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Resource id #62OpenTV Files Lawsuit Against Apple Over Allegations iTunes Violates Five Patents
itunesiconSoftware maker OpenTV has filed a patent lawsuit against Apple based on accusations that several of the company's products and services, including iTunes, infringe upon five of its patents related to streaming digital video. The civil suit was filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, and OpenTV is seeking undiclosed compensation for the alleged patent infringement, according to Re/code.
"OpenTV alleges that Apple’s iTunes software for downloading or streaming rented movies violates its patents for securely delivering media to consumer devices. The suit claims that other companies, including Apple rival Google, Cisco Systems and Disney, have licensed its technology."
In late February, a Tyler, Texas district court ordered Apple to pay $532.9 million to patent licensing firm Smartflash LLC in a separate iTunes-related lawsuit for infringing upon the Texas-based company's patents related to digital rights management, data storage and managing access through payment systems. Apple argued that Smartflash was exploiting the patent system and vowed to appeal the decision.

OpenTV was an early provider of interactive TV software used in millions of TV set-top boxes, according to the report, and the wholly owned subsidiary of The Kudelski Group now creates software for on-demand video services and digital video recorders. OpenTV's patents belong to a portfolio of more than 4,400 pending and issued patents related to the secure delivery of media.


Buyer's Guide: Deals on MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, Apps, Apple Accessories, and More
Happy May! Heading into the first of the month, deals on Macs continue to be good, while deals on iPads are less impressive. It's a good time to buy a Retina MacBook Pro or a MacBook Air (either one of the new models or the older 2014 models -- discounts on both are solid), but if you're looking for an iPad and can hold out for a few weeks, you might be able to get a better price.

Along with the discounts on Macs and iOS devices that we share each week, we've also rounded up this week's best app deals and we've hunted down some discounts on useful Apple accessories.

iPad Air 2


Best Buy continues to offer the lowest prices we've seen on a single iPad Air 2: the 16GB Cellular iPad Air 2 in silver is available for $499.99, $130 off its regular price.

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B&H Photo is offering a small discount on all of its iPad Air 2 models, dropping prices by $30 to $50. With the discount, the 16GB WiFi only iPad Air 2 is priced at $459 and the 64GB model is priced at $569.

MacMall is also offering some discounts on iPad Air 2 models, dropping the prices by $30 to $50. With the discount, the 16GB entry-level Wi-Fi only iPad Air 2 is priced at $459, while the Wi-Fi-only 64GB iPad Air 2 is available for $539.

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Best Buy has a couple of original iPad Air cellular models available at low prices. The 16GB Verizon iPad Air is available for $379.99, and the 32GB Verizon iPad Air is available for $429.99.

Both Best Buy and B&H Photo have deep discounts on some remaining stock of now-discontinued higher-capacity iPad Air models, as listed below.

- iPad Air Wi-Fi Space Gray 128GB - $549
- iPad Air Cellular Space Gray 128GB (AT&T) - $499
- iPad Air Cellular Silver 128GB (AT&T) - $499
- iPad Air Cellular Silver 64GB (AT&T) - $429
- iPad Air Cellular Space Gray 64GB (AT&T) - $449
- iPad Air Cellular Silver 64GB (Verizon) - $566.99
- iPad Air Cellular Space Gray 64GB (Verizon) - $449
- iPad Air Cellular Silver 128GB (Verizon) - $579
- iPad Air Cellular Space Gray 128GB (Verizon) - $549

iPad mini 3


B&H Photo is offering some modest discounts on various iPad mini 3 models, dropping the price by up to $60. The 64GB Cellular iPad mini 3 in gold is priced at $549, while the 16GB Cellular gold version is priced at $479. The Wi-Fi only 128GB iPad mini 3 in Silver is $549, while the 64GB version is priced at $439.

Discounts for each model and and color vary, but most models are being offered at a lower price than you'll find at the Apple Store, and buying from B&H, you won't have to pay sales tax unless you're in New York.

iPad mini 2


Best Buy, B&H Photo, and Amazon have remaining stock of now-discontinued higher-capacity iPad mini 2 models, which are a good deal if you're looking for an iPad mini. Compared to the iPad mini 3, the iPad mini 2 only lacks Touch ID.

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- iPad mini Cellular Silver 128GB (AT&T) - $449
- iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 128GB (AT&T) - $449
- iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 64GB (AT&T) - $399.99
- iPad mini Cellular Silver 128GB (Verizon) - $434
- iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 128GB (Verizon) - $534.99
- iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 64GB (Verizon) - $429.99

iMac


- 21.5-inch 2.7GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,189, $110 off
- 21.5-inch 2.9GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,389, $120 off
- 27-inch 3.2GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,689, $110 off
- 27-inch 3.4GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,794, $205 off
- 27-inch 3.5Ghz/8GB/1TB Retina iMac (Adorama) - $2,329.99, $170 off

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Mac mini


- 1.4GHz/4GB/500GB (Amazon) (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $464.99, $34 off
- 2.6GHz/8GB/1TB (MacMall) - $658.99, $40 off
- 2.8GHz/8GB/1TB (MacMall) - $934.99, $60 off

MacBook Air


- 2015 11-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB (B&H Photo) - $799, $100 off
- 2015 11-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/256GB (Best Buy) (Amazon) (B&H Photo) (Adorama) - $1044.99, $50 off
- 2015 13-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB (Amazon) (B&H Photo) (Adorama) - $949.99, $50 off
- 2015 13-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/256GB (Best Buy) - $1,099.99, $100 off
- 2014 11-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB (Adorama) - $719.99, $180 off
- 2014 11-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB (Amazon) (B&H Photo) - $899, $200 off
- 2014 13-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB (B&H Photo) - $819, $180 off
- 2014 13-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB (Amazon) (Adorama) (B&H Photo)- $1,029, $170 off

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Retina MacBook Pro


- 2015 13-inch 2.7Ghz/8GB/128GB (Amazon) (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,234.99, $64 off
- 2015 13-inch 2.7GHz/8GB/256GB (B&H Photo) (MacMall) - $1,424.99, $74 off
- 2015 13-inch 2.9GHz/8GB/512GB (Best Buy) (B&H Photo) - $1709.99, $90 off
- 2014 15-inch 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB (B&H Photo) (MacMall) - $1,799, $200 off
- 2014 15-inch 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) (MacMall)- $1,799.99, $200 off
- 2014 15-inch 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) (MacMall) -$2,249, $250 off
- 2014 13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB/128GB (B&H Photo) - $1,129, $170 off
- 2014 13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB/256GB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,249, $239 off
- 2014 13-inch 2.8GHz/8GB/512GB (B&H Photo) - $1,529 $270 off

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Apps


There are quite a few apps that are on sale at discounted prices or available for free for a limited time. We'll highlight a few here, but make sure to check out our sister site AppShopper for a complete list.

MoneyWiz 2 is available for $0.99, down from $4.99. 360 degree photo taking app Cycloramic for iPhone 6 is available for free, down from $1.99. Flick Kick Field Goal is available for free, down from $1.99.

Adventure game Swordigo is available for free, down from $2.99. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is available for $2.99, down from $9.99. Worms3 is available for $0.99, down from $4.99. Alto's Adventure is available for $1.99, down from $2.99. Hours Time Tracking is available for free, down from $6.99.

