Apple just announced a brand new MacBook, which features an all new 12-inch Retina display, at this morning's Spring Forward event. While the Retina display is impressive with a 2304 x 1440 resolution, there's much more to the MacBook that warrants discussion. The smallest Apple notebook was previously the 11-inch MacBook Air, and the new MacBook has stolen that crown, even while having a larger display. It's 24% thinner than the MacBook Air, and it the first Apple notebook that has an all metal enclosure. The keyboard is full-sized, but redesigned with a new butterfly mechanism that makes typing more precise. The new Force Touch trackpad supports a new gesture, called Force Click. This is similar to what Apple announced for the Apple Watch - the trackpad is pressure senitive and can tell the difference between a light tap and a strong tap, and can do different things based on the force of the tap input.
One way Apple was able to get the new MacBook so small and thin is by eliminating all of the ports, foregoing everything you're used to in exchange for USB Type-C. This port is able to drive USB accessories, video for external monitors, power for charging, and more. Apple has also removed all fans from the inside, making it quiet, and even thinner than it would be otherwise. It's the first fanless laptop from Apple.
As far as specs go, the new MacBook starts with a 1.1GHz Intel Core M processor, Intel HD 5300 graphics, 8GB RAM, and a 256GB SSD for $1299. If you want something faster, you can go with a 1.2GHz processor with a 512GB SSD for $1599. The new Apple MacBook will be available in one month, on April 10th.
As part of Apple's Spring Forward event, the company announced a major price cut for Apple TV. After announcing that the brand new standalone streaming service, HBO Now, will launch exclusively on Apple devices this April, Tim Cook then followed up by letting the audience know that the Apple TV would be receiving a 30% price cut. The Apple TV now costs just $69, down from $99 previously. This is the same Apple TV that Apple has been selling for a few years, so no hardware changes here just yet--but it's good to see the price drop nonetheless. You can pick up an Apple TV at the new price right now.
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Apple kicked off its Spring Forward event this morning with a big announcement. HBO CEO Richard Plepler took the stage to announce that the new HBO standalone subscription service, HBO Now, will launch exclusively on Apple devices. The service will cost $14.99 per month, and includes the full HBO catalog of content. This is basically HBO Go, but without the need of a traditional HBO cable subscription in order to use it. HBO Now launches in April, and the first month will be free.
Apple has sent out invitations to selected press for a special event that it's calling "Spring Forward" that takes place on Monday, March 8, 2015 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, California at 10:00am. While the company hasn't stated any sort of agenda or product focus for the event, it's obvious to anyone paying attention that this will be the place where the company will detail the Apple Watch in full, ahead of the April release of the timepiece. We expect that we will finally get a solid release date, possible pre-order date, and the information that everyone is waiting for--the price of all of the various Apple Watch lines (Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch, and Apple Watch Edition) and the models within.
Of course, Apple can also use this platform to reveal any number of other things, including that new 12-inch Retina MacBook Air that's been running the rumor mill for the better part of 6 months now, but we won't be holding our breath for that one. We'll have all the news right here as it happens from Apple's Spring Forward event, which is just 10 days away.
We're ready to hit you with our next giveaway, this time focusing on the HP EliteDesk 800 G1 Desktop Mini PC. This thing is small in stature, but big on performance with plenty of expansion options. This is marketed by HP as a business PC, but that doesn't mean you can't roll with this at home or school. HP has provided us with a unit to give away to one lucky Gear Live fan It takes up barely any room, and is super portable as well.
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In this episode, Andru Edwards brings you a look at Toyota Entune Premium Audio, and the features that it offers to make your driving experience safer and more convenient. Coming to you from Toyota Headquarters in Torrance, California, here's a rundown of what's covered in this Entune Premium Audio & Entune App Suite demo, using a 2014 Toyota Highlander:
Entune Premium Audio includes:
- 6.1" - 8" Touchscreen
- Bluetooth Streaming
- Advanced Voice Recognition
- Sirius XM Radio
- HD Radio
- HD Traffic
- AM/FM Radio Cache
- Entune App Suite
In case you missed it, be sure to also check out our Toyota Entune Multimedia overview & demo!
Here's a first-look at the New Nintendo 3DS XL, the follow-up to the massively popular Nintendo 3DS XL. Nintendo has introduced a bunch of cool improvements that make the 3DS XL better, and you can get your hands on the new console this Friday, February 13th. You have face-tracking and eye-tracking 3D, the new C Stick for advanced analog control, ZR and ZL shoulder buttons, and much improved processor making the New Nintendo 3DS XL a much faster system when it comes to loading games and apps. We bring you a full walkthrough in this episode. You can pick up the New Nintendo 3DS XL here:
We visit Toyota Headquarters to bring you a look at Entune, Toyota's in-car multimedia system. Andru Edwards brings you a look and demo of Entune in a few different vehicles. Check out what you get with the different trim levels of Entune:
- Entune Audio: 6.1" - 8" Touchscreen, AM/FM/CD, iPod/USB2.0/AUX, Bluetooth Streaming, Phonebook, Advanced Voice Recognition
- Entune Audio Plus adds: SXM Radio, HD Radio, HD Traffic, Weather
- Entune Premium Audio adds: AM/FM Radio Cache, Navigation, Entune App Suite
- Entune Premium JBL Audio adds JBL speakers and amp for high-quality sound
The sun will set on 2014 in just a few hours, and we are just in time with our annual top 10 list of the most-watched Gear Live video episodes. Over the past year, as expected, there was a bunch of Apple gear that made the list, with the release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The launch of the WWE Network was also groundbreaking, and our walkthrough proved to be the second most popular video of the year. Other items, like a tutorial on upgrading Xbox One controllers, a look at the Fitbit Force, and a how-to on installing the Nest Protect also proved popular as well.