Again, Apple introduce new macOS Big Sur for more beautiful new design.
As per Apple’s press release in Cupertino, California on June 22nd 2020, Apple introduce new macOS Big Sur includes the biggest Safari update ever and powerful enhancements to Messages, Maps, and privacy.
It is the latest version of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system. MacOS Big Sur introduces a beautiful redesign that is entirely new yet instantly familiar. The new operating system borrows a number of elements from Apple’s iOS, including a customizable Control Center, where you can toggle brightness, Do Not Disturb, and other settings of your choice; and a new notification center, which keeps all of your notifications and widgets (also redesigned, and available in the App Store) in one column, sorts alerts by most recent, and groups related notifications together.
The menu bar is now taller and more translucent, the interface’s font color changes based on the color of your desktop background, and pull-down menus are larger with more space between lines. You can pin the items you use the most to the top of the menu bar. Windows are also more translucent, with more rounded edges.
Safari and Privacy
Safari brings new features for greater personalization while browsing the web. Users can customize the new start page with a background image and sections like their Reading List and iCloud Tabs. With built-in translation, Safari can detect and translate entire webpages from seven languages with just a click.3 Users can further personalize their experience with improved support for extensions, and the Mac App Store makes it easy to discover and download great Safari extensions with a new category that includes editorial spotlights and top charts. Privacy has always been built into Safari, and a new Privacy Report delivers added visibility into how Safari protects browsing activity across the web. Users can choose when and which websites a Safari extension can work with, and tools like data breach password monitoring never reveal your password information — not even to Apple.
There’s a new version of Maps for Mac that borrows features from the iOS app, including custom Guides, 360-degree location views, bicycle and electric-vehicle directions (which you can send directly to an iPhone), live updates for shared ETAs, congestion zones, and indoor maps. New detailed maps are coming to more countries — including Canada, Ireland, and the UK — later this year.
For some reason we need to capture every single moments that we or family had been celebrates. From a holiday, birthday party, or a day trip we might want it all in one video clip and share it to friends or family members. The good news for beginners or event expert is you can create a movie on your Mac using iMovie – the video editing software that Apple bundles with all new Mac.
Here’s how to use iMovie from the basics step and then add some more useful tips to help you get even better results.
Before we begin, here are some tips that should help you get some good material to work with:
You can use iPhone or iPad for video recording; but make sure its fully charged and have a good camera for recording the video
Enough space for recording the video, if using iPhone you might need to deleting some apps or video or photos that you not longer need to make more space
Good quality of videos; recommended to shoot a short clips to make you easier to edit together the short clips. We advise when you are recording video you keep the camera relatively still, panning around slowly, rather than sweeping from one thing to the other, better make the second thing a new clip
DO NOT ZOOM, because using zoom while video recording will make the quality of the video very poor
Be quite and do not talk while recording video
Shooting outside on a sunny day can be the best results. But if indoors, turns on the lights and open the curtain for better lights
How to add movie clips to iMovie:
1. Open iMovie on your Mac.
2. If you are importing footage from your iPhone, plug the device into your Mac via Lightning cable.
3. You may see a message asking you to confirm that you wish to allow the computer to access the information on your iPhone, click on Continue. Then confirm that your Trust the computer on your iPhone (you should see a message pop up on the device). Enter your passcode.
4. If the iMovie Import window isn’t open, click on the down arrow beside the red, yellow and green close/minimise/full screen buttons.
5. Click on Import Media and wait while the Mac and the iPhone sync up. This could take a while the first time you connect if you have a lot of footage on your iPhone.
6. When the two devices are synced, click on your iPhone in the list of Cameras. Or if you were using a camera or camcorder, click on that.
7. You’ll see thumbnails of all the clips on your iPhone (or camera). Scroll to the ones that you wish to use. Select the clips you wish to import. If you want to import a random selection of clips, press Command (cmd) as you select them, if you are selecting all the clips from one day, click on the first then last clips of that day while pressing Shift, and if you are selecting a group of clips click with your mouse and draw a marquee around them. Once the clips you want to use are selected, choose where you wish to Import to by clicking on the dropdown beside Import To: and then click on Import Selected.