Mighty Switch Force! Hose It Down! was named Apple's App of the Week, so it will be free to download until next Thursday when a new app is picked.

Apple Accessories


Groupon is selling a single set of Apple EarPods for $12.99 or a set of two for $24.99, a decent discount off the regular price of $29. Groupon has the Apple Bluetooth keyboard for $63.99, down from $79. Groupon also has the OtterBox Defender Case and Holster for the iPhone 6 available for $29.99, down from $59.95.

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StackSocial is offering the Satechi Aluminum 4-port USB Clamp Hub for $19.99, down from $29.99. Woot is selling a Lightning cable 2-pack for $15.99 until tomorrow, a good deal because one cable is normally priced at $19.99. Beats by Dre Solo HD Drenched headphones are available from Target for $129.99, down from $169.99.

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In celebration of Mother's Day, Vaja is offering 10 percent off all of its premium leather device cases. Just enter promo code MAMA when checking out. TwelveSouth is offering 12 percent off site wide with the promo code LOVEMOM though May 10.

Groupon's still running a big Apple event and selling a range of Apple products and accessories at discounted prices, including the LifeProof Fre case for the iPad Air, Apple EarPods, Speck MacBook cases, MagSafe chargers, Mophie battery cases, and more.

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Groupon is selling the Griffin Survivor Case for iPhone 5/5s for $11.99, down from $49.99. The MyCharge Hub 9000 Power Bank is available for $64.99 from Amazon, down from $139.99. Incase is offering a free Portable Power 2500 USB battery pack with a $150 purchase using the code POWERONUS15.

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Twitter CEO Mentions Spotlight Integration on Mac and iOS, Sparks Speculation of More to Come
Apple may be looking to further beef up its search platform "Spotlight" for iOS and OS X with deeper integration of Tweets and Twitter accounts, according to Twitter CEO Dick Costolo (via Macworld). Spotlight already provides some Twitter search options, letting users place an "@" symbol ahead of a name to search for an account or a "#" to search for popular hashtags on the service. Users can also include "twitter" in their Spotlight search terms to pull up relevant accounts.

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Spotlight is Apple's baked-in search platform, which allows users to quickly look up documents, photos, and other files stored on their computers. Recent updates to the platform have introduced web-based results as well, including information pulled from Wikipedia, search results from Bing, iTunes content, and basic dictionary functionality.

Costolo hinted at the possibility of even more in-depth Twitter integration with Spotlight during the company's quarterly earnings call on Tuesday, noting Twitter is "working with Apple to surface great Twitter content and accounts" in Spotlight. As Macworld points out, the Twitter CEO didn't provide any further information beyond suggesting the integration will help "make it easier and quicker to find great things on Twitter."

While perhaps referring only to the existing integration and far from a confirmation on new functionality coming to Spotlight's Twitter features, it appears the two companies have at least been discussing where the partnership may be heading in the future. Twitter and Apple have been known to work together closely in the past, with system wide integration for the social network premiering on iOS 5 back in 2011 and partial OS X integration also available.


Pixelmator for Mac Updated With Force Touch Trackpad Support, Improved Repair Tool
pixelmatormacPopular image editing app Pixelmator was today updated to version 3.3.2, introducing a more powerful repair tool and introducing support for the new Photos app and the Force Touch trackpad found in the new MacBook and the recently updated 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro.

Pixelmator's repair tool (the bandaid icon in the app) lets users remove unwanted objects from photos in just a few minutes using a paintbrush, and in 3.3.2, the repair tool has been improved to be faster and more efficient, resulting in even cleaner results when removing an object from an image.
Repair tool is one of our many secret scientific projects that is fun and interesting to work with. We even used the new Mac Pro (because it's extremely fast and powerful) to automatically improve our Repair technology algorithms.

Since there are numerous ways to repair any area of an image, our Mac Pro worked incredibly hard for months to find the best algorithm. It analyzed millions of possible ways to repair areas of various complexity and then it compared the speed and quality ratio of each final result. Lastly, our Mac Pro (this is really awesome) derived with a repairing strategy that gives the optimal result every single time. How smart is that!

After updating to 3.3.2, Pixelmator users with a Force Touch trackpad can use it for pressure sensitive painting. The Force Touch trackpad sensors detect how much pressure is being applied to the trackpad, and Pixelmator uses that information to change the size of the brush while painting for thicker or thinner lines.

With Photos for OS X support, also included in the new update, Pixelmator users can access their Photos libraries from within the Photos Browser inside the Pixelmator app.

Pixelmator can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $29.99. [Direct Link]


New 'LiftPro' Electric Desk Offers Built-In Docks For iOS Devices
iSkelter has released several TechDesks that are designed specifically for Apple devices with Mac air vents and built-in slots for holding the iPhone and the iPad, and as of today, the company's latest desk, the LiftPro, is available for pre-order on Indiegogo.

The LiftPro is an electric desk that can be adjusted to several different heights suitable for sitting or standing, and like all of iSkelter's desks, it comes with built-in organizational components. There are display docks for the iPhone and the iPad, along with recessed felt trays for holding accessories, a stainless steel drink holder, and a built-in mousepad that sits flush against the surface of the desk.

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Available in natural or hazelnut finishes, the bamboo desk can be customized with one of three leg colors: black, white, or gray. All of the available features are optional and can be chosen at the time of purchase. According to iSkelter, the LiftPro can support up to 355 pounds and its legs have been tested more than 10,000 times. It comes with a 7-year all-inclusive warranty that covers the motor, frame, and all electronics.

LiftPro includes four preset keys for adjusting the desk to different heights (between 24.5 and 49.5 inches) in just a few seconds with the press of a button. Each position is fully customizable and can be set for each user's preferred sitting and standing heights.


The built-in docks are designed to put the iPhone and the iPad in clear view while sitting at the desk and they also hide unsightly cables. The recessed drink holder sits towards the side of the desk to avoid contact with a Mac, and the lined storage trays at the back of the desk can hold pens, coins, and other small items. Mac cables can also be hidden out of sight, and the desk ships with three cord clips for cable management.

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There are a limited number of LiftPro desks available for purchase for $899 on Indiegogo, with prices that go up to $1,099 after early bird purchases have sold out. Desks will begin shipping out to customers in August of 2015, and will have a future retail price of $1,499.


How to Use iCloud Photo Library in Photos to Sync Pictures Between Devices
iCloud Photo Library was introduced with iOS 8, but with the launch of the Photos for OS X app, it's now available on the Mac. In a nutshell, iCloud Photo Library is Apple's newest photo service that lets you sync all of your images across all your devices and to iCloud.

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iCloud Photo Library supports several photo and video formats, storing photos in their original format, and it makes all of your media available on any device that has iCloud Photo Library turned on. This how-to will walk you through how to turn iCloud Photo Library on for each of your devices and how to minimize the space your photos take up on each device.

Tips Before Getting Started


In order to fully take advantage of iCloud Photo Library, you should turn it on for multiple computers, if necessary, as well as your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. It is compatible with iOS 8.3 or later and OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 or later.

You must be connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi in order to begin the iCloud Photo Library upload process. Additionally, your device batteries must be fully charged, or at least connected to a power source.

Apple provides 5GB of iCloud storage for free. It is highly likely you will need more than that to store all of your pictures and videos. If you go over the 5GB limit, Apple will prompt you to upgrade to a larger storage capacity before continuing. iCloud storage starts at $0.99 per month for 20 GB of storage. The 200GB storage plan costs $3.99 per month, while the 500GB plan costs $9.99 per month and the 1TB plan costs $19.99 per month.

