Today, January 24, is Macintosh Computer Day, the day in 1984 when the first Macintosh computer was introduced to the consumer market, as per Time and Date. The Macintosh Computer was a groundbreaking piece of technology as it was “the first mass-market personal computer that featured a graphical user interface, built-in screen and mouse” (Wikipedia). Check out the first Superbowl commercial for the Macintosh Computer below.
The Macintosh Computer is the predecessor of today’s much-loved iMac computers and MacBook laptops. It was in the late 1990’s when Apple Inc. decided to rebrand Macintosh to simply, “Mac.” Today, the nickname is present in the company’s line of desktops and laptops. To celebrate Macintosh Computer Day, We’ve lined up the best Apple devices and products, as well as accessories for your favorite Apple phones, tablets, and computers.
Macintosh Tech Today: Computers and Devices We Love
1. Apple iMac
Combining top of the line processors with faster memory and stunning graphics, the Apple iMac is a show-stopping desktop computer that is powered by an extremely vibrant Retina display that features 1 billion colors and 500 nits brightness. The 21.5-inch 4K version can house a 6-core 8th-generation i7 processor with up to 4.6GHz turbo boost, while the 27-inch 5k can house up to 8-core 9th-generation i9 processor with up to 5.0GHz turbo boost, effectively delivering better performance. The iMac features a 1.4 mm thin display panel and 5 mm thin enclosure at its edge for space-saving design that is sleek and timeless. It also comes with 2 Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports and 4 USB 3 ports. Its graphics are powered by Radeon Pro 555X with 2GB of VRAM or Radeon Pro 560X with 4GB of VRAM for the 21.5-inch model, while the 27-inch model is powered by Radeon Pro 570X with 4GB of VRAM, Radeon Pro 575X with 4GB of VRAM, or Radeon Pro 580X with 8GB of VRAM. Also features video support for FaceTime HD camera and Thunderbolt 3 digital video output. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Promising review: “I came from a PC to Mac. This is the most user friendly machine I have ever worked on. There is a learning curve, but a relatively easy one. This machine is everything I thought it would be and more! It was very easy and quick to set up. Now, all my devices are Apple…phone, iPad and computer.” Kathleen J. Pierce
2. Apple MacBook Pro
For mobile computing like no other, the Apple MacBook Pro is packed with loads of power. It features a Retina display, powerful processors paired with next-generation graphics, and the largest battery capacity in the line of MacBooks ever. It is powered by the 9th-generation 6-Core Intel Core i7 Processor and features a stunning 16-inch Retina Display with True Tone technology. Inside, there’s an Amd Radeon Pro 5300M Graphics with GDDR6 memory and an Ultrafast SSD and Intel UHD Graphics 630. Sound quality is unparalleled with its 6-speaker system with force-cancelling woofers. Also comes with 4 Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports. Its Touch Bar makes shortcuts accessible and the Touch ID makes authentication quick and easy. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Promising review: “So much better than those cheap Windows computers. Sturdy and well-built. The software looks great and the screen is rich and vivid. The computer performs very well and definitely meets (exceeds) my expectations. It can run Creative Cloud programs without any hangup and it interfaces with my new iPad Pro to provide a second screen. It can even connect to the iPad to utilize its cellular data connection–without any hassle or PW on my part.” Amazon Customer
3. Apple iPad Air
Read books, watch movies, create art…the list is endless with the Apple iPad Air that is powered by the A12 Bionic chip. It features a 10.5-inch Retina Display with True Tone and wide color, and is equipped with an 8MP back camera and 7MP FaceTime HD Front camera
to perfectly capture moments. Also features up to 10 hours of battery life. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Promising review: “Great size with no bulkiness. Good for watching movies while traveling and works well with my mongrel “pencil” and drawing programs. Responsiveness to pencil is great. Very satisfied with this purchase.” Gadget Grannie
4. Apple iPhone 11
The Apple iPhone 11 is powered by the newest A13 Bionic, the fastest chip you could ever find in a smartphone. The phone features 4k video at 60 fps on both of its cameras and has a new night mode that captures darker settings better. It has an ultra wide lens (13mm) paired with a wide lens (26mm) for great image capture. Features a 6.1-inch all-screen Liquid Retina LCD and is water resistant up to 2 meters for 30 minutes. Comes in 6 fun colors. Shop at Amazon.
