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  • MacBook Pro Roundup: All You Need to Know About Apple's Newest Tech

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    It’s been close to two years since the last MacBook Pro came out. Or any MacBook beyond that. Two years ago we were still ok with Frozen. We lived blissfully in the comfort of headphone jacks and had just been graced with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. How the times have changed.

    It’s been awhile since we had any new computers and Apple was due. They delivered not one but three. They've killed off the MacBook Air in favor of the Pro line. Why? The MacBook Pro line is thinner and smaller than the Airs... so yay?  We’ve rounded up all the facts you need to know, here. But first, a brief narration by the always wonderful, Jony Ive.

    MacBook Pros and Airs

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    The new Macbook Pro line is available for pre-order now and begins shipping in 2-4 weeks. The retail value will be between $1499-$2399. Both  are looking to be far sharper and improved versions of their older models and will run the newest MacOS Sierra.

    What We Know About the New MacBook Pro Line

    With many comparisons to the Retina display released last year, the MacBook Pro 13 and 15 feature new hardware and programming to set it apart from its successors. Beyond running faster and being thinner, there's plenty of new updates to get excited about. This includes everything from an interactive Touch Bar to 10 hours of battery life.

    OLED Bar A.K.A. The Magic Keyboard

    Apple touch bar MacBook

    Far and above the rest, the OLED bar for the Macbook Pro is it's shining new feature. Named the ‘Touch Bar’ by Apple, it creates an interactive, easy-to-use function line at the top of the keyboard. The Touch Bar will change depending on which application you are using, and is easily adaptable. This is especially important for anyone who works in video/photo editing. You can also send emojis so it's a win-win situation all around.

    Plus if you really hate the Touch Bar, you can purchase the 13" MacBook Pro with regular function keys for $1499.

    Touch ID

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    This opened up the door for Touch ID as well. Paying for items online via Apple Pay and signing into your accounts has never been more secure and easy. If you haven't set up Apple Pay yet, now is the time to do it. With extra security measures, it's one of the safest ways to buy online.

    USB-C Ports and the MacBook Pro

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    It happened with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus and now it's happening to the MacBooks. The new laptop is saying goodbye to many of its integral ports. The USB-C ports have survived on, but you will need to purchase an adapter for anything behind that. While the loss of ports may cause a few difficulties, the faster processing capabilities will be worth it. This also means charging will be easier with access to four different ports to charge from.

    The Holly Jolly Timing of the new MacBook Pro Line

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    Still stuck on what to get your loved ones for the holidays. Apple has just a few answers for you. While everyone expected new iPhones and Apple Watches in September, the release of the new MacBooks is perfect timing for holiday gift givers all over. With new processing capabilities, updated software and sleeker appearances, they’ll make any Grinch smile.

    All the MacBook Pros are available to order today.  While you wait to purchase your new laptop, you can pick out a bag, case or sleeve from Pad & Quill to keep it safe and sound once it arrives. Plus, we’ve heard it can make a great incognito wrapping paper for even the most inquisitive of eyes.

  • Sharknado 3 and a Macbook Case

    Mr. PQ has tasked me with promoting our new Luxury Leather Valet and our Cartella Linen bookbindery MacBook case for the ultra sleek Macbook 12 with retina screen. However two problems exist. First, the keyboard on the Macbook has a quirky new keyboard that for all the world sounds like the the tapping of the aliens in the movie Signs. If you don’t think that is distracting then you really ought to revisit that cache of terror and suspense. From what I understand, Apple did this on purpose so folks can hear themselves typing, I just fashioned ear muffs to my tinfoil hat so I’m all good. The other dilemma being that tonight is the global premiere of 'Sharknado 3 Oh Hell No!'. Yes, I too want to be inducted into the “Royal Order of the Golden Chainsaw.” The youngest Quill and I are closet fans of the franchise and pretty much fall off the couch laughing while watching.

    Well, our artisans weren’t tasked with building a 60 mile tower of flames that can burn hotter then the surface of the sun to stop the shark apocalypse, but they were asked to design a luxurious full grain leather valet sleeve that could survive a daily commute on the NYC subway system. Our Cartella Linen moleskin journal style Macbook case has never withstood an alien assault, it has stood up to drops, cycle crashes and a dog named Bear who can’t help but chew anything I’ve touched. So whether you are looking for a rugged, archival quality bookbindery case or a sleek, luxurious leather Valet, Pad & Quill has you covered. Regarding protection from sharks attacking from outer space...well...good luck.

    Kari

    Mrs PQ

     

  • Sexy should not be in your resume

    We are currently hiring to fill various positions in the Pad & Quill workshops.  After reviewing a few hundred e-applications I have the following advice to offer young applicants:

    Dear Job Applicants,

    Please refrain from sending me cover emails that begin with "yo, I'd like this job", or "Hey, call me about this position" etc. Please create an email for yourself that includes your first and last name and not your social media "handle" or email such as "mr.sexypants.mpls@seriously?.com" and please, for the love of god, consult with a resume writer so that you don't include lines such as, "I was a line cook and stuff like that" under employment history.

