Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer on iTunes

8 hours, 7 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Star Wars: The Force Awakens isn't due in theaters for about a year, but that shouldn't stop you from getting your Sci-Fi nerd on in a big way because you can see the movie's first trailer today. The minute and a half long trailer doesn't show any of the main characters — meaning no Luke, Leia, or Han — but it has plenty of stormtroopers, droids, X-winds, and the Millenium Falcon. Also, a triple-blade Sith lightsaber. That's right: a triple-blade Sith lightsaber. What's missing is Jar Jar Binks, which means there's a really good chance Episode 7 will be substantially better than all three prequel movies combined.

Happy Thanksgiving from The Mac Observer!

8:00 AM EST, Nov. 27th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

It's Thanksgiving in the U.S., so that means The Mac Observer is taking Thursday and Friday off to celebrate the holiday. We'll have details on Apple's Black Friday sale tomorrow, and then it's back to our regular news, analysis, tips and reviews on Monday, December 1. We hope everyone has a great weekend even if Thanksgiving isn't part of your annual holiday schedule.

Apple Reportedly Building Chinese Sapphire Plant with Foxconn

9:36 PM EST, Nov. 26th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Sapphire Boule

Apple's GT Advanced Technologies troubles are well-known, but a report coming out of Taiwan suggests that Apple isn't ready to give up on sapphire displays for iPhone just yet. A report out of China says that Apple-supplier Foxconn is building a plant in China to produce sapphire for iPhone displays.

Melissa Holt on MacJury’s Holiday Gift Guide 2

7:46 PM EST, Nov. 26th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Appearances

Melissa and Chuck

Melissa Holt, our very own Mac guru, recently appeared on Chuck Joiner's MacVoices video podcast. She joined Joe Kissell and Steve Sande on MacJury's Holiday Gift Guide #2. As the name suggests, the panel has a bunch of suggestions for holiday gifts, just for you!

Black Friday 2014: The Best Mac Deals

4:05 PM EST, Nov. 26th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · News

If you're in the market for a new Mac this holiday season, the deals are limited but do exist. Kelly brings you the scoop on where to score savings on some lovely new Apple hardware.

The Name Your Own Price Must-Have Mac Bundle

2:50 PM EST, Nov. 26th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The Name Your Own Price Must-Have Mac Bundle

Stack Social has put together another Name Your Own Price bundle for us, the Must-Have Mac Bundle. With this bundle, you can name your own price—hence the name—and receive Paperless, Data Backup 3, and Pixa, three quality Mac apps. If you beat the average price, though, you get six more apps, including Typinator, Hotspot Shield VPN - 1 Year Elite Subscription, Starry Night Enthusiast 7, Intensify Pro, Spotdox: 3 Year Subscription, MacJournal 6, and the The Must-Have Mac App Tutorial for these nine apps. This is a brand new bundle, so guess what the average price is as of this writing: $1.10. That's one dollar and ten cents, for those following along at home. And 10 percent of what you pay goes towards one of three charities. Your choice.  One last thing: if you enter the leaderboard at any time, you'll be entered to win a gold iPhone 6 and gold iPad Air 2.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-26

1:36 PM EST, Nov. 26th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

On the hunt for good deals on new a new iPhone? Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet today to share some of the Black Friday iPhone deals they've found, plus they offer up their ideas for great holiday enhancing apps for the iPhone and iPad.

5 iPhone Apps to Cut Your Thanksgivings Stress

10:46 AM EST, Nov. 26th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Thanksgiving is supposed to be a day of sharing and embracing generosity, but more often than not it seems to turn into a stress filled event. Your Thanksgiving shouldn't have to turn out that way, so The Mac Observer put together a list of five iPhone and iPad apps to help you get through the day happy and stress-free — or as stress-free as possible. It is, after all, Thanksgiving.