Be sure that all devices you wish to sync photos and videos on are signed in using the same Apple ID.


Turning on iCloud Photo Library


On OS X Yosemite:

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  1. Open Photos for OS X.

  2. Select Photos from the menu bar.

  3. Select Preferences from the available options.

  4. Click on the iCloud tab in the pop up window.

  5. Check the box titled "iCloud Photo Library."

Uploading of photos may take a long time, depending on the number of photos in your library and the speed of your Wi-Fi network. Some users have also found photo upload affecting overall performance of their Wi-Fi networks, so if you need to temporarily pause upload, you can do so for one day in preferences, with the option to manually resume uploading sooner than that if you wish.

Follow the steps above for any computer you wish to store and access the iCloud Photo Library from.

On iOS:

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  1. Open the Settings app.

  2. Tap iCloud.

  3. Select Photos.

  4. Toggle iCloud Photo Library to the On position.

Now all of your photos and videos (not just the most recent 30 days worth, or 100 photos) will be available across all of your devices. You will also see all folders, albums, and smart albums. You will be able to search for keywords and find people based on Faces tags.

Additional features such as creating books, cards, calendars, and slideshows, last imported albums, and Faces Tiles and data will only be available on computers they were originally created on.

You can keep the amount of pictures stored on a mobile device or computer with limited storage to a minimum. Although you have complete access to all pictures and videos, you don't have to store them all on your device thanks to Apple's "optimized storage" option, which places recent, favorite, and frequently accessed images on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac and stores older, less accessed ones in iCloud. That way, you are only storing full resolution images of the most important pictures on your device.

Turn on Optimize iPhone Storage

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  1. Open the Settings app.

  2. Select Photos & Camera from the list.

  3. Tap "Optimize iPhone Storage." This will also de-select "Download and Keep Originals," which will help keep the amount of space you use on your iPhone or iPad to a minimum.

Turn on Optimize Mac Storage



  1. Open Photos on OS X Yosemite

  2. Select Photos from the menu bar.

  3. Click on Preferences from the available options.

  4. Click the iCloud tab in the pop up window.

  5. Select Optimize Mac Storage.

With iCloud Photo Library turned on across all of your devices, you have access to every picture you've ever taken and stored in iCloud, including older photos, pictures you've uploaded to the Photos app from a DSLR camera, and videos you've taken since your baby’s birth.


MacRumors Giveaway: Pad & Quill Valet Luxury Sleeve and Apple Watch Accessory
For our next giveaway here at MacRumors, we've again partnered with Pad & Quill, the maker of premium MacBook, iPhone, and iPad cases and other accessories. Pad & Quill is graciously offering a package of two prizes for this giveaway – the winner will be able to choose one leather Valet Luxury Sleeve (for the 11-inch Macbook Air, 12-inch MacBook, or 13-inch MacBook Pro, or the 15-inch MacBook Pro) plus any one of the company's Apple Watch Accessories.



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The Valet Luxury Sleeves are made of full-grain leather and have hand-pounded copper rivet closures, and also feature extra pockets to carry an iPad and other accessories. The version for the 15-inch MacBook Pro retails for $149.99 while the version for the smaller MacBook models retails for $119.99.

Pad & Quill has a number of accessories for the Apple Watch, including the Timber Catchall that was announced earlier this week, and the Luxury Pocket Stand that was revealed last month. All of Pad & Quill's Apple Watch accessories can be seen on this page and they range in value from $49.99 to $119.99.

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This contest will run from today (April 24) at 10:00 am Pacific time through 10:00 am Pacific time on May 1. The winner will be chosen randomly on May 1 and will be contacted by email. The winner has 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address. The prizes will be shipped to the winner for free.


Buyer's Guide: Deals on MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, Apple Accessories, and More
Tomorrow is the launch of the Apple Watch, so we're doing our deals post a day early this week. On the eve of the Apple Watch release, deals are similar to last week's -- good, but not great. If you're looking to buy an iPad Air 2, you might want to wait a week, but it's an okay time to pull the trigger on a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, new or old.

Along with the standard discounts on Macs and iOS devices, we've also rounded up this week's app deals and a few deals on some useful Apple accessories.

iPad Air 2


Best Buy continues to offer the lowest prices we've seen on a single iPad Air 2: the 16GB Cellular iPad Air 2 in silver is available for $499.99, $130 off its regular price.

B&H Photo is offering a small discount on all of its iPad Air 2 models, dropping prices by $30 to $50. With the discount, the 16GB WiFi only iPad Air 2 is priced at $469 and the 64GB model is priced at $569.

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MacMall is also offering some discounts on iPad Air 2 models, dropping the prices by $30 to $50. With the discount, the 16GB entry-level Wi-Fi only iPad Air 2 is priced at $459, while the Wi-Fi-only 64GB iPad Air 2 is available for $539. Discounts are higher on cellular models, with the 64GB Cellular iPads priced at $669. The deals are applicable to all three iPad colors.

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Best Buy has a couple of original iPad Air cellular models available at low prices. The 16GB Verizon iPad Air is available for $379.99, and the 32GB Verizon iPad Air is available for $429.99.

Both Best Buy and B&HPhoto have deep discounts on some remaining stock of now-discontinued higher-capacity iPad Air models, as listed below.

- iPad Air Cellular Space Gray 128GB (AT&T) - $549
- iPad Air Cellular Silver 128GB (AT&T) - $499.99
- iPad Air Cellular Silver 64GB (AT&T) - $499.99
- iPad Air Cellular Space Gray 64GB (AT&T) - $449
- iPad Air Cellular Silver 64GB (Verizon) - $566.99
- iPad Air Cellular Space Gray 64GB (Verizon) - $449
- iPad Air Cellular Silver 128GB (Verizon) - $579
- iPad Air Cellular Space Gray 128GB (Verizon) - $559

iPad mini 3


B&H Photo is offering some modest discounts on various Wi-Fi only iPad mini 3 models, dropping the price by up to $50. The 128GB iPad mini 3 in silver is available for $549, while the silver 64GB model is available for $439. The 16GB space gray model is priced at $349.

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Amazon has a few iPad mini 2 models available at discounted prices. The 16GB Cellular Verizon iPad mini 2 in Silver is available for $323.50. The 16GB Cellular Verizon iPad mini 2 in Space Gray is available for $359.89.

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Best Buy, B&H Photo, and Amazon also have remaining stock of now-discontinued higher-capacity iPad mini 2 models, which are a good deal if you're looking for an iPad mini. Compared to the iPad mini 3, the iPad mini 2 only lacks Touch ID.