8. If you later want to add more clips click on Project Media > Import Media and wait for the Import window to open up again. To avoid importing the same clips twice, make sure there is a tick beside Hide Imported
9. Once your clips are imported you will find them in My Movie in the column on the left. By default iMovie shows clips in a Show Separate Days in Events view, but this meant that our clips were shown newest to oldest, and we wanted to see them in date order. To fix this we went to View and clicked on Show Separate Days in Events. You can also change the order by clicking in View > Sort Clips by and choosing Ascending or Descending but the results will be determined by whether you have Show Separate Days in Events view turned on.
How to edit video in iMovie on the Mac
Once you open up iMovie, the free video editing software on your Mac, you will be able to create three kinds of projects: Media, Projects, Theater, found on the top bar.
Media: here is your library of different footage clips, stills, and audio to create your videos; for ease of use photos have a camera icon and audio tracks are colored green
Projects: this is where you work on creating your movie: the main workspace
Theater: here are your finished projects – you can play them, or use the little icon on the lower right to play, delete, rename or remove them from the cloud storage. You can also distribute it from here, we will come back to this later
1. Prepare the Project Workspace
When you click Project, two options are available: Movie and Trailer.
Trailer is a fun way of creating a little teaser for a movie or combining short clips. It prompts you to create a satisfying short video using templates.
In this article, we are going to look at the Movie method of editing video. These basics apply to Trailer too, and if you have accomplished them, making trailers will be quite easy.
This will take you into the Project workspace. Video editing consists of a Timeline, which is the film going from left to right, with tracks for visuals and audio. There is also an area for media, and windows for playing either the clip or the edited sequence.
The media are your building blocks. The timeline is where you edit visuals, sound, music, effects, and titles to make a satisfying video. iMovie is quite easy for beginners to use.
Drag and drop your media into the timeline to create your video. You can move them around and rearrange by dragging.
Modern video editing is “non-destructive”, that is you can play around with everything to your heart’s content, without ruining the originals, so you can go back if you do something you don’t like.
Cmd+Z undoes the last action.
2. Cutting Video Clips
You can see each clip in the Preview window (or panel). Hitting the space bar plays/stops playing the clip or you can drag the mouse across the timeline to where you want to be.
iMovie editing tips: most clips won’t be the right length. You can edit visuals (still or moving), audio, or music independently. You can also trim clips to the exact duration needed.
How to split a clip in iMovie
You often want to remove the beginning or end of a clip. It is an old rule-of-thumb in film-making to start the camera rolling early and finish late so you capture all the action. That means there is excess to trim in the editing stage.
Move the vertical line with the mouse to where you want to edit, right-click to split the clip into two. Then you can press delete to remove it. You can scrub around in the preview window to find the exact place to cut.
Audio clips can be edited in exactly the same way. You can use the Settings slider to zoom in and out on the timeline. The audio shows the sound graphically. If you look carefully you can see where a particular sound finishes. For example, if you have an interview with someone, and you have asked questions, you can cut them out so the person just appears to be talking continuously.
3. Add Music to iMovie
You can’t really do without music. If you are making a simple movie about your holiday, you might want to get some stock background music (Apple includes various tracks in iMovie). Simply lay that in an audio track. You can fade in and out by dragging on the beginning or end.
Note: if you are making a more complex production – for example with interviews or voice-over – you should not let the music overwhelm the audio. Fade it under the narration – it is actually better to err on the quiet side. Viewers find it quite annoying if they can’t hear what is being said.
4. Add Transitions to Video Clips
These are where two clips merge into each other. In the Transitions menu (on the top bar) you can find plenty of fun ways to go from one visual to the next. All you have to do is drag them into your movie at the appropriate place on the timeline. Note that lots of flashy transitions can become quite irritating to the viewer. The ordinary cut is the standard way. Transitions can be particularly effective when used with titles to introduce the video.
