Buyers’ guide: Apple notebooks

Buyers’ guide: Apple notebooks

Not sure whether you need a lightweight 12″ MacBook, the versatile MacBook Air or the power of the MacBook Pro (with or without its shiny new Touch Bar and Touch ID)? Here’s a run down of the key specs – and some user comments – to help you decide one way or the other.

If you have any questions left at the end, you can always get in touch with our team on 03332 409 306 for more advice, or enjoy a live chat with one of them over on our website.

12″ MacBook

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Apple’s entry-level notebook is the 12″ MacBook. The smallest, lightest and goldest of the Apple notebook range, the MacBook was introduced in 2015 and was the first of the Apple line to feature a range of innovations, including the USB-C standard, the Force Touch touchpad, and a lighter ‘butterfly’ keyboard. The USB-C standard incorporates power, VGA, HDMI and DisplayPort standards into a single, versatile port (you will need to buy an additional adaptor to ensure all your non-USB-C devices can still connect to your MacBook).

This versatility makes the MacBook a great notebook for anyone who has to wear multiple hats, or who is moving between locations and needs to be able to slot in to whatever working environment they find. Its silent, fanless design and light touch keyboard are ideal for anyone who does most of their typing on the train and would to keep things to a polite volume.

As it is the smallest notebook in the range, MacBook doesn’t quite have the power to handle big data or creative tasks, but if you’re mostly going to be doing admin and general office work, you shouldn’t have a problem.

Ideal for: Office and admin work, mobile workers who need functionality beyond that of an iOS device.

Width: 13.1mm.

Weight: 2lbs.

Display: 12″ Retina display with 2304 x 1440 resolution.

Processors: 6th generation Intel Core m3, m5 and m7 processors.

Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515.

Storage: 512GB flash storage and 8GB RAM.

Battery life: Up to 10 hours.

Cost: From £1035 (£1242 inc VAT)

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MacBook Air

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The MacBook Air has been with us since 2008 and, though it may no longer be the lightest in the lineup, it’s still got a lot to recommend it to your mobile workforce. With up to 12 hours’ battery life, it’s the most long-lived of all the Apple range, and with a 8GB RAM and Intel i7 processors, it meets the minimum requirements for most creative apps.

Granted, it might struggle to run more than one at once, or handle higher end work, but it’s ideal for managers or those who are more involved in the approvals process than actual creation, but may need to access and annotate native files.

But it’s not just for mobile workers – it’s more than a match for common office and productivity apps, and if you’re called into a meeting, you can just pick up your MacBook Air and head down, hooking up to the room’s display (either wirelessly over AirPlay and Apple TV, or through a wired Mini DisplayPort connection) to share with the group.

It’s worth noting that the MacBook Air is the last in the Apple notebook lineup to not feature any USB-C ports, so perhaps not the best if you want to futureproof your Mac estate. However, the Air’s reliability and lifespan make it a solid investment if having the latest ports isn’t a priority for you.

Ideal for: Anyone who needs to run applications on the move when a tablet just won’t cut it – so salespeople, client-facing consultants and other staff in the field, for example. Will also work for creatives in a pinch.

Width: 17mm.

Weight: 2.96lbs.

Display: 13″ widescreen display.

Processors: Fifth generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors.

Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5000.

Storage: Up to 512GB flash storage and 8GB RAM.

Battery life: Up to 12 hours.

Cost: From £785 (£942 inc VAT)

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MacBook Pro

The most recently reinvigorated of all the Apple notebooks, the MacBook Pro now comes in three flavours: a 13″ MacBook Pro with no Touch Bar, and 13″ and 15″ models with Apple’s Touch Bar and Touch ID technology built in.

While each model has different internal specifications, there have been a few improvements made across the board. The latest generation of Retina display has a 67% higher contrast ratio and can hit up to 500 nits brightness. It uses the P3 colourspace, which means it can display 25% more colours than standard RGB, giving you access to far more greens and reds.