- iPad mini Cellular Silver 128GB (AT&T) - $445
- iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 128GB (AT&T) - $429
- iPad mini Cellular Silver 64GB (AT&T) - $399.99
- iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 64GB (AT&T) - $399.99
- iPad mini Cellular Silver 128GB (Verizon) - $434.97
- iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 128GB (Verizon) - $534.99
- iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 64GB (Verizon) - $429.99

iMac


- 21.5-inch 2.7GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,189, $110 off
- 21.5-inch 2.9GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,389, $120 off
- 27-inch 3.2GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,689, $110 off
- 27-inch 3.4GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,794, $205 off
- 27-inch 3.5Ghz/8GB/1TB Retina iMac (B&H Photo) (MacMall) (Amazon) - $2,349, $150 off

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Mac mini


- 1.4GHz/4GB/500GB (Amazon) (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $464.99, $34 off
- 2.8GHz/8GB/1TB (MacMall) - $934.99, $64 off

MacBook Air


- 2015 11-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB - (B&H Photo) (Adorama) $824.99, $70 off
- 2015 11-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/256GB - (Best Buy) (Amazon) (B&H Photo) (Adorama) $1044.99, $50 off
- 2015 13-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB (B&H Photo) (Adorama) - $949.99, $50 off
- 2015 13-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB (B&H Photo) (Adorama) - $1,139.99 $60 off
- 2014 11-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB (Adorama) - $719.99, $180 off
- 2014 11-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB (Amazon) (B&H Photo) - $899, $200 off
- 2014 13-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB (Amazon) (B&H Photo) - $819, $180 off
- 2014 13-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB (Amazon) (Adorama) (B&H Photo)- $1,029, $170 off

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Retina MacBook Pro


- 2015 13-inch 2.7GHz/8GB/256GB (Best Buy) (B&H Photo) - $1,424.99, $74 off
- 2015 13-inch 2.9GHz/8GB/512GB (Best Buy) (B&H Photo) - $1709.99, $90 off
- 2014 15-inch 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB (B&H Photo) (MacMall) - $1,799, $200 off
- 2014 15-inch 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB (Adorama) -$2,249, $250 off
- 2014 13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB/128GB (B&H Photo) - $1,129, $170 off
- 2014 13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB/256GB (Adorama) - $1,249, $239 off
- 2014 13-inch 2.8GHz/8GB/512GB (Amazon) (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,549 $250 off

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Apps


There are quite a few apps that are on sale at discounted prices or available for free for a limited time. We'll highlight a few here, but make sure to check out our sister site AppShopper for a complete list.

Half Marathon Trainer Pro is available for free, down from $9.99. 10K Trainer Pro is also available for free, down from $1.99. Board game Bang! is available for free, down from $1.99. Pandemic is available for $4.99, down from $6.99.

djay 2 for iPhone is available for free this week, down from $2.99, and djay for iPad is also free, down from $9.99.

Apple Accessories


Groupon is selling the Griffin Survivor Case for iPhone 5/5s for $11.99, down from $49.99. The MyCharge Hub 9000 Power Bank is available for $64.99 from Amazon, down from $139.99. Incase is offering a free Portable Power 2500 USB battery pack with a $150 purchase using the code POWERONUS15.

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DailySteals has a 3-pack of Apple Lightning cables for $26, a decent deal as a single cable usually costs $19. Woot has the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio for the iPad Air 1 and 2 for $59.99, down from $99.

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Groupon's running a big Apple event and selling a range of Apple products and accessories at discounted prices, including the LifeProof Fre case for the iPad Air, Apple EarPods, Speck MacBook cases, MagSafe chargers, Mophie battery cases, and more. Totallee is offering MacRumors readers 25 percent off all iPhone case orders with the promo code MACRUMORS.

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LivingSocial is offering customized iPhone photo cases for $6.99 to $11.99, a significant discount off the regular $29.99 to $59.98 price tag. Woot has the Lifeproof Fre case for the iPad Air 1 for $49.99, down from $129.

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How to Add and Organize Images in Photos for OS X Yosemite
Once you've migrated your image library from iPhotos or Aperture (or both), you'll probably want to add all the images from your iPhone or iPad and get everything organized so you can quickly find pictures from specific dates and events in the future.

To help you accomplish both of these tasks, we've written up a tutorial that provides an overview of how to import pictures into the Photos app on OS X Yosemite and gives a few suggestions for how to organize your collection.

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Importing Pictures



  1. Connect your device (iPhone, iPad, or digital camera) to your computer using the USB connector and open the Photos for OS X app.

  2. Select "Import" from the list of tabs at the top of the screen in the app.

  3. Select the images you wish to add to the Photos app, or select "Import All New Items" to add everything from your device.

Imported images will automatically be added to the "Last Import" album in Photos. You can see your photos using a number of different views, including the main Photos tab, which displays all pictures that you have added to the app and any pictures that you have taken using an iOS device that is connected using My Photo Stream.

Just like the Photos app on iOS, pictures in Photos for OS X are organized by Moments, Collections, and Years. To navigate between these timelines, click on the arrow buttons in the upper right corner of the app while in the main Photos view, or select a different view from the tabs at the top of the app.

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The "Shared" album houses photos and albums that you have shared with other people and those that have been shared with you. Select a shared album to see all pictures and add new photos to the album. Comments, Likes, and new pictures added will appear in the Activity section.

Under the Albums tab, you will see a list of albums that are created automatically within Photos for OS X, which may include All Photos, Faces, My Photo Stream, Last Import, Favorites, Panoramas, and Bursts. You can also create your own albums here, using the "+" button on the menu bar.

The Projects tab is where you will find books, cards, calendars, prints, or slideshows that you have created using Photos on that specific Mac.

You can also search for photos within the Photos app by typing the keyword you wish to filter into the search bar in the upper right corner. You can find groups of photos based on names, dates, locations, and more.

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Adding Photos to Albums and Creating Albums



  1. With the Photos app on OS X Yosemite open, select "Albums" from the list of tabs at the top of the screen.

  2. Click on the "All Photos" option.

  3. Click on the pictures you would like to add to an album. You can select multiple pictures by using the command + left-click or grab a large group by using shift + left-click.

  4. Click the plus (+) button at the top right corner of the Photos app.

  5. Select "Album" from the dropdown menu.

  6. Select the album you wish to add the pictures to, or create a new album and name it.

  7. Click "OK."

Creating Smart Albums


You can create a variety of Smart Albums based on specific conditions. When created, any image that fits the criteria will automatically be added to the Smart Album. You can create Smart Albums based on such categories as the date, a specific description, Face tags, file names, keywords, camera models, shutter speed, and more. Each category includes a condition, such as "Photos is RAW" or "Camera Model is iPhone 6."

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  1. With the Photos app on OS X Yosemite open, select the "Albums" from the list of tabs at the top of the screen.

  2. Click on the plus (+) icon in the upper right corner of the Photos app.

  3. Select "Smart Album" from the drop down menu.

  4. Name the new Smart Album. It is a good idea to name the album after the action it will be based on. For example, "Edited Pictures" or "iPhone Photos."

  5. Select the condition you wish the Smart Album to produce. You can include multiple conditions. For example, "Camera Model is iPhone 6" combined with "Photo is Favorite" will aggregate all photos taken with an iPhone 6 that have been favorited.

  6. When you are happy with the conditions you have set, click "OK."

If the Smart Album did not produce the results you were looking for, you can adjust the conditions by selecting the gear icon under it in the Albums view.

If you have a large amount of pictures in Photos for OS X Yosemite, it is a good idea to begin organizing them. A great starting point is to create albums that make it easier for you to access events that you have customized yourself. Smart Albums are great for automatically sending certain pictures to a designated folder.

When your photos are better organized, you will be much more likely to look at them again in the future. It is like the difference between opening a shoebox full of loose pictures or a nicely bound photo album with pictures displayed by date.


