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Mactracker for Mac review

Mactracker for Mac lets you look up and compare the specifications of every product ever made by Apple through a straightforward interface. You can browse by category or search for a specific model, and you can even create smart categories to highlight products with certain specifications.

Pros

Detailed entries: The entry for each product listed in this app includes detailed information in a variety of categories. And to make accessing the information you're looking for even more convenient, the app features multiple categories of information for each product including General, Memory and Graphics, Connections and Expansions, History, and Notes.… Read more

OS X Yosemite introduces 4 new features

Apple kicked off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a slew of announcements about OS X, iOS, and the latest developer tools.

OS X Yosemite

The latest update to OS X is packed with subtle UI changes and improved utilities, some of them building on functionality from existing apps. Here are four of the key updates:

Spotlight: Spotlight now plants itself front and center on the screen. Taking cues from apps like Alfred, Spotlight will now display local and Web results in a single interface, even before you finish typing your search term. Apple has also integrated Maps, iTunes, … Read more

Place your bets: An Apple tablet, laptop -- or both?

Is Apple going to take a crack at a hybrid? Or is it eying a more conventional product?

Those are burning questions that analysts and the supply chain are trying to figure out.

Predicting Apple's next move has become a sport. With the supply chain (in the case of Apple, largely the collection of component suppliers) the arena where, after some trial-and-error, a final product emerges the winner.

Market researchers are the bookies, calculating the odds based on their best educated guess from supply chain sources.

The iPhone 6 is the latest example: the odds seem to favor a … Read more

Wispy designs from Microsoft partners breeze past Apple

commentary Psst...Microsoft laptop partners are ahead of Apple on critical design metrics like weight.

So, how will that play out in 2014? A snapshot of today's lightest, edgiest designs should give us an idea (I'll put aside a discussion of competing operating systems and pricing for this post).

Weight: Like tablets, generally the thinner and lighter the laptop, the better. That's what the popular MacBook Air is all about and the reason the ultrabook was developed -- Wintel's (Microsoft-Intel's) response to the Air.

Enter the carbon fiber-based Sony Vaio Pro 11 and 13, which … Read more

Beware: MacBook Webcams can be used to covertly spy on people

Imagine going about your daily life and then one day receiving photos of yourself from inside your home. Sound spooky? Well, this really happened to a woman named Cassidy Wolf, according to the Washington Post. And, to make matters worse, she was nude in the photos.

How did this happen?

Apparently, there's a way for hackers to spy on people via their iSight Webcams in older Apple MacBooks. Typically, when the camera is on a little light is also set off. But, in a newly discovered workaround, this light can be deactivated -- meaning unsuspecting victims have no clue … Read more

Apple kills 15-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro, 13-incher lives on

First the 17-inch MacBook Pro and now this.

If you were watching, listening to, or reading about Apple's announcements today, hoping to hear that the less-expensive non-Retina Display MacBook Pros would get fourth-gen Intel Core i-series processors, you're out of luck. On the upside, Apple didn't kill off the model entirely.

While the 15.4-inch model is gone from the current lineup, the $1,199 13.3-inch MacBook Pro remains with its 1,280x800-pixel resolution screen, third-gen 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 4GB of 1,600MHz DDR3 memory, 500GB hard drive, and Intel HD Graphics 4000 … Read more

MacBook Pro gets Intel's Haswell

Apple has updated its MacBook Pros with the latest chips from Intel -- that would be Haswell and Crystalwell.

Both the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro will pack a Core i5 and/or i7 Haswell CPU.

The quad-core 15-incher will add Intel's Crystalwell graphics silicon, while the 13-incher will use Intel's Iris graphics.

Apple claims Iris Pro and Crystalwell (the eDRAM component) provides standalone "discrete" graphics chip-level performance.

Generally, Haswell means faster graphics and longer battery life. Apple is claiming 9 hours of "wireless web" battery life for the 13-inch and 8 hours for … Read more

Apple announces new, faster Retina MacBook Pros with Haswell chips, Thunderbolt 2, starting at $1,299

For Apple's latest MacBook Pro laptops, it's all about the new Intel processors and graphics, better battery life, and OS X 10.9 Mavericks, of course.

As expected, Apple refreshed its Apple MacBook Pro models to take advantage of the new OS X 10.9 Mavericks operating system. Like the 2013 versions of both the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air released in June, the 2013 MacBook Pro models get Intel's fourth-gen Core i-series of powerful yet power-saving mobile processors.

For the 13.3-inch model, now starting at $1,299, the laptop is thinner and lighter than its … Read more

Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks is a free upgrade to all

At the Apple event today, we finally learned that Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks is available today. I already went over the new Finder tabs, iBooks for Macs, Finder tags, and improved full-screen apps in my hands-on for Mavericks in June, but Apple gave us a recap to talk about what the OS does beyond the new features.

Along with new features, Apple says part of the idea behind Mavericks is to get the most out of your hardware, and Apple says improvements to energy management get you as much as an hour more for Web browsing, simply by … Read more

Apple could plan a MacBook Air makeover, data shows

A redesign of the MacBook Air may arrive in 2014, if a research note from DisplaySearch proves to be accurate.

As CNET reported Tuesday, analyst firm NPD DisplaySearch anticipates that Apple may plan a larger 4.7-inch iPhone, a 5.7-inch phablet, a 1.3-inch iWatch, and a 12.9-inch iPad-like device, among other products.

Buried among the speculation about future iPads and iWatches was also data about a Retina MacBook Air due in 2014.

The speculative data about the future Air was tagged with the parenthetical "new," implying a new design. That redesign appears to be pegged … Read more