5. Add Titles to Project
Probably the first thing on screen in your film will be the title sequence. This is where you let your audience know that they are going to see something interesting, so think about them carefully. A good title, even if it lasts only a few seconds, primes the viewers for the film.
6. Export Your Project in iMovie
Once you have finished your project and viewed it through a couple of times to check everything is OK, you can go to the very top right-hand corner of the screen and there is an export icon. This allows you to finalize your video for Theater, Email, iTunes, YouTube, Facebook, and various others.
If you plan to put it up on YouTube, click on that icon and a panel comes up which lets you set various parameters of the film, such as description, resolution, and category. Private means only you can see it. You may want to ensure it is ready in your channel before you make it public and distribute it to the world.
If Theater is checked, then it will automatically add it to your Theater and the iCloud.
When you click Next you will be prompted to log in to your YouTube account and upload the movie.
Some of the MacBook Pro and MacBook owners have experienced problems with the keyboard.
Recent models of the MacBook and MacBook Pro have been plagued with hardware issues since 2015 (MacBook) and 2016 (MacBook Pro). While the main complaint about the MacBook relates to the keyboard, an issue shared with the MacBook Pro, MacBook Pro owners are also contending with a problem causing both the SSD and logic board to require replacement, an issue that can cause data loss or drive failure, an issue with the Thunderbolt port, and speaker issues – which are also appearing on the 2018 MacBook Pro according to reports.
The most issue is the keyboard is stops working, both on MacBoo and MacBook Pro. As of the end of June 2018 Apple has admitted that there is a problem with the current keyboard design on the MacBook and MacBook Pro and is offering free repairs to customers who have been affected.
Apple maintains that the new keyboard design is purely to quieten the keys, but it looks like this new design will also avoid the problems that have plagued the past few generations of keyboards with the ‘butterfly’ design.
Apple itself previously recommended using compressed air to blow the dust from under the affected key. But this is not the solution for fixing the keyboard problem, due to it was impossible to remove the dust without removing the entire keyboard. It is not possible to take individual keys out to clean the keyboard as it used to be with older models. And it’s not just the keyboard that must be removed but also the battery, frame and ports – a repair that can only be performed by an Apple service professional.
It’s not like an Apple watch that you can wearing it and do water sports, like swimming, snorkeling, surfing, or taking part in other types of water activities. The iPhone models are not waterproof, they are however water resistant (to a degree).
With an IP rating of IP68, Apple designed the iPhone XS to be waterproof in situations where it’s submerged no deeper than 2 meters or about 6 feet in water for 30 minutes or less.
The iPhone XR and the original X are rated IP67 under IEC standard 60529 much like the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus models when it comes to water resistance.
Examining the tech specs for these iPhone models, you find a small footnote that calls out the details of this.
As per Apple’s disclaimer via the footnote on the new iPhone XS Technical Specifications page:
iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are splash, water, and dust resistant and were tested under controlled laboratory conditions with a rating of IP68 under IEC standard 60529 (maximum depth of 2 meters up to 30 minutes). Splash, water, and dust resistance are not permanent conditions and resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear. Do not attempt to charge a wet iPhone; refer to the user guide for cleaning and drying instructions. Liquid damage not covered under warranty.
This means that your iPhone XS or iPhone XR/X/8 will not get damaged if it is exposed to a little rain splash while you are on the run.
Likewise, if you accidentally dropped it in the toilet or splashed some beer on it, you will be ok. Your iPhone will not be permanently damaged.
Remember Apple iPhones are Water-Resistant but not Waterproof!!
If you found some problems in your Macbook, we hope below tips could help you to solve the problems.
1. Startup issues
If your Mac fails to boot properly and you find yourself staring at a blank screen or gray startup screen instead of your desktop, then it’s time to try booting in Safe Mode. In Safe Mode, MacOS will boot with the bare minimum of software and drivers required and will run a check of your startup disk and repair any directory issues that might be the cause of your startup ills.
