottom of a problem they are having with Yosemite hogging up resources and becoming slow. Today Forum Regular "porrid" wanted to know what the last version of the MacBook Pro can run Snow Leopard.
Thin, light, new keyboard, new trackpad, USB-C. Is it missing anything?
It is an exciting time for consumer technology, with gadgets and devices that once used to the stuff of dreams now coming to fruition. Currently, the focus and excitement is largely around mobile and wearable devices, but the stunning and groundbreaking Mac Pro (Late 2013) showed that Apple still has a keen interest in pushing the development and innovation of its computer product lines right to the edge of the design envelope. Although the new 12-inch MacBook with Retina display might look, at first glance, like a natural evolution of an Apple ultraportable MacBook, it packs a full suite of technical and design innovations that we feel make it the definitive statement of what's next in the state-of-the-art in notebook design. Read our full review for our analysis.
OSX compatibility, iPhone screen replacements and more
This week in the MacNN Forums, Moderator "andi*pandi&" recently scored a white MacBook and discovered they are able to upgrade the OS for free, but wonders if 10.10 would "run like a dead horse" on that machine, or if it would be all right. Yesterday, one Dedicated MacNNer announced the breaking of his wife's iPhone 4 screen, and has a few questions about buying a replacement.
Tapered batteries, soldered components both improve reliability and frustrate upgraders
A pair of new teardowns from iFixit and Laptopultra have revealed few surprises, and conclude that while the machines are easily openable, they are not easily repairable -- a factor that is likely to be very low-priority among potential buyers, given that the lack of moving parts in the unit also greatly improves reliability. While the new MacBook is completely un-upgradeable internally, the included USB Type C port will offer growing flexibility for any needed external connectivity or expandability.
Apple takes lessons from mobile to make the ultimate ultraportable notebook
The all-new 12-inch Apple MacBook is here and MacNN and Electronista have our hands on it! It is Apple's definitive statement on the future of notebooks, but it is available right now to customers who want to go along for the ride. If you're in the market for an ultraportable notebook made for the mobility age, the MacBook has to be on the top of your shopping list. There is nothing else quite like it on the market, with the device boasting several firsts for Apple and the industry.
Macs from $419
At Apple's online store today, take advantage of price cuts on refurbished Macs with prices as low as $419. The refurbished Mac mini with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive has been discounted by $80 to $419. Priced at $809, after a $240 discount, is the refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage.
MacBook Air from $759
Today at Apple's online store, save up to 22 percent off refurbished MacBook Air models. They start at $759 for the refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage. The 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage has been reduced by $240 to $809.
Standard versions ship in 1-3 days, but gold still more popular with some buyers
As they used to say on Twin Peaks, "it is happening. Again." A new Mac product available in gold appears, and buyers go crazy. The solid-gold Apple Watch, despite its $10,000 opening price, appears to have had its limited inventory snatched up quickly, pushing availability now back into August for online pre-orders after just the first few hours. Apple has likewise seen a "gold rush" for its similarly-colored (but not actually made of gold) new 12-inch Retina MacBook.
Base model can balloon to $1,749 with storage, processor upgrades
Apple's forthcoming $1,299 entry-level MacBook -- already a $100 premium over a comparably-equipped, more-powerful but Retina-less 11-inch MacBook Air -- will have build-to-order configurations available that can bump up the base model's 1.1GHz Intel Core M processor, along with larger storage options, that can raise the cost of the new notebook (scheduled to debut on Friday, April 10) to as high as $1,749, resellers report.
Ukrainian couple gets production sample of 12-inch Retina MacBook, makes 15-minute video
Following on the heels of an unboxing video for the forthcoming 12-inch Retina MacBook that surfaced in Vietnam, a new 15-minute video has appeared featuring a woman from Ukraine touting the new device, featuring a "production sample" she obtained. It was functional prior to the video and some tests were completed on it, but an attempt to update it to current OS X releases rendered the test machine inoperative, a security measure from Apple.
Staffers reflect on the fifth anniversary of the iPad, ponder the Surface 3
Presenting episode nine of The MacNN Podcast, which this week features a hands-on report on the new 2015 MacBook Pro, along with some chatting about the recently-revealed new MacBook benchmarks, well ahead of its April 10 debut. We also celebrate the fifth anniversary of the iPad by talking about the many ways, big and small, it has changed our lives. We discuss the new Surface 3 from Microsoft, the Doctor Who BBC bundle on BitTorrent, and more.
Performance comparable to 2011 MacBook Air, but longer battery life
Despite the unit not being available for another couple of weeks yet, an enthusiast in Vietnam has gotten his hands on a retail version of Apple's forthcoming 12-inch MacBook and posted an "unboxing" video. Separately, new benchmarks (now removed) for the machine show that while the new model can boast performance on par with an Intel Core i7, it would be an older i7 as found in a 2011 11-inch MacBook Air.
Users of new 13-inch MBP, forthcoming MacBook can take advantage of pressure sensitivity
The first third-party drawing app designed for the new Force Touch trackpad, found on the latest 13-inch MacBook Pro and the forthcoming MacBook, has arrived alongside an iMovie update from Apple that adds compatibility with the new technology as well. Inklet and Autograph from Ten One Design have been updated to support the pressure-sensitivity features, while iMovie has gained haptic feedback for certain commands.
New Pro, Air, MacBook now require Windows 8 or later; VMs still support Win7 for now
Apple's traditional zeal to push users forward extends even to its support for a rival platform, as the latest MacBook refreshes -- the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, 13-inch MacBook Air, and the forthcoming MacBook -- now require Windows 8 or later to work with Boot Camp, Apple's tool to create a dedicated Windows partition for users who need the compatibility. The company first dropped Windows 7 with the latest Mac Pro in 2013.
