Posts Tagged ‘MacBook’

Ready to Buy a New MacBook?

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

You might want to wait. With WWDC coming up on Monday, June 10, we think that Apple will most likely announce updates to its current product line. So if you can hold off on buying that new MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, you should.

WWDC 2013

Apple’s Keynote Address – WWDC 2009 Highlights

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Lots of exciting news announced at the 2009 WWDC today!  Some of the biggest highlights from the conference:

iPhone News

  • New iPhone 3GS will be available on June 19th.  Only major improvements seem to be better battery life and faster processor.  Our techs were wishing for 802.11n on the new iPhone, but alas, no.
  • A more affordable iPhone!  The current 8GB iPhone 3G is now $99!
  • iPhone OS 3.0 will be available free to all iPhone users on June 17th.  Has several new features and improvements on existing features.
  • Incredibly useful service “Find My iPhone” will be available to MobileMe customers.  Users can login to MobileMe from any browser and locate their iPhone on a Google Map.  Great theft deterrent!
  • Lost or stolen iPhones can be wiped clean of all data with a remote command.  If the iPhone is found, the data can be restored from a backup.

Apple Notebook News

  • MacBook Air is reduced in price and given faster processors.  The new 1.86GHz is now $1,499 and the new 2.13GHz is $1,799.
  • The 13″ aluminum MacBook is now part of the MacBook Pro line.  It now has a FireWire 800 port AND an SD card slot.  The new 15″ MacBook Pro also has the SD card slot, but the 17″ MacBook Pro is keeping the ExpressCard/34 slot.
  • Prices on the entry level MacBook Pro models have been reduced by $300!

Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard News

  • Among the improvements and additions, Snow Leopard will have faster Time Machine backups, better iChat and Microsoft Exchange server support.
  • Snow Leopard will launch at some point in September and will be reasonably priced at $29 for current OS X 10.5 Leopard users.  The regular price for Snow Leopard will be $129.
  • Mac OS X Server Snow Leopard is also scheduled for release in September and will be $499 for an unlimited license.  It appears there will be no 10 user license option anymore.

Safari News

For additional information or if you want to view Apple’s WWDC 2009 Keynote Address, click here.

Does Your MacBook or MacBook Pro Seem to Run Hot?

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Here are a few tips that we give our clients when they ask us if it’s normal that their MacBook or MacBook Pro is blistering their thighs:

1.  Do not put your MacBook or MacBook Pro directly on your lap.  The correct nomenclature these days is “notebook computer” instead of “laptop” for that very reason.  Putting your MacBook or MacBook Pro on your lap prevents air from circulating underneath it.

2.  Do not put your MacBook or MacBook Pro on a pillow, comforter, carpet or any other soft surface.  Soft material can block the airflow vents.  Instead, put your MacBook or MacBook Pro on a flat, hard surface like a table or desk, so that air can pass through it.  Alternatively, you can get a “lap desk,” which, as Macworld will tell you, doesn’t have to be anything super fancy or expensive.

3.  If possible, put your MacBook or MacBook Pro on a CoolPad, which increases the air space under your machine by lifting it up on adjustable risers, and also allows you to shift the height of of your screen so that it is positioned at a more comfortable height.

4.  Monitor your MacBook or MacBook Pro’s temperatures with iStat pro.  This widget is free to download and lets you keep an eye on all aspects of your machine.

*Big thanks to our superstar tech James for his input on this post.

Envelope MacBook Sleeve

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

I’ve been looking for a basic (but not unattractive) laptop cover to protect my MacBook Pro, but everything that I’ve found has a bulky, clunky design.  I finally found exactly what I’ve been looking for in this envelope laptop sleeve by designer Christiane Hoegner.

The envelope has lightweight shock-absorbing high-density foam packaged in colorful fabric.  Simple, elegant and the right size for my MacBook and my bag.

Macworld 2009 Keynote Highlights

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

While there were no new iMacs unveiled during this year’s Macworld Expo Keynote (sorry JDS), several other exciting announcements were made.

1.  A brand new version of iLife  — iLife 09

iPhoto 09 has two new organizational features: Faces and Places.

