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MacBook: Apple upgrades its thinnest, lightest laptop

Along with the MacBook Pro, Apple revealed at its Worldwide Developers Conference an upgrade for the MacBook.The MacBook is Apple's ultraportable laptop, trading portability for speed and connectivity. It has a slower processor than the Mac Pro, and it has one USB-C port. For frequent travelers, it could be the ideal laptop.One thing that hasn't … [Read more...]

MacBook Pro: Apple’s professional laptop gets a speedy new processor

Almost lost in the landslide of product announcements at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote was the reveal the MacBook Pro received an important update: The new laptops have the same design as the previous version, but the laptops feature new processors that should provide a speed boost.New processor, graphics, and solid-state … [Read more...]

Installing macOS or OS X: What to do when ‘the installer payload failed signature check’ or ‘this copy of the install OS X application cannot be verified’

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The other day a co-worker needed to borrow a Mac, so I grabbed an older MacBook Air from storage. I decided to wipe out the laptop’s flash storage and install a fresh version of OS X. I created a bootable USB flash drive installer, plugged it into the laptop, pressed the Option key as the machine booted, and then selected the USB drive as the boot … [Read more...]

iTunes 12.6 update will let you watch your iTunes movie rentals across your iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV

While Apple’s new products announced on Tuesday grabbed all the attention, Apple also made an update to iTunes that movie renters will enjoy. iTunes 12.6 is now available, and it has a new feature that the company dubs as “rent once, watch anywhere.” If you rent a movie on your iPad, iPhone, or Apple TV, you can now watch the movie on all those … [Read more...]

iPad Pro, iPad, and iPad mini 4: What are the differences?

When Apple released a new iPad on Tuesday, the company also simplified the iPad lineup: instead of four iPad models, there are now three. This makes it easier to decide which iPad to buy, though there are still a lot of factors to consider. Let’s take a look at the major features you should think about when picking an iPad.Size If you want to … [Read more...]

Apple will allow developers to respond to App Store user reviews

The user reviews in the iOS and Mac App Stores can be a mixed bag. Sometimes, a user provides useful information to help you make a purchasing decision. But often the user reviews are filled with complaints about problems that were encountered while using the software. When a software developer addresses those problems in updated software, the user … [Read more...]

OS X El Capitan gets a supplemental security update

Still using OS X El Capitan on your Mac? If so, then you should know that Apple has released a supplemental security update for your Mac. According to Apple, the update “fixes a kernel issue that may cause your Mac to occasionally become unresponsive.” The update originally was released in December 2016, but on Tuesday it was reissued. Users can … [Read more...]

Apple resolves the MacBook Pro battery life issues found in Consumer Reports testing

Apple and Consumer Reports have been working together to determine the issues that Consumer Reports had with the new MacBook Pro’s battery life during its review, and on Tuesday, both issued statements on their findings. It turns out that Consumer Reports uses a developer setting that typical users don’t use, and also that the same setting has a … [Read more...]

Which Mac should you buy?

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If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re thinking about buying a new Mac and may be in need of a little guidance. Fortunately, we’re quite familiar with Apple’s Macs, and we’re happy to help you choose the right Mac for you. Before we proceed, we should specifically address Apple’s desktop Macs. It’s been a while since the company has … [Read more...]

How to use Optimized Storage in macOS Sierra

Editor's note: The original version of this article contained unverified information regarding iCloud Drive storage usage. It has been removed; this article will be updated when iCloud information has been verified. Apple’s laptops rely on flash storage, and prices really shoot up if you want more local storage (the actual storage in your … [Read more...]

Apple updates Public Betas of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra

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A day after Apple released new developer betas of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, the company on Tuesday released new betas available to the general public. If you are a member of the Apple Beta Software Program, you can update to iOS Public Beta 3 and macOS Sierra Public Beta 3. On iOS, go to Settings > General > Software Update. On Sierra, launch … [Read more...]

Apple updates developer betas of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra

Summer is almost over, fall is coming—and that also means the offical versions of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra are coming soon. So it’s no surprise that Apple is releasing more betas of its operating systems, and on Monday the company released new betas of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra to developers. These new betas are the fourth release, which comes just … [Read more...]

MX Master review: Logitech’s mouse is smooth, sturdy, and versatile

My favorite mouse is Logitech’s Performance Mouse MX ($100 MSRP; $59 on Amazon). I’ve been using it for years, and it’s still going strong. Logitech has another mouse that just as good: the MX Master ($100 MSRP; $70 on Amazon). The MX Master is a lot like the Performance Mouse MX, but it has features that make it stand out.Buttons The MX Master is … [Read more...]

How to run apps that are not from the App Store in macOS Sierra

One of the major changes in macOS Sierra isn’t an obvious one, and you may not encounter it until you try to install an app that you didn’t buy from the App Store. In the Sierra Public Beta, Apple has changed the settings for running downloaded apps. If you really need to run that app and can’t figure out how, it can be frustrating. The settings … [Read more...]

macOS Sierra FAQ: What you need to know about the new Mac operating system

This fall, Apple will release macOS Sierra, a major update to the Mac operating system. This FAQ will answer some of the general questions you may have to help you learn what it’s all about and whether you should install it on your Mac. We’ll update this FAQ with more questions, answers, and details as the release date approaches.macOS? What … [Read more...]

Griffin BreakSafe Breakaway Power Cable review: A MagSafe-like power plug for Apple’s MacBook

As I sat on my couch writing the review of Apple’s new MacBook, my dog decided he wanted to sit next to me. To make his way to the couch, he did a short leap over my extended legs and he just happened to catch the MacBook’s power cable. His leap gave the cable a yank, and I quickly grabbed the laptop, preventing it from flying out of my hands. I … [Read more...]

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