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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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One of my favorite apps for iPhone is the to-do list and habit tracking app Streaks. The premise is that it helps you automatically track goals and keep your habits, whether they be fitness and health related or other tasks you regularly complete. This week, Streaks is expanding from iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch to the Mac.

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Mac Stories February 12

Malwarebytes is out with a new report in which it states that Mac malware is growing faster than that for Windows.

For the first time ever, Macs outpaced Windows PCs in number of threats detected per endpoint […]

In total, we saw approximately 24 million Windows adware detections and 30 million Mac detections.

That’s getting a lot of headlines today, but there are three key things that need to be understood…

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StatusBuddy for macOS is a new app that makes it easy to quickly check the status of Apple’s various online services. If an Apple service is having problems, StatusBuddy makes it easy to quickly see the details of the issue.

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Mac Stories February 7

Since late last year, I’ve been using Apple’s fantastic Sidecar feature that makes it a breeze to leverage my iPad Pro as a secondary display for my MacBook Pro. Overall, I’m having such a great experience that I’m using this setup and skipping an external display but there is one improvement that I’d really love to see come to Sidecar…

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Mac Stories February 4

How to watch the 2020 State of the Union address on iPhone, Apple TV, more

President Trump is set to give the 2020 State of the Union address tonight, February 4th at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT. Here’s how to watch it on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, and the web.

Mac Stories February 3

Mac: How to clear the cache, history, and cookies in Safari

Looking to tidy up the built-in browser on your Mac or fix some issues you’re seeing with websites? Read on for how to clear the cache, history, and cookies in Safari.

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