Updated: The best cheap MacBook deals in September 2016

  If you're looking for the best cheap MacBook deals, you've come to the right place. The decision of whether you should buy a new MacBook is a simple one: does it play to your strengths? Perhaps you need the lightest and most portable OS X machine out there today, one with good battery life. Maybe you appreciate an incredible, vibrant display that's equally as good at rendering your crisp documents as it is displaying the same amount of a spreadsheet as a 24-inch monitor. Or maybe you just don't like Windows? Whatever your reason, there are plenty of deals out there. Our system checks the prices of every model of MacBook on all major retail websites so you can be sure you're alway...

macOS Sierra problems: Here's how to fix the most common issues

The new macOS Sierra update is now available to download and install for OS X 10.11 El Capitan users, but if you've just decked out your Mac with the latest operating system and noticed that things don't work the way they should, or encounter any other issues, then we have a list of fixes for the most common problems. Inevitably, when there's a new release of an operating system there are going to be problems, but don't let the list below put you off, as most people should find the process of upgrading to macOS Sierra pretty painless. If you haven't upgraded already, check out our guide How to download macOS Sierra. If you do experience any problems with macOS Sierra, then don't...

You can finally upgrade to macOS Sierra later today

  Apple is pushing out the latest version of its desktop operating system, macOS Sierra, later on today. Following the release of iOS 10 last week, macOS Sierra will be made available for download and installation at some point in the course of the day. Usually, it's around teatime for us over here in the UK, or maybe slightly later in the evening (due to the time difference with the US – it should come out in the States around 10:00 PDT, 13:00 ET, which is 18:00 BST). As ever, Sierra is a free upgrade, so you've got nothing to lose grabbing this update – although it does have slightly more demanding hardware requirements than OS X. The new OS is compatible with the followi...

How to automatically shut down your Mac at a specified time

With the Terminal, you can have a wide variety of control when it comes to shutting down your Mac. Most of the time, you'll probably want to shut down your Mac instantly, but other times you may want to shut it down at a specific time, or after a specific number of minutes or hours have elapsed. This can be useful for times when you want to leave your Mac performing a task, but then have it shut down after the task will be completed while you walk away from the computer. Continue reading and we'll show you how this shut down task can be used in the Terminal. Begin scheduling the shut down of your Mac by opening the Terminal app (located in /Applications/Utilities) on your Mac. If ...