To complement this, the MacBook Pro range boasts between 103 and 130% faster graphics performance than the previous generation, depending on which model you choose. You’ll also experience up to 76% faster 4K rendering, up to 130% faster realtime 3D graphics performance, and 103% faster performance when you’re gaming – all of which are ideal for creative users.

The MacBook Pro’s speakers have also been given a polish, and have twice as much dynamic range, more than twice as much bass and 58% more volume, so they’ll fit right into any audio workflow.

All models use the new Thunderbolt 3-enabled USB-C standard, which boasts all the benefits of the USB-C standard found on the 12″ MacBook, but also incorporates the high speed (40Gbps) Thunderbolt 3 connection. This means that you can plug your MacBook Pro into any of your Thunderbolt peripherals, including up to two 5K displays, and transform it from a lightweight, portable notebook to the centre of a creative workstation.

However, the most obvious addition to the MacBook Pro is the Touch Bar, a Retina quality touch strip that replaces the function keys. As well as offering a touch alternative to your function keys, the Touch Bar offers contextual shortcuts to make everything from sending email to adjusting settings in Photoshop easier and quicker. You can now keep one hand on the trackpad and the other on the Touch Bar and edit your image without having to break off and use keyboard shortcuts or a tablet.

There’s also added security thanks to the addition of Touch ID, Apple’s biometric authentication system. You can now use two factor authentication, sign in using your fingerprint, or switch users by tapping Touch ID.

13″ MacBook Pro without Touch Bar

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Ideal for: Anyone who’d like a MacBook Air but is worried that it’s not future-proof enough.

Width: 14.9mm.

Weight: 3lbs.

Display: 13″ Retina display.

Processors: Dual-core Intel Core i5 processors.

Graphics: Intel Iris graphics 540.

Storage: Up to 256GB flash storage and up to 8GB RAM.

Battery life: Up to 10 hours.

Cost: From £1199 (£1438.80 inc VAT).

 

13″ and 15″ MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and Touch ID

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Ideal for: Creatives who don’t like to be tied down, heavy duty office and data work.

Width: 14.9mm (13″), 15.5mm (15″).

Weight: 3lb (13″), 4lb (15″).

Display: 13″ or 15″ Retina display with 2560 x 1600 resolution.

Processors: Dual-core or quad-core Intel i5 or i7 processors.

Graphics: Intel Iris 540 graphics (13″), Radeon Pro 450 with 2GB or memory (15″).

Storage: Up to 2TB flash storage and up to 16GB RAM.

Battery life: Up to 10 hours.

Cost: From £1947 (£2336.40 inc VAT).

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Buyers’ Guide: Mac for business

Buyers’ Guide: Mac for business

Looking to refresh your business’s computer deployment? These days, looking to Apple is probably your best option. As well as their power, flexibility and ease of use, they’re also incredibly durable and reliable, so you can count on a better TCO and ROI than with PC counterparts.

Your options are much simpler too – you have a choice of MacBook Air, MacBook Pro (with or without Touch Bar) and the 12″ MacBook, as well as desktop computers in the form of Mac Pro, iMac and Mac mini, which can come with differing internal features depending on your needs. When shopping for PC ‘ultrabooks’ and desktops, on the other hand, there simply isn’t one single contender to match Mac, but a whole universe of laptops and desktops sporting differing processors and screen sizes (not to mention vastly varying build quality), which can get rather confusing.

To make things even easier, we’ve broken down the range below, giving recommendations based on the team’s actual experience using Mac within the business, as well as links to buy. If you are wanting to deploy a raft of new notebooks and desktops, you’ll probably want to talk to us first, as experts in all things Apple, including integration, rollout, management and post-sales support. But let’s take a look at the actual products available first…

MacBook Air

Ideal for: Mobile workers who need long battery life

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MacBook Air has been around since 2008, and in that time, Apple have really worked on making its internals match its external form factor. One of the thinnest (just 1.7cm at its thickest point) and lightest (as little as 1.08kg) notebooks around, it is undoubtably good looking, but that stunning design also means it’s incredibly portable. That makes it a great choice for anyone who needs to run applications on the move when a tablet just won’t cut it – so salespeople, client-facing consultants and other staff in the field, for example.

