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Is AppleCare worth it for your MacBook?

Is AppleCare worth it for your MacBook?

Wondering if the extra $249 - $349 for AppleCare is worth it for your MacBook? Here's my take I've had my 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro for about a year and three months; three months longer than the standard Apple warranty. So when it started to develop problems with the trackpad recently, I was...

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Do you need the latest MacBook Pro or can you save money by going with last year's model?

Do you need the latest MacBook Pro or can you save money by going with last year's model?

Don't be afraid to buy the older model, if it suits your needs better. Apple regularly refreshes its products, but sometimes newer isn't better. It's important to figure out how you're going to use a MacBook Pro—or any Mac—before you can be sure you're getting the best bang for the buck. I...
The MacBook and the future of Apple laptops

The MacBook and the future of Apple laptops

Apple gave us a glimpse into the future of laptops with the new MacBook. But what does that mean for the rest of the company's laptops? Tim Cook was unambiguous about the new MacBook during his most recent conference call with financial analysts: We believe — and I think most everyone agrees...
Apple's new MacBook: How does its Retina display compare to other Macs?

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...
MacBook hardshell case roundup

MacBook hardshell case roundup

If you're looking to protect your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air from dents, dings and scuffs, your best bet might be to wrap it in hardshell protection. Hardshell cases clip on to the outside of the Mac and provide barrier protection to keep the Mac from getting scratched and beaten up as you handle...
NSFW: I'm not overcompensating, I swear

NSFW: I'm not overcompensating, I swear

Some people love to turn regular full-sized pickups into monster trucks. They jack up the suspensions, put on huge tires, modify the exhaust. And what's left is a hulking monstrosity that's twice as tall as any other passenger vehicle on the road, roaring, thoroughly intimidating. I know it's...
A shadetree mechanic's lament: The death of the upgradeable MacBook

A shadetree mechanic's lament: The death of the upgradeable MacBook

I've been doing some housecleaning lately and I've found a few older Macs that I'd stopped using a long time ago, but never had the heart to sell or recycle. Among them is a "Lombard"-era PowerBook G3 that I got when I was working at Macworld back in the early oughts. As much as I like the design...
Is AppleCare worth it for your MacBook?

Is AppleCare worth it for your MacBook?

Wondering if the extra $249 - $349 for AppleCare is worth it for your MacBook? Here's my take I've had my 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro for about a year and three months; three months longer than the standard Apple warranty. So when it started to develop problems with the trackpad recently, I was...
Upgrade your MacBook's SSD up to 960GB on the cheap

Save big today on huge SSD storage upgrades for your MacBook

Transcend's SSD upgrade kits for the MacBook Air or Retina MacBook Pro are seeing substantial discounts today on Amazon. The upgrade kits swap out the modular SSD board on older versions of the laptops (alas, they're not compatible with the more recent models) and uses your original SSD as a slim...
Retina MacBook Pros get mild processor bump and pricing change; will Mac users keep buying?

Retina MacBook Pros get mild processor bump and pricing change; will Mac users keep buying?

A bit more than a week ago, Intel offered new Core i5 and Core i7 chips to augment its line of "Haswell"-era microprocessors. Apple wasted no time getting the new chips into its own production; on Tuesday the company introduced refreshed Retina MacBook Pros containing the new processors. Are...
Retina Macbook Pro

Apple refreshes its Retina MacBook Pro line-up with improved hardware

Apple has today unveiled new units in its MacBook Pro range of Retina laptops. The units sport improved (and newer) Intel Haswell processors, coupled with increased RAM as standard options. 13-inch Pro models come with 8GB of RAM minimum, while the larger 15-inch options pack 16GB. Not only are...

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