If you’ve been thinking about getting a new MacBook Pro, you’ll be pleased to learn that Apple has improved a few specs and dropped a few prices, making the laptops even more compelling. Much of the rest of the issue skews toward opinion this week, with a staff roundtable discussing why we all continue to support Apple despite massive changes in the company and the industry, Adam’s minor rant about how multimedia-enhanced ebooks aren’t about to replace titles that rely solely on plain text and static graphics, and a number of ExtraBITS links to articles worrying about the decline in Apple’s software quality. For those looking to set up a new Web site, Josh Centers anchors the issue with a detailed look at the design-driven Squarespace hosting service. Finally, we’re pleased to welcome as our latest long-term sponsor Metadot, makers of the clicky Das Keyboard. Notable software releases this week include Fission 2.1.2, Mailplane 2.5.11, Skype 18.104.22.1687, MacBook Pro SMC Firmware Update 1.7, Mellel 3.1.3, BBEdit 10.5.2, Microsoft Office 2011 14.3.1, and BusyCal 2.0.3.
With little fanfare, Apple has dropped faster CPUs and more RAM into several MacBook Pro with Retina display models, plus reduced the price on the 13-inch MacBook Air.
Please welcome our latest TidBITS sponsor, Metadot, makers of the clicky Das Keyboard Model S Professional for Mac!
Watch (or listen) to the latest TidBITS staff roundtable for our thoughts on just why Apple has engendered such loyalty in the past, and continues to do so in today’s very different world.
TidBITS publisher Adam Engst can’t resist a minor rant about how the writing is not on the wall for plain text books in a world of iPads and multimedia-enhanced books. Read on for why these enhanced books won’t be replacing simple words on the page.
Squarespace 6 is a much-hyped Web hosting service that offers beautiful design and a simple interface, but does it live up to its marketing? Josh Centers shares his experiences building his Web site on Squarespace.
Notable software releases this week include Fission 2.1.2, Mailplane 2.5.11, Skype 22.214.171.1247, MacBook Pro SMC Firmware Update 1.7, Mellel 3.1.3, BBEdit 10.5.2, Microsoft Office 2011 14.3.1, and BusyCal 2.0.3.
Topics we find interesting this week include two pieces by David Sparks and Lloyd Chambers touching on how Apple’s quality control is slipping, along with Adam’s thoughts on the subject on the Tech Night Owl Live podcast. Then there’s an article by security expert Jeremiah Grossman about recovering a key password, plus Lex Friedman’s Macworld story about fishing for the Starfish smartwatch at Macworld/iWorld and coming up empty.