Equally, if we are called in to a meeting, we can just pick up our MacBook Air and head down, hooking up to the room’s display (either wirelessly over AirPlay and Apple TV, or through a wired Mini DisplayPort connection) to share with the group. The 11″ model in particular, can easily be stowed away in your bag and carried around all day without putting your shoulder out.

Another feature that’s bound to be a boon for business is the battery life. Apple say the 11″ model will go nine hours without a recharge, while the 13″ model, which includes larger batteries, tops out at 12 hours. Of course, your mileage may vary depending on what apps you’re running, display settings and other factors, but that’s more than enough to get you through a full business day before you have to plug in again. The fact that they rely solely on solid state flash storage also means MacBook Air is speedy too – 17x faster than a traditional 5400-rpm notebook hard drive, in fact.

The latest versions feature:

11″ MacBook Air

– 11.6″ high-res glossy display.

– Up to 512GB flash storage.

– Up to 8GB RAM.

– Fifth-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors.

– Intel HD Graphics 6000 processor.

– From £549 ex VAT on Jigsaw24.

13″ MacBook Air

– 13.3″ high-res glossy display.

– Up to 512GB flash storage.

– Up to 8GB RAM.

– Fifth-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors.

– Intel HD Graphics 6000 processor.

– From £702 ex VAT on Jigsaw24.

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MacBook Pro

Ideal for: Those needing more power from a portable computer

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MacBook Pro is Apple’s powerhouse portable (our designers use it on shoots, and it happily handles rendering and exporting compositions in processor-intensive apps like Adobe Creative Cloud’s Photoshop and InDesign, while they get on with the rest of their workload).

The latest generation of MacBook Pro comes in three flavours: MacBook Pro 13″, MacBook Pro 13″ with Touch Bar and Touch ID, and MacBook Pro 15″ with Touch Bar and Touch ID.

The no-frills 13″ model was described by Apple CEO Tim Cook as “a MacBook Pro for MacBook Air users” and is the lightest and slimmest of the bunch. It’s 12% thinner than the current MacBook Air (at the wide end of the taper, admittedly, but still), and is 13% smaller by volume. Despite this highly portable form factor, the MacBook Pro 13″ still boasts a Retina Display, a 2.4GHz dual core Intel Core i7 processor, 512GB of flash storage and 16GB RAM, to make it the clear winner if you need a combination of power and portability.

The other two MacBook Pro models features Apple’s Touch ID biometric sensor, allowing users to log in, switch accounts and even make purchases simply by scanning a fingerprint. It also means that these models will support biometric security measures and two-factor authentication, so if security is your top priority, these are the laptops for you.

These models are the first to feature Apple’s unique Touch Bar, a Retina-quality display that sits where the function keys used to and offers context-aware shortcuts to common tasks. For example, in Mail, you’ll see keys for sending and replying to mail, while in a video editing app you’ll see your timeline in miniature – great for helping your creatives work more quickly and intuitively.

All three models use the latest USB-C standard which, depending on which adaptor you’re using, can act as a power cable, DisplayPort connection, Thunderbolt 3 port, HDMI port or VGA port, meaning you can use the MacBook Pro as the basis of a much larger workstation with desktop storage and multiple monitors.

13″ MacBook Pro

– 13.3″ widescreen Retina display.

– Up to 512GB flash storage.

– Up to 16GB RAM.

– Dual-core Intel Core i7 processors.

– Intel Iris 540 graphics.

– From £1347 ex VAT on Jigsaw24.

13″ MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and Touch ID

– 13.3″ ultra-thin Retina display.

