Apple's latest launch event will likely focus on tablets, but the new MacBook Pro will get its share of the spotlight, insiders say. Rumored to officially be available for sale by the end of the week, Apple is expected to unveil the next generation of MacBook Pros tomorrow (Oct. 22). The flagship notebook is predicted to combine the efficiency and portability of the MacBook Air with the power and capabilities of the MacBook Pro. According to several reports, the new MacBook Pro will be better, faster and an ultimate game changer in Apple's line of notebooks. As with all Apple products, the company has remained mum about exactly what the new line of MacBook Pros has in store. While plenty of rumors have circulated over the past few months, here are the top three features that reports say the new MacBook Pros will likely have, all of which mean big changes for business users everywhere. [iPad 5 vs. Surface Pro 2: Which Is Right for Your Business?] If speculations hold true, the new … [Read more...] about MacBook Pro 2013: Top 3 Features Business Users Will Love
Apple has refreshed its Retina display MacBook Pro computers by packing in a faster processor and more memory, but without upping the price. The non-Retina display 13-inch MacBook Pro is also getting a price drop, making it a better pick for budget-minded business users. Plus, all versions are due for a major software upgrade this fall with the pending release of OS X Yosemite, a revamped version of Apple's desktop operating system. If you're considering a new Apple laptop as your next business companion, read on for three features that make the new models good for work. Price Drop for 13-inch MacBook Pro The entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro, which lacks a super-high resolution Retina display, is now a better value after Apple slashed the price by $100, bringing the cost of the notebook down to $1,099. Meanwhile, pricing for 13-inch configurations that include a Retina display remain the same, starting at $1,299 and topping out at $1,799. All 13-inch MacBook Pro … [Read more...] about 2014 MacBook Pro: Top 3 Business Features
If you’re in the market for a premium business notebook, it’s hard to go wrong with a MacBook. The latest iterations of Apple’s MacBook Pro and MacBook Air both sport sleek aluminum designs, stellar keyboards and excellent battery life. And they’re identical in terms of software features; both run on OS X Yosemite, the latest version of Apple’s desktop operating system, which is packed with productivity-boosting features. On the other hand, the Pro offers a much sharper display, as well as better performance, while the Air gives you a sleeker design and more longevity. So do professionals need the pricier Pro, or can they get by with the slimmer, more affordable MacBook Air? Read on for a head-to-head comparison to see which MacBook is better for business. Design Apple still designs some of the best laptops in the world. Both the MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air have sturdy aluminum bodies and an accurate keyboard, which business users who plan to do a lot … [Read more...] about MacBook Air vs. MacBook Pro: Which is Better for Business?
Apple's new 15-inch MacBook Pro is a gorgeous piece of technology that will change the way you work. At least that's the promise of the new Touch Bar, a nifty touch strip located above the keyboard that lets you edit documents and fly through options menus without lifting your fingers from the home row on the keyboard. But while the Touch Bar might get you to tweak your workflow, I'm not convinced that it will actually make you more productive in the end.Workers will also be disappointed to find that the MacBook Pro's slim design accommodates just a few ports, without a single full-size USB port in sight. But for business users who want a work companion that's as sleek and portable as it is powerful, the 15-inch MacBook Pro ($2,799 as reviewed, starting at $2,399) could be just the ticket. The MacBook Pro has never been so commuter-friendly. The system is thinner and lighter than most rival systems, weighing in at 4 lbs. and measuring 0.61 inches thick. That makes it easier … [Read more...] about Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (Touch Bar) Review: Is It Good for Business?
Apple's MacBook Pro boasts an innovative new Touch Bar that lets you tap and swipe your way through menus without ever moving your hands from the keyboard. But can the system stand up to Microsoft's Surface Book, which boasts a detachable display and a pen digitizer so you can sketch and write on the screen?The truth is that these are fundamentally different devices. The new 13-inch MacBook Pro is more of a traditional laptop – albeit a very sleek and portable one – that sports a nifty touch strip above the keyboard but lacks a touch display. The Surface Book isn't as slim, but it's clearly the more versatile device, with the option to use the detached display as a stand-alone touchscreen tablet.On the other hand, the two systems are flagship laptops that happen to be around the same price point. Both offer fast performance, gorgeous 13-inch displays and solid battery life. But which one is better for business? Here's our point-by-point breakdown. The … [Read more...] about MacBook Pro With Touch Bar vs. Microsoft Surface Book: Which Is Better for Business?
