How to uninstall or delete apps on your Mac computer

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It’s easy to uninstall apps from your Mac.

  • You can uninstall apps from your Mac by moving them to the Trash.
  • If you downloaded the app from the App Store, you can also uninstall it through Launchpad.
  • Uninstalling an app should delete most of its data, but some data may be left behind on your Mac.
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If you’re like most people, apps take up more space on your Mac than any other kind of file. And in many cases, the biggest apps are ones that you barely use.

Luckily, it’s easy to uninstall apps on a Mac. You can get rid of them like any other file: Just throw them in the trash.

Here’s how to uninstall apps from your Mac.

How to uninstall apps on a Mac

Using Finder

1. Find the app you want to uninstall, either on your Desktop or in a Finder window. If the app is on your Dock but you can’t find it anywhere else, right-click it in the Dock and then select Options and Show in Finder.

2. Once you find the app icon, you have two options. You can:

  • Right-click the icon and select Move to Trash
  • Click and drag the app icon to the Trash app
A Mac's Applications folder, with the Move to Trash option highlighted.
You can right-click on any app or file to delete it.

In either case, the app icon will disappear from your Finder or Desktop, along with all or most of its data. If the app icon is still in your Dock, just click it and it should give an error message and then disappear.

And to fully delete all the data, open Trash and click Empty in the top-right corner.

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Click “Empty” to fully delete everything in the Trash folder.

Using Launchpad

If you downloaded the app you’re uninstalling from the Mac App Store, you can also uninstall it through the Launchpad.

1. Open Launchpad and scroll to find the app you want to uninstall.

2. Click and hold your mouse on the app until all the apps start to shake.

3. If the app was downloaded from the App Store, it should have an X icon in the top-right corner. Click that X, and then click Delete.

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Click the X and then confirm you want to delete the app.

The app icon – and its data – will disappear.

Olivia Young contributed to a previous version of this article.

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Apple TV Plus has a one-year free trial offer when you buy select products – here’s how to snag the deal before it expires on July 1

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“Ted Lasso” is one of several Apple TV Plus original shows.

  • New Apple TV Plus subscribers can get a one-year free trial with a qualifying Apple device purchase.
  • You must activate your new device by June 30 in order to get the free year.
  • Starting July 1, the trial will be reduced to three months with a qualifying Apple purchase.

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Apple TV Plus is home to a growing library of exclusive series, including the sports comedy “Ted Lasso” and the docuseries “The Me You Can’t See” produced by Oprah and Prince Harry. The service usually costs $5 a month or $50 a year, but customers who buy select Apple products can snag a fantastic deal.

Apple TV Plus has been offering a one-year free trial with the purchase of a new Apple device since the streaming service launched in November 2019. But the days of that promotion are coming to a close, according to the deal’s terms and conditions.

Starting July 1, activations of qualifying new Apple devices will get you a three-month trial of Apple TV Plus rather than a full year. You can still claim the one-year trial, however, if you activate your purchase by June 30.

The deal is valid with the purchase of any new iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, or Apple TV device that can run the latest Apple software.

How to get one year of Apple TV Plus for free

  1. Purchase a qualifying Apple device from the Apple Store or an authorized reseller.
  2. Activate your Apple device by June 30.
  3. Sign in with your Apple ID on your eligible device.
  4. Go to the Apple TV app and claim your offer.
  5. If the offer doesn’t show up when you open the app, navigate to the Apple TV Plus tab to see it.
  6. Once claimed, you’ll get 12 months of Apple TV Plus for free.

After your one-year trial, your plan will renew for the regular price of $5 a month unless you cancel. Customers who activate a qualifying purchase after June 30 will receive a three-month trial instead of one year.

What Apple products qualify?

Any iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, or Apple TV that runs the latest Apple software is eligible for the promotion. Here’s a rundown of some of our top Apple product recommendations.

