5K iMac for Under 2K

5K iMacToday, May 19, 2015, Apple introduced a new lower-priced iMac 27-inch with 5K screen. Apple also lowered the price of the high-end model. This gives Apple two 5K based iMacs for customers to choose from.

Just yesterday, there was only one model 5K iMac to choose. It is now the high-end model with a quad-core Intel Core i5 processor running at 3.5GHz. Inside there is 8GB of RAM (maximum of 32GB), a 1TB Fusion drive, and AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics with 2GB of GDDR5 memory. Of course you can go online to the Apple Store and custom configure the model to your tastes, and budget. Yesterday, this model was $2499; today it is now $2299. (more…)

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First Look: MacBook with Retina display

mbrThe all-new MacBook started shipping the day the Apple Watch went on sale, April 10, 2015. The only problem was that there were only a few to be found. Only now have I finally been able to spend some time using one, and it was the gold one.

First of all, the new MacBook does look small. Seeing one closed on a desk next to an 11-inch Air, from a distance of about 10 feet, it doesn’t look that much thinner. When you actually pick it up you can see that it is amazingly thin. Then you open it up. The screen looks huge. (more…)

We Lucky Few

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There are a few lucky people out there. They were awake at 12:01am PDT and were able to get online to the Apple Store. They were also lucky enough to place an order for the few combinations of Apple Watches that went on sale at that time. Those lucky few also received their precious devices this last Friday. I, unfortunately, was not one of them.

With that said, I didn’t even try to get one of the new Apple Watches. I am an Apple fan (I do have my own Apple blog you know). I do own a required iPhone model. I just don’t have a need to spend $400-700, or more, for a watch that will be useless in about six years.

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Watching the Watch Watchers

apple watchThe drum beating is becoming louder. It’s beating out ‘Apple Watch…Apple Watch’. The soon to be released Apple Watch device is about to hit store shelves sometime near the end of April. Whether you want one or not, you are about to see and hear about the Apple Watch. And I mean everywhere.

The one thing that Apple does, pretty much better than everyone else, is product marketing. Apple was started back in the later part of the 70’s where it rose to great heights to fall to great depths only to rise to become the most valuable company in history. It has done this with great products, but they back it with great marketing.

According to Apple’s last fiscal quarterly report, they sold just over 800,000 iPhones a day. Now they are about to launch a new-to-them product category – a smartwatch. There have been many other smart watches on the market for a while now. Pebble is a very popular model that works with all types of phones. Android has their Wear line. Of course, they work with only certain Android devices. Samsung and Motorola have this part of the market well covered. (more…)

Use the Force

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There is a new gesture coming to a Macintosh near you. It is the Force Click and it is only available on the new updated MacBook Pro 13, the upcoming MacBook, and Apple Watch. The new MacBooks that were announced at Apple’s press event last week come with a redesigned trackpad called Force Touch. Trust me, Apple is going to use this everywhere.

Let’s set the ‘way-back’ machine to several years ago and look at the original PowerBooks. They had just a large single button to click. Then came the glass trackpad, thanks to the iPhone, with two buttons to click with. Soon, the trackpad was made bigger and the whole thing became the button. Apple designed it so that you could click on the right-most part of the trackpad to register a ‘right click’. (more…)

Available Today

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Apple recently announced their thinnest and lightest notebook, the all-new MacBook. What was lost in the announcement is the fact that Apple also updated the MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro models.

The new MacBook won’t be available until next month starting at $1299. The new MacBook Airs, the 11- and 13-inch models are available today starting at only $899 and $999 respectively.

Several things have been updated in the MacBook Air. Both the 11- and 13-inch models now have the newest Broadwell processors from Intel. They also have the faster Thunderbolt 2 port and faster Intel HD Graphics 6000 video. The 13-inch model has faster SSD storage, which is nice since one of the biggest bottlenecks is writing and reading data to and from the hard drive. (more…)

A New Mobile Platform

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The new MacBook with a single USB type-C port.

When Apple starts shipping the new MacBook next month, it will be the start of a whole new category in mobile computing. That might be a bold statement, but Apple has made some bold statements before. The new MacBook is one of the lightest and thinnest notebooks they have ever made. And it only has one main port.

If you look back to when Apple introduced the first iMac, it only had the little-known USB port and no floppy drive. When the first MacBook Air was introduced, it had no optical drive and only a USB port (more outrageous was no Ethernet port). Just a few years ago, Apple introduced the new super-thin iMacs with no optical drive and no more FireWire port. Apple is not afraid of abandoning any technology it deems to be on the way to obsolescence. (more…)

The MacBook Returns

gold macbookIt’s hard to believe that anyone could come up with a laptop that is thinner and lighter than a MacBook Air. Of course, Apple could do it. The rumors are true, there is a new super thin MacBook coming from Apple.

During their ‘Spring Forward’ press event, Apple showed off the new MacBook. The MacBook name had been dropped from the product line a little while ago. It used to be the least expensive white polycarbonate model. It looks like Apple wants this new laptop to be set apart from other models hence the name MacBook.

To say this model is different is a bit of an understatement. The new MacBook weighs only 2 pounds and is only 13.1mm thick. The screen is a whole new size, plus it has a resolution that makes it a Retina display. This is not the only big change. The keyboard is all-new, as is the trackpad, and the choice of included ports.

Starting with the screen, it’s 12.1 inches diagonally with a resolution of 2304 by 1440. This puts it over 3 million pixels at 226 ppi (pixels per inch). They didn’t stop there. The new screen is also super thin. Apple also claims that they have increased the aperture for each pixel. A screen pixel is actually made up of three color LEDs. By increasing the size of the aperture more light can get through. Basically, more light means less power being used, which means longer battery life. (more…)