Apple Releases iMac Graphics Update to Fix JPEG Freezing Issue on OS X Yosemite
Apple today released an iMac Graphics Update for users of the more recent iMacs, fixing an issue that caused the computers to freeze up after viewing very large JPEG Files.

Affected iMacs include the late 2014 27-inch Retina iMac, the late 2013 21.5-inch iMac, and the late 2013 27-inch iMac.

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Apple has also released an accompanying support document that describes the issue in more detail, suggesting the problem occurs when opening a large JPEG image in Finder or Preview on OS X Yosemite 10.10.3.
If you're using using OS X Yosemite v10.10.3 and one of the following iMac models, viewing certain very large JPEG (.jpg) images in the Finder or Preview can cause your iMac to briefly stop responding, display a black screen, and restart to a message that your computer restarted because of a problem.
People who own one of these three iMacs are encouraged to update their machines right away to fix the bug.


Video Software Chief Randy Ubillos Retiring After 20 Years at Apple
randyApple's former Chief Architect of Video Applications Randy Ubillos announced on Twitter today that he is retiring after working for 20 years at the Cupertino-based company on professional video and photo software. Ubillos is best known as the creator of the first three versions of Adobe Premiere and KeyGrip, which was sold to Apple and released as Final Cut Pro.


While not a household name like some other Apple employees, Ubillos is well known among those who have used Final Cut Pro or other professional video software. In June 2010, he made a brief appearance on stage during WWDC to demo the latest version of iMovie for iPhone 4 and returned on stage in October 2010 during Apple's "Back to the Mac" event for another demo.


Custom 1.3GHz Retina MacBooks Begin Shipping Out to Customers Early
With most of the past few days covered in Apple Watch shipping news, the build-to-order version of the new 12-inch MacBook has flown slightly under the radar. But, this morning, Apple began updating customers who opted-in for the 1.3GHz model of the notebook with shipping dates almost two weeks earlier than initially expected.

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First given a vague 3-4 week shipping estimate by Apple, the 1.3GHz MacBook has now received a delivery estimate as early as the middle of next week for some customers in the United States. The build-to-order option took slightly longer to ship than the basic 1.1GHz and 1.2GHz models due to its custom upgrade processor parts.

Those two regular models of the notebook began shipping out to customers soon after its April 10 launch alongside the Apple Watch. Although many expected the new MacBook to be sold in Apple retail locations, the company opted to keep the 12-inch Retina device mostly to its online storefront for the time being.


Longtime Apple PR Executive Natalie Kerris to Retire
nataliekerrisLongtime Apple public relations executive Natalie Kerris is retiring after 14 years with the company, she announced on Twitter. Kerris had worked closely with Jobs and oversaw the launch of the iPod, iPhone, iPad, MacBook Air, Apple Pay and the Apple Watch.

According to Re/code, she had initially sought to succeed longtime Apple PR head Katie Cotton after Cotton decided to retire last year. However, fellow Apple PR veteran Steve Dowling was given the job on an interim basis before being promoted to the role on a permanent basis last week.


In a statement to Jim Dalrymple at The Loop, Kerris said that the decision to retire and "enjoy life" came after spending two weeks with her family in Italy.


MacBook Buyer's Guide: Which MacBook is Right for You?
With the recent introduction of the 12-inch MacBook, Apple's added a whole new product to the existing MacBook Pro and MacBook Air lineup, making it more difficult than ever to decide which MacBook is right for you.

If you're planning a purchase and you just aren't sure which Apple notebook suits your needs, read through this guide, which will walk you through all of the options and give you the pros and cons of each machine.

You can basically think of Apple's product lineup as meeting two different needs: power and portability.

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If you're looking for a machine that's going to handle whatever you can throw at it, you're going to want the MacBook Pro. If you're looking for something that's portable and more than capable of handling every day tasks, you're going to want to look at the MacBook Air. And if you want the newest technology, the latest form factor, the ultimate in portability, and you don't mind the price tag, the MacBook is the machine for you.

Retina MacBook Pro


The Retina MacBook Pro is Apple's workhorse MacBook, with the fastest processors, the best graphics, and the most available RAM (via upgrade). If you want to do things like serious photo, video, or audio editing, this is the Mac for you. Use Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, or Logic Pro X on a regular basis? You probably need a MacBook Pro.

You're also going to want to choose a MacBook Pro if you want a machine capable of playing modern system-intensive games. Don't care about games and just want to do things like browse the Internet, write papers, and answer emails? The MacBook Pro may be more computer than you need -- consider a MacBook Air if you don't care about a Retina screen, or a MacBook if you don't mind the price.

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Within the MacBook Pro family, there are 13 and 15-inch models and several different configurations at various price points. As the price goes up, so does the power. Most of Apple's MacBook Pro models have a Retina screen, aside from the 13-inch MacBook Pro priced at $1,099. You don't want to buy this model -- it's years old and technologically lagging way behind newer models.

In the past, many people have chosen a MacBook Pro because it was the only notebook that offered a Retina display, but with the recent addition of the 12-inch two-pound MacBook, there's no longer a need to compromise between portability and a decent display. If you don't need the power of a MacBook Pro but want a Retina display, the MacBook is now the machine to choose.

The MacBook Pro is Apple's most powerful notebook, but be warned: it's also the biggest and heaviest. The 13-inch version weighs in at 3.48 pounds and the 15-inch version is 4.46 pounds. That doesn't sound like much in print, but carrying four pounds on your back all day is a lot more taxing than 2 or 3 -- the weight of Apple's lighter notebooks. All Retina MacBook Pro models have two thunderbolt ports and two USB 3.0 ports, along with an HDMI port, a headphone port, and an SD card slot.

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So, 13-inch or 15-inch? The 15-inch machines are more powerful, with quad-core processors, Intel Iris Pro Graphics, and the option for a discrete graphics card, and (obviously) a bigger display, but they're also more expensive. The 13-inch models have dual-core processors and are limited to integrated graphics, but there's a major caveat when you're choosing a MacBook right now: The 13-inch models were just updated, while the 15-inch models aren't getting an update until later this year.

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The 13-inch MacBook Pro models have a pretty cool Force Touch trackpad that has new gestures, they've got speedier flash storage, and they have the latest Broadwell processors. 15-inch MacBook Pro models will likely get the same upgrades whenever the new processors become available, so if you decide on a 15-inch machine, we recommend holding off on a purchase for now if at all possible.

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A 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro bought today is going to be amazingly fast, but a 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro bought later this year after the refresh will be just a little bit better.

Here's a rundown of the differences between the 13 and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro models and their prices:

  • $1,299 - 13-inch 2.7GHz dual-core Broadwell processor, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Intel Iris Graphics 6100

  • $1,499 - 13-inch 2.7GHz dual-core Broadwell processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Intel Iris Graphics 6100

  • $1,799 - 13-inch 2.9GHz dual-core Broadwell processor/8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Intel Iris Graphics 6100

  • $1,999 - 15-inch 2.2GHz quad-core Crystalwell processor 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Intel Iris Pro Graphics

  • $2,499 - 15-inch 2.5GHz quad-core Crystalwell processor 16GB RAM 512GB SSD, Intel Iris Pro Graphics and NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M

All of these models have custom build-to-order options that let you boost the processor, the SSD, and the RAM for extra money. On the high end, you can get a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro with a 3.1GHz dual-core Broadwell processor, 16GB RAM, and a 1TB SSD or a 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro with a 2.8GHz quad-core Crystallwell processor, 16GB RAM, and a 1TB SSD.

