$150 / $170
Cases

Twelve South Journal for MacBook

One of Twelve South’s biggest claims to fame was its classic BookBook lineup of cases, designed to provide the look of a vintage, weathered book, offsetting the modern glass and aluminum of iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks. The popularity of BookBook led the company to come up with Journal, a more modern leather wallet look that quickly became another runaway hit — so successful in fact that Twelve South is now expanding Journal to the MacBook, provided an elegant yet minimalist case that fits Apple’s latest MacBook Air with Retina and MacBook Pro devices like a glove, yet still fits Apple’s older MacBook Pro Retina Display models as well. Made from luxurious, New Zealand full-grain cognac leather on the exterior, a soft micro-suede lining on the inside protects your MacBook from scratches and scuffs, and there’s even a built-in document pocket so you can carry around a few important papers with you as well. Dual zippers make it easy to open and close, and reinforced corners protect the enclosed MacBook against bumps and drops, and it’s even designed so you can use your MacBook right in the case, making it a great way to quickly pack up when it’s time to go.

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$65 / $2/month
Apps

AgileBits 1Password 7.2

With macOS Mojave hitting the streets late last month, AgileBits has jumped over to the dark side with 1Password 7.2. The new version looks particularly classy in Mojave’s new Dark Mode, with fonts and colourful icons that stand out nicely against the dark background, but it’s also got some additional Mojave support under the hood, including a built-in Safari extension that provides greater security while also saving users the trouble of having to install it as a separate component.

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Epson Expression Premium XP-7100 Small-in-One Printer

Let’s face it, even with more and more people using iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks, we’re not much closer to the vision of a paperless society — sometimes you just need hard copy. If that’s you, then Epson is still there for you, having just announced its latest compact multifunction home printer, the Expression Premium XP-7100. This “small-in-one” printer is designed to provide great photo quality while being versatile enough to meet both the creativity and productivity needs of most families. It’s a five-color printer that can create vivid, borderless photos up to 8” x 10” and can handle an array of specialty paprs for all sorts of projects, and even DVD labels.

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$159 / $179
Mounts

Yohann Wooden MacBook Pro Stand

We’re always fascinated by the various ways that companies have found to elevate Apple’s MacBooks — both physically and aesthetically, and Yohann’s new Wooden MacBook Pro Stand is another cool and unique solution for keeping your MacBook at eye level and looking absolutely great on your desk by blending the increasingly popular combination of old-world rustic design with the gleaming cutting-edge aluminum look of Apple’s MacBooks.

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$60 / $80
September
Peripherals

Satechi Aluminum Wired and Wireless Keyboards

If you’ve been looking for an affordable keyboard for your iMac or desktop MacBook setup that matches the Apple aesthetic, you’ll definitely want to check out Satechi’s newest aluminum keyboards. Available in a choice of four colors to match any of Apple’s iMac or MacBooks, both keyboards features enhanced scissor-switch keys and an extended keyboard layout with a full numeric keypad, making them a great option for data entry and finance applications. The Aluminum Bluetooth Keyboard ($80), provides wireless connectivity with up to three devices, so you can pair it with multiple Macs or even an iPad or iPhone, and features a USB-C rechargeable battery that provides up to 80 hours of working time and 100 days of standby time, and can still be used while charging. The Aluminum Wired USB Keyboard ($60) provides wired connectivity no longer available in Apple’s own keyboards, connecting to a Mac with a standard USB-A cable for users who prefer to avoid worrying about battery life and recharging. Both of the new keyboards are available now in silver directly from Satechi’s website or on Amazon.com, while the space gray, gold, and rose gold versions can be pre-ordered now for shipping by the end of September.

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$80
Apps

Parallels Software Parallels Desktop 14

Apple’s latest macOS release is just around the corner, and Parallels is ready as usual with Parallels Desktop 14 an updated version of its eponymous virtual machine software for Macs. The latest version not only brings support for macOS Mojave and the latest Windows 10 updates, but also promises to deliver a number of really useful optimizations, increasing the performance of running Windows applications while using less disk space and memory than the prior version.

