’Tis the season for sending and receiving memorable family photos and greeting cards. Most people have to go to the store to order their prints or use some complicated online Flash designer. Mac users (and at one point iOS users) on the other hand have a fantastic custom greeting card designer built right in.
It’s the holiday season and you’re bound to know someone who is a longtime Mac fanatic. That’s why it’s a good idea to read through this year’s iPhoneHacks Mac holiday gift guide. These are our top picks for the best Mac, MacBook cases, and accessories. They should make great gifts this year (some are even stocking stuffers) and there is something for every budget.
Apple has made it obvious that one of its major initiatives is environmental work, so perhaps it makes sense to see an artist turning old Apple products into potted plants.
With the new Late 2016 MacBook Pros with USB-C ports, we’re officially in the Apple Transition Phase. The new MacBooks are thinner and lighter. And USB-C is a versatile port. The future where all of our accessories use USB-C is going to be great. But we’re not there yet. To make it through this tough year or two, through the transition period, we’ll need the help of the unsung heroes – dongles and cables (or as Apple calls them – adaptors).
A developer has created a $5 device powered by a Raspberry Pi Zero called Poison Tap that can hack into Macs which are password protected. Besides having physical access to the computer in question, the only other pre-requisite of the device is that a web browser must already be running on it.
Apple’s new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is soon hitting store shelves, and iFixit has already gotten its hands on the 13-inch model for a customary teardown. The teardown reveals some interesting tidbits, like a fixed SSD and speaker grilles that are purely cosmetic.
A lot of people were upset with Apple for removing the physical escape key from the new MacBook Pro to make room for its fancy Touch Bar and Touch ID, but the company has taken some steps to ensure the virtual ESC key is easy to hit for touch typists.
Apple is reportedly placing “aggressive” orders for its new MacBook Pro to meet high demand from consumers. It’s thought strong shipments will last until the end of 2016, with Apple optimistic about sales during the fourth quarter.
The iPhone 7 comes with a USB-A to Lightning cable in the box. The new MacBook Pros only have a USB-C port. There’s no way Apple is switching out the Lightning port in the iPhone to USB-C any time soon (iOS is a closed, secure platform and Lightning is a key to keeping it that way). Neither are we going to see a Lightning connector on the MacBook any time soon (not nearly as versatile as the USB-C port). So that raises the question, how do you charge your iPhone with the new MacBook Pros.
YouTuber Marques Brownlee got a chance to speak to Apple software chief Craig Federighi following the company’s “Hello again” keynote on Thursday. Federighi explained what made the new MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar possible this year, hopes for Touch ID on Mac, and more.