$1,999 - $2,499
Macs

Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display (Mid-2015)

While Apple brought its new “Force Touch” feature to the 13-inch model of the MacBook Pro with Retina Display around the same time as the new MacBook, Apple’s larger model has taken a bit longer to get the update. The new 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display ($1,999 - $2,499) goes a step beyond simply adding the Force Touch trackpad, however, with some nice performance boosts to storage and battery life.

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$1,999 – $2,299
Macs

Apple iMac with Retina 5K Display (Mid-2015)

Apple has updated its iMac with Retina 5K Display ($1,999 – $2,299) which first debuted last fall, dropping the price of the original model, introducing a second more affordable option, and emphasizing the higher resolution display by adding “5K” to the product’s name. Sporting the same 27” 5120 x 2880 display, the $1,999 model features a 3.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 CPU and AMD Radeon R9 M290 graphics, 8GB of memory and 1TB of storage alongside four USB 3.0 ports and two Thunderbolt 2 ports.

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Free
Apps

IK Multimedia iRig Pads Editor

We were pretty impressed with IK Multimedia’s iRig Pads MIDI Groove Controller when it arrived last year, and the company has now taken its offering up a notch with its iRig Pads Editor (free), a Mac application that lets users much more easily customize the MIDI controller for their own personal creative process.

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$5
Apps

Nothing Magical Redacted

While advanced photo editing tools such as Photoshop can certainly allow you to do things like apply blurs in order to hide private information, or “redact” images, it’s definitely overkill if that’s all you want to do on a regular basis. And of course, not everybody even keeps these kinds of “pro” tools on their Mac. Fortunately, if all you’re looking to do is redact documents or screenshots, however, Nothing Magical’s Redacted ($5) offers an inexpensive and quick solution. Simply drag-and-drop the image you want to work within into Redacted and drag boxes over the sections you want to hide. You can even choose from three different redacting styles — pixellate, blur, or a simple black bar.

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$12
Apps

Overmacs Reformator 1.2

While Apple’s Photos app is a handy way to organize your photos, its options for converting and updating metadata are limited at best, so in these cases you’re better off simply exporting your photos and passing them through a third-party app more specifically geared toward the task. Enter Overmacs’ Reformator ($12), an app expressly designed for bulk image operations, including converting into popular formats, assigning meaningful names, watermarking with text and images, making adjustments, and more.

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Mobee Technology Magic Hub

Mobee Technology’s Magic Hub ($50) is a peripheral that mounts on the back of an iMac to give users three extra USB ports. Magic Hub has four USB 3.0 ports — one is used to connect with the iMac itself — and all ports output 2.1A. The peripheral is directly powered by the iMac or monitor itself, and it’s able to charge devices even when the iMac is turned off.

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$10
Apps

Overmacs PhotoSweeper 2.1

Now that Apple has released its Photos app for OS X, it’s probably a good time to deal with cleaning up your library before migrating it over and moving it to iCloud Photo Library — especially since you’ll need to pay Apple for space to upload your photos to iCloud, and if you have duplicates in your library, those definitely will count. If you’ve already made the plunge and migrated your library over to the new Photos app, you’ve probably noticed that Apple has done nothing to deal with avoiding duplicates, and of course if you’re trying to consolidate photos from more than one place to get them all into a single Photos library, the process can get even more confusing. Fortunately, Overmacs has you covered with PhotoSweeper 2.1 ($10), an update to our favorite photo duplicate management app release, made to specifically add support for the new Photos app.

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Kanex Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock

Kanex’s Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock ($250) lets users connect up to eight devices to a Mac. Two Thunderbolt ports are featured on the dock, boasting a blistering transfer rate of 20GB/s. Up to four Thunderbolt-compatible peripherals can be daisy-chained to a Mac at once through one of the ports. The dock also has three USB 3.0 ports — one on the front of the dock can be used to charge iOS devices — a gigabit Ethernet port, an audio in/out port, and an HDMI port, which offers 4K resolution and dual display support.

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$10/month
Apps

Adobe Lightroom CC

With Apple basically having turned its back on continuing to develop its “pro” photo management app, Aperture, serious Mac photographers are essentially left with Adobe’s Lightroom as the only real game in town. Many photographers already preferred Lightroom to Aperture, if for no other reason than the fact that Adobe kept up a pretty brisk update cycle that seems to have fallen into a stride of one major upgrade per year. This spring brings Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC ($10/month), an update that preserves all of the features, UI, and workflow that Lightroom fans have come to love, with some great new added features such as Face Detection, HDR image support, panorama creation, video slideshows, HTML5 web galleries, and more.

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$18
Apps

Macphun Noiseless

Although recent iPhone cameras have gotten significantly better at low-light photography, it’s still inevitable that some graininess or “noise” will mar the surface of your photos when shooting in less ideal lighting conditions. Professional tools like Lightroom offer some capability of dealing with this, but running everything through Lightroom or Photoshop may be too much for the casual photographer to deal with. Fortunately, Macphun’s Noiseless ($18), provides a much simpler, lower-cost alternative. Designed with simplicity in mind, Noiseless provides a “one-button” solution for removing digital noise from photos while keeping the detail and color intact.

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$50-$300
Apps

Apple Final Cut Pro 10.2, Motion 5.2 + Compressor 4.2

Apple has announced updates to Final Cut Pro X ($300), Motion ($50), and Compressor ($50) — Final Cut Pro 10.2, Motion 5.2, and Compressor 4.2 respectively. Final Cut Pro 10.2 adds new 3D titles, improved masking, and native support for more camera formats to Apple’s professional video editing software. The complimentary Motion 5.2 adds more 3D title options, and Compressor 4.2 can create an iTunes Store Package, which can be quickly submitted to an iTunes Delivery Partner in order to sell a movie on the iTunes Store.

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$270
Cases

CalypsoCrystal CalypsoCase MacBook

If you’re looking for a stylish and elegant way to protect your new 12” MacBook, CalypsoCrystal has you covered with its new CalypsoCase for MacBook 12” ($270). Made from premium Italian leather on the outside and lined with special microfabrics, these cases provide a really luxurious option to store and carry your MacBook. Each case is hand-crafted in limited editions — no more than 500 of each design are made, with a unique serial number on each one — and include a patented smart ejection system for easily sliding your MacBook out with a minimum of fuss.

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Epson Expression Home XP-420 Small-in-One Printer

Epson’s Expression Home XP-420 Small-in-One Printer ($100) is an AirPrint-compatible printer which can print from an iOS device, as well as a Mac. A 2.5” color LCD screen and built-in card slot allow users to view, crop, and print right from the XP-420 itself. In addition to supporting AirPrint, the printer also comes with Epson Connect, a suite of free mobile printing solutions allowing for wireless printing from anywhere.

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$120
Mounts

Grovemade Laptop Stand

Despite the shiny, high-tech look of Apple’s MacBooks, natural and wood-finished products still remain popular choices for accenting one’s work environment, helping to create a more eclectic look. Grovemade’s Laptop Stand ($120) joins the company’s collection of handcrafted wooden accessories. Crafted from multiple molded sheets of wood veneer, the stand provides a graceful curve that raises your MacBook screen for ergonomics while providing room beneath for expanded space on your desk — a great place to keep your MacBook accessories out the way.

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Epson SureColor P600 Printer

For professionals and serious artists, there’s often still a desire to showcase your work in actual hard copy, and Epson has just the answer to that need in its latest entry into the higher-end printer game. The SureColor P600 boasts an advanced printhead, next-generation Epson inks, and enhanced imagine technology that combine to produce “exhibition-quality” black and white prints and “stunningly vivid” color prints.

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