If you’ve been waiting for Apple to release new Macs before making a purchase, your patience should soon be rewarded. Or perhaps this is just wishful thinking. Welcome to Thursday.
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What’s up with Mac?
It hasn’t been a good year for folks looking to buy a new Mac. In this calendar year, Cupertino has only refreshed one Mac product, the 12-inch MacBook, which received Intel’s Skylake processors in April.
The MacRumors Buyer’s Guide tells an unfortunate story: Macs simply aren’t getting much attention from Apple anymore in terms of upgrades.
Here’s the last time Macs were last updated:
- MacBook Air, May 2015
- Retina MacBook Pro, May 2015
- iMac, October 2015
- Mac mini, October 2014
- Mac Pro, December 2013
And let’s not forget that the non-Retina MacBook Pro hasn’t been updated since June 2012. As The Verge rightly notes, Apple should stop selling four-year-old computers.
The iPhone accounts for two-thirds of Apple’s revenue, we get it. Still, for a company that prides itself on being cutting edge, the current Mac situation is beyond laughable.
In September, I fully expect we’ll see upgrades for the MacBook Pro and iMac. The non-Retina MacBook Pro? Hopefully, Apple will pull it from the market, which they should have done years ago. The future of the Mac Pro and Mac mini is a different story entirely.
Beware this message
Hackers use Apple’s Find My iPhone app to lock an iPhone and display the following message:
This device is locked. Unlock 50$. Email for details: [email protected]
As 9to5Mac explains:
The attack requires someone to have compromised the Apple ID associated with the device, but again non-tech users tend to re-use passwords and not use two-factor authentication, so it would only require an unrelated website to be hacked to gain access to credentials that also serve as Apple ID logins.
A good rule of thumb: If you get a weird message on any of your devices, contact the manufacturer or at least do a Google search to see if other folks are experiencing it. And don’t click on it.
Unhappy with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as presidential candidates? Maybe consider #BetterFictionalCandidates.
On this day
We’ve looked around the web and found these other stories worth considering:
- Facebook’s Area 404 — what we know, Computerworld
- Why it now takes forever to catch a damn Pidgey in Pokemon Go, CNET
- Dish now offers sub-$40 skinny pay-TV bundle, USA Today
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