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There's a Big Problem With New MacBook, and It's Tiny

Essayist wants to know why one speck of dust can fell the computer

(Newser) - Casey Johnston bought a new MacBook Pro that soon developed an annoying problem: Every time she pressed the space bar, it went two spaces instead of one. As she recounts at the Outline , Johnston brought it into the Apple store three times and got the same, surprising diagnosis: Must be... More »

How Apple Gets You to Touch Its Laptops

Each screen is angled at 70 degrees

(Newser) - Sure, you can mess with the computers for as long as you want—but Apple Stores aren't as casual as they seem. Everything is carefully measured, from the angles of laptop screens to employees' beard lengths. Every MacBook screen is calibrated—using an iPhone app, of course—to a... More »

You Can't Compare Macs, PCs Anymore

Apple isn't playing the same game as its competitors: Harry McCracken

(Newser) - When Apple announced its latest MacBook Pro update, Harry McCracken's first instinct was to compare it to similar Windows laptops. "Then it dawned on me: There are no similar Windows laptops," he writes for Time . Macs and PCs may have "the longest-running, most iconic rivalry in... More »

Apple Unveils New Macbook Pro, iOS 6

Tweaks include Siri upgrades, Facebook integration, map upgrades

(Newser) - Expectations were high going into Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco today, and the company didn't disappoint, rolling out a dramatic refresh of its MacBook Pro, and a new version of iOS brimming with new features. Here are the most important details: The New Macbook Pro
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Trojan Virus Has Infected 600K Macs, Firm Claims

Virus may allow hackers to create 'botnet' from infected machines

(Newser) - Are you a smug Mac user who assumes you can't possibly get a virus? Well, think again. A Russian anti-virus firm believes that about 600,000 Macs around the world have been infected with the Flashback Trojan virus—and about half of those are expected to be in the... More »

Apple Dumps the MacBook for New MacBook Air

Apple's new entry-level laptop has 11-inch screen, weighs 2.38 pounds

(Newser) - Apple unveiled its latest version of the MacBook Air yesterday, and it’s a beauty. The new machine runs the Lion OS, sports either a Core i5 or Core i7 processor, and has such bells and whistles as a backlit keyboard and a Thunderbolt port, the Christian Science Monitor reports.... More »

Apple Directors Discuss CEO Succession: Report

With Steve Jobs' ailing health, company looking at options: Journal

(Newser) - As much as Apple fans might believe otherwise, Steve Jobs might not be able to run the company forever. With the company CEO on another medical leave , some board members have held discussions with recruiters and the head of another big tech company to talk about succession, says the Wall ... More »

Coming Soon: Another, Mac-Like Apple Tablet

Company was working on it as it developed iPad

(Newser) - Not sold on Apple’s new iPad? Well, if the tech rumor mill is correct (assuming it isn’t completely busted from the leadup to last week’s unveiling), “Apple is pretty far along on work on second tablet device,” MG Siegler reports for TechCrunch . “A bigger... More »

Apple Upgrades iMac, MacBook

New 'magic mouse' offers touchpad scrolling, right-click funtionality

(Newser) - After grabbing attention with its blockbuster earnings report—a sizable chunk of it driven by sales of the Mac PC—Apple has announced upgrades to the Mac product lines. Here’s the rundown from BusinessWeek:
  • The MacBook, which remains $999, now has the “unibody” shell and 7-hour non-removeable battery
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Microsoft Ad Campaign Gets Under Apple's Skin

Laptop-browsing spot may be boosting Microsoft's 'value perception'

(Newser) - Apple demanded Microsoft ditch TV ads featuring shoppers mulling the relative value of PCs and Macs, CNET reports. In the ads, which Microsoft’s chief operating officer calls “completely unscripted,” shoppers get to keep money they save by choosing a PC over a Mac. “We got a... More »

Sealed-Battery Macs Earn High Marks

Batteries can't be replaced, but few do so anyway

(Newser) - Removable notebook batteries are convenient in theory, but hardly anyone actually replaces them. Apple and other firms are responding with sealed-in batteries, which, Apple says, can be bigger and thus last longer. Walter Mossberg ran his “own harsh battery test” on the new MacBook Pros and found their sealed-in... More »

Apple Harvests Record Profit

Holiday iPod sales surge defies Wall Street

(Newser) - A late surge in holiday iPod sales boosted Apple quarterly revenue and profits to a record high, reports the Los Angeles Times. Wall Street analysts had predicted a slump of up to 18% in Apple sales, but despite the recession, the company is reporting $1.61 billion in profits on... More »

Recession Bites Into Apple

November sales down, stock falls

(Newser) - Even apparently recession-proof Apple is now beginning to show signs of strain, and some analysts are predicting a major slowdown for the computer giant next year, the Wall Street Journal reports. US sales of Macs last month declined 1% over a year ago, while PC sales rose 2%. One analyst... More »

Pogue Loves the New MacBook, But...

Tech writer mourns the end of FireWire, and of home movies on tape

(Newser) - There’s much to love about the new MacBook, writes David Pogue in the New York Times. The laptop is “a thing of beauty,” with a fabulous trackpad-cum-clicker, an easy way to switch out the battery or even hard drive and a smaller environmental footprint. But there’s... More »

MacBook Doesn't Disappoint: Mossberg

But $300 price bump may be too much for some

(Newser) - The redesigned MacBook adds several nice features to an already top-selling laptop line, writes Walt Mossberg in the Wall Street Journal. The most striking difference from the old models is the trackpad: rather than tacky plastic, the controller is slick glass like the screen of an iPhone, and users depress... More »

New Mac Notebooks Weigh Less, Do More, Cost Same

iPhone style trackpad and better graphics cards spurred by consumer input

(Newser) - Steve Jobs rolled out redesigns of Apple’s MacBook line today, adding many desired features such as iPhone-type trackpads and better video cards, Ars Technica reports. A new entry into the line of flat-panel monitors was also unveiled. Though prices remain the same for each laptop (except the entry-level MacBook),... More »

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