To start up in safe mode, start your Mac and then press and hold the Shift key. The Apple logo will appear and then the login screen. You can release the Shift key when the Apple logo disappears and the login screen appears. It may take a few minutes before you get to the login screen as MacOS runs its diagnostics on your hard disk. To leave Safe Mode and start up your Mac per usual, just restart your Mac without holding any keys.
2. Incompatible login items
If you find yourself staring at a blue screen when you start up your Mac, it might mean that one of your startup items — apps that start automatically when you start up your Mac — is incompatible with MacOS. With a bit of trial and error, you can identify which app is the problem child.
You can remove login items one at a time and start up your Mac after each removal to see if the problem is gone. To do so, go to System Preferences > Users & Groups and click your name on the left under Current User. Next, click the Login Items tab above the window to the right. Highlight an app and then click the “-“sign below. It’ll get removed from the Login Items list and you can restart your Mac to see if your startup issue has been fixed. If not, you can head back to the list and remove another app and keep going until you find the culprit. You can add items back to the Startup Items list by hitting the “+” button and selecting items from your Applications.
3. Unresponsive applications
You might find that an app will occasionally trip up your Mac and hang. And when an app hangs, it freezes you out and won’t let you do anything, including quit out of it. Enter: Force Quit. You can call up the Force Quit menu from the Apple icon in the upper-left corner or by hitting Command-Option-Escape. Just highlight the app that’s not responding and hit the Force Quit button. (You can also select multiple apps to force quit by using holding down the Command or Shift keys when making your selections.
4. Spinning beach ball
If you are seeing the spinning beach ball with increasingly regularity, then it’s time to take a look at what might be causing the slowdown. Open the Activity Monitor (by searching for it or finding it in the Utilities folder, which is inside your Applications folder) to see how much of an impact the apps you are currently running have on your system resources. In the Activity Monitor window, you can see real-time stats on the amount of CPU and memory resources each app is using. You can also use the Activity Monitor to quit any app that’s using more than its fair share of resources. Just highlight an app from the list, click the X button in the upper-left corner, and then choose Quit or Force Quit.
5. No internet connection
The quickest fix when the MacBook’s Wi-Fi status shows No Internet Connection is to tell it to forget the network and then reconnect as if it were brand-new. On the Network page in System Preferences, click the Advanced button in the lower left and you’ll see a list Preferred Networks. These are the Wi-Fi connections you’ve connected to in the past and your MacBook remembers for future uses. Highlight your Wi-Fi network and click the “-“ button and then choose Remove to forget it. With your network removed and forgotten, you can click the Wi-Fi icon in the menu bar and reconnect to your network by entering your password and starting anew.
Apple has just launched Apple MacOS High Sierra. Users can find excellent Apple MacOS High Sierra upgrade but they must be aware of Apple MacOS High Sierra pilfering hack.
Apple has just released Apple MacOS High Sierra. Some people are eager to upgrade their old operating system with the new one. However, there are several things that Mac user must know about this new operating system. It is reported that MacOS High Sierra is not as perfect as it is expected to. But, it doesn’t mean that it is totally bad.
Security issue on High Sierra
A security researcher, Patrick Wardle, said that a hacker can steal users’ passwords from Apple Mac that runs the latest MacOS. Apple MacOS High Sierra pilfering hack is not something that can be ignored. This researcher has tried to steal Bank of America password and social media password from a Mac that is operated by this OS. Apple utilizes the keychain to store users’ password. It is only the users that can access the keychain. However, it turns out that a malicious code can access it too. As a result, the malicious code can send all the keychain content to the hacker without needing any password.
This security issue can be very fatal. However, this issue is actually not only attacking High Sierra. Other MacOS is also prone to security problem. Therefore, it is okay for users to upgrade their OS to High Sierra since the previous ones also have this issue. According to Wardle, it is not difficult to get malicious code running on Apple Mac these days.