TV 4K (2021) (small, Preferred: Walmart)iPhone 12 (small, Preferred: Best Buy)2020 iPad 10.2-inch (8th Gen) (small, Preferred: Amazon)11-inch iPad Pro (2021) (small, Preferred: Walmart)New MacBook Air (M1) (small, Preferred: Amazon)iMac (small, Preferred: Amazon)

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How to watch all the announcements from Apple’s biggest software event of the year

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Apple CEO Tim Cook.

  • Apple’s WWDC keynote address will stream live on June 7 at 1 p.m. ET.
  • The keynote is expected to reveal new features coming to iOS 15, MacOS 12, and WatchOS 8.
  • WWDC runs through June 12 with more than 200 conference sessions for developers to watch and join.

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference will be a virtual event for a second consecutive year, starting with a keynote address on June 7 at 1 p.m. ET.

The keynote is expected to feature details related to new Apple software like iOS 15, MacOS 12, and Watch OS 8, as well as potential product announcements for staple Apple devices like the MacBook Pro.

How to watch Apple WWDC, Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference

Apple’s WWDC 2021 keynote will stream live on YouTube and Apple.com starting at 1 p.m. ET on June 7.

If you’re watching at Apple.com, it’s recommended to use Safari on iOS 12 or later, but the stream should be accessible via the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge on various devices.

The YouTube stream of WWDC will be accessible through the YouTube app and website, but we’ve noticed that Apple’s YouTube video seems to run a bit behind the Apple.com feed during live events.

After the keynote address, WWDC will continue through June 12 with more than 200 conference sessions planned. The event gives developers who create software for Apple devices a chance to connect with the company, learn about upcoming features, and improve their skills.

You can view WWDC sessions online at Apple’s developer site starting June 8, or watch inside the Apple Developer app on an Apple device.

What to expect from Apple at WWDC

Apple used last year’s WWDC keynote to introduce its M1 chip, which has significantly improved battery and overall performance for the latest iPad Pro and MacBook models. We anticipate Apple announcing an update to the MacBook Pro, given the company’s track record for annual revisions to its flagship notebook, and a successor to the M1 chip could be introduced too.

WWDC will also likely introduce iOS 15 and the next MacOS after Big Sur. Major updates for iOS and MacOS usually arrive in the fall when new iPhones are released, but Apple often teases new features at WWDC and opens public testing of the upcoming software in the following weeks.

Apple’s last major keynote address was an April event called Spring Loaded, where it introduced iPad Pros and iMacs using M1 chips, a new Bluetooth tracker called AirTag, and a purple iPhone 12.

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How to get a virtual pet on your MacBook Touch Bar with Touchbar Pets

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Touchbar Pets gives you a cute animal without any of the shedding.

  • Touchbar Pets is an app that lets you raise virtual pets that live in your MacBook’s Touch Bar.
  • Once you download Touchbar Pets and launch it, you can adopt a dog, cat, rabbit, or hamster.
  • You can walk, feed, and play with your virtual pets using the Touch Bar.
  • You need a MacBook with a Touch Bar, an iPad set up with Sidecar, or a Touch Bar emulator to use Touchbar pets.
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Tamagotchis, Pokémon, Furbies – if there’s one thing that people can never get enough of, it’s virtual pets.

If you’re looking for a new virtual pet to look after, and you have a MacBook with a Touch Bar, consider the free Touchbar Pets app. With just a few clicks, you can adopt an animal and walk, feed, and play with it all from your Touch Bar.

Here’s how to get Touchbar Pets set up and adopt your first pet.

How to get Touchbar Pets

Firstly, you’ll have to download the app from the developer’s website.

1. Visit the Touchbar Pets homepage and click the blue “Download” button.

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Touchbar Pets is free to download.

2. Save the .zip file to your computer, and then double-click it to extract the “Touchbar Pets” app.

3. Open the app and press “Play.”

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Click “Play” to get started.

4. You’ll be given two options: “Adopt Pet” and “Existing Pets.” Click adopt to make a new pet – once you’ve adopted a pet and closed the app, you can come back later and click “Existing” to see the pet again.

