Is Steve Jobs Preparing His Farewell?

Steve Jobs is leaving Apple. Not tomorrow, but probably very soon. That's why he started to say good bye today, doing something more important than just presenting new MacBooks, MacBook Pros, and an updated MacBook Air. » 10/14/11 6:31pm 10/14/11 6:31pm

New MacBooks Use GPU-Accelerated h.264 Video Decoding?

The new Nvidia graphics in Apple's latest notebooks will heavily come into play with Snow Leopard, which will leverage GPUs for parallel processing. But Apple might have already uncorked some of that GPU power: A bunch of MacRumors readers are reporting that the new MacBooks might use GPU acceleration to tear through… » 10/18/08 10:45am 10/18/08 10:45am

The Truth About the Apple Tax

The Apple Tax is a popular term for people who believe Macs are overpriced. It's usually screamed at the top of lungs (or the blog-commenter equivalent), but it's rarely been dissected. The truth about the Apple Tax is straightforward on one level-you will pay more for the same specs on a Mac-and surprisingly… » 10/17/08 2:45pm 10/17/08 2:45pm

Apple Deleting Discussions About FireWire-Less MacBooks in Forums

If you're seriously considering a MacBook over a MacBook Pro, one of the major sniggles is the fact that it no longer has FireWire, an omission seemingly designed to stratify the more-alike-than-ever models. So, it's natural users would take to the Apple forums to talk it out (or, let's be real, bitch). But Apple… » 10/17/08 12:00pm 10/17/08 12:00pm

MacBook and MacBook Pro Dual Review

Before Tuesday, there was no way a MacBook and a MacBook Pro could appear in a single review. Too much separated the two systems, from outer appearance (build materials and backlit keyboard) to inner nitty gritty (graphics processors, etc.). To group the two classes together would have been like simultaneously… » 10/16/08 1:30pm 10/16/08 1:30pm

Correction on Apple MacBook vs Dell Inspiron Price Comparison

Yesterday we published an article comparing the latest MacBook and the Dell Inspiron 13 » 10/15/08 4:22pm 10/15/08 4:22pm, pointing out that the MacBook was too expensive. In the middle of the , the post omitted some facts that made the comparison invalid. We have edited the article to reflect these facts. Our apologies.

Giz Explains: Why Does the New MacBook Pro Have Two Graphics Cards?

The biggest update to the new MacBooks » 10/15/08 2:00pm 10/15/08 2:00pm—on the inside anyway—is their graphical muscle, which has been hooked up with some Barry Bonds-level steroids. Apple ditched Intel's crummy integrated graphics and chipset (basically the traffic controller between the processor and everything else) entirely, opting that combines…

MacBook Post-Mortem Rumor Review: Hindsight is 20/20

If today's Apple Event, like last time » 10/14/08 6:24pm 10/14/08 6:24pm, left a little taste of letdown in the mouths of the fervent, the reason why is now clear: we knew every detail of every announcement before Jobs could even prime the cylinders of the Apple Event Reality Distortion Field generator, yet alone fire it up. Some surfaced in the last…

Watch Entire MacBook Event Now

Apple's just posted the video of the entire MacBook event » 10/14/08 4:55pm 10/14/08 4:55pm, so you can watch it from start to finish. It's worth watching just to hear Jonathan Ive render "aluminum" in his delicious accent over and over and over. Oh, and I hear Steve Jobs makes a cameo or two. []

Hands On The New Silver MacBook

It defies Apple convention. MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs and PowerBooks—those systems don the silver finish of aircraft-grade aluminum. iBooks and MacBooks? They can settle for plain old white. » 10/14/08 2:40pm 10/14/08 2:40pm

Hands On With MacBook Pro 2008

The MacBook Pro refresh feels exactly what you'd imagine it to feel like from the images in our liveblog. The screen is bright and goes almost right up against the edge of the display portion of the top. The keyboard is similar to the MacBook Air and has the now-standard Apple separation between keys. Trackpad… » 10/14/08 2:17pm 10/14/08 2:17pm

Cranky Windows Guy: Apple Laptops Still Too Damned Expensive May Not Be…

As you may be aware, I'm a Windows guy. I'm not diehard about it, however. When the time comes for me to get a new laptop in the next year or so, I'll be open to switching, making me Apple's target market. But there's one big reason that is holding me back from making that switch: price. Apple's laptops are expensive… » 10/14/08 2:16pm 10/14/08 2:16pm

Next-Generation MacBook Ditches Plastic, Becomes MacBook Pro Mini

Joining the MacBook Pro, Apple's MacBooks, their best-selling mac ever, also received a complete hardware re-tooling today, with rejuvenated hardware packed inside a brand-new aluminum case, thus putting one of the final stakes in the heart of white and black plastic in the computer line (the original plastic… » 10/14/08 1:39pm 10/14/08 1:39pm

New MacBooks Get Glass Trackpads 4-finger Multitouch, No Buttons, and…

One of the biggest new features in the new MacBooks that Apple just unveiled is the glass trackpad, one that ditches the button in favor of turning the entire trackpad into a button. It also works with a bunch of new gestures, using up to four fingers to make doing things like switching between applications and… » 10/14/08 1:30pm 10/14/08 1:30pm

MacBook Pro 2008 Is Apple's Most Boomtastic Notebook Ever

The new MacBook Pro 2008 is, at last, the worthy successor to the mythical PowerBook Titanium. From its new design-with an iMac-style glass screen, smooth Air-style surfaces, and no-button trackpad-to its guts-with new processors and both an Nvidia GeForce 9400M and 9600M GT-it's a pretty impressive machine. Full… » 10/14/08 1:23pm 10/14/08 1:23pm

How the MacBooks Are Carved Out of Solid Aluminum

Apple has confirmed their new way to make laptops in the new MacBook 2008 line-up. Previously, manufacturers-including Apple-would add layers to form a body, welding each of them to give the laptop rigidity. Now, they have changed the whole game: instead of adding pieces, they will eliminate matter from solid pieces… » 10/14/08 1:13pm 10/14/08 1:13pm

Apple MacBook Event Coverage Starts Now

We're here at Cupertino to bring you the full blow-by-blow of today's Apple MacBook Event. Keep up with our liveblog at It'll automatically refresh for you, but if the system just isn't fast enough then F5 to your heart's content. After all, you never know when John Mayer could show up. Oh, and there… » 10/14/08 1:00pm 10/14/08 1:00pm

New MacBook 2008 Event Bingo: Play and Win Free Pizza

The new MacBook 2008 line-up. Oh yes. At last, after all this endless waiting, we are just a few hours away from the Apple MacBook 2008 event in which His Steveness will show the new wonderbooks to the world. We have already told you what to expect and showed you how the MacBook Pro looks like, but until tomorrow… » 10/14/08 12:48pm 10/14/08 12:48pm