    Regards,

    Mrs. PQ

    If your professional correspondence contains the word “sexy” in any capacity, you are probably not a candidate to purchase our new Valet Luxury Sleeve for MacBook.

    If you believe Zumbaz and your favorite 80’s concert t-shirt is perfectly acceptable attire for “casual Friday”, there’s a chance you will not fully appreciate the supple, full grain leather of the Oxford Luxury Case for iPad Air.

    If you still own and readily admit that you possess a “snakeskin” jacket, the hand-hammered copper rivets on our new Attache leather bag might be lost on you.

    If Boonehill wine is still your go to on a date night, there’s a chance you won’t be impressed by our parachute grade thread that stitches our Valet Luxury Sleeve together.

    Having blown past your 25th high school reunion, you might be impressed that our Attache, Oxford, and Valet luxury leather, executive collection will be with you at your 50th reunion; we know we are  (long live the Oxford Comma).

    Mrs. PQ

    Kari

  • What Will Apple be up to the Rest of 2014?

    Spring is officially here, which means that a quarter of the year is already up. We’ve already seen a few of the things that Apple has done, but what are they planning on for the other nine months of this year?

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  • What Does the Future of Apple Look Like?

    Apple has become synonymous with innovation and intuitiveness, giving the world the powerful, yet simple to use, iPhone, the MacBook Air, and different versions of the iPod suited for every personality. But if there was a crystal ball that could predict the next creations that Apple makes, what would it show?

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  • A grave breach of protocol

    I showed up to the PQ headquarters on the last day of 2013 with my Timbuktu bag and my Macbook conveniently slung into a repurposed, cotton bag.

     

    “You do know we own a bag and case company?” Quipped the mostly patient Brian.

     

    Yes, and the leather bags are shipped in these cotton bags, great for carrying my junk.

     

    At this point Brian rolled his eyes and noted two salient facts.  First, my $1300 Macbook Air probably shouldn’t be classified as junk and second, IT’S NOT EVEN ONE OF OUR BAGS.  I’d grabbed one of the many sample bags we tested this summer and it was emblazoned with some software company logo.  To Brian this stumble in protocol is roughly akin to wearing a New England Patriots 2012 World Champion t-shirt.  (To the NFL unaffiliated, the New England Patriots lost that game to my New York Giants and all those championship shirts that bear their name are adorning little kids in destitute corners of the world; the ultimate in re-purposing.)

     

    Once his eyeballs ceased their slot machine like spin, he painstakingly walked over to our inventory shelves and unwrapped a whiskey leather/green waxed canvas field bag and matching laptop sleeve and brought them to my desk.  He then took me through the exact “opening” experience our customers enjoy, meticulously attaching the shoulder strap and subsequently draping the bag over my shoulder.

     

    “Welcome to the Pad & Quill family.”

     

    What a family it is and what a year it’s been.  We’ve written about the months of brainstorming and designing, soul searching and rebuilding that we invested in bringing a new line of products to our customers.  We solidified our commitment to using our resources responsibly both in how we consume and how we use what we don’t need to help others.  We are quite thankful for our little company sending out a warm glow of productivity from the blindingly frozen north.

     

    Brian heads off to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week, the Macworld convention in gorgeous San Francisco couldn’t come soon enough, and our design team has shifted back to their workshops in anticipation of crafting more fantastic products.

     

    Happy and Blessed New Year

     

    Kari

    (Mrs PQ)

  • MacBook Safety and Maintenance Tips

    The great thing about a Mac is they make life easy. Although it's possible, it's not very often you hear of a Mac getting infected by a virus, being rerouted to malware, spontaneously crashing, or needing to be updated every week. But despite that, there are still a few things you should be doing to make sure your Mac lives long and prospers.

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  • Cyber Monday Survival

    Thanksgiving - and by extension, Black Friday and Cyber Monday - are over for another year, with the only major holidays left on the calendar being Christmas and New Year’s.

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  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Thanksgiving will be here in only a few short days, and it's a time of year to reflect on everything good in our lives that we're thankful for. But with this post, there's a small twist: instead of giving thanks for the good things in life, we'll be looking at the good things about Apple.


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  • How to Keep Your Apple Products Safe in Cold Weather

    This article has been updated for the iPhone here: How to Protect Your iPhone in Cold Weather. For many people in the United States, winter is quickly descending as the mercury keeps dropping everyday. But along with keeping yourself bundled up and warm, make sure to keep your Apple gear safe from the freezing once the thermometer starts to hit 32F. And don't miss out on a new leather iPhone case to keep your phone warm and happy!

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