Beyond choosing a specific MacBook Pro model, you also need to decide whether you want to make any additional build-to-order upgrades. It's important to note that these components can't be upgraded later, so you need to think ahead to what you might need in the future. Upgrading the RAM or the CPU will keep your machine feeling fast longer.

Need a ton of storage space for videos and photos? Get the storage upgrade. Want the best gaming performance? You'll want to opt for the higher-end 15-inch Retina MacBook, which has a discrete graphics card. Do complex 3D modeling, intensive video/audio/photo editing tasks often? The extra RAM might be worthwhile. Individual workloads are going to vary significantly, so there's no one-size-fits-all solution for all users -- that's why Apple offers so many options.

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When deciding between a 15-inch model and a 13-inch model, aside from display size and price, the biggest difference is the processor. With the 15-inch model, you're getting a quad-core processor, but with the 13-inch model, it's dual-core. Quad-core processors are better if you plan to do a lot of multitasking with many apps open at once, or if you plan on playing intensive games, you'll benefit from a quad-core processor. Single-core performance between the two MacBooks is similar, but multi-core performance is much better in the quad-core 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro.

Need the ultimate in power and money is no object? Go with the 15-inch model. On a budget but still want more power than a MacBook Air will provide? Get the 13-inch MacBook Pro. It's still a powerful machine that's going to do all of your photo, video, and audio editing tasks with ease.

MacBook Air


The MacBook Air used to be Apple's most portable computer, but with the introduction of the 12-inch super thin MacBook, it's now just Apple's most affordable notebook. Its low price tag comes at a cost -- it's the only notebook in Apple's lineup without a Retina display. The 11-inch model's display has a resolution of 1366 x 768, while the 13-inch model's display has a resolution of 1440 x 900.

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It's not Apple's lightest portable notebook anymore (that title goes to the 2.03-pound MacBook), but the MacBook Air is still lighter and thinner than the Retina MacBook Pro. The 11-inch model weighs in at 2.38 pounds, while the 13-inch model weighs 2.96 pounds. Both models are 0.68 inches thick.

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If you're on a budget and need a portable laptop for under $1,000 that's powerful enough for your day to day needs like web browsing, email, and light application use, the MacBook Air is the notebook to choose. It'll handle some games and apps like Photoshop and Final Cut Pro, but it won't do as well as the MacBook Pro. If you have a bigger budget, the Retina displays of the MacBook Pro and the MacBook are worth the extra money.

There is another situation where you might want to choose the MacBook Air over the MacBook or the MacBook Pro, and that's if you need portability and ports. The MacBook Pro is heavier (and thus less portable), and while the MacBook is thinner and lighter, it's only got one USB-C port, which might not fit into some workflows. If you need Thunderbolt and standard USB ports, don't want to deal with adapters, and don't mind the lack of a Retina display, the MacBook Air might be the machine for you.

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It's worth keeping in mind that the MacBook Air's dual-core processor is also going to outperform the Core M processor in the Retina MacBook, but the performance difference isn't going to matter much if you're getting a machine for day to day tasks. When considering performance, think of it as Retina MacBook Pro --> MacBook Air --> MacBook.

Spec wise, both the 11 and 13-inch MacBook Air models have the same processors and RAM so they perform similarly, but there are two very compelling reasons to choose the 13-inch model over the 11-inch model, aside from screen size: it's got a solid state drive that's twice as fast as the drive in the 11-inch MacBook Air, and its battery life is three hours longer. Here are the available models:

  • $899 - 11-inch 1.6GHz dual-core Broadwell processor, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Intel HD Graphics 6000

  • $1,099 - 11-inch 1.6GHz dual-core Broadwell processor, 4GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Intel HD Graphics 6000

  • $999 - 13-inch 1.6GHz dual-core Broadwell processor, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Intel HD Graphics 6000

  • $1,199 - 13-inch 1.6GHz dual-core Broadwell processor, 4GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Intel HD Graphics 6000

You can upgrade the MacBook Air with a 512GB SSD ($300), a 2.2GHz dual-core Broadwell processor ($150), and 8GB of RAM ($100), which puts it on almost on par performance wise with the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, but that bumps it up to MacBook and MacBook Pro pricing ($1,249 for the 13-inch upgraded MacBook Air vs. $1,299 for the MacBook/MacBook Pro) with no Retina display. The MacBook Air's highest upgrade options also can't quite match the processing power and the graphics of the Retina MacBook Pro, which has a 2.7GHz processor and Intel HD Graphics 6100 even on the low-end machine.

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Unless you need near-Retina MacBook Pro performance in a slightly less heavy package or a slightly longer battery life (13-inch MacBook Air battery is 12 hours, 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro is 10 hours), there's no reason to shell out for a fully upgraded MacBook Air over a Retina MacBook Pro.

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The 12-inch Retina MacBook is Apple's latest and greatest notebook, and will very likely replace the MacBook Air entirely once Apple is able to bring its costs down enough, though this may take a few generations. It's fresh on the market, having been released on April 10, and it features all of Apple's newest technology. Like to have the coolest product on the market? This is it. Looking for the most portable Apple notebook? You found it. Want to wow your friends? You need a Retina MacBook.

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Weighing in at just two pounds with a body that's smaller than the 11-inch MacBook Air, the Retina MacBook is a good on-the-go computer to have if you travel often. You're barely going to notice it in a backpack or a bag, and it's compact enough that you can pull it out anywhere. It's only 13.1mm thick. For reference, that's half an inch and about the thickness of the original iPad.

The Retina MacBook's major claim to fame is its thinness melded with its Retina display, which comes in at 2304 x 1440 with 226 pixels-per-inch. It's basically the Retina MacBook Air that we've been hoping for, with a lot of extra bells and whistles thrown in. Unlike the MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air, you can get the new MacBook in one of three iPhone-style colors: Silver, Gold, or Space Gray.

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The major downside to the new MacBook is its price. Whenever Apple introduces new technology, it tends to be priced higher than some of its older products. The new MacBook starts at $1,299 and goes up from there. Here are the two configurations:

  • $1,299 - 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core M Processor plus Intel HD Graphics 5300 with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage.

  • $1,599 - 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor plus Intel HD Graphics 5300 with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of flash storage.


There aren't many upgrades available for the Retina MacBook, but you can opt for a better 1.3GHz processor. If you've got the cash, it may be worth the upgrade to eke out all the performance you can get. As with the MacBook Air, it maxes out at 8GB RAM and 512GB storage space. If you want more RAM, a Retina MacBook Pro is the only option.

The Retina MacBook comes with an Intel Core M processor and Intel HD Graphics 5300, so based on CPU and GPU, it's not at the level of the 2015 MacBook Air, but it's still more than adequate for day-to-day tasks. With the entry-level 1.1GHz Retina MacBook model, you can think of it as an iPad Air 2 that runs OS X -- the speeds are fairly similar. The higher-end Retina MacBook that comes with a 1.2GHz processor and the optional 1.3GHz upgrade give you some extra processing power and those will outperform the iPad Air 2 by a decent margin.

Because it's using that super low power Intel Core M processor, the Retina MacBook has no fan inside. That means it runs completely silently. It's also got some specialized batteries inside, giving it a full nine hours of battery life when web browsing. That's on par with the Retina MacBook Pro, but below the battery life the 13-inch MacBook Air gets.

