Wonderful gifts for any Mac fan [Gift Guide 2019]

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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.

Save 20% or more on all Twelve South products for Black Friday

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Cases, charging stands, and more.
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Black Friday has arrived at the Cult of Mac Store, with 20% or more off all Twelve South products for a limited time.

You’ll find gorgeous cases for AirPods and iPhone, elegant stands for Apple Watch, and handy charging accessories on sale now. Prices start at just $27.99.

See what’s on offer today and start picking up some discounted gifts for the holidays.

Apple kicks reviews off online store

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Just before the holiday shopping season kicks into full swing Apple has decided to make it harder to see reviews of the products it sells online.

The Ratings and Reviews section of Apple’s online store was recently removed from all product pages with no word on why the change was made.

Want a 16-inch MacBook Pro? Sell your old model for the best price!

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Selling your old MacBook is easier than you think.
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Apple’s long-awaited 16-inch MacBook Pro is on sale now, and it’s (almost) everything we hoped it would be. If you’re lusting after one, Cult of Mac’s buyback program can help make it more affordable.

We pay great prices for used MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro units — and we make the whole process quick and simple. We also cough up real cash, so you can spend it anywhere you like.

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.

A used 2015 Retina MacBook Pro might be the best MacBook you can buy today

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Why not buy an old MacBook instead of Apple’s flawed lineup?
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Since I wrote about Apple’s ongoing MacBook disaster last week, and then offered a bunch of alternatives to the current MacBook lineup, several readers got in touch to ask which — if any — older MacBooks we’d recommend. I haven’t bought a MacBook in years, so I did a little research, and asked around the Cult of Mac crew.

So, let’s find out which is the best (old) MacBook you can buy today.

The great MacBook disaster [Cult of Mac Magazine 322]

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MacBook disaster: Can Cupertino fix this sorry state of affairs?
Can Cupertino fix the sorry state of the MacBook?
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That butterfly keyboard. Those missing ports. The annoying lack of easy upgrades. Cult of Mac’s Charlie Sorrel makes a good case that the current MacBook lineup is a disaster. Can Apple turn it around?

Get his take (as well as his list of the top MacBook alternatives) in this week’s issue of Cult of Mac Magazine. You’ll also get plenty of Apple news, reviews and how-tos — all for free.

The MacBook is a disaster. Can Apple fix it?

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The Mac is in serious trouble. Can Apple fix things before it’s too late?
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Despite the endless disappointments with iPadOS 13, there’s still no way I’d switch to a MacBook right now. MacBooks (and MacBook Pros) were always the gold (or aluminum?) standard for laptops — reliable, well-designed and long-lasting. Reviewers would even recommend that PC users buy a Mac and install Windows on it via Boot Camp. But today, MacBooks problems abound.

Apple’s laptops are a sorry bunch. And it’s not just the troublesome butterfly keyboard. Every week, I read tweets and blog posts about freelancers and employees of big companies alike losing valuable time as their MacBooks go back for repair for the third or fourth time. So what is happening? What are the biggest problems with today’s MacBooks? And can these MacBook problems be fixed?