Let’s face it, the default battery indicator on MacBooks is pretty boring. If you want to liven it up a bit, consider the terminally cute (and free) app Battery Buddy by Neil Sardesai. This indicator shows your MacBook’s battery charge using cute smiley faces. Fully charged, the indicator smiles at you, but he grows less happy and more sad as your battery drains. When you plug in, your little battery buddy gets a charging icon next to him.
Apple has mentioned faster charging when launching a variety of devices recently, including the new 14-inch MacBook Pro, However, as iMore pointed out, getting the feature will cost a little bit extra on top of the standard configuration.
Thankfully, the 96W power adapter is available as a $20 upgrade when you are configuring your 14-inch MacBook Pro, but it still seems odd that Apple would bother with the 67W power adapter at all since it doesn’t provide the full experience that its new laptop is capable of. The new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros feature the new M1 Pro and M1 Max processors, Apple’s latest pro-level chips that take the M1 to new heights. The new laptops feature a mini-LED display, MagSafe charging, a new keyboard with function keys, and the return of many ports.
One feature of the new MacBook Pros, unveiled at the ‘Unleashed’ event on Monday, that caused a bit of stir was…a notch! For those of us living a notchless existence, help is at hand. The developer behind Hourly and Solitainment, Chris Jones, aka imadethis, has a new product that adds the feature to your older device.
For now, photographers and other people in the field will have to tether their MacBook Pro to their iPhone to actually upload their content.
Apple’s 5G laptop strategy right now is to tell you to buy an iPhone. The math is pretty simple: Qualcomm’s modems, which Apple has a deal to use at least through 2022, are a big cost on Apple’s ledger both financially and politically. Sure, Apple could price Qualcomm-packing laptops so it makes a profit, but the company doesn’t want to be even more dependent on its longtime frenemy as a supplier.
The Apple returns policy allows you to get the latest M1 MacBook Pro if you bought an older model recently and want the latest instead.
Speck has released sleeves for the MacBook Pro. One fits 13-inch to 14-inch laptops and the other is great for your 15-inch to 16-inch models.
OWC is highlighting ten of its products that provide storage and connectivity to owners of the M1 MacBook Pro announced on Monday.
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