Technology Update July 25 2018

“Crummy” Situation Made Better
I have shared over the past few weeks how Apple improved their laptop keyboards with the 2018 Mac Book Pros that just came out.  Since the last time I wrote to you, Apple finally admitted that silicone barrier under the keys (new for 2018) is indeed there to prevent crumbs and other debris from affecting the typing process.  GREAT! It only took a week for that news to come out.
Best Windows Computers
With 7th or 8th generation Intel Core i5 or better processors, and at least 8 GB of RAM, you cannot go wrong with these picks.  Laptops:  Lenovo Thinkpad Carbon X1, Thinkpad X280, Thinkpad T480, Thinkpad E480, Dell Latitude 7000 or 5000 series, Dell XPS 13.  Desktops:  Dell Optiplex and Lenovo Think Centre.  Want to save a few $$?  Look for Dell and Lenovo coupon codes or try the Dell and Lenovo outlets.  With the exception of the XPS 13 and Carbon X1, these computers are not sold in local stores. and are where I order clients’ computers from.  Trust me.
I’ve Been Waiting … for a Mac Like You
With the new Mac Book Pros starting at $1799, there seems to be a sharper line drawn between pro and consumer in the world of Apple laptops. (Note: Apple still sells 2017 Pro models starting at $1299.  Take a pass on those.)  Apple should be coming out with some consumer focused laptops in the fall.  This could likely include a revision of the current 12 inch Mac Book and some kind of refresh of the 13 inch Mac Book Air, where it may also get Mac Book branding.  I would expect the keyboards to be as good or better than the 2018 Pro models.  Until these Apples fall upon us, I would recommend a 2017 Mac Book Air to a client with a failing Mac portable (great keyboard) if they did not want to pay the premium for a Pro.
New iPhone Sizes
The word on the street is that Apple is going all in on the iPhone X design and functionality changes.  This means that with the 3 new models coming in September or October, you will likely see the screen pushed to the edge of the phone and NO HOME BUTTON.   There should be a 5.8 inch phone (very similar in overall size to the iPhone X, 8, 7, 6s), a 6.1 inch phone (expected to be the least expensive of the 3), and a mega sized 6.5 inch phone.  I think that any of my clients could learn the old home button functions on the new platform within a day or two.   However, if you are due for a new iPhone and do not want to tackle the learning curve, you may want to purchase an 8 or 8 Plus while they are still available.