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Apple’s lineup consists of MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac Pro, and Mac Mini. It runs macOS for its operating system.

The Air features a 13-inch Retina display, the MacBook features a 12-inch Retina display, and the Pro is available in 13-inch and 15-inch Retina options.

The mini and Mac Pro both ship without peripherals — mouse, keyboard, display — and aren’t updated very frequently.The iMac is available in 21.5-inch and 27-inch versions, both with Retina displays.

The Mac is Apple’s longest running product. It was originally released in 1984 for $2,495. Over the years, the form factor has changed, but the goal of it is still the same: to be the best mass market personal computer. It comes with a number of free applications like Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iMovie, Garageband, and Apple Photos. Macs currently use Intel processors (announced in 2005), but there are rumors they are shifting to ARM processors in the next few years.

Since 2000, the operating system powering the computer was Mac OS X (rebranded as macOS in 2016). macOS has its roots from the NeXT days. When Apple purchased NeXT, they took their OPENSTEP project as the basis for what would become OS X. The original beta was released on September 13, 2000.

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Mac Stories December 10

Edison Mail is a popular email client known for its more efficient features for blocking spam and privacy concerns. Until now, the app only had versions for iOS and Android, and starting today, Edison Mail is also available for Mac users.

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Mac Stories December 5

In this 16-inch MacBook Pro review, we discuss Apple’s new top-of-the-line successor to the now discontinued 15-inch model, headlined by its transition away from the maligned butterfly keyboard.

The 16-inch MacBook Pro bears a resemblance to the outgoing version, but along with the keyboard update, there are changes that make this year’s high-end MacBook Pro the most compelling portable Mac computer that Apple has released in years.

We already published our first-look video discussing the new 16-inch MacBook Pro’s top features. Today, after a solid few weeks of usage, we’re publishing our hands-on video review. Be sure to subscribe to 9to5Mac on YouTube for more videos, and read on for the details. expand full story

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Mac Stories December 3

macOS Catalina: How to show the iTunes Store in the Music app

The iTunes app for Mac was officially killed with the release of macOS Catalina. Since it’s hidden by default, follow along for how to show the iTunes Store in the Music app on Mac.

Mac Stories December 2

Temporarily working on a second Mac has identified a small but annoying gap in the Apple ecosystem: There’s no way to synchronize learned spellings across Apple devices.

If you create Text Replacements, these behave the way you’d expect: Create them on any Apple device, and they sync via iCloud. For example…

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Mac Stories November 21

If you’re looking for a wireless mechanical keyboard for your Mac, then look no further than the Keychron K2, the follow up to the original K1 that we reviewed earlier this year. While not as low profile as its predecessor, the K2’s sleek, minimalist design is a far cry from the bulky mechanical keyboards you may be used to. Watch our hands-on video review for the details.

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We noted yesterday President Trump’s claim to have ‘opened’ a ‘new’ Mac plant that has in fact been operating since 2013. Apple is today coming under fire for failing to correct that lie.

More broadly, it is being suggested that Cook was willing to be used as an electioneering prop by Trump in his attempts to win concessions on import tariffs on Apple products coming from China…

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