Macbook

Expect to Spend At Least $1000 for a Good Computer These Days

The less you spend on a computer, the more likely it'll break. Go for the higher-end Pro/business-grade model because the hardware will be better and won't get frustrating early down the road. The computer you want is close to $1500 to $2000...unless it's a Chromebook. We all need to reset our expectations for Windows and Mac products. Overall, it's gonna cost more than you wanna pay, but it'll be worth it in the long run. If money is especially tight, a Chromebook refurbished with some DIY upgrades could also work out.

Will Apple Ever Bring Back the 11" MacBook?

11" Macbook air

Episode 1790

Valerie from Victorville, CA

Valerie wants to know if Apple will ever bring back the small 11" Macbook Air. She's on her second one. Leo says he doesn't really know. But the rumor is, that they will do a 14" with no bezel, so it'll have a smaller form factor. Look for it in June. But an 11" model isn't really in the cards anymore. The other option would be the MacBook Air, and with the M1 chip.

Wait Until June Before Upgrading Your Mac

If you've got a Mac and are thinking about upgrading to a new model now, just wait a bit longer. Apple teased their next Worldwide Developers Conference for June 7, 2021. "WWDC21 will offer unique insight into the future of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS" according to Apple. So just hang on to see what new models wield the powerful M1 chip (which is currently only on the Macbook Air, Macbook Pro 13", and Mac mini) as well as a possible physical redesign. If speculation comes true, these new devices will be worth waiting for.

Click Show Package Contents to Access Your Photos in iPhoto

If you recently bought a new Macbook to replace a much older Mac, you may have trouble restoring old backups of photos and video stored in iPhoto from the elder machine. Pictures in iPhoto are stored in a blob called the "library". You have to right-click on the icon (which is secretly a folder) and select Show Package Contents, then you can find the original photo files (possibly sorted by year) that can be copied to your backup location.

Why Can't My MacBook Keep a Charge?

MacBook

Episode 1701

Matthew from Lake Arrowhead, CA

Matthew says that he's been having issues with a used Apple MacBook laptop maintaining a charge. Leo says to change the battery. If that's an issue, then he can move to the charger itself, and they fail. If it's not the power adapter or the MagSafe, then look to the cords. Outside of that, it will point to the circuitry inside. He can download Apple's diagnostic software, it's been leaked online. But if there's something inside, Apple will require replacing the logic board, and that's nearly the cost of an entire computer.

What laptop should I buy my son?

Chromebook

Episode 1567

Dan from New Jersey

Dan needs to buy his son a new laptop and wants to know whether a MacBook Air or Chromebook. He'll be traveling to China for an exchange student program. He also wants to maintain his social media. Leo says that either one will work, but he should be sure to obey the rules and regulations while being a guest there. Don't try and get around China's censorship by using a VPN. That's just asking for trouble. Email is not blocked, so setting up an email publishing scheme is best.

Apple Finally Admits Sticky Butterfly Keyboard Problem

Apple MacBook Pro

Episode 1499

Apple has finally acknowledged the ongoing issues that MacBook and MacBook Pro users have been having with sticky keys on their butterfly keyboard design. Faced with three separate class action lawsuits, Apple will fix or replace the keyboards on 2015-2017 laptops for free. And if you've already paid for the repair, Leo says that Apple will give you a full refund. Leo also says there comes a time when you just have to admit the problem, fix it, and move on, and about half of MacBook and MacBook Pro users are experiencing the problem, so Apple should redesign it.

What laptop should I buy for college?

Lenovo T480

Episode 1489

Jeremy from Hisperia, CA

Jeremy is going to college and wants to buy a new MacBook laptop. Leo says he should wait until after June 4th, because Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference is happening and they're rumored to be announcing new MacBooks. Leo adds that he would have a broader range of choices going with Windows, and it may be a good idea to contact his college and see what they support, especially if he's in a field of study that is focused. If price is an object, he should get a better computer with a smaller hard drive, but it should be at least 256GB SSD.