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Fix Dull Colors & Contrasts on New MacBook Air/Pro by Calibrating the Display

Jun 29, 2012 - 13 Comments
Calibrated vs Uncalibrated Display

If you have a new MacBook Air or MacBook Pro and the colors seem a bit dull and washed out compared to your previous Mac, you probably aren’t imagining things. Like most other hardware companies, Apple sources display panels from a variety of screen manufacturers, and though all the displays are of very high quality … Read More

New MacBook Air Freezing & Crashing? Try Using Safari or Chrome Canary For Now

Jun 27, 2012 - 16 Comments
Mac Kernel Panic

We’ve discussed some pretty flattering attributes of the new MacBook Air lately, but here’s one that’s less than pleasant: a sizable amount of users are reporting the machine will completely freeze up seemingly out of nowhere, requiring a hard reset. Though not every new MacBook Air owner is experiencing the freezing issue, those who have … Read More

Battery Life on MacBook Air (2012) is Better Than Advertised

Jun 26, 2012 - 20 Comments
macbook-air-2012

Apple advertises the MacBook Air (mid-2012) battery as lasting “up to 7 hours”, but we’re pleased to report that Apple’s marketing is understating that number by as much as an hour and a half. In our (admittedly unscientific) tests based on real-world use case scenarios, the battery life on the new MacBook Air is simply … Read More

Determine the Manufacturer of Your Macs SSD (Hard Drive)

Jun 21, 2012 - 5 Comments
Check the Manufacturer of an SSD Drive in Mac OS X

If you’re wondering who made the SSD (flash storage) drive on a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro it’s fairly easy to determine: Pull down the  Apple menu and choose “About This Mac”, then click on “More Info” Click “System Report” Look under “Hardware” for the “Serial-ATA” entry and select it Expand the chipset and … Read More

Yet Another Way to Turn Off Internal LCD Display of MacBook Pro With Lid Open

Jun 15, 2012 - 38 Comments
Sleep the internal display while keeping a MacBook lid open

We have covered a handful of different ways to disable the internal screen on a MacBook Pro/Air while keeping the laptops lid open and the computer turned on, ranging from a command line approach, dimming brightness or using sleep, and even a silly magnet trick, but for whatever reason there have always been a few … Read More

Retina MacBook Pro & MacBook Air 2012 Benchmarks

Jun 12, 2012 - 5 Comments
MacBook Pro 2012 Benchmarks with Geekbench

The first benchmarks for the new retina MacBook Pro, MacBook Pro 2012 refresh, and the updated MacBook Air 2012 have shown up from GeekBench and, as you would probably expect, they’re very impressive. First up is the new MacBook Pro 15″, which is easily the fastest Mac laptop Apple has ever made. The preliminary Geekbench … Read More

WWDC 2012 Roundup: Retina MacBook Pro, New Macs, OS X Mountain Lion, iOS 6, etc

Jun 11, 2012 - 11 Comments
WWDC 2012

If you don’t have time to watch the WWDC 2012 keynote video, here’s a quick summary of everything major that was announced at WWDC and also a few things that were quietly updated behind the scenes. New Macs, new operating systems, new apps, it was a big day for Apple. Macs & OS X Mountain … Read More

Stupid But Useful Mac Trick: Turn Off Internal MacBook Pro Screen With a Magnet

May 26, 2012 - 28 Comments
Using a magnet to turn off the internal MacBook Pro screen

We’ve shown you how to disable the internal display of a Mac laptop running OS X Lion or later with sleep or with the help of a command line trick, those are the recommended approaches but not everyone has gotten them to work on their Macs. An alternate and peculiar option left in our comments … Read More

8 Ways to Keep a Mac Cool in Hot Weather

May 12, 2012 - 38 Comments
ways to keep a Mac cool in intense heat

For those of us in the northern hemisphere, summer is fast approaching and that can often mean extreme heat which pushes the temperature limits beyond what any computer is intended to operate in. In fact, Apple species ambient operating temperatures for most Macs as between 50° and 95° fahrenheit, this means that anything above 95° … Read More

6 Ways to Maximize Productivity on Small Screens & Mac Laptops

May 2, 2012 - 13 Comments
Maximize productivity on small screens like the MacBook Air 11"

Many people equate productivity with screen size and assume it’s difficult to get much work done on a small screen. That simply isn’t true, I use a MacBook Air with the 11″ display and use the following tips to stay focused and maximize productivity with the small screen.

11 Tips to Get the Absolute Best Battery Life on a Mac Laptop

Apr 16, 2012 - 10 Comments
Battery

Macs have pretty amazing battery life to begin with, but following a few simple tips will help you to get the absolute best battery performance out of a MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro. The primary goal here is to reduce overall power consumption on the Mac laptop and we’ll cover a few different techniques … Read More

Keep a MacBook Running While Closed Without Going to Sleep with NoSleep

Feb 10, 2012 - 32 Comments
Closed MacBook Air

With traditional clamshell mode for a MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, or Macbook, an external display, mouse, and keyboard must be attached in order to maintain the running closed-lid clamshell state. Thanks to a third party kernel extension called NoSleep we can now remove those hardware limitations and run a Mac laptop with the lid closed … Read More

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