Unfortunately, Apple has not made any comment about the security issue on their latest Mac operating system. In addition, this company previously said that this new MacOs has a comprehensive security set fixes.
Is MacOS High Sierra perfect for you?
MacOS High Sierra is a great operating system. It gives some advantages to the users. However, it may not be perfect for everyone. It is mostly perfect if:
– The users’ system has an SSD instead of a HDD or Fusion Drive.
– Users have updated their iPhone to iOS11 and already use it for taking photos and videos.
– Users who are big photo users.
– Users really want to enjoy particular capabilities included in those specific applications.
Improvement on High Sierra
High Sierra offers some new features. One of the most important one is AFS or Apple File System. This Apple MacOS High Sierra upgrade allows users to organize and manage all your data. With this new feature, they can experience faster and smoother operating system that offers more stability. With the AFS, users will be capable of copying files very quickly. Apple calls it Instant Cloning.
The video and upgrades of this new OS is also excellent. Similar to AFS, some users may not notice it but, they will get the benefits. This upgrade is Apple HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding). These days, users mostly take videos on high resolution. As a result, the video files take too much space. But, with HEVC, Mac users will be able to have more compression on their videos without decreasing its quality. In consequence, they don’t need to worry about their free storage space.
When users upgrade their old MacOS with this new one, they will be able to edit their photos more conveniently. The photo app on High Sierra offers more photo-editing options. One of them is Curve. It allows users to adjust contrast and color plus selecting color and hues.
High Sierra comes with Safari 11. This browser is excellent. Many experts love it because it offers something that Chrome doesn’t have. Chrome used to be the best browser for Mac. But, it is no longer so. Safari 11 offers more stability than Chrome. In addition, it has Intelligent Tracking Prevention. With this feature, you can browse the internet without worrying much about your privacy. It will expire third-party cookies which track you across the web as soon as the 24 hours are up.
More about Safari 11
Safari 11 have the ability to block autoplay videos automatically if they make noises. Apple claims that this browser allows users to browse the internet faster. However, an expert said that it is only milisecond faster than Chrome. In consequence, users may not notice it very much.
If you don’t want to update your MacOS, you will still be able to enjoy the benefits of Safari 11. It is because this browser does not require the latest operating system. Users can install this browser even when they don’t run High Sierra. Apple MacOS High Sierra is a brilliant operating system despite the security issue. It is more secured than the previous OS.
iPhone X, is a a designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc. Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the iPhone X on September 12, 2017, alongside the iPhone 8 and 8 plus at the Steve Jobs Theater in the Apple Park campus. The phone is slated for release on November 3, 2017. This iPhone marks the iPhone’s tenth anniversary, with “X”.
Within Apple’s line-up, the iPhone X is positioned as a high-end, premium model intended to showcase advanced technologies, such as wireless charging, OLED display, dual cameras with improved depth sensing, and a face recognition unlock system called Face ID.
An iOS 11 GM build was also leaked over the preceding weekend, confirming the new design and features and revealing the new Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE connectivity.
The iPhone X has a 5.8-inch (diagonal) OLEDcolor-accurate screen that supports DCI-P3 wide color gamut, sRGB, and high dynamic range. This “Super Retina HD Display” has the True Tone technology found on the iPad Pro, which uses six-channel ambient light sensor, to adapt the display’s color temperature to the surrounding ambient light. It has a typical contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1, a typical maximum brightness of 625 cd/m2, and a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating.
The iPhone X contains the Apple’s A11 BionicSoC, which is a hexa-core processor using the 10nm process. It has the Neural Engine, which is the AI accelerator. It has two cores optimized for performance which are 25 percent faster than the A10 Fusion along with four efficiency-optimized core which are 70 percent faster than the iPhone 7.
