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

Jun 15, 2012 - 40 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 - 33 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 - 42 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 Best Battery Life on a Mac Laptop

Apr 16, 2012 - 12 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 - 34 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

EFI Firmware Updates for MacBook Air, iMac, MacBook Pro Bring Lion Internet Recovery to 2010 Models

Feb 7, 2012 - 2 Comments
MacBook EFI Firmware Update

Apple has released firmware updates for 2010 model year MacBook Air, iMac, and MacBook Pro. The EFI update brings OS X Lion Internet Recovery, which is accessible by booting into Recovery mode and allows a user to reinstall OS X Lion, to each Mac from 2010. The EFI Firmware updates are available to download from … Read More

MacBook Pro with 2880×1800 Retina Display Rumored for Release in 2012

Dec 14, 2011 - 16 Comments
MacBook Pro with Retina Display rumored for 2012

Apple is rumored to be working towards releasing retina display equipped MacBook Pro’s in the second quarter of 2012, according to a new report from the Taiwanese trade publication Digitimes. Citing upstream component sources, the displays are said to be 2880×1800 pixels and become yet another competitive advantage for Apple’s portable lineup: While the prevailing … Read More

MacBook Air Won’t Sleep? Fix it with an SMC Reset

Dec 7, 2011 - 4 Comments
Reset SMC on a MacBook Air

I’ve gotten in the habit of immediately putting my MacBook Air to sleep by shutting the lid, by far the easiest method if you’re on the go. Typically this works without a hitch, but today the Air didn’t sleep when shut. Because the MacBook Air has no moving hard drive or sleep light, I didn’t … Read More

Future MacBook Air to Support Two External Displays?

Dec 6, 2011 - 5 Comments
MacBook Air and Thunderbolt display

Future MacBook Air models are likely to be capable of supporting two external displays in addition to the built-in screen, as powered by the upcoming Intel HD Graphics 4000 integrated graphics chipset, according to a recent post on MacRumors. The information comes from a leaked roadmap of Intel’s mobile Ivy Bridge processor plans, which are … Read More

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