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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 September 12

Phishing attacks reaching macOS users look set to more than double this year, with emails specifically claiming to be from Apple growing at 30%-40% per year.

In the first half of this year, around 1.6 million phishing attacks attempting to fool people into using their Apple ID credentials to log in to a fake Apple website were detected by a security company…

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Mac Stories September 5

How to handle a swollen battery on iPhone, Mac, Apple Watch, more

Is the screen on your iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch popping out? Is the trackpad or another part of your MacBook case expanding? Follow along for how to handle an Apple device with a swollen battery.

Mac Stories September 4

One of the most useful new features in macOS Catalina is something called Sidecar, which turns your iPad into an external display for your Mac. A Redditor has taken things to the next level, using a MacBook Pro with a broken display and turning it into a unique Mac/iPad hybrid using Sidecar.

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Mac Stories September 3

Apple today announced that it is relaxing some notarization requirements for Mac apps. For apps outside of the Mac App Store, macOS Catalina will only run notarized software. However, developers have found it difficult to adopt notarization.

To ease the transition, Apple is temporarily relaxing some of the things that the company previously mandated for an app to be notarized.

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Mac Stories August 30

In a textbook example of addition by subtraction, cutting footage from a Final Cut Pro X project timeline can be just as important as placing footage on the timeline. But what if you want to quickly recover a clip that you previously removed? Watch our hands-on Final Cut Friday video walkthrough that shows how using keywords can make it much easier to find previously cut clips.  expand full story

Mac Stories August 29

iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks will now face a 15% tariff from December, up from the 10% previously announced. Additionally, the 25% tariff set to hit desktop Macs, AirPods, Watch, and more on September 1 will now be increased to 30%.

Trump made the threats in a recent tweet, after China responded in kind to earlier tariffs imposed by the US government, and this has now been made official…

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