5. In the “Adopt Pet” menu, you can give your pet a name, pick its species (you can have a dog, cat, rabbit, or hamster), and pick its color (white, cream, black, or brown).

Once you’ve got your pet how you want it, click “Create,” and you’re ready to start.

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Design your pet and then create it.

6. You’ll be brought to the main game menu, and a tutorial will appear. Click through it to learn how the game plays, or check out our guide below.

How to play Touchbar Pets

Once you’ve closed the tutorial, your new pet will appear in the Touch Bar, along with four different stats.

  • Health tracks how close your pet is to death. If you go too long without feeding it, this will go down, and eventually hit zero.
  • Hunger tracks if your pet needs food. Letting this drop makes your pet less healthy.
  • Tokens are the currency in Touchbar Pets. Earn them by taking your pet on walks, and spend them on food, toys, and other collectibles.
  • Mode tells you how you can currently interact with your pet. “Design” lets you place props in its habitat, “Eat” lets you feed it, and “Play” lets you give it toys.

The main menu and game modes, explained

In the main menu, you have an inventory with six slots, and five options below it. Each of these has its own function and importance.

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The main menu gives you five main options.

Shop

This is where you’ll spend the tokens you earn. You can buy food, props for your animal’s habitat, and toys. Every animal has its own likes and dislikes, so be sure to read each item’s description.

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Every item has a description and price.

Just note that food and toys are all single-use – once your pet interacts with them, they’ll disappear, and you’ll have to buy them again.

If your pet dies, you can also spend 150 tokens on a “RevivePotion,” which will bring it back to full health.

Walk

This is probably where you’ll be spending most of your time.

Once you choose a walk duration – you can pick between “Short,” “Average,” and “Long” – you can take your pet on walks by pressing and holding your finger on either side of its habitat. You have to keep your finger on the Touch Bar for the entire walk.

By completing a walk, you’ll earn tokens – $50, $100, and $200 respectively for each duration. But you have to complete the entire walk, since you only get your reward at the very end.

Along the way, you’ll also have the chance to find treasure. Every 250m there’s a chance you’ll find a treasure box, which can be tapped for a prize. There’s also a random chance of finding litter, which might also give you treasure when you tap it.

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Walking with a cat and finding litter on the road.

However, be sure to notice if your pet poops on the side of the road. You’ll have to tap their waste to clean it, and if you don’t, you’ll be issued a $20 fine.

Pen

This option puts you in “Design” mode and lets you place props in your pet’s habitat.

While in Design mode, you can click a prop in your inventory and then tap a spot in the habitat to place it. Remember that none of the props are functional – they’re just for making the habitat look cute.

Mode

Unlike the other buttons, “Mode” has two icons that you’ll switch between when you click it.

While you have the bone icon selected, you’re in “Eat” mode. This lets you click a piece of food in your inventory, and then tap a spot in the habitat to place it. Your pet will run over and gobble it up. This, as you might expect, is how you keep its hunger and health stable.

If the tennis ball icon is selected, you’re in “Play” mode. Click a toy in the inventory and tap to place it down, and your pet will come over to check it out and then play with it.

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“Insider” the cat playing with a cardboard box.

Again, remember that food and toys are single-use – once you place it, it’ll be used and gone within moments.

Goals

The Goals menu gives you a list of tasks to accomplish, which you can check off with a star once they’re done. If you’ve ever played a game with achievements, this is similar.

Additionally, if you ever want to read the in-game tutorial again, enter this menu and uncheck the first “Tutorial” goal. As soon as you exit the Goals menu, you’ll be given the tutorial again.

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You won’t get any points for completing these goals, but they can be a fun challenge.

You can only have one pet in a habitat at a time. But feel free to adopt multiple pets – you can switch between them by restarting the app and clicking “Existing Pets” on the intro screen.

Note that to see your pet, you’ll need to be focused on the “Touchbar Pets” app with whatever monitor has the TouchBar. If you click another app, or move the app window to another monitor, your pet will disappear.

