Up, up up! The Roost elevates your MacBook experience. Photos Charlie Sorrel/Cult of Mac
I was supposed to get a Roost to review last year after the successful Kickstarter went into production. I didn’t, but we fixed that at the beginning of this summer, and think God we did – this stand will change the way you use your MacBook.
The Roost is a crazy collapsible scaffold that unfolds from nothing to become a sturdy stand the holds the MacBook at eye-level. Assuming you combine it with regular breaks, and set your keyboard at the right height, you will never have to experience neck, arm or back pain ever again.
We've got eight juicy new rumors waiting for you behind the crystal ball.
We get slammed 24/7 with new Apple rumors. Some are accurate, most are not. To give you a clue about what’s really coming out of Cupertino in the future, we’re busting out our rumor debunker each week to blow up the nonsense.
This week's rumor roundup comes with juicy tidbits like a glowing Apple logo that may land on the back of the iPhone 6, as well as a 4k iMac that could be making its way down the Apple product pipeline.
Of course with iPhone rumor season being in full swing we've also got new leaked parts, launch rumors, and details on Apple's secret plan to turn your iPhone into a wallet. Slide your way up to the crystal ball to see which of these rumors are the real deal, and which are just a bunch of smoke and mirrors.
The Rumor: The iPad mini 3 will be 30% thinner than its predecessor.
The Verdict: Unbelievable. Jony Ive will have to work some impressive sorcery if the tiny iPad mini is really going to drop 30% off its 0.29 inches of thickness.
UDN reports Apple might even slap the Air moniker onto the iPad mini line once it drops a few ounces, but you must be huffing more glue than Charlie Sheen if you think the iPad mini Air could ever be a real Apple product name.
The Rumor: Retina 4k iMacs or a stand alone 4k monitor is in the Apple product pipeline.
The Verdict: Sounds like a safe prediction. We’ve heard that a Retina iMac is in the works for a while now, but 9to5Mac says it will really just be a 4k iMac (or monitor) because tech for pixel doubling the iMac’s current resolution isn't quite ready for prime time.
The Rumor: The 12-inch MacBook Air has been pushed back to Q3 or early 2015.
The Verdict: Its definitely not coming soon, but we will probably see it unveiled this year. UDN claims Intel chips that are supposed to make their way into Apple's next-gen MacBooks won’t be ready in time for a fall launch, which matches previous reports on the Haswell CPUs.
Apple needs to make at least one solid update to the iMac or MacBook this year and a super thin, 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display would be huge. Even if Apple doesn’t have enough supply ready for the holidays, it wouldn’t be surprising if they announce it at the end of the year to top off the best pipeline of the last 25 years.
The Verdict:: It’s not an exciting leak, but it’s most likely the real deal and indicates that the Apple production machine is in full swing, just in time to complete those orders for enough components to make 80 million iPhone 6s.
The Rumor: Apple is partnering with Swatch and others to create a variety of different iWatches.
The Verdict: Not happening. Swatch made a point to squashVenture Beat’s ridiculous rumor within 12 hours. That doesn’t mean Apple couldn’t be working with other partners, but after poaching so many high-level Swiss watch executives, they don’t need to make the exact same play as Google did with Android Wear.
Apple doesn't want iPhones to compete against each other
The Rumor: The 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones will launch months apart to avoid competing against each other.
The Verdict: The iPhablet will come late, but not to avoid the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. DigiTimes claims production problems aren’t to blame for the 5.5-inch iPhone’s delay, but that Apple is afraid selling both at the same time, like it did with the 5s and 5c, will hurt sales.
The only thing that will hurt iPhone sales is not having enough inventory. If Apple doesn’t at least announce both iPhones at the same event - with the caveat that the 5.5-inch won’t be available for a few months - fanboys will be up in arms to see their screen size obsoleted without notice just three months later.
The Rumor: Leaked rear shell confirms iPhone 6 will have glowing Apple logo.