– Up to 1TB flash storage.

– Up to 16GB RAM.

– Dual core Intel Core i7 processors.

– Intel Iris 550 graphics.

– From £1449 ex VAT on Jigsaw24.

15″ MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and Touch ID

– 15.4″ ultra-thin Retina display.

– Up to 2TB flash storage.

– Up to 16GB RAM.

– Quad-core Intel Core i7 processors.

– AMD Radeon Pro 460 graphics processor.

– From £1947 ex VAT on Jigsaw24.

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MacBook

Ideal for: Mobile workers who need maximum energy efficiency

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The 12″ MacBook joined the Mac notebook lineup in 2015. It was the first non-pro Mac notebook to feature a Retina display and also the first to come in a range of colours. While it’s not as powerful as the MacBook Pro and Air, it’s still speedy, complete with the new Intel Core M processor, up to 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB of flash storage.

Apple say it’s also their most energy efficient computer, using just five watts of power, and doing away with the fan for silent running. Like the MacBook Pro range, it takes advantage of the USB-C standard to combine power, video and ultrafast data transfer into a single cable, so you will want to invest in USB-C adaptors if your staff opt for this model.

12″ MacBook

– 12″ Retina display.

– Up to 512GB flash storage.

– 8GB RAM.

– Core m processor.

– Intel HD Graphics 5300.

– Gold, silver or space grey colour schemes.

– From £1035 ex VAT on Jigsaw24.

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Mac Pro

Ideal for: Video and heavy creative work

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Moving on to desktop workstations, we have the Mac Pro – Apple’s workhorse. While you may not need 64GB RAM or 12 cores of processing power for everyday business tasks and systems, if you have an in-house creative team, they’ll thank you for investing in Mac Pro, the industry standard for design work, and video and audio editing.

This latest generation of Mac Pro, released in 2013, introduced a radical new design. Ditching the classic tower form factor in favour of a sleek cylindrical casing, Mac Pro manages to pack all its internals into a 25cm high, 5kg casing that will happily sit on a desk, and it comes with enough ports that you’re able to connect all the displays, storage and peripherals you require. And, if there’s a specific configuration you need, you can add your own RAM, processors and storage with our online Mac Pro Configurator.

Mac Pro

– Up to 2.7GHz 12-core processor.

– Up to 1TB PCIe-based flash storage.

– Up to 64GB (4x16GB) memory.

– Up to Dual AMD FirePro D700 with 6GB GDDR5 VRAM.

– Support for three 4K displays,

– Six Thunderbolt ports.

– From £1799 ex VAT on Jigsaw24.

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iMac

Ideal for: Creative teams or those needing an all-in-one workstation

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iMac has long been the choice of graphic designers and imaging specialists for its power and large display, but it’s perfect for the office too. An all-in-one workstation, all the internals and connectivity are neatly contained within its incredibly slim form factor, so there’s no desk clutter, and it comes with an Apple keyboard and Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad too. In 2014, Apple also launched a 27″ iMac with Retina 5K display, which is great for seeing content with an increased level of colour and detail, as well as being ideal if you want more screen real estate so you have a larger workspace to fit your toolbars, and work on the content itself.

21″ iMac

– 21″ widescreen display.

– Up to 1TB flash storage.

– Up to 16GB (2x8GB) RAM.

– Up to Core i7 3.1GHz processor.

– From £869 ex VAT on Jigsaw24.

21.5″ iMac with 4K Retina display

– 21.5″ widescreen display.

– Up to 2TB flash storage.

– Up to 16GB (2x8GB) RAM.

– Up to Core i7 3.3GHz processor.

– From £1199 ex VAT on Jigsaw24.

27″ 5K iMac with Retina display

– 27″ 5K Retina display.

– Up to 3TB Fusion storage.

– Up to 8GB (2x8GB) RAM.

– Up to Quad Core i7 4.0GHz processor.

– From £1449 ex VAT on Jigsaw24.