Longer battery life, improved performance and an updated touchpad make Apple's new 15-inch MacBook Pro an even better workstation. Don't expect any major design changes, though. In fact, the new MacBook Pro looks identical to last year's 15-inch model. Don't look for price cuts, either; the starting price remains unchanged, at $1,999. But you do get a bunch of subtle hardware upgrades that should improve the user experience, and potentially make you more productive. Here are five features that make the refreshed 15-inch MacBook Pro better for business. Longer battery life Apple promises that the new MacBook Pro's beefed-up battery is good for up to 9 hours of Web surfing over Wi-Fi. That's about an hour longer than last year's model. It's a nice perk for business users, since long battery life is a key feature if you need your notebook to last through the end of the workday without being chained to a wall outlet. Faster flash storage Apple's new MacBook Pro doesn't run on Intel's … [Read more...] about Apple MacBook Pro (2015): Top Five Business Features
New features coming to the MacBook Pro will give business users a boost. Apple's professional-grade laptop is set to get its first big update in years, with a reveal set for sometime this fall, according to new reports. Expected upgrades include beefed-up security, a more commuter-friendly design, speedier performance and a productivity-boosting touch screen strip above the keyboard. While we wait for Apple to reveal more information about the new MacBook Pro, here's a rundown of what to expect. The new MacBook Pro is expected to include a Touch ID sensor that will let users log on using their fingerprint, similar to the sensor that has been included on the last few iPhone releases. It's sure to provide a nice day-to-day security boost for workers who want to keep their laptop locked down, without the necessity of fussing with a cumbersome password. And Apple's fingerprint sensor is among the best on the market, reliably reading fingerprints with one quick touch.Confirmed … [Read more...] about New MacBook Pro: Top Business Features
The Apple MacBook Pro's novel Touch Bar is neat, but it won't speed up your workflow much. That's not to say it isn't potentially useful; the narrow, touch-screen strip — located just above the standard keyboard layout — offers quick shortcuts for menu items and system settings. Plus, commuters will love the new MacBook Pro's slim and light design, bright display and speedy performance.But in cranking out a sleek machine, Apple has abandoned some aspects that made previous models good for professionals. The keyboard is too flat to be very comfortable, and the system ditches many standard ports that workers rely on. Plus, it's really pricey; the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar starts at a very steep $1,799.The new MacBook Pro actually comes in three different varieties. To avoid any confusion, here's a brief breakdown: MacBook Pro 13-inch, thin: This model starts at $1,499 and lacks the new Touch Bar. It's thinner than the other models. MacBook Pro 13-inch with Touch Bar: … [Read more...] about MacBook Pro 13-inch (Touch Bar) Review: Is It Good for Business?
The MacBook Pro’s new Touch Bar isn’t just novel; it can also help you do your job. The narrow touch screen strip – located just above the keyboard on the new MacBook Pro – provides quick access to tools and shortcuts in a variety of apps. Even better, it changes dynamically depending on what app you’re using at the time.That opens up tons of new ways to use the most popular productivity apps on the Mac platform. Here are 11 of our favorites.Videoconferencing is a bit easier with Touch Bar controls for Skype. When you open up the video calling app on the new MacBook Pro, the Touch Bar provides a bunch of useful shortcuts. That includes the ability to quickly mute yourself and share your desktop. And when you’re done with the call, you can tap the Hang Up button in the Touch Bar. It’s certainly easier than moving your mouse to click a small button on the screen.Workers who write in Microsoft Word will face fewer distractions with the new Word … [Read more...] about Best Touch Bar Business Apps for Your New MacBook Pro
You have already seen pictures of university classrooms where Macbook notebooks have a 100% share and here’s another very similar scene.A university in Florida is loaning out 13′ Macbook Pro computers to all their student athletes so that they can “keep-up with studies” and download lectures (podcasts) from iTunes while on the move.Students are obviously excited in the photo shoot but according to the rules, these Macbook Pros are on loan so they’ll will have to be returned to the University at the end of every semester. That means students may have to buy another computer as well to carry home during semester breaks. … [Read more...] about University Students Pose with their Macbook Pros