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Mac sales are on a hot streak seeing the ‘three best quarters ever’ as consumers continue to upgrade their work-from-home setups

Apple CEO Tim Cook.
Apple CEO Tim Cook.

  • Tim Cook’s comments on the Mac’s success coincide with a rise in demand for the computer.
  • Apple’s Mac and iPads have boomed in the past year as remote workers seek home office improvements.
  • However, Cook confirmed on Wednesday that the chip shortage will delay Mac production.
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Mac sales are on a hot streak.

“The last three quarters for Mac have been its three best quarters ever,” CEO Tim Cook said on the company’s second-quarter earnings call.

Mac quarterly sales by the numbers:

  • Q2 FY 2021: $9 billion
  • Q1 FY 2021: $8.7 billion
  • Q4 FY 2020: $9 billion

Mac sales nearly doubled in Apple’s most recent quarter compared to $5.4 billion the same time a year ago, which was just before sales began to tick up in the third-quarter of 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic began.

The Mac, iPad, and other remote work-friendly products have seen a boom during the pandemic, as people were driven into their homes. The company’s sales in 2020 were largely driven by Macs and other accessories, like Watches.

Cook also said the Mac took a “big step forward” last week when the company unveiled a redesign, which includes the company’s new M1 chip, which it began producing last year. Apple debuted a new colorful line of Mac computers at a virtual event last week.

Amid a crushing chip shortage that is sweeping the globe, Apple’s iPhone production has been unaffected. However, the production of its MacBooks and iPads has been postponed due to the semiconductor crisis.

Read more: Apple’s reportedly delaying its next Macs and iPads thanks to a global parts shortage, and it’s a bad sign for the tech industry

Sources told Nikkei that Apple has pushed its orders for components back to later this year, since the shortage is already delaying the assembly of the devices.

Cook and Apple’s chief financial officer Luca Maestri confirmed on Wednesday’s call that the chip shortage has indeed impacted MacBook and iPad production.

“It’s a combination of the shortages as well as the very, very high level of demand that we are seeing for both iPad and iMac,” Maestri said.

Cook said he estimates Apple will lose $3 billion to $4 billion in revenue because of the shortage.

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How to mirror your iPhone screen to a Mac computer with QuickTime or AirPlay

  • You can mirror your iPhone screen to a Mac with QuickTime and a Lightning to USB cable, or AirPlay and a third-party app.
  • When you mirror your iPhone to Mac with AirPlay, you need to be on the same Wi-Fi network and use a third-party app like Reflector.
  • When you use QuickTime to mirror content, you don’t need AirPlay or the same Wi-Fi network, but you do need a cable.
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One of the iPhone’s greatest assets is its connectivity. Built into Apple products are several ways to share what you’re viewing or working on from your iPhone to a Mac.

This can be useful if you want to display a photo album or app on your computer, or play video content directly from iPhone apps like Hulu.

The drawback to mirroring your iPhone to your Mac, however, is that you have to either use the QuickTime app on your Mac, which requires a wired connection, or download a third-party app, like Reflector, which uses AirPlay. Here’s how to do both.

How to mirror your iPhone to a Mac with QuickTime

1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac using your Lightning to USB cable.

2. Open QuickTime on your Mac.

3. Click on “File” in the menu bar at the top of the screen.

4. Click “New Movie Recording.”

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Under “File,” click “New Movie Recording.”

5. Next to the red record button (bottom middle), click on the down arrow. Select your iPhone from the list of available devices. If it’s not there, try disconnecting and reconnecting your iPhone.

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Select your iPhone from the drop-down menu to connect to it.

6. Your phone should now be fully mirrored on your computer, in the exact shape of your iPhone screen.

How to mirror your iPhone to a Mac with AirPlay

AirPlay is an Apple feature that lets you wirelessly stream content from one device to another. It’s designed for streaming from an iPhone, iPad, or Mac to an Apple TV or AirPlay-compatible smart TV.