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Like the MacBook Air, the Retina MacBook is going to be able to run most modern software, but with pro-level software like Photoshop and Final Cut Pro, intensive tasks aren't going to be as fast or as smooth as they would be with a more powerful machine. It's also not going to handle multiple apps open at once as well as the MacBook Air or MacBook Pro.

With the Retina MacBook, you're essentially trading performance for portability, but it does come with some pretty cool features. It has the new Force Touch trackpad which doesn't actually click but feels like it does. The Force Touch trackpad enables new feedback methods and pressure-based gestures within Mac apps, bringing up new interactions with a hard press.

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For example, if you press down when hovering over a word in Safari, it brings up a Wikipedia entry, and when editing in iMovie, the Force Touch trackpad will offer feedback to let you know when you hit the end of a clip. It's all very cool and we've really only touched the surface of what's possible -- developers are going to be adding Force Touch to third-party apps in the coming months.

The new MacBook uses MacBook Pro-style black bezels and it has a redesigned edge-to-edge keyboard that makes it look pretty slick. The keyboard uses new butterfly technology for the keys, which are thinner and more stable than traditional keyboard keys. It's a different key feel than a traditional MacBook Pro or MacBook Air keyboard, so you might want to give the MacBook a try in a store before buying. Not everyone likes the new keys and they make take some time to get used to.

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Another major change to the Retina MacBook is its lack of ports. It has a single USB-C port on the side, which is used both to connect to peripherals and to charge. Apple's got adapters in its online store already, and additional adapters will be coming out from third-party sources, but getting used to a single port is going to be tough, especially if you're used to using several peripherals at once. One other quick note -- the Retina MacBook's got a downgraded 480p FaceTime Camera, while the other MacBooks have a 720p front-facing camera.

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Choosing Which to Buy


When it comes to choosing a computer, the main thing you want it to be able to do is run modern apps and perform every day tasks, and all of Apple's notebooks are powerful enough to do so (at varying levels of performance, of course). Beyond that, you need to choose what specialized features you want.

If you plan to do major photo or video editing or run other system intensive apps or games, then you want a Retina MacBook Pro. For the absolute best performance, the 15-inch model is the one to pick, but if you also want portability, the 13-inch model is going to handle most of what you can throw at it too, just a bit more slowly.

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If you want something that's super portable and ideal for frequent travel, the best option is the 12-inch MacBook. It's lightweight, incredibly thin, and it's got all the bells and whistles. It's not going to handle apps like Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, or iMovie as well as a MacBook Air or a Retina MacBook Pro (expect apps to load slower and tasks to take longer) but it's going to be more than adequate for browsing the web, answering emails, writing, and other tasks one might do on the go.

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Creative professionals, gamers, and other people who use heavyweight apps might not want to own the 12-inch MacBook as their sole computer, but for the average person, it offers plenty of processing power in a form factor that's very desirable.

If you need a middle-of-the-road computer that's got more power than a MacBook but more portability than a Retina MacBook Pro, the MacBook Air is a good choice. It's also Apple's most affordable notebook, and the one you're going to want to choose if you're on a budget and don't mind the lack of a Retina display. It really hits the sweet spot between performance and portability, and it's got some of the best battery life.

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We don't recommend the 11-inch MacBook Air model unless you need the portability and can't afford a Retina MacBook -- the last update left its SSD performance lagging behind the 13-inch model.

Bottom line: If you need something for travel that's ultra light and can be carried all day, get the Retina MacBook. If you need performance for games and serious app usage, go for the Retina MacBook Pro. If you need something under $1,000, get the MacBook Air.

At a Glance Stats


Rankings:

  • Fastest processor: 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro

  • Lightest weight: MacBook

  • Thinnest: MacBook

  • Best Battery: 13-inch MacBook Air

  • Most RAM: Retina MacBook Pro

  • Fastest SSD: 13-inch MacBook Air, 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro

  • Best graphics: High-end 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro

  • Second best graphics: 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro

  • Most ports: Retina MacBook Pro


Standout features:

  • 13-inch MacBook Air: Faster SSD, 13 hour battery life

  • 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro: Faster SSD, Force Touch trackpad

  • 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro (high-end): Discrete graphics card, quad-core processor

  • 12-inch MacBook: Force touch trackpad, keyboard



YouTube App No Longer Available on Older Apple TV, iOS Devices
YouTube today announced changes to its YouTube Data API, causing many older apps on various devices to stop functioning. On the second-generation Apple TV or older, the YouTube channel will no longer be accessible, and on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, iOS 7 or later is required for the YouTube app to function.

Second-generation Apple TV users will have no way to watch YouTube videos on their devices after today, but iOS device owners with versions of iOS older than iOS 7 can use mobile YouTube in Safari to watch videos. YouTube is sharing the news via a discontinuation video that's being shared on all older devices.

If your device supports iOS 7 or above, you can download the YouTube app from the App Store. If not, visit m.youtube.com in your mobile browser to access YouTube.

If you're using Apple TV 3rd generation, you can get the latest version of the YouTube app by updating your software:

Select Settings > General > Update Software
If there is an upgrade available, click Download and Install
If you're using Apple TV 2nd generation or older, unfortunately there’s no current way to watch YouTube on these devices.
Attempting to use the YouTube app on an older iOS device or on an older Apple TV still lets users watch videos at the current time, but the discontinuation video above is always the first result, suggesting access will be shut down shortly after YouTube notifies everyone about the upcoming API change.

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The YouTube channel on a second-generation Apple TV

Today's API change affects several other older devices in addition to the Apple TV and iOS devices, including those running old versions of Google TV and many smart televisions and game consoles. The official YouTube app will only be available on most 2013 and newer Smart TVs, blu-ray players, game consoles, and other streaming devices.

Update: According to a blog post from Google, beginning in early May, those who have older devices with unsupported YouTube apps will only see the discontinuation video. In late May, all apps using the old API will display 410 Gone HTTP responses.

Until that time, YouTube apps on older Apple TVs and iOS devices will work as normal, aside from displaying the warning video.


Steve Dowling's Role as Apple PR Chief Now Permanent
Longtime Apple public relations veteran Steve Dowling was today added to Apple's executive page, marking his official promotion to Vice President of Communications.

The role has been open since Katie Cotton retired in 2014, but Steve Dowling has been serving as the interim head of public relations for several months now. His position was initially temporary as Apple searched for other high-profile external candidates, but it appears Apple could not find a suitable external candidate to fill the role.

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Following Katie Cotton's departure from Apple, Tim Cook was reportedly searching for a "friendlier" PR chief with a "more approachable face" to take over, to continue on with Apple's trend of being more open under Tim Cook's leadership.

Dowling has worked for Apple for twelve years and before taking over Cotton's former role, he served as the senior director of corporate public relations at the company. Before that he worked at CNBC's Washington Bureau for eight years.


Former iOS Chief Scott Forstall Serving as Snapchat Advisor
forstallAfter being forced out of Apple in 2012 following a major Maps debacle and clashes with other execs, former Apple Senior Vice President of iOS Software Scott
Forstall has kept a low profile, largely staying out of the public eye.

