When Apple first introduced the MacBook Air back in 2008, I’m not sure anyone knew quite what to expect in the long-run from the little, low-powered Mac. Though the ultra-portable laptop itself wasn’t a new idea, there is in retrospect a distinct line dividing the Air – the first of what we now classify as Ultrabooks – from previous attempts at ultra-portables. What Apple eventually kicked off was a distinct market segment, though as a market it did take some time to materialize. With the announcement this week of the suffix-less MacBook (2015), I’m left to wonder if Apple is doing the same thing for a new market segment. The MacBook isn’t just a new Air – though in a sense it’s an heir to...

Manual Camera Controls in iOS 8

For the longest time, iOS had almost no camera controls at all. There would be a toggle for HDR, a toggle to switch to the front-facing camera, and a...

42 by Joshua Ho on 6/18/2014

Apple Introduces New Entry Level iMac Priced at $1099

Today Apple released a new model in their line of iMac computers. The new model slots in below the original entry model 21.5" iMac with less powerful specifications but...

64 by Brandon Chester on 6/18/2014

Apple’s Swift and What it Means for Developers and Users

On Monday Apple revealed iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Both of these were expected by everyone who has followed Apple’s pattern of software reveals at WWDC for...

79 by Brandon Chester on 6/11/2014

Apple Reveals iOS 8 at WWDC

Recently, Apple launched the latest iteration of iOS for its devices such as the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. No hardware was announced but there's still a great deal...

18 by Joshua Ho on 6/4/2014

Some Thoughts on Apple’s Metal API

Though it seems like Apple’s hardware divisions can hardly keep a secret these days due to the realities of mass production, the same is fortunately not true for their...

54 by Ryan Smith on 6/3/2014

Apple WWDC 2014 Live Blog

We are at Moscone West in San Francisco for Apple's World Wide Developer Conference. Our live blog begins at 10AM PT/1PM ET.

44 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/2/2014

Averting Disaster - A Guide To Computer Backups (2014)

We all store more and more of our lives in digital form; spreadsheets, résumés, wedding speeches, novels, tax information, schedules, and of course digital photographs and video. All of...

131 by Brett Howse on 5/21/2014

Testing Improved 4K Display Support in OS X 10.9.3

Today Apple released the long awaited OS X 10.9.3 update. The update comes after nine weeks of beta testing, each week with a new release. One of the most...

70 by Brandon Chester & Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/15/2014

Apple Updates MacBook Air for 2014: Faster Haswell Parts & $100 Price Drop

This morning Apple announced its 2014 MacBook Air refresh. With Intel's 14nm Broadwell SoC delayed, this mid-cycle update still uses Haswell ULT parts. The chassis and internal specs haven't...

49 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/29/2014

Apple Q2 2014 Fiscal Results

Today Apple announced its Q2 results, and sales of the iPhone continue to dominate revenue and earnings for the company. Revenue for the quarter came in at $45.6B – a...

27 by Brett Howse on 4/23/2014

Apple Releases iOS 7.1.1 Update: Addresses Touch ID and Keyboard Issues

Hot on the heels of the major 7.1 release, Apple released a new update for iOS on iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad. The iOS 7.1.1 update focuses primarily on...

13 by Brandon Chester on 4/22/2014

Apple's Cyclone Microarchitecture Detailed

The most challenging part of last year's iPhone 5s review was piecing together details about Apple's A7 without any internal Apple assistance. I had less than a week to...

182 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/31/2014

Improving the State of 4K Display Support Under OS X

In my Mac Pro review I lamented the state of 4K display support under OS X 10.9.0. In my conclusion I wrote: "4K display compatibility under OS X is...

31 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/7/2014

Apple Announces CarPlay: iOS in the Car Arriving in 2014

Earlier this morning Apple officially branded its iOS in the Car initiative as CarPlay. At a high level CarPlay allows iPhone 5/5c/5s users to access certain apps on their...

34 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/3/2014

OWC to Bring Aftermarket SF3700 PCIe SSD Upgrades to 2013 Macs

I was pleasantly surprised to drop by OWC's booth at CES to see a mechanical sample of its forthcoming LSI SF3700 based PCIe SSD. OWC plans on offering aftermarket...

23 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/10/2014

The Mac Pro Review (Late 2013)

Until this month Apple's Mac Pro used a chassis derived from the old PowerMac G5, prior to the famous switch to x86 back in 2005/2006. Read on for our...

254 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/31/2013

Best Tablets - Holiday 2013

We've covered quite a few laptop options last week for those looking for something mobile for the holiday season, but one area we haven't touched on yet is tablet...

108 by Jarred Walton on 12/19/2013

iPad mini with Retina Display: LTE Hotspot Battery Life

As I promised in our iPad mini with Retina Display review, I put the new mini through our LTE hotspot battery life test. As connected tablets are effectively smartphones...

23 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/22/2013

Apple iPad mini with Retina Display: Reviewed

I suppose there’s only one way to start this review, and that’s by looking back at last year’s iPad mini review. In that review I had a section dedicated...

349 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/16/2013

iPad Air Delivers 24 Hours of Battery Life as LTE Hotspot

A year ago during my review of the LTE iPad 3 I decided to find out how long the iPad would last as a personal hotspot. With the display...

56 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/2/2013

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