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December 11, 2012

Adobe Photoshop finally looks good on Retina Display

  • 2,500 the number of icons and cursors that had to be replaced in Adobe Photoshop to give the program support for high-resolution retina displays. Six months after the Retina MacBook Pros went on sale, the killer app finally has it, with Adobe launching the updates for Photoshop and Illustrator on Monday. About time. source
0:24 // 1 year ago
July 13, 2012
reuters:

At its gleaming store, RadanMac offers the latest Apple gear - the new iPad, iPhones, iPods, laptops, all-in-one desktop computers and more.
But this is no ordinary Apple store. It’s in Tehran, where Apple and other U.S. computer products are banned under U.S. sanctions that have been in place for years.
Despite the embargo, RadanMac is one of an estimated 100 stores in the Iranian capital that openly sell Apple products, often at little more than U.S. prices.
“Business has been booming for the last three years,” said Majid Tavassoli, the store’s owner, in a phone interview. He said his company employs more than 20 staffers and has been supplying Apple products to Iranian buyers since 1995.
The company also has a servicing unit and a business sales arm whose clients have included the Central Bank of Iran, state television channels, newspapers and design professionals.
READ ON: Despite sanctions, Apple gear booms in Iran

Meanwhile in the U.S., Apple Store managers in Atlanta are going after customers that speak Farsi. (It’s worth noting, by the way, that the machine on the left is not an iPad, but an iMac model that’s about a decade old.)

reuters:

At its gleaming store, RadanMac offers the latest Apple gear - the new iPad, iPhones, iPods, laptops, all-in-one desktop computers and more.

But this is no ordinary Apple store. It’s in Tehran, where Apple and other U.S. computer products are banned under U.S. sanctions that have been in place for years.

Despite the embargo, RadanMac is one of an estimated 100 stores in the Iranian capital that openly sell Apple products, often at little more than U.S. prices.

“Business has been booming for the last three years,” said Majid Tavassoli, the store’s owner, in a phone interview. He said his company employs more than 20 staffers and has been supplying Apple products to Iranian buyers since 1995.

The company also has a servicing unit and a business sales arm whose clients have included the Central Bank of Iran, state television channels, newspapers and design professionals.

READ ON: Despite sanctions, Apple gear booms in Iran

Meanwhile in the U.S., Apple Store managers in Atlanta are going after customers that speak Farsi. (It’s worth noting, by the way, that the machine on the left is not an iPad, but an iMac model that’s about a decade old.)

10:36 // 2 years ago
June 16, 2012
The decline [in repair-ability] is not due to some evil plan by manufacturers, it’s due to the public desire for better products to appear regularly. The desire to buy good, low price, and reliable products that work out of the box is the driver for seeing the lack of ‘fixability’ in the new laptop line. And it’s not a bad thing.
Inventing a problem, Michael Pusateri (via chartier)

Read the whole piece. It’s actually got some great context (two words: vacuum tubes) and serves as an effective counterpoint to this still-valid point. (I admit I considered, but passed on, getting a Retina MBP yesterday. — ed) Is upgrading your RAM about to go the way of the TV repairman? Good question.
17:35 // 2 years ago
June 13, 2012
Don’t plan on upgrading your fancy-schmancy new MacBook Pro
In case you needed a reason not to buy a next-gen MacBook Pro, here you go: Most of the parts, including the RAM, are completely un-upgradable. “As in the MacBook Air, the RAM is soldered to the logic board,” iFixit says. “Max out at 16GB now, or forever hold your peace — you can’t upgrade.” Also of note: The battery is glued on, not screwed in, making it much more likely you’ll break it if you need to replace it. Granted, most of the parts on the MacBook Air are top-of-line so it’ll be unlikely you’ll have to upgrade anytime soon, but this is still bad news. (photo via iFixit)

Don’t plan on upgrading your fancy-schmancy new MacBook Pro

In case you needed a reason not to buy a next-gen MacBook Pro, here you go: Most of the parts, including the RAM, are completely un-upgradable. “As in the MacBook Air, the RAM is soldered to the logic board,” iFixit says. “Max out at 16GB now, or forever hold your peace — you can’t upgrade.” Also of note: The battery is glued on, not screwed in, making it much more likely you’ll break it if you need to replace it. Granted, most of the parts on the MacBook Air are top-of-line so it’ll be unlikely you’ll have to upgrade anytime soon, but this is still bad news. (photo via iFixit)

12:28 // 2 years ago
June 11, 2012
And here’s the spec sheet for the new Macbook Pro with Retina Display

And here’s the spec sheet for the new Macbook Pro with Retina Display

13:44 // 2 years ago
For fans of innards, here’s what the inside of the new MacBook looks like.

For fans of innards, here’s what the inside of the new MacBook looks like.

13:34 // 2 years ago
The new Macbook Pro line will include Apple’s new retina display, previously only available in the new iPad.

The new Macbook Pro line will include Apple’s new retina display, previously only available in the new iPad.

13:33 // 2 years ago
New MacBook Pro: Not many ports. .71 inches thin. 13 and 15 inch models. 2880x1800 resolution. “Thin as Air.” Mind blowing. (More here.)

New MacBook Pro: Not many ports. .71 inches thin. 13 and 15 inch models. 2880x1800 resolution. “Thin as Air.” Mind blowing. (More here.)

13:31 // 2 years ago
February 24, 2011
Apple’s new MacBook Pro makes us long for an upgrade
Admit it. They’re MacBook Pros. Of course you want to have sex with these machines. That said – the changes in the new MBP lineup appear to be under the hood rather than cosmetic in nature, with a way faster processor and graphics card, a much nicer camera, and something called ThunderBolt, a potential USB replacement that Apple says is 12 times faster than Firewire and 20 times faster than the ubiquitous port technology. It makes our current unibody Mac seem like a piece of crap we picked up from the scrap heap two years ago. source
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Admit it. They’re MacBook Pros. Of course you want to have sex with these machines. That said – the changes in the new MBP lineup appear to be under the hood rather than cosmetic in nature, with a way faster processor and graphics card, a much nicer camera, and something called ThunderBolt, a potential USB replacement that Apple says is 12 times faster than Firewire and 20 times faster than the ubiquitous port technology. It makes our current unibody Mac seem like a piece of crap we picked up from the scrap heap two years ago. source

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10:56 // 3 years ago
November 27, 2010

Laptop-buyers clearly preferring MacBooks over everything else

  • 36% of laptop buyers want a MacBook in the next 90 days, a jump of 11 percent from last month
  • 19% of laptop buyers are looking to buy a Dell laptop, down four percent from last month
  • 22% of laptop buyers want an HP laptop, also down four percent from last month source
11:58 // 3 years ago