The Verdict: Don’t get your hopes up. The possibility of a pulsating Apple logo that announces Apple fanboys’ presence to one another has got a lot of people excited, but it’s just as likely that Apple has made adjustments to the rear shell so that radio waves pass to the antenna easier.
uSwitch also thinks the clear plastic logo could be used for different colored notifications, but isn’t that a little too superfluous for Apple’s tastes when the iPhone already has a rear flash that can be used for notifications.?
The Rumor: The mobile payments solution Apple’s been working on for years will debut in the iPhone 6.
The Verdict: The odds look promising. TouchID gives Apple a killer advantage towards turning your iPhone into a wallet, and unlike the failed Google Wallet, Apple supposedly has figured out how to cut the carriers involvement out of the entire process so they can't block it.
People waiting for the rumored 12-inch Retina MacBook may just have to keep right on waiting, according to a new report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News, which blames the wait on Intel’s delayed 14-nanometer Broadwell chips, which are reportedly used in the computers.
Because of these production delays, the report claims that the 12-inch MacBook may not ship until Q3 2014 or even early 2015, when the chips will be in greater supply.
While iCloud has been a trusty storage companion for photos and documents, Apple’s recently announced iCloud Drive upgrades what we already know and love about the service. In today’s video, we take a look at five ways iCloud Drive will upgrade your life when Apple rolls out the enhanced service alongside iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite.
Don’t let this happen to you. Screengrab and photos: Joshua Smith/Cult of Mac
An overwhelming sense of eagerness overtook me after Apple showed off OS X Yosemite at WWDC. The redesigned interface and accompanying features, like a spruced-up Spotlight and the ability to take phone calls on your Mac, made downloading the beta version too intriguing to pass up.
Little did I know that moments after finalizing the installation, I would encounter a massive problem that would send me on an emotional ride.
You’ve probably noticed Booq’s odd penchant for naming their strange, sophisticated baggage after snakes. And if you’ve really been paying attention, you’ll have noticed variations on one species crop up over and over again: The Booq Boa.
The Boa’s DNA has mutated into a variety of different forms, all with the purpose of carrying a MacBook and associated equipment. But the newest iteration, the Boa Flow Graphite, may be the most perfect yet — especially for those of us who lug a MacBook and DSLR on adventures.
What if you had a Mophie-like battery pack for your MacBook? Available for preorder now, the BatteryBox is exactly that.
The box itself is about the length of a credit card and packs a whopping 12,000mAh battery. That equates to about 12 hours of extra juice for the MacBook Air and 6 hours for the Pro. The BatteryBox can charge any device over USB, and it has its own MagSafe2 connector.
Here’s what I use on a fairly daily basis: external hard drive, iPhone, iPad(s), gaming mouse, flash drive full of media and DSLR camera.
Man or woman, I’m willing to bet you’ve got a similar load of peripherals that you use with your MacBook Pro or Air. With the MacBook’s two USB 3.0 ports, there’s never enough to go around when I want to plug in more than, say, two devices at once. Sure there’s two Thunderbolt ports, too, but I’m just not that fancy.
Cult of Mac Deals has some stellar promotions lined up right now, whether you’re looking to up your storage or improve your audio recordingsby adding an external quality microphone to your workflow.
For a limited time you can get the Nifty MiniDrive, which lets you add up to 128GB of storage space to your MacBook Pro Retina for only $35.99 and a top-notch microphone in the form of the Blue Yeti can be yours for 20% off the regular price – just $117!
Wall Street consensus is that when Apple announces its Q2 2014 quarterly earnings on Wednesday, Apple’s year-over-year iPad numbers won’t look good. On the low end, at least one Wall Street analyst says that Apple will have sold 23% fewer iPads this year than last year in the same quarter; on average, Wall Street expects Apple’s iPad sales to have declined 0.7% year-over-year.
How can this be? This is the year that Apple unveiled the Retina iPad mini and the beautifully redesigned iPad Air, after all. How is it possible that these iPads can be selling worse than the inferior iPads a year ago?
Ex-Apple exec Jean-Louie Gassée has a theory, and it’s not one that Apple fans are going to be happy to hear: the iPad is a big tease, and fundamentally less useful than both a smartphone or a laptop.