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Apple's 'apology' for the MacBook keyboard only proves that we need a new MacBook keyboard

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 08:55

If there’s one thing both Apple fans and detractors can agree on, it’s that the MacBook keyboard sucks. Ever since Apple introduced the “butterfly” mechanism with the redesigned MacBook in 2015, Apple notebook users have had a love-hate relationship with their Macs. As in, they love everything about the MacBook but hate hate hate the keyboard.

In response to mounting criticism about the noise, travel, and dust ingress of the butterfly keyboard—named for the shape of the hinges beneath the keys—Apple has taken several steps. First they quietly launched a Keyboard Service Program for MacBook and MacBook Pro that offers a free repair for devices made between 2015 and 2017 whose letters or characters repeat, do not appear, or generally don’t respond in a consistent manner. There’s no guarantee Apple is going to fix your machine, mind you, but anyone who bought a MacBook or MacBook Pro during those years can try their luck at an Apple Store.

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It's time for an 'Apple Prime' subscription bundle

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 06:30

Apple revealed many services at its March 25 “It’s show time” event, but wasn’t so eager to reveal how much they will cost. It’s no doubt still working out the details, but I think it also wanted to avoid the sticker shock of how much you’ll pay to subscribe to them all.

Both Apple Music and its newly announced Apple News+ service cost $9.99 a month. If Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade end up costing the same, that’s $40 a month you’ll pay to Apple to get it all. And that’s to say nothing of the extra buck or three for iCloud storage and the payments you’ll end up making on your new Apple Card. That’s not just expensive—that’s unwieldy.

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The best second-screen apps for watching Major League Baseball

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 00:11
Geek up the grand old game with data feeds, social media, and other interactive enhancements.