The latest news, tips, reviews, and rumors about Apple’s MacBook laptops.

Dr. Mac's Advice for Better Battery Life – TMO Daily Observations 2020-03-24

· Dave Hamilton & Bob LeVitus · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Dr. Mac (aka Bob LeVitus) joins Dave Hamilton for a geeky-yet-understandable tour through some quick things you can do to extend your MacBook’s battery life. But it’s Bob and Dave, of course, so there’s a tangent thrown in, this time about the benefits clipboard history switchers. You’ll love it!

Create a Touchscreen MacBook With $1 Worth of Hardware

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

A proof-of-concept touchscreen MacBook was created with a dollar’s worth of hardware, called Project Sistine. The main principle behind Sistine is the surface reflection.

Surfaces viewed from an angle tend to look shiny, and you can tell if a finger is touching the surface by checking if it’s touching its own reflection.

The hardware is a modified version of ShinyTouch. By fitting a small mirror in front of the MacBook’s built-in webcam, the software can see fingers touching or hovering over the display. It’s a cool concept that you can read more about here.

Hilarious Deconstruction of Microsoft's 'Mac Book' Surface Commercial

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The Next Web has a hilarious deconstruction of Microsoft’s Meet Mackenzie “Mac” Book commercial. If you haven’t already seen this ridiculous commercial, watch it. You’ll probably be mad at me for telling you to do that, but your reward will be Callum Booth’s excellent snarkfest at TNW. Here’s a snippet, where he questions the premise of the commercial star’s name, Mac Book.

What are your credentials here, bud?

Just because my last name is ‘Booth’ doesn’t mean I have any understanding how phone booths or toll booths actually operate. You wouldn’t come to me if you were planning on upgrading a selection of traffic kiosks on the strength of my surname. I can categorically say that’d be the worst mistake you’d ever make. My entire selection rationale would revolve around which booth I think looks the most bitching, which, unfortunately, is no way to actually run a business.

I’m sorry, Mac Book, but I do not value your opinion on this matter.

Evidence Mounts: Apple's Butterfly Keyboard is on the Way Out

· John Martellaro · Link

2018 Touch Bar MacBook Pro keyboard membrane

Evidence is mounting that the ill-fated Butterfly mechanism keyboard that Apple has been using in its notebook computers ever since the MacBook debuted in 2015 will eventually become history. AppleInsider has the goods:

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suspects that the [rumored] 16-inch MacBook Pro will be the first Apple laptop to shift [back] to a scissor mechanism …

Furthermore, Kuo is predicting that the entire MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lines will migrate in 2020 to the technology.

Some think this is evidence of the subtle hand of Apple’s COO Jeff Williams.

Which Now? Mac Pro or iMac Pro?

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

2019 Mac Pro

Now that the Mac Pro has been announced, it’s time to put it into perspective against the 2017 iMac Pro.

Apple Finally Serious About MacBook Keyboard Problems

· Andrew Orr · Link

Apple is now serious about MacBook keyboard problems some people may have, and repairs at Apple Stores promise next-day turnaround.

Most keyboard-related repairs will be required to be completed in store until further notice. Additional service parts have been shipped to stores to support the increased volume.

These repairs should be prioritized to provide next-day turnaround time. When completing the repair, have the appropriate service guide open and carefully follow all repair steps.

Scare Off Potential Thieves with the First Alarm System for MacBooks: $39.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Beepify

We have a deal on Beepify, an alarm system for MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro. Beepify uses three triggers—laptop closed, charger disconnected, or charger and display—that when violated, will beep extremely loudly to scare would-be thieves away. You can get a lifetime subscription for one device for $39.99 through our deal.

10 Things We Wish Apple Would Do in 2019

· John Martellaro · Editorial

Making a list. Checking it twice.

Just because a focus of Apple is making metric boatloads of money doesn’t mean that worthy projects that surprise and delight the customer must remain off the table.

Apple's Black Friday Is Here and Mostly Ho-Hum

· Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple Black Friday Event 2018

Apple has never been big on sales, but there’s something about making everything but the newest models eligible for gift cards extra insulting.

Latest MacBook is $251 Off at Amazon

· John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

gold Apple MacBook

This is the latest 12-inch MacBook model on sale at Amazon for US$1298. And new, not refurbished. Here are the specs. “Apple MNYL2LL/A 12″ MacBook, Retina, 1.3 GHz Intel Core i5 Dual Core Processor, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, MacOS, Gold.” Only 9 left in stock, but more are said to be coming. MSRP is $1549.