5. Apple Watch Series 5 (GPS + Cellular, 40mm)
Keep your healthy always in check with the Apple Watch, equipped with apps to keep an eye on your heart, whether it’s heart rate or heart rhythm. The ECG app can give insights on your heart’s performance, while the Noise app can help alert you when the environment is getting too loud for your ears. Its Cycle app is specifically designed to track women’s menstrual cycle, while the Activity ring lets you track your movement and exercise so you know how much more steps or activity you need to put in to reach your fitness goals. It also streams music from the Apple Music library so you can listen as you work out. Its handy cellular lets you answer calls with a touch of a button on your watch, without having to touch your iPhone. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Promising review: “I have looked at different watches and finally decided to purchase the Apple Series 5 w/cellular. I love it!. Like that you can swap out bands for different occasions. Like the features, too. So far, so good!” Barnarra
Macintosh Computer Day: Accessories for Your Apple Computers and Devices
1. Tomtoc 360 Protective Laptop Sleeve for 13-inch New MacBook Air
Keep precious cargo safe with this Tomtoc Protective Sleeve for your MacBook Air. It features an original CornerArmor patent design that not only protects your MacBook from environmental elements, but also drops and bumps. It’s like a car airbag for your computer. Its thick, internal plush lining cushioning provides better shock absorption for your computer while its 360° protective padding around the zipper prevents potential scratches. It comes in a compact design with front pockets for your Macbook accessories such as charger, hub, cable, and more. This laptop sleeve best fits MacBook model A1932. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Promising review: “I’ve had this case for nearly 6 months, and it does a great job at protecting my laptop. It’s sturdy, rigid, and protective enough for my gentle MacBook Pro 13 inch. I trust this case to cushion it from everything else in my backpack. It is a bit bulky and heavy (when in a backpack), but that comes with the padded protection of your laptop.” Colin S.
2. ProCase MacBook Pro 13 Case
Add a touch of creativity to your workspace with the ProCase for MacBook Pro 13, which comes in an array of sleek designs to match your laptop. This ultra slim lightweight hard case measures 1.2mm in thickness and weighs just 8 oz. Its quality hard shell provides a smooth finish. Does not include a logo cut out design. It features an easy snap on, snap off function that makes it easy to handle. Also includes a silicone keyboard cover. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Promising review: “This case fit like a glove on my MacBook Pro, and it just looks fantastic. It also fits right into my tomtoc pouch, and has held up very nicely so far. Definitely recommend!” Jacob Cunningham
3. Kuzy MacBook Pro Keyboard Cover with Touch Bar for 13 and 15 Inch, Flowers Light
Stylishly keep your MacBook’s keyboard clean and safe from bumps and bruises with this keyboard protector from Kuzy. It is specifically designed to fit snugly onto the low-profile keyboard and safeguard the keyboard from damage. It is designed to provide full protection and features a hassle-free installation. It is easy to clean and offers a delightful, eye-catching design that makes a statement. Made of extra slim silicone skin that makes it perfect for typing. Compatible with MacBook Pro 13 inch with Touch Bar – A1989 & A1706 and MacBook Pro 15 inch with Touch Bar – A1990 & A1707. Rated 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Promising review: “LOVE this item. I have had several over the years. I always get compliments on my keyboard for the striking colors. Practically, these save my keyboard when I eat and work. They are durable because each week i throw one in the washing machine and trade it out for a clean one. They last several months this way so I know I have a clean keyboard! Kudos!” P. V.
