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NSFW: 'Power Users' need to shut up

NSFW: 'Power Users' need to shut up

I've had quite enough of "power users" who think they're too good for the new MacBook. I've been using a Mac for 30 years. I got my first one in 1985. I sell Macs on the weekends and write about them during the weekdays. I am, by any definition, a "power user." Yet I detest that term, and I...
Yes, I bought a non-Retina MacBook in 2015 — and it's awesome

Yes, I bought a non-Retina MacBook in 2015 — and it's awesome

"She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid. I've added some special modifications myself." I love the Millennium Falcon. The idea of a junky space ship being faster than all the fancy ones really appeals to me. And in part, I think this is why I love tinkering with my...
MacBook vs. MacBook Pro vs. MacBook Air in pictures

MacBook vs. MacBook Pro vs. MacBook Air in pictures

The new MacBook sports not so much a radical redesign as a radical refinement. Apple's new MacBook represents nothing more nor less than the next stage of evolution of the laptop, at least how Apple imagines it. With a 12-inch screen, it should be slightly smaller than both the 13-inch MacBooks...
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How to assign Force Click on OS X

How to assign Force Click on OS X

For now there's only one way to assign Force Click actions on your Mac, and only one kind of action to assign. Sure, that makes un-assigning Force Click the same as disabling it, but Force Touch and Force Click are brand new and Apple has only just begun experimenting with them. No doubt other...
How to adjust Force Click firmness on OS X

How to adjust Force Click firmness on OS X

Force Click, as the name implies, requires you to put a little "force" behind your click. By default, Force Click requires a "medium" level of intensity to activate. Apple gives you the option, however, of switching to "light", which makes it easier to engage, or "firm", which requires you to...
How to enable or disable Force Click on OS X

How to enable or disable Force Click on OS X

Force Click lets you perform a "deeper"-feeling secondary trackpad click to initiate additional actions. With a Force Click, you can do everything from bringing up Quick Look to Look Up, preview maps and websites, and more. If you like the way it works and feels, it's on by default and you can...
The Apple Store experience, good and bad

The Apple Store experience, good and bad

Some Apple customers' resistance to going to an actual Apple Store is a telling problem for the most profitable retailer in the United States. My weekend job is working at a local independent Apple reseller. For the past week or two we've had a steady trickle of customers who have come in...
NSFW: Apple is doomed without a purple MacBook

NSFW: Apple is doomed without a purple MacBook

I found that I absolutely love empty Apple Stores, and I hope that you do too. Shut up, you vulgar little tongue cluckers. There is nothing not fabulous about being able to walk into a serene, austere Apple Store and check out the new gear without having to stand in line and feel boxed in...
Playing the waiting game with the new MacBook

Playing the waiting game with the new MacBook

Want a new MacBook? Be prepared to wait, because you can't just walk in to an Apple Store and walk out with one. I can understand why demand has outstripped supply so radically for the Apple Watch: It's a brand new product category for Apple, and they're taking it cautiously. I'm less clear on...
MacBook gets torn down, layout found to be closer to iPad than Mac

MacBook gets torn down, layout found to be closer to iPad than Mac

The MacBook teardown found that Apple's latest laptop shares a layout closer to an iPad than to a Mac. While that shouldn't surprise anyone who read our MacBook review, the details are still fascinating. For instance, the battery connector was hidden under the logic board, similar to that of the...
The new Apple MacNook

MacBook (2015) Review

For any MacBook owner who has ever looked longingly at an iPad, Apple has made your dreams a reality. For a price. When The Terminator first arrives in our time, he's naked. The lesson to be drawn from that is this — you can have the future right here, right now, You just can't have anything...
MacBook vs. MacBook Pro vs. MacBook Air in pictures

MacBook vs. MacBook Pro vs. MacBook Air in pictures

The new MacBook sports not so much a radical redesign as a radical refinement. Apple's new MacBook represents nothing more nor less than the next stage of evolution of the laptop, at least how Apple imagines it. With a 12-inch screen, it should be slightly smaller than both the 13-inch MacBooks...
How to set up and use Force Click on the Mac

How to set up and use Force Click on the Mac

The 2015 versions of the MacBook and 13-inch MacBook Pro come with Apple's all-new Force Touch Trackpad, and that comes with Force Click. A Force Click lets you not only click like you would on a traditional, mechanical trackpad, but press harder to engage a second click, or a range of pressure-...

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