Apple CEO Tim Cook isn’t sold on the Surface, and the company doesn’t plan on bringing together its MacBook or iPad into a single product like Microsoft’s computing device, either. In an interview with the Irish Independent, Cook said: “We feel strongly that customers are not really looking for a converged Mac and iPad.” This follows comments the CEO made in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, where he questioned why anyone would buy a PC — those comments were apparently aimed at Windows PCs, not his company’s own computer range. “We don’t regard Macs and PCs to be the same.”
Trying to save a few bucks by purchasing offbrand cables? We’ve all done it — but there’s something you should know about new USB Type-C connectors popping up on cellphones (Nexus, OnePlus), laptops (Macbook, Pixel), tablets (Pixel C) and even Apple TV. The reason why they can charge so many devices, is their ability to transmit currents up to 3A, which could be 50 to 100 percent more electricity than older standards. That’s why Google engineer Benson Leung has been putting various USB-C cables sold on Amazon to the test. He worked on both of Google’s recent Pixel devices that use the new cable to charge, and found that many of the cables advertised as Type-C aren’t actually suited for use with the laptop. They might not be wired properly to charge a laptop, or they don’t accurately identify the power source — something that could damage your laptop, USB hub or charger.
The Retina display on your MacBook or MacBook Pro is supposed to look gorgeous. However, some owners have encountered just the opposite — the screen’s anti-reflective coating is wearing out quickly due to pressure or stains, leaving them with an unsightly laptop (and in some cases, a repair bill). Relief is in sight, though. MacRumors understands that Apple has quietly launched a program that will replace the screens on Retina-equipped MacBook and MacBook Pro models for free until either October 16th, 2016 or three years from when you bought your system, whichever is longer. You’ll get compensation if you’ve already had to pay for a fix. Apple reportedly won’t advertise this program like it does in other cases, but that’s fine as long as it keeps your premium computer looking pristine.
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We have been going nuts over the new Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+, but those are not the only things the Korean manufacturer introduced today. The company also announced a new iteration of their SideSync services, taking the software to version 4.0.
If you don’t know what SideSync is, you are missing out. It’s actually one of the biggest reasons why I want to get a Samsung device (even though these are not my favorite). SideSync allows you to link your Samsung smartphone to your computer, creating a seamless connection between these devices. Once connected, you can control your smartphone screen from your PC.
Furthermore, one can even use the phone as a secondary display, as SideSync allows you to drag your cursor from PC to phone. Users ca type on either platform, and even copy/paste content and data. It’s also possible to send text messages and initiate calls from a computer. You can learn more about SideSync features in our original demo post. Or you can watch the video below.
There’s already a bevy of amazing features packed into this awesome software. And though the new updates don’t change the functionality much, they are still quite a big deal. For starters, Samsung is introducing Mac support, which will be a huge deal for all Apple OSX fans. In addition, connection speeds have been improved, making the experience even more seamless than it already is.
We are not exactly sure when the new version will be rolling out, but it was announced along with the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+. These phones are set to be released later this month. Maybe Sidesync 4.0 will be read by then, as well? Let’s hope so!
Nearly four months after release, the new 12-inch MacBook is starting to become available for personal pickup in Apple Stores in the United States. Previously, some stores have had sporadic stock for walk-in customers, but it now appears that stock is substantial enough for Apple to offer personal pickup.
The personal pickup option isn’t universal yet however, with only select configurations at select stores being available. For example, the 256 GB Silver MacBook is not available for personal pickup in New York, NY while the 256 GB Space Gray is widely available.
While some Apple Stores and Best Buys have had sporadic stock for walk-ins, most Apple Stores around the world have only had the unit on display. In the MacRumors’ forums, users have been reporting which stores around the world have had the new MacBook on display, whether they were available to purchase or not and how many units they had left in stock.
The MacBook is currently showing shipping estimates of at least 1 – 2 weeks when ordered online. Comparatively, both the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro are showing shipping estimates of at least 1 business day.
Pricing for the 12-inch MacBook starts at $1,299 for the entry-level model with 256 GB of storage while the higher-end model starts at $1,599 with 512 GB of storage and a slightly faster dual-core Intel Core M processor.
It’s that time again – Apple just dropped its Q3 2015 earnings and despite missing Wall Street’s always-lofty expectations, it’s been a solid three months of growth thanks to the two usual suspects. Say it with us now, folks: It’s all thanks to the iPhone and China. (If you’re the sort who cares, Apple just missed most Wall Street estimates by posting earnings of $1.85 per share.)