Face ID replaces the Touch ID system. The Flood illuminator is an invisible infrared light that helps identify the user’s face in the dark. A dot projector uses more than 30,000 invisible dots that are projected onto the face to build its unique facial map. An infrared camera reads the dot pattern, captures an infrared image, then sends the data to the secure enclave in the A11 Bionic chip (which contains a dedicated AI Accelerator) to confirm a match. The system will not work with eyes closed—preventing access if unattended.
The iPhone X features two cameras, a 12 MP wide-angle camera with six-element lens, autofocus, IR filter, burst mode, f/1.8 aperture, digital image stabilization, and optical image stabilization. It can record 4K video at 24, 30, or 60 fps or 1080p at 30 or 60 fps, and slow-motion video (1080 at 120 or 240 fps), timelapse with stabilization. It can capture panoramas, and recognize faces. The telephoto lens has 2× optical zoom / 10× digital zoom, Portrait Lighting (beta), f/2.4 aperture, and optical image stabilization. It also has a quad-LED “True Tone” flash with Slow Sync. It has a 7 MP TrueDepth camera with a f/2.2 aperture.
Ten years after the launch of the original iPhone, now Apple launch their new products; iPhone 8 and 8Plus. Unlike the iPhone X, the iPhone 8 family keeps close to the familiar iPhone design, with the glass backed smartphones now able to be wirelessly charged.
4.7 and 5.5-inch LCD screens
A11 Bionic processor
Glass back cover
12MP dual-lens camera on Plus model
Single 12MP rear camera on 4.7-inch model
Optical Image Stabilization
64GB, 256GB capacities
Launched September 2017
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have custom front and rear glass, made with a 50 percent deeper strengthening layer, fitted onto a steel substructure and surrounded with an aerospace-grade 7000 Series aluminum band. At the top of the face side of both phones are the FaceTime camera, microphone, and speaker, with the Home button featuring Touch ID towards the base. At the bottom edge is a Lightning connector, another microphone, and a stereo speaker grille. On the left side are the volume buttons and the Ring/Silent switch, with a side button on the opposite edge.
On the back side are the familiar camera bumps seen in previous generations. The iPhone 8 uses a single camera lens while the Plus model has two camera sensors in the standard horizontal arrangement, with both sets of cameras flanked by a flash. The iPhone 8 measures 5.45 inches tall by 2.65 inches wide and is 7.3 millimeters (0.29 inch) thick. The Plus is much larger, measuring 6.24 inches tall by 3.07 inches wide, but is only 0.2 millimeters thicker at 7.7 millimeters (0.30 inch). While the iPhone 8 weighs 5.22 ounces, the bigger Plus weighs in at 7.13 ounces. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have IP67 water and dust resistance.
When your iPhone battery is running low, turning off the following settings can help make your iPhone last longer. With these off, you can still receive calls, SMS and even go online with EDGE connection.
Settings > Wi-Fi > Off
Settings > Bluetooth > Off
Settings > Privacy > Location Services > Off
Settings > General > Cellular > Enable 3G > Off
Settings > General > Cellular > Enable LTE > Off
Settings > Sounds > Vibrate on Ring & Silent > Off
Settings > Brightness & Wallpaper > Auto-Brightness > Off
Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data > Off.
2. Stop The Music With A Timer
Do you like to listen to music when getting into bed for the night but often doze off without switching the iPhone off? You can use a timer to help you shut down the music. To do this, tap on Clock > Timer > When Timer Ends. Scroll down and tap Stop Playing. Then, set a timer (say 30 mins) and tap Start. Now you may play any music and it will be turned off after 30 mins.
3. Use Headphone Cord to Take Photo
Shaky hands not getting you good photos? Well you can trigger a snapshot using the volume up or down buttons on your headphone.
4. Filter Groups That Can Reach You
The ‘Do Not Disturb’ feature allows us to silence calls, alerts and notifications when the iPhone is locked. However there are important calls that we can’t afford to miss, for example, calls from Mom or your heavily pregnant wife. Here’s a tutorial to help important groups of people reach you even in ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode.