He hasn't taken on a major role at any company, but in late 2013, news surfaced suggesting he had been spending his time advising startups and becoming involved in philanthropical causes. As of today, news has leaked about one of the startups Scott Forstall is involved in -- Snapchat.

A leaked email from the late 2014 Sony Pictures hack discovered by TechCrunch suggests that Scott Forstall has been serving as an advisor to popular ephemeral photo sharing app Snapchat, earning himself .11% of the company's stock. Forstall's shares in the company vest over the course of 24 months and could be worth approximately $16.5 million at Snapchat's current $15 billion valuation.

When TechCrunch questioned Snapchat about its relationship with Scott Forstall, the company did not deny that he was an advisor, stating "we have a number of advisors, but we don't comment on the specifics of their relationship with the company."

Scott Forstall first fell in league with Apple in 1992, when he took on a job at Steve Jobs' company, NeXT. When NeXT was acquired by Apple in 1997, Forstall stayed on, working on the Macintosh user design team. He was promoted several times and in 2005, he began working on iOS. Forstall has been largely credited with the skeuomorphic design present in the early years of the operating system, an aesthetic that eventually led to disagreements with other executives at the company following Steve Jobs' death.


Apple Partners With SunPower Corporation to Build Two Solar Power Plants in China
Environmentally conscious solar panel manufacturer SunPower Corporation today announced a partnership with Apple that will result in two solar power projects totaling 40 megawatts in the "environmentally-preserved" ABA Region of China's Sichuan Province.

Currently under construction, the projects will be split across two sites both eventually totaling 20 megawatts each. The first site, located in Hongyuan, is already generating 2 megawatts of power thanks to technology that includes single-axis tracking with rows of parabolic mirrors that reflect light onto SunPower's "Maxeon" cells, "which are the world's most efficient commercially available mass-produced solar cells." The second project is located in Ruoergai County.

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As the first solar powered projects deployed in the ABA Region, the combined sites are expected to churn out up to 80 million kilowatt-hours each year. Upon completion, each project will be co-owned by Apple and Sichuan Shengtian New Energy Development Co., Ltd, SunPower's project development joint venture. Work on both sites is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2015.

Speaking with The Associated Press, Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president for environmental initiatives, discussed the new China-focused solar power project, suggesting the company's partnership with SunPower in the region is only the start of a bigger environmentally-focused push by Apple.
"It's important to us to tackle climate change everywhere we are," Jackson told The Associated Press. "When you talk about China, you're talking about manufacturing partners. We're looking to bring the same innovation there. This is the start."

"Before we go somewhere else and start asking and eventually requiring clean energy, you want to make sure you show folks how to do it," said Jackson, who was U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator during President Barack Obama's first term.
Apple and SunPower have collaborated stateside in the past, with six plants ranging from California to Nevada and North Carolina. Today's announcements mark the first international solar power partnership between Apple and SunPower.


Apple Partners With The Conservation Fund to Protect Working Forests, Ensure Paper Supplies
The Conservation Fund today announced that it has partnered with Apple to acquire over 36,000 acres of working forest in Maine and North Carolina, a move that will ensure both the continued health of the forests and Apple's paper supplies.
“Apple is clearly leading by example—one that we hope others will follow,” said Larry Selzer, president and CEO of The Conservation Fund. “By all accounts, the loss of America’s working forests is one of our nation’s greatest environmental challenges. The initiative announced today is precedent-setting.”

The forests that Apple and The Conservation Fund are protecting are larger than the land area of the City of San Francisco. Through its commitment, Apple can ensure a steady supply of sustainably harvested timber to paper and pulp mills.
Apple vice president for environmental initiatives Lisa Jackson tells BuzzFeed that the move is the company's latest effort to ensure the sustainability of its supply chain.

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“Imagine if every time you opened a package from a company you knew that it came from a working forest. And imagine if companies took seriously their paper chain and made sure that was renewable, just like energy. And imagine if they didn’t just buy renewable paper, but took the step of ensuring that they would stay working forests forever.”
Apple has worked very hard over the years to exert as much control as it can over its supply chain in order to create a competitive advantage and ensure consistent supplies and pricing. With more recent forays into renewable energy production and now even paper, Apple is proving able to both secure its supply chain and demonstrate its commitment to environmental responsibility.

Update 7:56 AM: Jackson and Selzer have written a blog post on Medium addressing the partnership.
This partnership is mutually beneficial. Apple is quantifying the virgin paper footprint from its packaging. Apple is committed to zeroing out that impact by using paper more efficiently, increasing recycled paper content, sourcing paper sustainably, and conserving acreage of working forests around the world equivalent to its virgin paper footprint. The Conservation Fund is committed to identifying and conserving those acres in the U.S. Through conservation easements, they will ensure these lands remain forests in the future. This helps preserve the supply of raw materials for paper while providing permanent environmental protection and fighting climate change.


Coppertino Launches New VOX Music Player for iPhone, LOOP Music Locker With Limited Time Discount
Last month we shared news of Coppertino's upcoming VOX Music Player for iPhone and its new LOOP music locker, and some MacRumors readers helped beta test the new products. As of today, Coppertino is launching the new LOOP music storage service, updating its Mac app, and releasing its new iOS app.

Coppertino has had a VOX Music Player app for the Mac since 2013, but today's iOS app release marks the company's first expansion to Apple's mobile devices. Like the Mac app, the iOS app is designed to play any type of music file, including high-quality FLAC files.

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VOX for iPhone's key features include:

- Support for nearly all lossless (FLAC) and lossy (MP3) file formats;
- Full quality playback with no downscaling or converting;
- Proprietary BASS engine delivers crystal clear audio and even makes and MP3 sounds amazing;
- Easy iTunes integration including playlists;
- Soundcloud, Last FM and other third-party integration.
Along with the iOS app, Coppertino is also debuting its cloud-based music locker service, LOOP. LOOP is built into both the VOX Music Player for Mac and the new iOS app, offering users unlimited cloud-based storage for all of their music files. Songs stored in LOOP can be streamed in full quality to any device using the VOX Mac and iOS apps, and songs can be cached for offline playing.

Unlike many popular music lockers like iTunes Match and Google Play Music, LOOP is able to support any type of audio file, including FLAC, playing songs natively through the VOX apps with no transcoding. VOX Music Player for iOS and Mac are free, but using the LOOP cloud music storage service requires a subscription that's priced at $49.99 per year or $4.99 per month.

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Key LOOP features include:
- Infinite storage space for nearly any audio file, from FLAC, CUE, WAV, MP3 and more;
- High-quality playback on iPhone or Mac;
- Manage, organize and play your entire music collection on iPhone or Mac;
- Unlimited offline playback and cache for music on the go.
MacRumors readers who beta tested the LOOP music service have the option to purchase a subscription at the discounted price of $34.99 to thank them for their help, but Coppertino is also providing all MacRumors readers with a $10 discount. Any MacRumors reader who subscribes to the LOOP music service between 10 a.m. Eastern Time and 5 p.m. Eastern Time on April 15 will be able to get a year of LOOP service for $39.99 instead of $49.99. Anyone wanting the MacRumors discount must purchase LOOP directly from Coppertino using this link.

VOX Music Player for Mac with the LOOP music locker integration can be downloaded from the Coppertino website. The Mac App Store version of the app will be updated in a few days.

The new Vox Music Player app for iPhone can be downloaded from the App Store for free and should be rolling out now. [Direct Link]



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