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$100
Pre-Order
Peripherals

Logitech MX Vertical Advanced Ergonomic Mouse

There’s no doubt that Logitech has become the household name in human interface devices like mice and keyboards, however we’re impressed by the ways in which the company continues to push the envelope with new design ideas. Last year’s MX Ergo trackball, for instance, brought back the classic trackball in a really great ergonomic design, and now the company seems to be following up that idea with MX Vertical, a new “Advanced Ergonomic Mouse” that borrows some of the same ideas to provide what may be the most uniquely designed mouse we’ve ever seen.

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$99 – $399
Furniture
Mounts

Understands Desktop Computer Stands

Apple’s iMac boasts a pretty clean and clutter-free aesthetic, but if you prefer to elevate your iMac with a more rustic look for your workspace, you’ll like what Understands has to offer. Featuring rustic urban wood designs, the company’s lineup of stands for your iMac will not only raise your screen up but also provides a place to slide in the iMac’s base, making the stand seamlessly blend into your desktop experience, and providing an uncluttered wood surface.

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Satechi Aluminum Type-C UHS-II Micro/SD Card Reader Adapter

Thanks to its very Mac-like aesthetic, Satechi’s hubs and adapters for Apple’s newest MacBooks have become some of our favourite designs, and now the company is back with a new one — the Aluminum Type-C UHS-II Micro/SD Card Reader Adapter. Not every MacBook photographer uses an iPhone or Wi-Fi camera, so this one is for those of us who have miss the built-in SD card reader that use to come with Apple’s MacBooks. Featuring UHS-II speeds of up to 312 Mbps, it’s powerful enough to let you import your 4K video footage and ultra-high-res RAW images in a snap.

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Microsoft Office 2019 for Mac Preview

Although there are a lot of popular choices for word processing and spreadsheets these days — ranging from Apple’s own Pages and Numbers to the ubiquitous Google Docs and Sheets web apps — if you’re collaborating with anybody in the traditional business world, Microsoft’s Office is still the 800-pound gorilla in the room that you simply can’t ignore. Fortunately, however, Microsoft continues to offer solid support for Mac users, and in fact has just announced the Office 2019 for Mac Preview, bundling the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote for those who aren’t perpetual Microsoft subscribers.

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Satechi Aluminum Type-C Pro Hub with Ethernet

Let’s face it, if you’ve got one of the recent MacBook Pro models, you’ve probably already found that the included USB-C ports just don’t entirely cut it, and while there are many solutions available, Satechi has stepped up to the plate to offer some of the most Mac-like port expanders we’ve seen, and the company just continues to offer something for everyone with its new Aluminum Type-C Pro Hub with Ethernet. A variation on the company’s prior Type-C Pro Hub, this latest model includes an integrated Gigabit Ethernet port so that you’re ready to plug in when you don’t have Wi-Fi connectivity available.

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Free
Apps

Handbrake Open Source Video Transcoder

The popular open source video conversion app Handbrake has gotten another major update — its first in two years — in the form of Handbrake 1.1. The latest version adds some significant polish to the user interface, and brings new presets for encoding 4K video for playback on Apple’s latest Apple TV, along with other 4K-capable devices, of course.

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Free
Apps

Vimeo for macOS

Vimeo has released a free macOS app targeted at professional film makers and power users of the popular video sharing service. More than just a simple uploader, Vimeo for macOS also provides seamless integration with Final Cut Pro so you can export ProRes videos, manage uploads, and share videos right from within your post-production workflow.

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$300
April 9

Apple Final Cut Pro 10.4.1

Apple has announced Final Cut Pro X 10.4.1, an update that’s slightly more significant than its minor version number would suggest. Following on the heels of a 10.4 update released in December which added 360 VR editing, advanced color grading, and HDR support, the new version 10.4.1 adds a significant new video format, ProRes RAW, along with advanced closed captioning tools.

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$400
Apps

IK Multimedia Syntronik Deluxe

IK Multimedia has released Syntronik Deluxe, an expanded version of last year’s Syntronik synth powerhouse for Mac users, adding five new legendary synths along with 500 new instrument presents, 18 GB of new sounds, and more than 22,000 new samples, bringing the total to 22 synths, 2,600 instrument presents, 80 GB of sound content, and more than 120,000 samples.

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