Just under 27 percent of the 49.6 billion dollars in revenue Apple generated in the past three months was thanks to Greater China, which is more than double the amount of the pie the country accounted for this time last year. (The addition of a ritzy, massive new Apple store in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong should help wealthy mainlanders get their fix that much easier, too). Meanwhile, iPhones were still far and away the most sought after gadgets in Apple’s portfolio with 47.5 million moved in a single quarter – not quite as much as last quarter’s blowout but a big lift over the year before. To hear CEO Tim Cook tell it in the early stages of the customary earnings call, the iPhone grew at “almost three times the rate of growth of the smartphone market overall, and we gained share in all of our geographic segments.”
Meanwhile, iPad sales continued to dip for another quarter, but the Mac line is doing more than just hanging steady; it’s actually growing a little bit. Apple moved 4.7 million Macs this time, just a hair better than it did last quarter and last year’s quarter.
Oh, and then there’s the elephant in the room. There’s no such luck for anyone hoping to see Apple Watch sales numbers this quarter – Apple lumped revenues in with its “Other Products” category where the Apple TVs once-great iPods now live. Still, there’s perhaps just a little insight to be gleaned here since the category as a whole has only grown about a billion dollars since this time last quarter. It’s possible (if unlikely) that the Apple Watch drove all that growth despite the iPod’s near-irrelevance, but we’d figure some nice post-price cut Apple TV sales helped a lot too. Still, CFO Luca Maestri told the New York Times that the Watch’s first nine weeks on the market “exceeded those of the iPhone and iPad in their first nine weeks of availability.”
Update: Maestri just gave us a little more info on the Apple Watch situation, saying it was responsible for “over 100 percent” of the “Other Product” category’s growth in the quarter and offset any losses from iPod and accessory sales. That means the Watch was responsible for around a billion dollars in sales on its own, though there’s still no way to tell exactly how many units that shakes out to.
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Now that the people are used to the pressure-sensitive trackpads in the new MacBook and smaller MacBook Pro, it’s high time that the 15-inch model joined the party. That’s why Apple has revealed that it’s bringing Force Touch to the larger of its pro laptops. It’s not just the user interface that’s been tweaked, since there’s faster flash storage, a further hour of battery life and AMD’s new discrete graphics hardware tucked inside. At the same time, the company has managed to get the base price for its 27-inch Retina Display iMac down to $1,999 by sacrificing the Fusion Drive. Even better, however, is that the top-line 5K iMac with a 3.5GHz chip will now set you back $2,299, at least before you pick some build-to-order options, obviously. Both devices are available from today at the company’s online and retail stores, as well as authorized resellers.
Source: Apple (BusinessWire)
Apple’s Watch is now on pre-order at Apple’s Store, but unlike Katy Perry, you’re going to have to wait until at least April 24th to get one. If you don’t want to wait a lot longer than that, you should probably order one sooner than later, and you may have to settle for a model you didn’t have your heart set on. Apple said that it expects “strong customer demand will exceed our supply at launch,” and information on the Apple Store backs that up. For instance, the 38mm sport model is shipping between April 24th and May 8th, but the 42mm model isn’t going out until May 8th at the earliest.
Nevertheless, some folks are reporting that the ordering process was smooth, and if you’re so inclined, you can grab up to two of them. If you choose to go ahead and not buy a $350-minimum fashion item sight-unseen, you can head to an Apple Store, even though you won’t be able to order it there. Should you take that option and risk a later delivery date, Apple recommends using its concierge service to book an appointment. Another option to try one out is to visit three department store pop-up shops in Tokyo, London and Paris.
If you’re more interested in a new laptop than a watch, the retina-screened MacBook is also up for grabs. There’s no issues about buying that model, which is showing ship times of 1-3 days. The only downside? The price for that lack of weight and a retina screen is a princely $1,299 – $1,599.
Apple’s new range of MacBooks have something particularly new inside them: the Force Touch trackpad. No longer hinged like previous Apple laptops, the new trackpad houses a “Haptic Engine”, outputting tactile feedback that will let you “feel” what’s happening on-screen. iFixit’s taken a closer look at how Apple did it, and while the trackpad is no longer hinged, there are now four spring mounts underneath. That haptic engine? A load of wires coiled around a magnetic core, which makes that all important vibrational feedback.
There are no moving parts to the mechanism, as Apple noted in the presentation this week, instead everything’s all done through magnets fitted underneath the pad. iFixit reckons that strain gauges inside the metal supports are how the trackpad is able to detect force. There might be a learning curve to the new trackpad, but then, there’s also a learning curve to reading iFixit’s teardowns too — find the rest of the details here.