Faces uses facial detection so you can find a person’s face in the photo and type in their name.  It uses facial recognition to find the same person in multiple photos.  Phil allowed that it’s not perfect, but that it works really well.

Places allows users to organize photos according to where they were taken.  It uses GPS Geotagging, which is built into a few cameras and, of course, the iPhone.  iPhoto determines where your images were captured — even a specific landmark, like the Eiffel Tower (as per Phil’s example).  There’s also a location database so users can map older non-Geotagged photographs.

iPhoto 09 also has support for Facebook and Flickr!

iMovie 09 has been completely revamped.  There’s an advanced drag and drop system, automatic video stabilization, animated 2D and 3D travel maps and new video effects and themes.

GarageBand 09 has a feature called “Learn to Play,” where users can learn to play guitar or piano and read music.  Nine basic guitar and nine basic piano lessons are free.  There are also artist lessons priced at $4.99 each online, where users can learn to play the songs of professional musicians.  Users can learn guitar from John Fogerty and Sting and piano from Norah Jones and Sarah McLaughlan (among others).

2.  New version of iWork  — iWork 09

New features have been added to Keynote, Pages (the full screen view is pretty nice) and Numbers.  There’s also a new service — iWork.com.  It’s free right now and in beta, so check it out.

For users who haven’t upgraded to Leopard yet, there’s a box set with Leopard, iLife and iWork for $169, which ships late January.

3.  The New 17″ MacBook Pro!

Beyond its fabulous looks, the 17″ MacBook Pro is also:

  • The World’s Thinnest 17-inch Notebook at 0.98 inches
  • The World’s Lightest 17-inch Notebook at 6.6 pounds

The 17″ MacBook Pro also features 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution, 140H/120V viewing angle with both glossy and matte versions offered, 700:1 contrast ratio and 60% greater color gamut.  It has a 2.93 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, up to 8 GB of memory and has a 320 GB drive (which can be upgraded to a solid state drive of 256 GB).

The best feature might be the battery — 8 hours on a single charge!  It can be recharged up to a thousand times — 3 times over the industry standard — and has a five year lifespan.

The 17″ MacBook Pro ships late January.

4.  iTunes in 2009

This April, a new pricing model will be introduced.  There will be 3 new prices for songs: $0.69, $0.99 and $1.29.  Apparently there will be more songs priced at $0.69 than $1.29.

Also, with the introduction of iTunes Plus, there will be DRM-free music (finally!).  Starting today iTunes is offering 8 million songs DRM-free, and by the end of the quarter there will be an additional 2 millon DRM-free songs.

Also today, the iTunes store is on iPhone via WiFi and 3G.  It’s no longer the WiFi store — just the iTunes Store.  Same price, same selection and same quality as on the regular iTunes Store.

And there you have it!  Phil wrapped up the keynote and Tony Bennett came out to sing “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” (very apropos choice of song).

Aluminum MacBook owners reporting problems with third-party RAM upgrades

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Thanks to our brilliant tech James for alerting me to this post on TUAW.

Apparently, some owners of the latest MacBooks have been reporting problems with their machines after installing third-party RAM.  I’ve read through some of the Apple Support Discussion forums and users have been mostly complaining about constant freezing and frequent crashes after upgrading with third-party RAM — even from very reputable vendors like OWC.  The solution for most of these users was to switch the third-party RAM for memory from Apple.

I also read the Cult of Mac post by Pete Mortensen, where he reported that he personally had not experienced any problems with the third-party RAM from Crucial that he installed in his new MacBook over a month ago.  Fluke?

To be safe, we would recommend configuring your new MacBooks with Apple branded RAM when you place your order with the Apple Store or any other authorized retailer.

Laptop Decals

Friday, December 5th, 2008

I’ve seen a lot of really beautiful etchings on MacBook Pros throughout the years, but have never been able to to commit to getting one done for my own MacBook.  I found the perfect solution in these lovely laptop decals by Michelle Christina.  The Venus Flytrap Decal is my favorite.  AND they would be a perfect stocking stuffer (yes Santa, I am talking to you).

Venus Flytrap Laptop Decal

Venus Flytrap Laptop Decal


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