5. Disable Messages Preview
Here is a simple way to prevent others (see: annoying dad, mom, sister, brother, best friend) from accidentally reading your incoming SMS alerts when your iPhone is left unattended. Go to Settings > Notifications > Messages > Show Preview. Tap the option and turn it off to exclude a preview of the message in alerts and banners.
THE NEW MACBOOK Pro comes in three flavors: two 13-inch models and a 15-incher. They all have thinner bodies, better screens, and trackpads so big they blot out the sun. And you can buy it in space gray. But the important addition is the Touch Bar. This capacitive strip of OLED glass above the keyboard is supposed to change everything, again, about how you use your laptop.“For 25 years,” Tim Cook said while unveiling the device, “we’ve been defining and redefining what a notebook is and what it can do.” Dramatic pause. “And today, we’re going to do it again.” Of course, Apple expects you to pay up: the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar starts at $1,800.
It’s been several years since the last big MacBook update, and mine is, like yours, long in the tooth. I’d been waiting for a reason to buy a new one, and jumped at the chance to try the new Pro. This is supposed to be it! The laptop of the future, and the future of the laptop. After using it, poking and prodding it, and plugging things into it, I have one word of advice.
Can Touch This
People love Apple computers because Apple gets the basics right. The keyboard, the trackpad, the screen, the speakers, all the table-stakes things too many companies get wrong. And in most cases, Apple made the best even better with the new MacBook Pro.
The trackpad doesn’t physically click, but feels like it does, and it is so big and smooth you’d be crazy to use a mouse. The keyboard (a refined take on the 12-inch MacBook’s butterfly keys) doesn’t have much travel and takes getting used to, but it’s accurate and crisp and works beautifully. The speakers are louder and clearer than ever. I get eight or nine hours from the battery, as long as I’m not Photoshopping all day and keep the brightness below eye-bleeding levels. And the screen is, well, the screen is ridiculous. Apple’s ultra-wide color gamut, on top of the super-high resolution, makes it the best laptop display I’ve ever seen.
The 13-inch Pro, which I’ve been using, is a bit over half an inch thick and weighs almost exactly three pounds. I carried a MacBook Air for years, and this feels like that. (The footprint is actually a bit smaller.) Everything about it, even the charger, is smaller than ever. Apple could have kept the body the same and added more battery, or more power, but opted for smaller and lighter. How you feel about that says a lot about whether you’ll like the new Pro.
Apple’s Touch Bar doesn’t quite count as revolutionary, but it’s the biggest change in years. The thin OLED strip, where the function keys used to be, knows which app you’re in, tries to guess which features or settings you might need, and puts them within reach (barely) of your fingertips. In Safari, the Touch Bar offers small indicators for each tab and bookmark, plus quick access for search and opening a tab. In Messages, it becomes the Emoji Bar, which is objectively the best thing ever. You can scrub through your timeline in Final Cut, or swipe through photo albums in Photos. There’s no new functionality here, just easier and more obvious access to common stuff.
Technically, the Touch Bar works brilliantly. It’s fast and smooth and responsive. The textured glass feels great, and looks fantastic. Using my fingerprint on the Touch ID reader to log in and to pay for stuff is the best. But the implementation feels unfinished.
With no function keys, shortcuts for adjusting brightness and controlling music are hidden in a tiny menu to the right of the Touch Bar. Three are accessible at a tap: mute, volume, and screen brightness. (What madman needs brightness controls that much?) Pausing or playing music—something I do about 45,000 times daily—requires carefully tapping on the tiny left arrow, waiting a moment for the menu to expand, then finding and pressing the button.
“It takes a heartbeat longer to pause my music” hardly qualifies as a burn-it-down kind of problem. But the Touch Bar exists precisely to make these small, repetitive tasks easier. And too often, it just doesn’t have the option or button I’m looking for. The screen changes constantly, moving things around to the point where I can’t find anything. I’d like to see Apple open the Touch Bar so users can customize it. Then it could be everything I want it to be, because I could make it so. Right now, I’m subject to Apple’s best guess about what I want.