Zaid Syed’s Mac and iPhone Setup on The Sweet Setup

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I had the great honor of having my Mac and iOS setup featured on The Sweet Setup, one of my favorite websites ever. If you’re (somehow) not familiar with them, I consider them to be The Wirecutter of Apple software.

While my setup has changed a bit since the interview, conducted in May 2015, you’ll still find that a lot of the things I use on the software side remains the same. If you’d like a more recent perspective on what I use every day, allow me to point you to my previous article on my favorite software of 2015.

Vlad Savov: ‘The MacBook Air Is on a Path to Extinction’

When Apple redesigned the MacBook Air in 2010, it created one of the best machines to ever carry its Mac label. That new laptop was a revelation: extremely thin and light, like the original Air, yet also powerful enough for most tasks and equipped with a long-lasting battery. For years, the MacBook Air has been a standard-bearer, the role model for every Windows ultrabook, but 2015 has not been so kind to its leadership position. Apple introduced the new 12-inch MacBook and updated the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, both directly competing with the Air, and for those not umbilically attached to OS X, Dell’s XPS 13 offered a compelling Windows alternative. And this week there’s the looming threat of the iPad Pro on the horizon. Has Apple forsaken what was once its best PC?

This story is becoming more and more likely by the minute — but it’s only been six months since the MacBook launched — alternate (unlikely) theory: in the October event, Apple updates the MacBook Air.

Apple Adds Force Touch to 15-Inch MacBook Pros, Introduces Cheaper $1999 Retina 5K iMac

Wow. Just before WWDC, Apple’s updated their major professional Macs. The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display receives the Force Touch trackpad that came with the new MacBook, as well as the usual better battery life and better internals. The pro professional models even AMD graphics in favor of Nvidia. Even though I have a 2012 15″ Pro, I still have some of that #MacBookLust.

Next up, the iMac with Retina 5K Display has a new, cheaper entry ($1999) with less powerful internals and a spinning hard drive, not the Fusion Drive that comes with the high-end model.

Two points I’d like to make:

  • All of the Pro line has been updated with newer features, such as Force Touch, but none of the other features the MacBook has, because they seem to be only to reduce thickness. The one USB-C port (not to mention it being impractical for professional hardware not yet updated for Type-C), the butterfly keyboard and more is not needed for the Pro line, that can afford to be slightly thicker.

  • Just before WWDC. Expect an all-software keynote, but what can they talk about? I’m expecting lots of Apple Watch and Apple TV software.

(Via 512 Pixels.)

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