Macs

Mac Buyers Guide

At first glance Apple seems to have a simple product grid when it comes to their personal computer line-up, the Mac. You can get a laptop or desktop. If you want a laptop, you can choose between the ultra-portable MacBook, the MacBook Air and the ultra-powerful MacBook Pro. But you can also choose between a couple of different screen sizes each, along with optional increases for RAM, CPU, storage, and more. If you want a desktop, you can choose between the entry-level Mac Mini, the all-in-one iMac, or the workstation-like Mac Pro. But again, the their are options for just about everything. Which one should you get, and which options with it?

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Getting a 1990 Mac on the 2015 Web

It's been almost 25 years since Apple stopped making the Mac Plus. Can it still access the Internet?

The venerable Mac Plus was one of the most popular models of "classic" Macintosh. Many old-school Mac users remember it fondly. After two decades, can the Mac Plus still access the Internet? One intrepid fan decided to find out.

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Is the mid-range Mac mini worth the extra money?

Going from the $499 Mac mini to the $699 Mac mini buys you a faster processor, faster graphics, and more RAM.

If you're on a budget, however, is that extra $200 money well spent, or money you're better off no spending? If every dollar counts. If you're on a limited budget, will you get your mid-range Mac mini money's worth? In today's Mac Help column, a reader asks us just that.

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Malware protection for older Macs

Some anti-malware software only supports newer versions of OS X. If you're running an older Mac, use this instead.

Some folks aren't comfortable upgrading their Macs' operating systems, and continue to use versions that aren't well-supported by new software. Fortunately there's still a solution for Macs running OS X Snow Leopard.

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Apple's new MacBook: How does its Retina display compare to other Macs?

Apple's new MacBook sports a Retina display. But how does it compare to the Retina MacBook Pro or the 5K iMac? Let's take a look...

The new MacBook recently revealed at Apple's Spring Forward event hits stores on April 10th. It's the second MacBook product to feature what Apple calls a "Retina display," joining the Retina MacBook Pro which first appeared in 2012. What does Retina display mean, and how does the new MacBook's Retina display compared to existing Macs?

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Comic: The secret history of rejected Apple wearables

Ed: Welcome to this week's edition of The Pixel Project: a weekly comic from Diesel Sweeties' Rich Stevens on Apple, technology, and everything in-between. Today: The Secret History of Rejected Apple Wearables

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USB-C and BadUSB attacks: What you need to know

Apple announced the new MacBook with USB-C connector last Monday and already headlines are appearing linking it to known security issues, like BadUSB.

BadUSB is an attack that uses the way computers interface with the universal serial bus (USB) standard to try and load malware onto the machine. It's a longstanding issue with USB in general, and nothing specific to Apple or the MacBook's implementation of USB-C. Throwing Apple and a hot new product under the headline bus is a great way to get attention, but what's really going on?

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How to set up two-step authentication for Google and Gmail on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Don't lose your Google info or Gmail archives to a password hack. Set up two-step authentication to protect your most important assets.

When it comes to data you want secured, your email accounts are probably close to the top of the list. Though email is technically an unencrypted medium, the average hacker might not go to too much trouble to grab a single message — but they'd love a peek at your history full of password resets, not to mention getting potential access to your bank accounts or other private information.

Strong passwords can help, but to be as secure as possible, you want to enable two-step authentication.

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iMore show 448: Apple Spring forward event wrap up!

The iMore show brings you everything you need to know about the week in iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple! On this episode — Apple's Spring forward event Apple's Spring forward event is over but the analysis has just begun! Serenity and Rene talk MacBook and Apple Watch FUD, Force Touch and the future, how important ResearchKit might me, women on stage, and whether our Watch picks have changed!

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Apple and the origins of USB-C

The new MacBook sheds MagSafe connectors, ThunderBolt ports, and traditional USB, for a single, all-new, USB-C type plug that can provide power, data, video, and more. While it may have seemed like it came out of nowhere, it really came out of the continued drive to make computers simpler and saner for as many people as possible.

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