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Mac mini

Ideal for: General office work

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The smallest of Apple’s desktop options, Mac mini is ideal for the desk, but that doesn’t mean it’s lightweight. With up to 16GB RAM and 3GHz processing power, it’ll breeze through spreadsheets, as well as more processor-intesive tasks, while using up a tiny amount of power. All you need is to hook it up to a display, and add a keyboard and mouse.

Mac mini

– Up to 2TB flash storage.

– Up to 16GB (2x8GB) RAM.

– Up to Dual Core i7 3GHz processor.

– From £395 ex VAT on Jigsaw24.

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Apple MacBook Air now comes with 8GB RAM as standard

Apple MacBook Air now comes with 8GB RAM as standard

It wasn’t just the 12″ MacBook receiving updates today: Apple have also tweaked their 13″ MacBook Air, bestowing it with 8GB RAM as standard, rather than the 4GB their base model previously shipped with (8GB was only available as a chargeable upgrade).

8GB makes the MacBook Air an even more formidable notebook, with more power to breeze through demanding tasks (8GB is the minimum requirement for most pro creative apps). Other than the RAM, it’s business as usual with the 13″ MacBook Air – there’s no change on the Broadwell CPU front, and looks-wise it keeps exactly the same classic design you’re used to. Which means, if your heart’s set on rose gold, it’s the 12″ MacBook for you…

New 13″ MacBook Air specs

– 13.3″ (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with support for millions of colours.

– 8GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory.

– 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz) with 3MB shared L3 cache.

– 128 to 256GB PCIe-based flash storage.

– 12 hours’ battery life.

– Intel HD Graphics 6000.

Want to know more about the new 13″ MacBook Air with 8GB RAM? Call us on 03332 400 888 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com, and keep up with all things Apple by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24

Introducing the Apple Classroom Essential Bundle

Introducing the Apple Classroom Essential Bundle

We pride ourselves in delivering the very best from Apple to schools up and down the UK. Designed with teaching and learning in mind, the Apple Classroom Essential Bundle provides schools with affordable, but utterly impactful educational tools. 

We’ve been providing high-quality services and solutions to educational institutions for 24 years, so we know what you need to make your classroom a more productive learning environment. The Apple Classroom Essential Bundle is designed to support your high standard of education, packing the kit you’ll need to get the best from your students and curriculum. The bundle includes:

– 30x iPad mini 2.

– 30x rugged cases.

– A large Lock’n’Charge Carrier with capacity for 30 iPad.

– Three-year warranty.

Optional extras can include:

– Mac mini caching server.

– 30x one year licences for Lightspeed Mobile Device Management.

– 1x day installation for configuration of caching server and Lightspeed.

– 3.5 days’ bespoke CPD training.

We offer special pricing on all Apple technology for education – we won’t be beaten on price, it won’t break your budget and we return quotes fast! Our knowledge of creative technology allows us to give expert advice on creative educational solutions, ensuring you’ll be making the best use of your new tools for years to come.

If you’d like to know more about our Apple Essential Classroom Bundle, call 03332 409 290, email education@Jigsaw24.com, ‘like’ us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @Jigsaw24Edu

 

Buyers’ Guide 2016: MacBook for Creatives

Buyers’ Guide 2016: MacBook for Creatives

With efficient, dependable mobile working capabilities, the Apple MacBook range is more popular than ever among creatives. Built to edit, process, administrate and develop, MacBook notebooks deliver at the high standard you’re accustomed to. Despite fierce competition, MacBook stands out with three distinct models: MacBook Air, MacBook, and MacBook Pro. Each notebook would fit well into any creative environment, but which one is right for you and your work?

Creatively, MacBook computers are there to accommodate you, providing the apps you love and unmatched portable performance you won’t want to go without. If you’re looking to upgrade your existing MacBook or make the jump to Mac for the first time, it’s always handy to know exactly what you’re jumping into – so we put together this guide below to point you in the right direction.

