New Retina MacBooks speed tested, hints of new Macs, Premiere, OneNote …


Motion Artist animates your comics
Motion Artist animates your comics

Apple’s new MacBook Pro with Retina display models unboxed, SSDs speed tested — Hours after Apple released its refreshed MacBook Pro with Retina display lineup, aftermarket parts reseller Other World Computing has SSD speed test results for both 13-inch and 15-inch models, as well as photos of a partial teardown.

Another Apple page briefly mentioned mysterious ‘mid-2014’ 27-inch iMac and a mini — Apple may have accidentally tipped its hand on two imminent hardware releases this week, with support pages from the company referencing both a new Mac mini and 27-inch iMac models listed with a “mid-2014” launch.

Macworld reviews the new Premiere — Premiere Pro CC 2014 review: New features allow video editors to do more.

Microsoft updates OneNote for iOS and Mac with OneDrive access, file insertion, more — Microsoft on Wednesday (NZ time) rolled out a major update to its Apple-centric OneNote product line, adding new features like access to notes stored in OneDrive for Business or SharePoint Online, inserting files and note reorganization and sharing.

Apple US sales tax holiday for select states — Several states in the US offer sales tax holidays around the start of back-to-school season to help parents save money on required purchases. This Tuesday Apple announced that they would be honouring these sales tax holidays not only in the retail locations, but also online.

Comics, animation creator — Comic lovers and designers might like this software that takes designs, characters and stories and puts them in motion to create the story you’ve been visualising (pictured at top).

How to burn movies to disc in an iDVD-less world — Christopher Breen writes on Macworld that while it’s true, now that Apple has filed iDVD under “Old Technology That Interests Us Not” your options aren’t as clear as they once were. Let’s bring some clarity to the situation.