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Report: Apple sold 48,000 new MacBooks on Friday

Report: Apple sold 48,000 new MacBooks on Friday

When the MacBook was announced by Apple at their ‘Apple Watch event’ earlier this year, we were taken aback by the new direction Apple was taking us in. A single port and all kinds of redesigned stuff (like a new keyboard and touchpad) was/is the future, but are we ready for it? Our own review was positive, with Editor in Chief Vincent Nguyen saying it was wonderful for travel (he would know, too). Now we know (unofficially) how many feel the same way.

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Turns out, the gold MacBook is what people really want

Turns out, the gold MacBook is what people really want

It might no longer be unusual to find a gold Apple gadget, but it turns out the color is still in high demand, with the new MacBook Retina seeing very specific shipping delays depending on your taste in case. The 12-inch ultraportable - with its contentious single USB-C port - went on sale overnight alongside the Apple Watch, though where just about every variation of Apple's new smartwatch is showing long delays, the same isn't true for the MacBook. Turns out, people really, really wanted a gold notebook.

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Apple Store is back along with the Apple Watch, new MacBook

Apple Store is back along with the Apple Watch, new MacBook

Well, that was definitely quick. In fact, you could say it was just a wee bit late. The Apple Store is back in business and to the surprise of no one, new products are available for grabs. Sort of. While you can indeed already order the new MacBook, the Apple Watch is a different matter entirely. You can put in an pre-order now if you already know the right configuration you want, or schedule an appointment to try it out. When you will actually get it on your wrists, however, is a different story.

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No, the new MacBook (and its single USB-C) isn’t for everyone

No, the new MacBook (and its single USB-C) isn’t for everyone

More controversial than the keyboard, more divisive than the battery life: the thing that's causing the greatest number of arguments about the new Retina MacBook is its paucity of ports. A single USB-C on the left side of the notebook isn't, as Vincent observed in our own review of the 2015 MacBook, a deal breaker, but not everyone is quite so ready to be convinced. It's a legitimate concern, even if in the grand history of tech it's not a new one.

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MacBook Retina Review – The Portable Performer

MacBook Retina Review – The Portable Performer

Well it's about damn time the MacBook grew up. For years now, many of us OS X devotees have peered over the fence with envious eyes as Windows machines were given far more portable form-factors. Lenovo has been leading the pack in svelteness, and Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 has been appealing with its detachable keyboard, but at the end of the day Windows simply doesn't do it for me. The arrival of the new MacBook, however, meant those days of coveting notebooks could be long gone, with Apple taking the proven design of the MacBook Air and cutting out every last scrap of excess until - for the most part - only the features that matter remain. That's the theory, at least; I took the MacBook on the road to see if it was also the same in practice.

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Lines outside Apple Stores may soon be a thing of the past

Lines outside Apple Stores may soon be a thing of the past

Lines outside of Apple Stores are a strange occurrence. Waiting outside for a phone or computer seems so — well, silly. It started with the first iPhone, and hasn’t stopped. While Apple Stores don’t see overnight lines every time they bring something new to the in-store tables, people do line up. Apple Store chief Angela Ahrendts wants that to stop, apparently. She’s said to have circulated a memo to Apple Store staffers, encouraging them to tell line-squatters to buy online and pick up in store.

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New MacBook benchmarked: almost same as 2011 MacBook Air

New MacBook benchmarked: almost same as 2011 MacBook Air

When Apple revealed the new MacBook, there was a lot of applause over the ultrabook's Air-like design, without bringing in the Air moniker. The details that came afterwards, however, proved to be somewhat contentious, especially the limitation of a single USB Type-C port for all your peripheral and charging needs. This latest revelation might provide even more fodder to the flames. It seems that the new 12-inch MacBook, with a Model Identifier or 8,1 actually more than one thing in common with the Air line, particularly in performance.

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iPad PRO dummy: multiple port irony

iPad PRO dummy: multiple port irony

Could it be that, just weeks after releasing the 2015 "MacBook", Apple would release an iPad that brings MORE power to their tablet lineup? With the MacBook, the user gets fewer ports than with the MacBook Pro and fewer ports than the MacBook Air. With the iPad Pro, tipped this week for the umpteenth time over the last few months, we see more ports than in previous iPads. This version, it would seem, comes with two USB-C ports instead of one lightning port.

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Inklet gives new MacBook’s Force Touch a Wacom-like feature

Inklet gives new MacBook’s Force Touch a Wacom-like feature

Apple's introduction of its oddly-named "Force Touch" technology on its new MacBook's touchpad might seem a bit eccentric to some, especially those that really don't have much fine control over how hard they tap or press on a trackpad. There are some, however, who are only too happy to capitalize on the technology to improve, and sell, their own products. One of those is Inklet, whose admittedly interesting invention turns your MacBook's touchpad into a makeshift Wacom tablet. Just on a smaller scale and with slightly less features.

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Core M chipset found in new MacBook benchmarked

Core M chipset found in new MacBook benchmarked

Apple’s new MacBook is a svelte piece of modern art. An engineering feat, the slim computer is a glimpse into the future of design. It might not be a look into the future of computing, though. Benchmark results of the Broadwell Core M processor found in the latest MacBook are less than impressive. According to the final results, the Core M processor is actually less powerful than what’s currently in Apple’s MacBook Air. While benchmark results are never conclusive or concrete, it’s at least a look at what you can expect from the MacBook.

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iFixit teardown gives closer look at Apple’s new Force Touch trackpad

iFixit teardown gives closer look at Apple’s new Force Touch trackpad

As they are wont to do, iFixit has come through with another teardown of a new product. This time, the team is ripping apart the new MacBook Air and Pro models, which are largely unchanged. Of special interest is the new Force Touch trackpad Apple is rolling out across their notebook computer lineup. The new-look trackpad doesn’t click, but it does offer feedback. Rather than feeling the surface of the trackpad give, you’ll get a buzz. But how does it work?

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New MacBook vs MacBook Air: Battle of the ultraportables

New MacBook vs MacBook Air: Battle of the ultraportables

Until this week, the portable Mac question had a pretty straightforward answer: the MacBook Air was the go-to machine for most. Now, the new MacBook throws a slinky aluminum spanner into the mix. Revealed on Monday, the fanless 12-inch notebook takes what we loved about the Air - its waifish build, premium design, and lengthy battery life - and distills something even more portable from it, throwing in a Retina display and a controversial port decision along the way. Since then, plenty of people have been asking whether MacBook Air or MacBook is the way to go for those on the move.

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