Macs for $929 or less
Right now at Apple's online store, find a variety of refurbished Macs priced at $929 or less. They start at $809 for the refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage. Priced at $829 is the refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive and 8x double-layer SuperDrive.
Our panel still talking about 'Spring Forward' event ramifications
The MacNN Podcast episode six is now available (later than normal -- sorry about that), and this week we looked at the new MacBook and weigh up its pros and cons; talk about Apple Watch pricing and some new details that have come out since last Monday; delve into ResearchKit, which is already making big waves in the medical community; discuss Samsung's Galaxy S6 and the line's fading status as an "iPhone killer" (though still likely to be a very successful competitor); and get into the actual meat of the FCC's net neutrality and Title II proposal.
MacBook Returns, home network bugs and more
This week in the MacNN forums, members discussed the new MacBook, home networking and more. One of this week's most popular topics was the news that Apple will be bringing back the "MacBook" name for their next notebook computer. Yesterday, Mac Elite "Helmling" was trying to figure out what was going on with his home network, as computers appear to be replicating in the Network settings.
The MacBook is a solid machine, stop being annoyed it's not for you
Another Apple announcement has come and gone, and while we did get the Apple Watch details we were expecting, we got a bit more. Apple has resurrected the MacBook -- and this time, not clad in plastic. The attractive machine, and by association, Apple itself, is garnering a fair amount of Internet hate, regardless of new technologies, because on some levels it doesn't appeal to -- nor is it aimed at -- power-users.
WaterField Designs unveils Zip Brief for new MacBook
Accessory maker WaterField Designs announces the refined Zip Brief, created to protect and showcase the new 12-inch Apple MacBook. The Zip's internal pockets cradle the MacBook on one side and accessories on the other, and offer an angled front pocket that can hold a smartphone, wallet or commuter pass. The exterior combines leather with waxed canvas or ballistic nylon. TSA-friendly, the Zip can be fully opened for airport security while contents remain safely secured. The Zip Brief can be pre-ordered now for $180, with shipping starting at the end of March.
Drives use same aluminum finish as new MacBook
LaCie, the premium brand of Seagate Technology, announced on Tuesday the addition of USB–C technology to its Porsche Design Mobile Drive. Besides being compatible with Apple's implementation of USB-C on the new MacBook without the need for adapters, this new technology makes the LaCie Mobile Drive easy to connect, since both ends of the cable are identical, and the connector is reversible. The change also takes advantage of USB 3.1's ability to transfer up to 10Gbps bi-directionally, a doubling of the capability of USB 3.0.
Our staff weighs in on the highs, lows and 'what the?' moments
Today's "Spring Forward" event in San Francisco lived up to the hype, generally, with strong performances from the Apple executive team, richer demonstrations of the Apple Watch and more importantly, the diversity of apps that will be available for it, and a somewhat-surprising return of the MacBook consumer notebook, which is likely to displace the MacBook Air in time. Apple also brought out the unexpected ResearchKit, and cut the price of the Apple TV. We asked some of our staff for their thoughts.
Most extreme and efficient notebook ever, says Schiller
Apple on Monday surprised observers with the unveiling of a new MacBook, featuring a 12-inch Retina display, a motherboard that is 67 percent smaller than even the MacBook Air, a new fanless design that is even thinner than the Air, but retains the all-day battery life. The new MacBook comes in at two pounds even, and also features an all-new keyboard and trackpad, with a a new single USB-C port for most connections. It will be available in three colors, matching the current iPhone line.
Store goes down hours ahead of Apple Spring Forward event
Apple has brought down the online Apple Store, ahead of its Spring Forward event later today. Expected as part of any major Apple event, the store went down at 8am ET/12pm GMT, hours before the event is due to take place, allowing the company time to make changes to product listings and to add new items, ready for when the store becomes available again shortly after the event ends.
Macs from $419
Today at Apple's online store, find big savings on refurbished Macs with prices as low as $419. The refurbished Mac mini with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive has been discounted by $80, to $419. A $130 discount is available on the refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, now $769.
Excellent free app psychoanalyzes your batteries
The curiously-named CoconutBattery 3.2 is a free app that examines the batteries in your MacBooks and your iOS devices. One click and you know everything: it gives you the skinny on every possible scintilla of information about the state your battery is in.
MBPs, iMacs, MBAs and Mac minis under $1,000
At Apple's online store today, buyers can take advantage of a wide range of refurbished Macs that carry price tags lower than $1,000. Starting at $999 and working our way down is the refurbished 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of flash storage. For $929 is the 13.3-inch MBP with 2.5GHz i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, and a SuperDrive.
Beats headphones, iOS devices, MacBook all leaders in their respective categories
A new survey measuring customer loyalty and engagement has picked several categories of Apple products as the best in their field, at least in the minds of consumers. Beats headphones were the top most-liked headphone brand, the combined MacBook lines took best laptop, and the iPhone and iPad unsurprisingly won best smartphone and tablet, respectively. The Consumer Loyalty Engagement Index measures how well a product meets -- or exceeds -- consumer expectations.
Asian version of US ad plays to Chinese market, gift-giving season
Apple has created a new version of its holiday ad "The Song" for the Chinese market in time for the Lunar New Year celebrations, which commence later this month. The wholly-reimagined ad is prominently featured on the company's China website, and is the first such ad made directly for China. Senior VP of Retail Dame Angela Ahrendts has made China a priority over the next two years as it emerges as Apple's third-largest market.
Replacements last longer than original hardware
Add-on outfit NewerTech has added some additional NuPower batteries for some of Apple's older unibody MacBook models. These include 13-inch basic MacBooks from 2009 and 2010, and the 2011 edition of the 17-inch MacBook Pro. NuPower batteries are claimed to last up to 50 percent longer than Apple's pre-installed hardware.