MacBook Pro

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The cornerstone of Apple’s notebook range, MacBook Pro is the technical juggernaut of the gang. With as much RAM and CPU power as you could want, your creativity has no limits on MacBook Pro. And with Apple’s gorgeous Retina display available in 13″ or 15″, it’s ideal for seeing your creations up close and personal in vibrant high definition colour. MacBook Pro is perfectly suited for creatives both in the office or on the move, so if videography, design or picture editing is your game, this may be the teammate just for you. With a variety of different ports, including Thunderbolt 2, MacBook Pro delivers the functionality you’ve come to expect.

Your favourite apps are right at home on MacBook Pro, which has sturdy technical foundations perfect for running Adobe Creative Cloud software. Premiere Pro, Photoshop and After Effects operate comfortably on MacBook Pro, utilising its processing and graphics capabilities to ensure a smooth ride from start to finish. And, of course, it’s great for documents and spreadsheets, too!

MacBook Pro doesn’t quite match MacBook Air when it comes to portability, but don’t let that deter you. Despite its superior spec, MacBook Pro is still easy to carry around weighing in at 1.58kg for the 13″ model and 2.02kg for the 15″ version. Resource-demanding creative work on the go has never been easier!

If you’re looking for a bargain on the MacBook Pro, why not take a look at a previous generation model?

The specs:

13″ MacBook Pro

– 13.3″ high-res glossy display.

– Up to 512GB flash storage or 1TB hard drive.

– Up to 8GB RAM.

– Fifth-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors.

– Intel HD Graphics 4000 processor.

From £742 ex VAT.

13″ MacBook Pro with Retina display

– 13.3″ ultra-thin Retina display.

– Up to 1TB flash storage.

– Up to 16GB RAM.

– Fifth-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors.

– Intel Iris Graphics 6100 processor.

From £827 ex VAT.

15″ MacBook Pro with Retina display

– 15.4″ ultra-thin Retina display.

– Up to 1TB flash storage.

– Up to 16GB RAM.

– Fifth-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors.

– Intel Iris Graphics 6100 processor.

From £1299 ex VAT.

 MacBook Air

MacBook Air

MacBook Air is Apple’s lightest, thinnest notebook. A mainstay of Apple’s product lineup since 2008, it’s a highly portable, surprisingly powerful machine designed with manoeuvrable working in mind. The notebook has all its internals hidden away inside its slim casing (1.7cm at its thickest!), and its light weight, just 1.08kg, meaning you can carry it around all day long.

Shining in speed and efficiency, the 11″ MacBook Air lasts for nine hours, while its 13″ counterpart slogs it out for a total of twelve depending on how you use it. MacBook Air packs solid state flash storage, ensuring quick boot times and no lagging so you can crack on with creating.

MacBook Air is perfect for showing off your creative content too – pick it up, head into a meeting and stream your creativity via AirPlay or Apple TV. Portability is key – you can take your material anywhere with MacBook Air, view it, stream it and edit it on the go with minimal hassle.

Grab a bargain on a previous generation MacBook Air from us!

The specs:

11″ MacBook Air

– 11.6″ high-res glossy display.

– Up to 512GB flash storage.

– Up to 8GB RAM.

– Fifth-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors.

– Intel HD Graphics 6000 processor.

From £549 ex VAT.

13″ MacBook Air

– 13.3″ high-res glossy display.

– Up to 512GB flash storage.

– Up to 8GB RAM.

– Fifth-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors.

– Intel HD Graphics 6000 processor.

From £702 ex VAT.

MacBook

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The 12″ MacBook is available in a variety of colours, complementing its colourful Retina display. It’s thinner and lighter than its siblings and still packs a punch with some impressive specs for such a small machine. It’ll breeze through presentations and spreadsheets, great for getting your admin work done and dusted.

