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Researchers demonstrate proof of concept for firmware worm that can directly target Macs

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Date: Monday, August 3rd, 2015, 16:00
Category: Hack, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News, security, Software

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It’s generally been accepted that Apple’s computers are much more secure than their Windows PC counterparts.

This isn’t entirely true, as a part of researchers have found that several known vulnerabilities affecting the firmware of all the top PC makers can also hit the firmware of Macs. The researchers have designed a proof-of-concept worm for the first time that would allow a firmware attack to spread automatically from MacBook to MacBook, without the need for them to be networked.

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Apple releases FaceTime Camera Driver Update for all 2015 notebooks

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Date: Wednesday, July 29th, 2015, 09:43
Category: MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News, Software

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It’s not a huge update, but if could help out if the camera on your new 2015 Apple notebook is being a bit weird.

On Wednesday, Apple has released a FaceTime Camera Driver Update for all 2015 MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro notebooks that improves FaceTime camera compatibility with Windows.

The software update was released for the following notebooks:

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Rumor: Apple to introduce notebooks with Intel’s next-generation Skylake processors in Q4 2015

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Date: Monday, July 27th, 2015, 03:18
Category: Hardware, iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Processors, Rumor

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There’s some cool stuff to be had in Intel’s upcoming Skylake processor family.

A leaked article that hit prior to the Gamescom trade show in Germany shows that the processors are expected to offer a 10 to 20 percent CPU performance boost in single and multi-threaded applications, with lower power consumption, and 30 percent faster Intel HD integrated graphics performance on average compared to current-generation Broadwell processors. The improved energy efficiency will also result in up to 30 percent longer battery life.

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Tests confirm 2015 MacBook Air can support 60Hz 4K external displays

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Date: Wednesday, March 25th, 2015, 08:23
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, News

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Your brand new 2015 MacBook Air WILL be able to officially support external monitors with resolutions up to 2,560-pixels-by-1,600-pixels, tests have shown that the slim portable can actually drive an external 4K display at a full 60Hz.

The cool cats over at Ars Technica tested the early 2015 MacBook Air with a Dell P2415Q 24-inch 4K display and found that the Air correctly identified the attached monitor at 4K resolution, switching the user interface into HiDPI mode.

Subsequent refresh rate tests confirmed that it was running at 60Hz, and the publication said that interface components were “more than smooth enough for desktop use.” Problems cropped up when performing animation-intensive actions, like entering full-screen mode, with “clearly visible” frame lag, showing that the display pushes the Intel HD 6000 graphics chip near its limit.

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2015 MacBook Air, MacBook Pro models drop Windows 7 support in Boot Camp

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Date: Monday, March 23rd, 2015, 10:27
Category: BootCamp, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News, Software

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The good news is that Apple’s new 13-inch MacBook Air and MacBook Pro notebooks are pretty nifty. The bad news is that they won’t boot Windows 7 in Boot Camp. Apple’s official support documentation has it that Boot Camp only supports Windows 8 and 8.1 on the new devices; however, official Windows 10 support will likely roll out later in 2015.

This is the second time Apple has decided to give Windows 7 the cold shoulder. The late 2013 Mac Pro also ceased to support Windows 7 in Boot Camp boot, but other Macs released 2014 did support Microsoft’s operating system.

Apple hasn’t officially said if the lack of Windows 7 support for Boot Camp is the new normal going forward, but it seems likely. In January, Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows 7, meaning the OS will only receive security updates for the next five years, and retail disc sales for Windows 7 ended in late 2013. With Microsoft winding down its own support of Windows 7, now is the ideal time for Apple to say goodbye to it as well.

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iFixit teardown, tests reveal 2015 13-inch MacBook Air SSD architecture significantly faster than previous generations

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Date: Tuesday, March 17th, 2015, 12:07
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, News

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If you were hoping for a tangible reason to invest in a new 2015 MacBook Air, it might have arrived in the form of a faster solid state drive.

Last week, Apple refreshed its MacBook Air lineup, adding Broadwell chips and Intel 6000 graphics. Both models received the same processor updates, but the 13-inch MacBook Air got an extra boost in the form of new PCIe-based flash storage that Apple says is “up to two times faster” than the flash storage used in the previous generation MacBook Air. The 11-inch MacBook Air did not receive the same flash storage update.

The cool cats at iFixit decided to test Apple’s “two times faster” claim by comparing SSD speeds between a new 11-inch MacBook Air and a new 13-inch MacBook Air, with results that suggest the SSD in the 13-inch MacBook Air is indeed nearly twice as fast as the SSD in the MacBook Air.

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Force Touch trackpad analyzed, first hands-on experiences posted

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Date: Monday, March 16th, 2015, 09:53
Category: Hardware, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News

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The Force Touch trackpad is apparently the trackpad that clicks back at you.

That’s the way it’s being described, as the new trackpad isn’t the usual button that’s pressed during use, but a set of electromagnets that move enough to feel like there’s a click happening. The end result feels like a regular click, which Apple calls the “Taptic Engine”, the electromagnet essentially pushing back at you.

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Apple introduces 12-inch MacBook, offers improvements to currently available MacBook Pro, MacBook Air models

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Date: Monday, March 9th, 2015, 14:57
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News

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This may be the MacBook you’ve been waiting for.

On Monday at its “Spring Forward” media event, on Monday, Apple revealed a new 12-inch MacBook, a radical revamp that shakes up the winning MBA design by dumping virtually every conventional port—Thunderbolt, the SD card slot, a power connector, everything—in favor of a pair a single USB Type-C connection and an audio jack.

The overhaul slims the notebook down to a mere 2 lbs. and 13.1mm—the slimmest MacBook by a full 24 percent, according to Apple’s Phil Schiller. This is in addition to a new, full fanless design, which Apple has never done before.

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Rumor: Apple could launch 12-inch Retina MacBook Air alongside Apple Watch at March 9th media event

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Date: Wednesday, March 4th, 2015, 08:27
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, Rumor

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While the March 9th event is expected to focus on the upcoming Apple Watch, there could be word of the rumored 12-inch Retina MacBook Air as well.

Sources familiar with the matter within Apple have exclusively told The Michael Report that Apple plans to unveil the long-awaited Retina MacBook Air at the same event. The web site has independently verified this information to be highly credible.

While there have been no concrete rumors from major sites linking the Retina MacBook Air to Apple’s March 9 event, previous rumors have indicated that Apple is planning for a spring release. Apple supplier Quanta is said to have begun mass production of the notebook in January, and KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted a March launch for the MacBook.

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Rumor: Apple to bring Touch ID to upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air, other input devices

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Date: Wednesday, February 18th, 2015, 06:51
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, Rumor

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Apple may be expanding its Touch ID technology to other devices.

Current rumors have it that the forthcoming 12-inch MacBook Air — which is widely believed to include a high-resolution Retina display and vastly-reduced I/O — could also sport a Touch ID sensor positioned above its trackpad, according to Taiwanese blog AppleCorner, which has cited supply chain sources. In addition, the Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad may be updated to include the biometric functionality.

That could be a prelude to making Apple Pay available for payments on the web. Currently, Apple Pay can only be used for in-store transactions via NFC or as part of the checkout process for iOS apps.

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