New macOS versions usually mean better performance on Apple’s latest hardware, but they’re rarely optimised for anything older (even last year’s models). So what’s the consensus on macOS Mojave, Apple’s latest operating system, when it comes to older machines?
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Mac: While most people set up their Macs so all they need is a password, or a finger-press, to authenticate into their machines, the computer your company gives you might be a little more strict. Instead of letting you save your login name or display a list of your system’s users to pick, for example, you might have to actually type in your account name and password.
Mac: Your Mac’s Night Shift and True Tone modes are great and all, but they can be fussy at times, and they might not work (or work very well) with an externally connected display. Separately, it’s also annoying to have to tap buttons and fumble through on-screen displays just to adjust your monitor’s brightness and contrast to your liking.
I don't know about you, but I'm still on the fence about Apple's Touch Bar. The most use I get out of it is accidentally tapping the virtual "back" button in my browser when trying to press a number key. That and I mainly use the Touch Bar to adjust my MacBook's brightness and volume. (Perhaps I need to configure more useful keys.)
Apple dropped some pretty big news today: It's no longer selling the 2015 MacBook Pro, which was arguably the last model that had a decent keyboard. Oh, and Apple also updated its top-shelf MacBook Pros, which will now set you back $10,339 for the most expensive iteration — a 15-inch MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar, 4TB of solid-state storage, 32GB of memory and a six-core, 2.9GHz Intel Core i9 CPU.
macOS Mojave is in public beta now and it has a lot of cool features that might not totally change the way you use your Mac, but will speed up parts of your workflow, help keep your files organised and make you smile with customisable touches.
Ming-Chi Kuo from TF International Securities has a solid track record at predicting what Apple is planning. His success is based on looking at supply chain information and tracking what's going on in the Asian manufacturing hubs Apple use to produce all the gear that bears the "Designed in California" tagline. This time around, Kuo says almost every product will be revised including the Mac mini which is closing in on four years since it was updated. So, what can Apple fans look forward to this year?
Mac: If you're fancy enough to have a MacBook with a Touch Bar, and you don't hate that Apple replaced your physical keys with virtual ones (perhaps a blessing, given the former's quality), you may have already tried customising it a little bit.
About four months ago, the left Shift button on my MacBook randomly stopped working. I use my computer for work and couldn't really afford to be without it, so now I've developed some right pinkie muscles I didn't know I ever had, and trained myself to use the Shift button on the right side of my keyboard instead.
For almost a full decade, Apple's MacBook and MacBook Air were the head of the pack. They certainly weren't the most cost-affordable, but with a killer touchpad, trackpad, plenty of battery life and a lightweight chassis that made it perfectly portable for university, conferences, and commutes, they were popular for a reason.
But the years passed by. Apple neglected a product that was beloved by many -- the official product page is still talking about CPUs that are three generations behind the competition. And with the new generation of thin and light laptops that just arrived in Australia, and the ones to come, it's an uphill battle for Apple.
Do not be me. I was desperate for a new Apple laptop to replace my dying 2012 one and as soon as the 2016 Macbook Pro with Touch Bar was available to buy I ordered it. This was a major redesign for Apple, and experience with other products told me that buying the first generation of a new laptop would be a very bumpy ride. I did it anyways.
Apple still refuses to release a touchscreen MacBook (no, the Touch Bar doesn't count), but one group of developers have come up with a clever solution. Using some impressive AI software and about a buck's worth of hardware, the team was able to bring rudimentary touchscreen controls to an Apple laptop.
The MacBook Pro's Touch Bar just isn't that useful. Sure, its functionality changes based on the app you're in, but if you -- like me -- were expecting a second screen that you'd be able to customise, you're not the only one who's disappointed. You can, however, download the third party app 2Touch to create some bespoke shortcuts that will launch your favourite apps and services.
When Apple launched the MacBook Air at the end of January 2008, it was an overpriced marvel of design and tech. The laptop, a silvery sliver of machined aluminium, was 1.9cm at its thickest and weighed 1.36kg. In an impractical but effective on-stage demonstration, Steve Jobs unveiled the the $2499 computer by removing it from a Manila interoffice envelope to demonstrate just how svelte it really was. "What is the MacBook Air?" he asked while pacing the stage. "In a sentence, it's the world's thinnest notebook."