It’s all for one with the MacBook, which provides a USB-C port used for all peripherals. Charge, transfer and connect from one port, but remember to purchase additional adaptors if this isn’t enough. USB-C transfers content quickly, 5Gbps to be exact, excellent for shifting those video and picture files across devices.

Make a saving on the sleek and portable MacBook with this offer on the 12″ 8GB Dual Core 1.3GHz model.

The specs:

12″ MacBook

– 12″ Retina display.

– Up to 512GB flash storage.

– 8GB RAM.

– Core M processor.

– Intel HD Graphics 5300.

– Gold, silver or space grey.

From £866 ex VAT.

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Jigsaw24 guide to MacBook 2015

Jigsaw24 guide to MacBook 2015

In March 2015, Apple announced the release of a range of revamped MacBook Air and MacBook Pro computers and a new model, the 12” MacBook. While you may be sat at home fondly loving your loyal MacBook with its fantastic reliability and long life-span, we’ve been busy putting together this handy and practical guide of reasons why we think this round of new MacBook computers is the best yet, and certainly something we’d recommend investing in. So if you don’t know your Pro from your Air, or you’re wondering whether an inch smaller really matters, read on to find out… 

2015 13” MacBook Pro

Go for this if…

– You’re looking for a portable and more powerful MacBook with up to ten hours battery life.

– You loved the old MacBook Pro but wished it was lighter.

– You’re a creative professional working on the go, looking for a device capable of running processor intensive creative-applications like Adobe Creative Cloud and Avid software.

What’s new:

Firstly, it’s just the 13” MacBook Pro that’s had a refresh. But boy, does it look good. There’s a new fifth-generation Intel processor, faster RAM, better graphics and flash storage that’s up to twice as fast as the late 2013 model. Great if you work with a lot of data and need that bit of extra speed and power. The battery life has been extended and now gives you up to ten hours of running time (as apposed to the nine hours you got with the previous version), so you could catch the train from Southampton to Dundee, use your MacBook Pro for the entire journey and you’d still have a good hour of battery life left.

The trackpad is all-new too, and is now Force Touch-enabled. You can’t physically press down on it and hear and feel it click anymore, instead the trackpad picks up of the amount of pressure you apply and registers clicks when you increase the pressure. There’s also a new thing called ‘haptic feedback’ – a tactile response from the trackpad, which Apple tells us means “you don’t just see your content, you feel it”. Fancy.

Models and prices:

The newly refreshed MacBook Pro starts from £827 (£992.40 inc VAT) and is in stock and available to order right now.

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2015 MacBook Air

Go for this if…

–  You loved everything about the previous MacBook Air but wished it was quicker and more powerful.

– You need something more portable than a MacBook Pro, without having to compromise on processor speed.

– You aren’t fussed about a Retina display. (If you’re after a Retina display, we’d recommend either the MacBook Pro above or MacBook below.)

What’s new:

The MacBook Air is still as slim and sleek as it always was – the only thing Apple have really changed is that they’ve upgraded the flash memory. It’s now twice as fast as its previous generation. The MacBook Air comes with the new fifth generation Intel Core processor up to 2.2GHz, Intel HD Graphics 6000 and Thunderbolt 2 connectivity and is perfectly comfortable running the most frequently used business applications like Microsoft Office and iWork. There’s no optical disc drive (this can be said for all new MacBook computers), but you can combat this with a £52 (£62.40 inc VAT) Apple SuperDrive.

Models and prices:

If you’re ready to upgrade your Mac to the 2015 MacBook Air, we’ve got plenty in stock over on our website, with prices starting from £619 (£742.80 inc VAT) for the 11” model and £702 (£842.40 inc VAT) for the 13” model.

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The all new 12″ MacBook

Go for this if…

– You’re after a portable, stylish laptop with a Retina display and choice of colour.

– You’re looking for an environmentally friendly MacBook and are intrigued by the new silent, fanless design.

