5 settings you need to change on your new MacBook

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Apple MacBook is one of the best laptops you can grab right now on the market. Apple MacBook lineup gets upgrades every year with new hardware and features. Last year, the Cupertino firm refreshed its MacBook series with Coffee Lake processors and an improved design.

Sources say that the new MacBook Air serves as Apple’s strategic plan to boost its laptop sales after reports of a slowdown. In reality, Apple is facing a lot of competition on the market as Windows-based laptops are expanding internationally. As we took our first steps in 2019, we are expecting to see the unveiling of new MacBook models.

According to reports, Apple will launch two new MacBook Pro machines in 2019. There is no mention of the release date, but there is a good chance that we will see new MacBook models at WWDC event. Rumors say that the new MacBook will come with a new design, something that has been demanded for years. Under the hood, the new laptop will use the latest Intel processors and Radeon graphics cards.

If you are new to Mac, then it may take some getting used to. With that in mind, we are here to help. In the section below, we made a list of the 5 settings you need to change on your new MacBook. The new MacBook Air starts at $1,199 for the model with Intel’s newest processor and 128GB SSD storage, while the Pro model retails for $1,799 for the basic model.

  1. Make sure your Mac is up-to-date

One of the best things when it comes to Apple devices is that they get new updates on a regular basis. The new update sometimes includes bug fixes and vulnerabilities and sometimes adds new features. If you now own a new Mac, then make sure you check for any available updates. To do this, open the App Store on your Mac, then click Updates from the toolbar at the top and download any updates. If you now have macOS Mojave installed on your Mac, then open System Preferences > Software Update > Update Now.

For some background, macOS Mojave is the latest version of Apple’s desktop operating system that made its debut at WWDC 2018. In reality, Mojave is not a significant upgrade over the OS, but it comes with a bunch of new features that have been demanded for years.

  1. Set up Siri and battery

Siri is Apple’s personal assistant that was first integrated into iPhone 4s back in 2011. Siri received mostly positive reviews upon release, with praise directed at its innovative features. Siri is now better and smarter than before and comes preinstalled on all new Apple devices on the market.

Siri works perfectly on a MacBook, but you need to set it up. To do this, click on Apple logo at the top, then select System Preferences from the drop-down list and check the box next to Enable Ask Siri. From here, adjust the settings to your liking and exit out of the System Preferences window.

If your Mac does not display the percentage of battery you have got left, then it’s a good idea to turn it on. To do this, open System Preferences, then select Energy Saver and check the box for Show Battery status in menu bar.

  1. Touch Bar

Touch Bar is one of the biggest additions to MacBook series. Basically, Touch Bar is a multi-touch Retina display that sits at the top of the keyboard and replaces the function keys. In reality, Touch Bar offers multiple options and controls depending on what apps you are using.

Touch Bar is exclusive to the MacBook Pro lineup. And Apple has no driving plan to bring it to the Air series. Sources say that Apple wants to take it away as a selling point of the Pro lineup. Touch Bar requires a little bit of setup before you can master it. The best part is that you can customize it to your liking.

To do this, open System Preferences on your Mac, then select Keyboard and hit the Customize Touch Bar. From here, select what you want to show up on your Touch Bar. Simply drag the buttons and drop them onto Touch Bar.

  1. Select your own default browser

macOS supports a wide range of web browsers out there. The coolest part is that you can select your default web browser on your Mac. To do this, click on Apple icon at the top, then select System Preferences from the drop-down menu and select General. From here, select your browser from the list.

Chrome now leads the web browser business with over 50 percent market share. Chrome gets new updates every year, making it one of the best browsers for your Mac. In reality, Safari comes pre-installed on every Mac, but it still lacks a few important features that make Chrome more capable.

  1. Dark mode

With macOS Mojave, Apple finally introduced Dark Mode after months of anticipation. Dark Mode now works across the entire system, allowing you to turn your favorite things to darker colors and themes. The idea behind Dark Mode is to make sure you have easier macOS experience at night. To turn it on, click on the Apple logo at the top, then select System Preferences and select General. Now just simply select Dark in the Appearance section.

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