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So let's get this out of the way: If you want an incredibly powerful-yet portable laptop with this screen size, the 15" MacBook Pro with Retina display is simply the best there is. That said, all is not roses. It's more... geranium-like in fact. And we like geraniums. We do. But they're just not quite as good as roses when you need to get the job done. 

Still, there's much to like, much to really like, and much to be simply astounded by. Click the thingy below to find out what we're going on about.

 
 
For those that thought it was just Samsung making missteps, they'd be quite wrong. Out of left-field Apple recently released three new Mac computer commercials to coincide with the 2012 Olympic games. To say they're not very Apple-like is an understatement. 

Apple claims these ads were only to be aired only during the Olympics (they were pulled soon after the start of the Games), but we think the backlash was so great it was an easy decision to pull them.

 
 
We don't know if you've been to the movies recently, and we're not even sure if this is a nationwide campaign, but there is the most obnoxious Galaxy S III commercial playing here in Seattle at the AMC theater, downtown. Having gone to the cinema twice in the last few weeks, this commercial has stuck out like a sore, - no, missing - thumb. 

I've tried to block it from my mind, but the premise goes (mostly) like this:

 
 

As the rumor-mill hots up in anticipation of the new iPhone, more sources are confirming (whatever that really means) that an announcement is forthcoming from Apple on September 12, with delivery of the new iPhone the following week. With the plethora of part leaks over the last few months, the only thing we seem to be missing is it showing up on Apple Store shelves!

Let's face it, with the huge amount of competition out there, the iPhone needs something, and it needs something now. That Samsung Galaxy S III really is looking pretty, isn't it?
 
 
So the USA just landed a rover on Mars in what must be the most epic fashion imaginable, so you'd think getting a mouse right in 2012 would be a no-brainer, right? Wrong.

See, the idea here is great: Logitech got the Anywhere Mouse MX pretty much perfect the first time around back in 2009. The problem is that this isn't the first time around anymore. It's 2012, and Logitech has done something really, really terrible. They released the Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX, Version 2.0. 

 
 
Can you hear the barrage of naysayers? I can! (I also hear voices in my head, so this comes as no surprise.)

Let's face it: Whenever there are new Apple products released, some of us will be thrilled, and some of us will clamor, "That's it?" It's the way it just works. Every time.

The reasonable among us will realize that Apple hasn't gotten to where it has through careless decision-making processes regarding its launches. These are carefully timed, some might say,  to perfection. Let's focus on the best thing to come out of WWDC.


 
 


If you're an Apple fan of any sort, you'll be aware that next week is the 2012 Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. Rumors abound at this point on what we'll see. We tend to be fairly conservative in terms of our expectations of Apple announcements. So what will we see?

 
 

It's inevitable: A new operating system is released, and something doesn't quite work like it used to on the prior version. Unfortunately, in the case of OS Lion, that something is Apple's own web browser. The problem is that almost a year later it still doesn't work...

For some reason, Safari has become a remarkably slow web browser in certain conditions. 

Take, for example, this simple web page:

http://au.gamespot.com/news/miyamoto-says-ps-vita-needs-games-6375146

Opening that page and scrolling up and down using either a Magic Trackpad or a regular scroll-wheel-y mouse is a horrid affair in Safari (version 5.1.7, the latest official release at the time of this post). The page lags, stutters, and feels utterly disconnected from your scrolling. It's all very.... un-Apple like! The very same page in Google's Chrome browser scrolls up and down in quite the silky fashion. 

A quick trip to Activity Monitor within OS Lion shows that Safari is pegging this nerd's CPU 100% when scrolling up and down here. Chrome? 15% CPU usage. This behavior has become quite commonplace while using Safari and for whatever reason, - Apple hasn't chosen to address the issue.

For reference, this test was repeated on a 2009 27" iMac (2.8Ghz quad-core i7, SSD, 16GB RAM), a 2011 MacBook Air (Core i5 1.7Ghz, SSD, 4GB RAM), and a second 2011 MacBook Air (Core i7 1.8Ghz, SSD, 4GB RAM). 

I'm not holding my breath for an OS Lion fix for Safari, but hopefully Mountain Lion will finally devour the issue.

*UPDATE* - August 7th, 2012

Hey, guess what? The new Safari 6.0 present in OS Mountain Lion completely solves the above issue. Well played, Apple. Well played indeed...
 
 

Sometimes it feels like an age between updates for iOS devices (usually because it is), so it's with great joy (or something...) that we tell our readers about the new iOS 5.1.1. No new features present here, but a few bug fixes:


You can update your iDevice from Settings -> General -> Software Update, or by connecting to iTunes.
 
 

When the new iPad was released last month, bighugenerd wasn't as impressed with the quality control as it was with the new Retina display (in theory). Last week, we received a phone call from Apple's Executive Customer Relations, curious as to the issues with our new iPads. We explained, as we showed you, how the color uniformity is a major concern with the iPad, and that despite multiple exchanges it was impossible to find one with anywhere near the uniformity of prior iPad models...