4. Cimkiz Webcam Cover Slide
Afraid of being under surveillance by hackers while using your computer? Then get your hands on this nickel-plated metal base and magnetic slider cover that is thinner than a credit card and is compatible with most laptops, including your MacBook Pro. It has a 3M adhesive that ensures its attachment to your computer and a magnetic slider to open and close the window when you want to use your webcam. Rated 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Promising review: “I just installed mine on my Macbook Pro, and it’s perfect. Slim enough that it still closes all the way, stuck on well after cleaning the screen, slides well, everything. I was a little worried about the small magnet being loose, so I tried to pop it out. It’s on there pretty good. The only way I could get it disconnected was to put it on the open side and push up with a pen. That’s not ever going to happen by accident, especially after it is stuck on, so I feel safe.” Oveta
5. Kensington MP13 MacBook Magnetic Privacy Screen
Ensure your utmost privacy while working in public spaces such as coffee shops with this magnetic privacy screen from Kensington. It effectively limits viewing angle to about 30 degrees so it can hide personal or confidential information. It is reversible and offers both matte and glossy viewing options. It also reduces harmful blue light by up to 22%. Effectively reduces glare from any outside light sources. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Promising review: “I love the magnet bc it makes removal so easy! The privacy is pretty good too. My computer looks off from a side view if my brightness is low or even half way up. When I have the brightness all the way up you still really have to stare to see what’s on my screen. Perfect for travel! Just keep your brightness a little low and you’re golden.” Victowie
Accessories for Your Apple Phones and Tablets
1. Ztotop Case for New iPad 9.7 Inch
Made of premium grade synthetic PU leather exterior and soft microfiber interior lining, this case is ready to protect your iPad from dents and scratches that come with frequent use. It has a built in leather hand strap, pencil holder and organizer pocket to keep your essentials in place. Also features a magnetic smart cover that supports auto wake and sleep functions and adjustable angles for your viewing pleasure. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Promising review: “Lightweight and doesn’t distract from screen, function keys or camera. Holds iPad firmly and wrist strap is nice for holding the iPad.” Doug M.
2. Lamicall Adjustable Tablet Stand
Compatible with 4 to 13 inch tablets, this tablet stand is a best-selling product that easily adjusts to support both vertical and horizontal viewing. It features a stand with a hook width of 18mm and rubber pads at the feet of the tablet stand that protects your device from sliding and scratches. Whether you’re in the kitchen cooking up a delicious meal with a recipe on the tablet, viewing your favorite videos, or FaceTiming, this stand is a great accessory for you. Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Promising review: “Holds an iPad in either orientation. Works without having to remove iPad from protective case.” Brett E. Railey
3. ProCase for iPad Pro 11 or iPad Air 3rd Gen
Your accessories must be as sleek as your electronics. This carrying case for the iPad Air is made of quality felt exterior that provides protection against dust, scratches and bumps. Inside, it has soft microfiber that also protects against scratches. It has an elastic cord and a sturdy fastener that secures the closure for easy open and close. It’s lightweight and durable, making it perfect for travel. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Promising review: “Amazing product for the price. Roomy enough to put iPad in with its case on.” Ysnorn
4. OtterBox Commuter Series Case for iPhone 11 in Mint Way (Surf Spray/Aquifer)
Equipped with a soft inner and hard outer layers, this OtterBox iPhone 11 case effectively absorbs and deflects impacts for maximum protection. It has a thin profile that slips in and out of pockets and an updated design that offers added grip for confident handling and no slipping. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Promising review: “Wasn’t my first choice, but wow, I am so glad I went with the otterbox commuter series cover with the color mint. I feel my new iPhone 11 is totally protected from my bumbles. The price was half the others. Not the quality! I wholeheartedly recommend Otterbox.” Carol Grieninger
5. Spigen S350 Designed for Apple Watch Stand
Keep your Apple Watch and its charging cord organized with this unique stand from Spigen which features a stable mount with a Nanotac base that firmly sticks to flat surfaces. It’s compatible with all Apple Watches and helps organize the clutter especially when charging. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Promising review: “I absolutely love this. It has made charging my watch so much easier. No more making to lay flat/ getting the pad to hold on to the watch. It just sit it on the stand and go! It’s a simple design that has made charging my watch so much easier.” Anna Resnick
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