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Apple apologizes for failing MacBook keyboards yet again

March 28th, 2019
The 2017 and 2018 15-inch MacBook Pros side-by-side. Each has a butterfly keyboard.

Enlarge / The 2017 and 2018 15-inch MacBook Pros side-by-side. Each has a butterfly keyboard. (credit: Samuel Axon)

Apple has again acknowledged failures in MacBook butterfly keyboards and apologized. The apology was included in a Wall Street Journal report by prominent tech journalist Joanna Stern pointing out that, like some others, she encountered a keyboard failure in her 2018 MacBook Air.

Stern published the following statement sent to her by an Apple spokesperson:

We are aware that a small number of users are having issues with their third-generation butterfly keyboard and for that we are sorry. The vast majority of Mac notebook customers are having a positive experience with the new keyboard.

The spokesperson also advised users to contact Apple customer support if they had a problem with the keyboards, Stern wrote.

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Huawei Matebook 13 review: A cheaper Matebook X Pro with killer performance

January 29th, 2019
Huawei Matebook 13 review: A cheaper Matebook X Pro with killer performance

Enlarge (credit: Valentina Palladino)

Despite company turmoil, Huawei continues to go after a slice of the US laptop market. Following the release of the Matebook X Pro last year, the Chinese company debuted the Matebook 13 today. The thin-and-light notebook promises to be lighter on customers' wallets than last year's more premium model but still strong in design and specs.

Many (including myself) may be getting bored of MacBook-esque laptops, but Huawei is using the design of the Matebook 13 to its advantage. The company wants to snag customers' attention with a familiar, high-end design and then offer them features and specs that other 13-inch notebooks don't have, such as a 25W Nvidia MX150 graphics card. But this space is crowded with similar Windows devices, and the Matebook 13's stand-out features may not be enough to produce many converts.

Look and feel

The Matebook 13, like the Matebook X Pro, is a minimalist's dream laptop in terms of its design. Its aluminum-alloy unibody has a smooth satin finish, and the diamond-cut edges give the machine just enough aesthetic "edge" to appear premium but not ostentatious. Only the massive, raised Huawei logo in the center of the lid messes up this aesthetic, and while not unique, it may be enough for some of the most design-focused among us to turn up their noses at this device. Overall, though, the Matebook 13 is a sturdy laptop that doesn't bend under pressure, and its understated design will appeal to those who want a simple yet attractive laptop.

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Huawei debuts yet another MacBook-looking laptop: The $999 Matebook 13

January 7th, 2019

Valentina Palladino

If Huawei's Matebook X Pro was its answer to Apple's MacBook Pro, the new Matebook 13 is the company's answer to the MacBook Air. At CES, Huawei introduced a new series into its laptop line, and its flagship is a 13-inch Ultrabook that borrows just as much from its premium Matebook X Pro as it does from Apple's revamped thin-and-light notebook.

The Matebook 13 resembles a slightly shrunken version of the Matebook X Pro, with a satin finish on its aluminum alloy body and diamond-cut edges. Since it's a 13-inch device, there's less space around the keyboard than there is on the Matebook X Pro, giving the keyboard and trackpad area a similar look to Apple's MacBook. There's not a lot of space on the sides of the keys, and the trackpad is a bit narrow, but Huawei did include its combined fingerprint reader and power button at the top-right corner of the keyboard.

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iFixit tears down the Mac mini and MacBook Air

November 9th, 2018


On schedule as always, iFixit has documented teardowns of the new Mac mini and MacBook Air and given them each a repairability score. The Mac mini is an improvement over the 2014 model in a few ways. The MacBook Air has some positive points for user serviceability, but it requires a significant teardown to do much.

Starting with the Mac mini, iFixit found that after opening the enclosure, you just have to unscrew and remove the fan to get inside. The logic board can be removed without special tools. Unlike the 2014 Mac mini's RAM, the RAM in this model can be replaced. It's covered by a metal cage, but once you unscrew and remove that, it's easy. The power supply can also be removed and replaced, but you'll want to use a tool for it. On the negative side, the CPU cannot be replaced, and damage to any of the ports would require a logic board replacement.

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New MacBook Air, Mac mini hands-on: Making old favorites new again

October 30th, 2018

Valentina Palladino

NEW YORK—Apple led today's event by talking about two of its most-loved devices: the MacBook Air and the Mac mini. While Apple customers may have loved these devices since their debuts, Apple hasn't shown them much love over the past couple of years.

That changed today with the introduction of the new MacBook Air (which includes updates like a Retina display, Touch ID, and Apple's butterfly keyboard) and a new Mac mini (which got a big spec bump with quad- and hexa-core processors). Today's event brought the biggest hardware changes that both devices have seen in a long time, and yet they still have a lot in common with their predecessors—and that's a good thing.

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What Apple might announce at its October 30 “special event” in Brooklyn

October 26th, 2018
The 10.5-inch (left) and 9.7-inch iPad Pros.

Enlarge / The 10.5-inch (left) and 9.7-inch iPad Pros. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

This coming Tuesday, Apple will host its second live product announcement even of the fall. While September's event focused on three new iPhone models and an updated Apple Watch, we expect this event to include updates to the iPad Pro that would add new power user features and bring the device closer in design to the company's latest iPhones. We wouldn't be surprised to see some new Macs, too.

The event will take place at the Howard Gilman Opera House and Brooklyn Academy of Music. The last event was at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, but it's not unusual for the company to branch out to new locations that fit the theme of the products being introduced. For example, the company introduced its education-targeted iPads at a school in Chicago earlier this year.

To that point, creative work seems to be the implied focus of the products coming this week. There's the venue, yes, but Apple also accompanied members of the press' invitation with the words "there's more in the making" and a series of artists' renditions of its logos in various styles, pictured here.

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“There’s more in the making”—Apple announces October 30 event

October 18th, 2018


Apple will host another product announcement event on October 30 at 10am Eastern time, according to invitations that have gone out to members of the press and an update to Apple's live events page.

The invitation for the event carries the copy, "There's more in the making," and it's accompanied by artistic renditions of Apple's logo. This combo suggests the products discussed at this event might be targeted at creative professionals and hobbyists—a common theme for Apple's products of late. In fact, there appear to be several versions of the logo, and different members of the press received different ones. You can see many of them above or by refreshing the Apple live events page.

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