What’s new:

The all-new MacBook will be available in just one size, a swanky 12” model. It’s the thinnest and lightest of all the MacBook computers available – so if size and weight are key to you, then this MacBook is a great choice. Complete with the new Intel Core M processor, you also get up to 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB of flash storage, new Intel Graphics HD 5300, 10-hour battery life and a Retina display. While it’s not as powerful as the MacBook Pro and Air, it’s still speedy, and comes with built-in apps for creativity and productivity like iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers and Keynote.

We like that the new MacBook has been designed with the environment in mind. It’s kitted out with the new Intel Core M processor, which runs on just five watts of power, requiring so little power that Apple have managed to do away with the fan to cool the computer. What we’re left with is a fanless, silent, and more energy efficient design, which won’t leave you disappointed. With the new Intel HD Graphics 5300 you can expect incredibly sharp images, whether you’re editing video footage or working on a spreadsheet.

Like the new MacBook Pro, the MacBook also comes with the new Force Touch trackpad (the one that doesn’t click, but recognises finger pressure). Physically, the MacBook has a distinctive new look with its edge-to-edge keyboard design, and just a single USB type-C port and a headphone jack. If you have a preference for colour, you now also get the option to pick between silver, gold and space grey (much like iPhone and iPad).

Models and prices:

The new MacBook starts from £869 (£1042.80 inc VAT), and you can order yours over on our website now. We’ll have stock arriving very soon!

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Mac repairs

In the unfortunate circumstance that something should go wrong with your Mac (they don’t like being covered in Coke), we offer both in and out of warranty Mac repairs at our places in Nottingham, London and Manchester. If you’d like to book in for a Mac repair,  you can do so here.

Want to talk to us about upgrading to a new MacBook? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

 

Avid’s list of Pro Tools HD 11-qualified Macs

Avid’s list of Pro Tools HD 11-qualified Macs

Before you make the move to Avid Pro Tools 11, it’s definitely worth checking your Apple hardware is up to the job. Luckily, Avid have compiled a full list of Apple computers that are approved for use with Pro Tools HDX and Pro Tools HD Native systems with Pro Tools HD 11.0 software for Mac OS X 10.8.3 and later.

With the arrival of the Magma ExpressBox 3T Thunderbolt to PCIe expansion chassis, you’re no longer even tied down to just the mighty Mac Pro, but also able to leverage iMac, MacBook Pro and even some of the more powerful MacBook Airs and Mac minis. So without further ado, here’s Avid’s full list of Pro Tools HDX and HD Native with Pro Tools HD 11-qualified Macs…

Desktops

Supported:

– Mac Pro mid-2012, 2010 & 2009 5,1

– Mac Pro early 2009 4,1

Not Supported:

– Mac Pro 3,1 ‘Harpertown’ models and lower

Optional: Magma ExpressBox 7 (EB7) PCIe Host-to-PCIe Expansion Chassis

Laptops

MacBook Pro and MacBook Air with Magma ExpressBox 3 (EB3T) Thunderbolt-to-PCIe Expansion Chassis. Supported:

– MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch (Mid 2012: 10,1)

– MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch (Late 2012: 10,2)

– MacBook Pro 15-inch (Mid 2012: 9,1)

– MacBook Pro 13-inch (Mid 2012: 9,2)

– MacBook Air 2012 5,2 i7 (i5 models not supported)

Mac mini

Mac mini with Magma ExpressBox 3 (EB3T) for HDX support and/or HD Native Thunderbolt. Supported:

– Mac Mini 2012 i7 (8GB of RAM required)

iMac

– iMac 2012 13,1 i5

– iMac 2010 11,3 i7

– iMac 2009 11,1 i5

Can’t see your model on there? It’s always worth giving us a call on the details at the bottom to discuss upgrades and what configuration you might need to run Pro Tools 11. Also, check out the system requirements here.

Want to know more about Avid Pro Tools HD 11? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email audio@Jigsaw24.com. You can also follow @Jigsaw24Audio on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook