Why it’s a great time to upgrade your aging MacBook

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Don’t let your old Mac drag you down. Cult of Mac can help you upgrade on the cheap.
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Whether you need ample power or exceptional portability, it’s a great time to bag a new MacBook, with discounts of up to $300 on the latest Apple notebooks. And Cult of Mac can help make yours even more affordable.

Sell your old machine to us and we’ll give you a great price. We will also cough up real cash, so you can spend it wherever you like.

Is a hacksaw the best way to remove an iMac stand?

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Well, that's one way to hack a Mac.
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Travelling with your iMac and perturbed by the fact that it won’t fit in your carry-on luggage? No problem: You can just take a hacksaw and chop off the offending stand. Then simply reattach it at the other end and hope that Jony Ive or his successor doesn’t stop by for a quick spot-check.

That’s the horror movie scenario that Kirill Zakharov, head of design at Unsplash, recently shared on Twitter about a trip overseas by a friend of his dad. Apple fans reacted with the shock you might expect!

Mac shipments fall in 2019 despite impressive growth for PCs

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The 16-inch MacBook Pro couldn't save falling Mac shipments.
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A big MacBook Pro refresh and a long-awaited Mac Pro overhaul couldn’t prevent Apple computer shipments from suffering another decline in 2019, according to new data.

Both IDC and Gartner say Mac shipments fell during the final quarter of 2019, and for 2019 as a whole. That’s despite decent growth for PCs, which enjoyed the highest single-quarter shipment volume in four years during Q4.

What will Apple’s ARM iMac look like?

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Might a new ARM iMac look like this?
Might a new ARM-based iMac look like this?
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The iMac is far overdue for a redesign. The current “tapered edge” design dates back to 2012, and was itself mostly a slimming-down of the original aluminum iMac from 2007. Viewed from the front, the iMac looks the same today as it did 13 years ago. You could say that the iMac doesn’t need to change its look, and that’s a valid point. But it’s showing its age in other areas too, and that’s more of a problem. Could we soon see an ARM iMac? If so, what might it look like?

Apple Online Store briefly lists an ancient iMac from 2006

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Apple Online Store briefly lists an ancient iMac from 2006
This iMac originally came out in the days before the first-gen iPhone.
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An iMac for sale on Apple’s website for a mere $999 sounds like reasonable value. Until, that is, you realize that the computer in question is from 2006; pre-dating even the first generation iPhone.

That’s what Twitter user @DylanMcD8 recently discovered on the Apple Online Store. Sadly (or perhaps not), it doesn’t seem that Apple is actually planning to start selling the 14-year-old iMac 17-inch 1.83-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo again. It appears to have been the result of some kind of technical issue.

Why I returned my amazing 16-inch MacBook Pro

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Why did I return this beautiful beast?
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At the end of November last year, I took delivery of the new 16-inch MacBook Pro. Around a month later, thanks to Apple’s generous holiday return policy, I returned it. You can read my first impressions, but they mostly remain the same after a month of use. In short, it’s a fantastic MacBook. But in my conclusion, I wrote this:

But really, this Mac is fantastic. My Cult of Mac colleagues tease me that I buy Apple gear, and then immediately send it back. This new MacBook is staying with me.

So, what went wrong?

Wonderful gifts for any Mac fan [Gift Guide 2019]

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Shopping for a Mac fan? Start here!
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If you’re buying for an Apple fan who loves their Mac, there are loads of awesome gifts you should consider. We’ve rounded up the best to make your holiday shopping a little easier.

Gift-Guide-2019-bugWe’ve picked out the best headphones, mice, keyboards, and more so that you don’t have to spend hours hunting down the perfect purchase. And many of them are on sale today for Cyber Monday.

Now all you have to do is break out your wallet.

Class-action lawsuit against Apple’s butterfly keyboard moves forward

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The butterfly keyboard was one of Apple's biggest mistakes.
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Apple finally moved on from its disastrous MacBook butterfly keyboard, but the class-action lawsuit related to them is moving forward.

A U.S. federal judge rejected Apple’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit today. That sets up the company for a big legal showdown with customers trying to prove Apple knew about serious problems with the keyboard — but kept selling it anyway.

16-inch MacBook Pro wows writers in first hands-on reviews

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The wait is over.
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Apple finally unleashed its long-rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro on the world this morning, and according to some lucky people who got to play with it early, it was well worth the wait.

The new 16-inch MacBook Pro pulled out plenty of surprises beyond its bigger display. Early hands-on reviews rave about the scissor keyboard, the new audio system, upgraded thermal management and of course, its beastly processing power.

Here’s what reviewers are saying about the new machine.