There’s no direct way to AirPlay, or screen mirror, from an iPhone to a Mac, but you can work around that by downloading a third-party app like Reflector, and connecting both devices to the same Wi-Fi network.

To mirror your iPhone to Mac, first download Reflector on Mac. Then open the Control Center on your iPhone, click AirPlay, and select the Mac you want to mirror to.

Here’s a full step-by-step guide.

1. Download the Reflector app on your Mac, and open it.

2. You can either AirPlay content directly from an app that allows for AirPlay like Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, or the NFL app, in this example. Or, you can AirPlay your entire iPhone screen by opening the Control Center.

3. If you’re AirPlaying from within an app, start playing content, like a show or movie, and hit the AirPlay symbol (it’s a rectangle with a solid triangle at the bottom) in the upper-right corner of the video.

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When playing content within some apps, like Amazon Prime Video, you have the option to AirPlay the video.

If you’re AirPlaying from the Control Center, select the “Screen Mirroring” tile.

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In the Control Center on your iPhone, select “Screen Mirroring.”

4. Once you’ve selected either the AirPlay symbol from within an app or “Screen Mirroring” from the Control Center, a pop-up will ask you to select a device – tap the name of your Mac.

5. Your iPhone will ask for an AirPlay Code, which will be displayed on your Mac. Type the code into the text box on your iPhone. Your iPhone content will now show up on the Reflector program on your Mac.

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Your AirPlay content will appear on the computer in the exact quality it appears in on your iPhone.

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The 4 best Apple MacBook laptops in 2021 for work, general use, and students

  • Apple’s M1-powered MacBook Air is the best choice for most people.
  • But for those who need a bigger screen and better speakers, we recommend the 16-inch MacBook Pro.
  • Check out our guide to the best laptops for more buying advice.

Whether you’re a Mac or Windows fan, buying a new computer is an important decision. At the very least, a good laptop should offer the right level of performance, long battery life, and a comfortable keyboard and trackpad at a reasonable price.

For Apple users, the M1-powered MacBook Air is the best at fulfilling this criteria. Apple’s new chip enables battery life that may very well be the longest we’ve ever seen in a laptop, as well as impressively fast performance.

Of course, the MacBook Air isn’t right for everyone, which is why we also recommend the 16-inch MacBook Pro for those who need more screen space, storage, and higher-quality speakers. There are also a few reasons why Apple’s Intel-powered MacBook Pro might be a better choice, especially if your workflow involves specialized software that might not be optimized for Apple’s new chip yet.

But if you’re not in a rush, it might be worth waiting before you buy. Apple is expected to release new versions of the MacBook Pro this year, followed by a refreshed MacBook Air, according to Bloomberg. The new laptops are said to come with the next iteration of Apple’s M1 processor, improved designs, and a new version of the MagSafe charging system it used to include on its laptops.

Here are the best MacBooks you can buy:

The best MacBook overall

Apple MacBook Air 2020

The latest MacBook Air released in late 2020 gains Apple’s new M1 processor, which brings impressively fast performance and long battery life, for under $1,000, making it the best Apple laptop overall.

Pros: Fast performance, super-long battery life, much-improved camera

Cons: iPhone apps don’t add much to the experience

The MacBook Air has consistently been the go-to MacBook for most people and a solid entry-level computer. But the introduction of Apple’s M1 chip makes it even more powerful than its predecessor for the same price, solidifying its choice as our top pick.

The M1-powered MacBook Air‘s battery life alone makes it a worthwhile choice. During my testing, I was able to get more than 12 hours of use out of the MacBook Air, far longer than the roughly seven hours of usage I experienced on the Intel-powered model from early 2020. 

The M1 chip’s eight-core processor also brings notable performance gains, making tasks like photo editing and exporting large files a breeze. During my tests, it was faster than the previous Intel-powered MacBook Pro at just about everything. It also uses Apple’s image signal processor for its webcam, meaning you can expect much clearer video quality on your next Zoom call. 

Otherwise, it comes with the same sleek wedge-shaped design that’s been present on the MacBook Air line for years, as well as Apple’s much-improved Magic Keyboard. In terms of storage and memory, the MacBook Air goes up to 2TB of capacity and 16GB of RAM. It comes with two USB-C ports on all configurations. 

Laptops like the MacBook Air that are powered by Apple’s own chip can also run iPhone apps, since this chip is based on the same basic architecture as the one in the company’s smartphones. While that’s a nice perk, it’s really the performance and battery life that make Apple’s M1 stand out.

The best high-performance MacBook

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The 16-inch MacBook Pro‘s powerful performance, larger screen, and high-quality speakers make it a great choice for creative professionals. 

Pros: Larger display, great keyboard, lots of configuration options, excellent speakers

Cons: Hefty upgrade prices, only four I/O ports for the size

The end of 2019 brought us the first entirely new MacBook Pro since 2016: a 16-inch version that replaces the long-standing 15.4-inch model. It was also the first laptop to get Apple’s superior new Magic Keyboard.

The 16-inch MacBook Pro has plenty to offer when it comes to performance and configuration options. Although it doesn’t run on Apple’s new M1 chip, Apple’s biggest laptop does come with up to an eight-core Intel processor, up to 64GB of memory, up to 8TB of storage, and up to 11 hours of battery life.

Those are the highest configuration options for memory and storage across Apple’s laptop lineup. Compared to the other laptops Apple sells, the 16-inch Pro also has the most selection when it comes to graphics, with the option to configure it with a variety of AMD Radeon Pro GPUs. 

But it’s not just the broader configuration options and larger size that makes this the best choice for pros. The 16-inch MacBook Pro comes with a three-microphone array and is the only Apple laptop with a six-speaker audio system, making it a better choice for media professionals that may need high-quality audio playback. The speakers can also come in handy if you’re on a lot of Zoom calls throughout the day and need a system that’s a bit louder and clearer. 

All told, the 16-inch MacBook Pro‘s bigger size, variety of configuration options, and high quality speakers are ideal for those shopping for something that isn’t quite as large and powerful as a desktop, but is closer to the desktop experience than any of Apple’s other laptops.

The best middle of the road MacBook

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For anyone that needs as much power as Apple is willing to cram within a 13-inch laptop, the MacBook Pro with M1 is worth a look. 

The MacBook Air is powerful enough for everyday tasks. But the 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1 is better-suited for those who need more power in a laptop that’s not as big as the 16-inch. It shares many similarities with the MacBook Air; they both come in nearly identical configuration options, include the same number of ports, and have very similar screens. 

But since the MacBook Pro has a fan-powered cooling system unlike the Air, it’s probably better at maintaining high performance for longer periods of time. So if you frequently run heavy workloads that involve crunching a lot of data, for example, the Pro is probably a better bet. Another added benefit: it has slightly longer battery life than the M1-powered Air.

Those are the biggest differences between the M1-powered Pro and Air, but the former’s processor also has an extra core in its GPU at the base level compared to the Air. Its screen is also slightly brighter, and the Pro’s speakers support high dynamic range unlike the Air’s.

Like the Air, the Pro has two USB-C ports, a 720 camera that uses Apple’s image signal processor, Touch ID, and the Magic Keyboard.  

The 13-inch M1 MacBook Pro falls into a strange place in Apple’s lineup. It doesn’t have the perks that make the 16-inch Pro stand out, like a six-speaker audio system and flexible configuration options. But it also doesn’t have much that distinguishes it from the Air to justify the $300 starting price difference. 

Still, that’s exactly what makes it the right choice for buyers who find themselves in the middle. It’s a great option for those who want a bit more than what the Air has to offer along with the benefits of Apple’s M1 chip.

The best college MacBook

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The best MacBook for college packs powerful performance into a compact, 13-inch laptop, but expands the connectivity options to four USB-C ports instead of two.

Pros: More storage and RAM, two extra USB-C ports for connectivity, great keyboard

Cons: Shorter battery life than M1 MacBook Pro and Air

Apple’s Intel-powered versions of the 13-inch MacBook Pro fill in the gaps when it comes to storage, memory, and connectivity compared to the M1 model. 

Unlike the 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1, the Intel version offers up to 32GB of memory, up to 4TB of storage, and four USB-C ports. The M1 model, by comparison, tops out at 16GB of memory, 2TB of storage, and two USB-C ports. It’s great for those who need more connectivity and storage than the M1-powered MacBook Pro allows for, but don’t want a laptop that’s as large and expensive as the 16-inch model. 

That extra ports alone could make this model worth it for college students, who may need to charge their laptop, plug in their iPhone, and connect a hard drive containing large video projects for class all at the same time. Plus, the Intel-powered MacBook Pro may be a safer option if you rely on specific software for classwork since Apple’s M1 architecture is still new and app makers are still updating their programs for it.

The Intel-powered 13-inch MacBook Pro comes in models that run on a Core i5 or Core i7 chip, which should be more than capable of managing hefty workloads. It has the same Retina display as Apple’s M1 laptops, and also has Apple’s Magic Keyboard. Like its M1-powered sibling, the Intel-based 13-inch Pro also has speakers with high dynamic range.

Although the Intel-powered 13-inch MacBook Pro offers the right balance of performance, portability, and flexible choices that make it ideal for the college experience, there are reasons students should consider Apple’s M1 laptops, too. 

The M1 MacBook Air may be a better fit if you need a laptop for little more than writing papers and prioritize long battery life and portability over additional configuration options.

How to buy a MacBook

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These are the top factors to consider when purchasing a new MacBook.

Performance 

To decide which MacBook is right for you, it’s important to understand what you intend to use it for. If you need a powerful machine for processing images, editing video, or handling complex data, the MacBook Pro is a better choice. 

Apple’s MacBook Pro models, particularly the 13-inch Intel-powered one with four ports and the 16-inch MacBook Pro, are upgradeable to 32GB of memory, while the less expensive M1 MacBook Pro, Intel-powered MacBook Pro with two ports, and M1-powered MacBook Air only come with up to 16GB of memory.

Even if you don’t need that much memory, a MacBook Pro model is still the best pick if performance is your top priority. For example, although the M1 MacBook Pro and MacBook Air are very similar, the MacBook Pro has a slight edge when it comes to performance since it has a fan-powered cooling system and an extra graphics core in its processor at the base level.


Battery life

If battery life matters the most, go for the M1 MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. Apple’s custom chip brings unprecedented battery life to its laptops, with the MacBook Air lasting for up to 18 hours according to Apple’s estimates, and the MacBook Pro lasting for 20 hours. Apple’s Intel-powered laptops, by comparison, are only estimated to get between 10-12 hours of battery life.


Storage

Storage is also critical when it comes to picking out a new laptop. If you need the most space you can possibly get in a MacBook, you’ll want to consider Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro, which is configurable up to 8TB. The 13-inch Intel-powered MacBook Pro with four ports is a close second, since you can order it with up to 4TB of storage.

Apple’s other current laptops, including the M1 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, are only configurable up to 2TB of storage.


Size

Looking for a larger-sized laptop for getting work done? The 16-inch MacBook Pro is your best bet. It’s the only Apple laptop that comes in a size bigger than 13 inches, making it the right pick if you want a laptop that’s more ideal for a desktop-like setup rather than portability. 

If you want the most compact Apple laptop, check out the MacBook Air. Like most of Apple’s MacBook Pro laptops, the Air has a 13-inch screen. But it’s slightly lighter at 2.8 pounds, while the MacBook Pros weigh 3 pounds or more.

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How to connect a Magic Keyboard to your Mac so you can type wirelessly

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It’s easy to connect a Magic Keyboard to any Mac computer.

  • You can connect a Magic Keyboard to your Mac through Bluetooth or using the Lightning port and charging cable.
  • The first time you pair your devices, you’ll need to use the latter method, along with a Lightning-to-USB (or USB-C) cable, to create a connection, then turn on Bluetooth.
  • You may also need to get an adapter for the Lightning port method, depending on the computer you have.
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Whether you’re using a Mac or MacBook, the Magic Keyboard can be a valuable tool for getting things done.

Here’s what you need to do to connect the keyboard to your computer so that you can start using it.

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Lawsuit over Apple’s faulty MacBook butterfly keyboards gets class-action status in California

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  • A judge approved a class-action lawsuit against Apple for the defective butterfly keyboards.
  • Since 2015, the butterfly design has been widely criticized for its “sticky” keys.
  • Apple discontinued the butterfly keyboard last year and replaced it with its Magic Keyboard.

A California judge has approved a class-action lawsuit brought against Apple for the company’s faulty MacBook keyboards known as the butterfly keyboard design.

According to the suit, “Apple noticed that customers were returning the butterfly-equipped MacBook at a higher rate than predecessor products.” The company began to modify the design to address customer concerns, but the butterfly keyboard was still used on MacBook models through 2019.

Customers in California, New York, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, Washington, or Michigan are eligible to join in the class-action suit. Qualifying products include:

  • 2015 MacBook
  • 2016 MacBook, MacBook Pro
  • 2017 MacBook, MacBook Pro
  • 2018 MacBook Pro, MacBook Air
  • 2019 MacBook Pro, MacBook Air

The class-action suit excludes those who own the 16-inch MacBook Pro released in November 2019.

The butterfly keyboard design has been widely criticized by consumers since its launch in 2015. Customers have complained of having issues with the keys sticking together, the keyboard’s inability to work when pressing certain keys, discomfort when using the slim design, and overall issues with the keyboard’s ability to function properly.

In 2018, John Gruber, a well-known Apple blogger, even went as far to call the keyboards the “worst products in Apple history.”

Apple initially told MacBook users to keep the keyboards clean with compressed air to address technical issues. However, in 2019 the company issued a formal apology for the trouble that its keyboards had been causing. Soon after, Apple began offering free repair services and issuing refunds for people who had been paying for the keyboards upkeep.

In 2020, Apple discontinued the butterfly keyboard design and announced that its Magic Keyboard would be available across Apple’s entire laptop lineup.

In the press release announcing the new MacBook Pro last year, Tom Boger, Apple’s senior director of Mac and iPad product marketing, called it “the best typing experience ever on a Mac notebook.”

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Apple’s latest computers are being targeted by a new type of malware – and 30,000 machines are already infected

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Apple’s M1 chip is the target of a new type of malware.

In November 2020, Apple unveiled a sleight of new computers that were powered by the company’s first-ever in-house silicon: The Apple M1 chip.

By early 2021, it looks like Apple’s line of new computers has already been breached by a malicious set of software nicknamed “Silver Sparrow.” Just shy of 30,000 of Apple’s new computers have already been infected, according to the security firm Red Canary, primarily in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, and Germany.

The infected machines range from the Mac Mini desktop to the latest version of Apple’s laptops. Both the latest MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro are powered by M1 chips.

Notably, security researchers have yet to observe the Silver Sparrow malware actually doing anything harmful. 

“Though we haven’t observed Silver Sparrow delivering additional malicious payloads yet,” Tony Lambert, an analyst at Red Canary intelligence, wrote in a blog post. “Its forward-looking M1 chip compatibility, global reach, relatively high infection rate, and operational maturity suggest Silver Sparrow is a reasonably serious threat, uniquely positioned to deliver a potentially impactful payload at a moment’s notice.”

Though viruses are uncommon on Apple’s computers, a variety of other malicious software impacts Macs. The best way to protect yourself is to use free software from companies like Malwarebytes, which scans your computer and quarantines harmful software.

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