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Apple updates MacBooks with new CPU, better battery life

Apple updates MacBooks with new CPU, better battery life

As predicted yesterday, Apple is giving their line of 12" MacBooks a refresh this week. While they might not be major changes, the update is definitely a welcome one. The refresh includes bringing the latest, sixth-generation Core M processors. The new CPUs clock in at up to 1.3GHz, with Turbo Boost speeds hitting 3.1 GHz.

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12-MacBook refresh is coming this week, signs say

12-MacBook refresh is coming this week, signs say

Apple likes to keep a tight lip on when they plan to release updates models of their popular laptops. Unless it's a major change, they will quietly update the line with little fanfare leading up to the announcement. However, thanks to one retailer, we have a pretty good idea of when the next MacBook refresh will be happening.

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Apple patent reveals MacBook with touchpad keyboard

Apple patent reveals MacBook with touchpad keyboard

A recently discovered Apple patent reveals a significant possible change to the ultra-thin MacBook: replacing the physical keyboard with a touchpad similar to the existing Force Touch trackpad for mouse inputs. As usual with patents, this may not be indicative of what Apple has planned for future products, nor may this design ever see the light of day, but it's interesting to what could be possible if Apple takes its Force Touch technology to the next level.

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Apple’s thinner 13, 15 inch MacBooks tipped for June

Apple’s thinner 13, 15 inch MacBooks tipped for June

Apple's event earlier this week wasn't exactly surprising, given how the iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro have been leaked to death. Still, the reality of those products proved to be even better than the rumors. Not everyone, however, is sold. Those people can probably start turning their attention to Apple's next batch of new devices. Chinese new site DigiTimes reports that Apple will be revealing "ultra thin" Macbooks, in 13 and 15 inch sizes, at WWDC, which may be schedule smack in the middle of June.

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Apple finally releases a USB-C to Lightning Cable

Apple finally releases a USB-C to Lightning Cable

Sometimes you see a product announcement, and you stop and wonder how such a thing hasn't already existed. That was my response when I heard that Apple finally announced a USB-C to Lightning cable yesterday. The fact that the company has only just released this product is baffling.

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Does your MacBook Pro need more storage?

Does your MacBook Pro need more storage?

Kits created by OWC for expanding storage on a litany of legacy MacBook Pro and MacBook Air notebooks have been revealed this week. These pieces of hardware allow most any MacBook Pro or Air unit released in the past several years (back to mid-2013) to upgrade their internal storage with relative ease. OWC brings this Aura SSD to the masses not just for the newest in new - no! They've made way for generations of Apple notebooks to take part.

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Intel’s super fast Optane SSDs could make their way into MacBooks

Intel’s super fast Optane SSDs could make their way into MacBooks

With increasingly more capable CPUs and GPUs, the bottlenecks of computing have lately been relocated to memory, both in RAM to some extent but especially in persistent data storage. The race is on among chip makers to produce not just the highest density storage technology but also the fastest. Intel, a name you'd more commonly associate with CPUs rather than storage devices, is also taking part in that race alongside storage maker Micron. And the first fruit of their friendship, the blazingly fast Optane SSD, might even be first seen in Apple's next MacBooks.

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Ten One Design Blockhead fixes glaring MacBook power brick flaw

Ten One Design Blockhead fixes glaring MacBook power brick flaw

There will be some Mac fans out there offended by the mere mention that Apple has poorly designed its power brick for the MacBook line of notebooks. If you use a MacBook and you like to carry as little as possible you are probably using the power brick with the plug that puts the prongs sticking directly out of the block. The problem with that is that the brick is so large it makes it very difficult to plug into outlets that are behind anything.

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MacBook USB-C recall instructions tell if you’re affected

MacBook USB-C recall instructions tell if you’re affected

Apple's first USB-C MacBook release included a cord which had a bit of a hardware flaw - one that the company is now in the process of fixing. For those of you that've purchased a MacBook in the past several years, there's one simple way of figuring out whether or not you MAY be affected. If your power cord is a MagSafe connector (magnetic, as the name implies), you do not need to worry. From there, if you're a USB-C sort of user, there's one more check.

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Apple is replacing early Retina MacBook USB-C charging cables

Apple is replacing early Retina MacBook USB-C charging cables

Did you purchase one of Apple's new 12-inch Retina MacBooks in the first few months after it launched last year? If so, you'll want to check the company's latest replacement program over the USB-C charging cables that shipped with the laptop. It seems that the cables that either shipped with the MacBook or were purchased individually through June 2015 have been determined to have a "design issue" that could cause them to stop working.

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Bambooti makes your Macbook elegant with real wood covers

Bambooti makes your Macbook elegant with real wood covers

MacBooks are attractive on their own, of course, but sometimes you need something a little different, a little more natural and earthy. Enter Bambooti and its array of thin wooden covers for Apple's laptops. These covers don’t just look like wood — they’re made from real bamboo, black ash, cherry, walnut, and other wood options, but they’re ultra thin at less than a millimeter.

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Samsung ATIV Book 9 Pro Review

Samsung ATIV Book 9 Pro Review

The Samsung ATIV Book 9 Pro does not have a sexy name, nor has it been the subject of extensive ad backing by the company that makes it. This computer isn't the epitome of mind-blowing uniqueness in its form or its function. There are a few problems with this notebook, but none of them have to do with the hardware. In fact, aside from the fact that this machine runs Windows 10, there's very little that I'd change in this device in order to call it the best notebook on the market today.

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