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AWT News Update: June 10, 2016

It’s the Friday before a big Apple announcement, which means that our stories for today are all over the map:

  • Be sure to visit Apple World Today or our presence on Twitter or Facebook on Monday for more information about the Apple announcements
  • The 4th-generation Apple TV now supports four more networks in Universal Search
  • Bluetooth 5 is going to be officially announced next week
  • Faux Apple employees are behind two thefts of iPhones in New York

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With all the talk about the 12-inch MacBook, it’s hard for some people to remember that Apple makes an amazing 15-inch MacBook Pro. With the power of the top-end MacBook Pro comes a necessity to keep it protected while in transit, and that’s why the STM Haven 15-inch Laptop Backpack (US$99.95) is a perfect product for the current or prospective MacBook Pro owner.


Over the years we’ve seen some good and bad backpack designs for laptops. The best ones are usually sleekly designed with no dangling straps or unnecessary frills, and that’s the case with the Haven backpack. It comes in four different colors — black, Frost Grey, Moroccan Blue, and steel — and is made of a tough 300 denier dobby.

The inside of the backpack is lined 200 denier poly that creates a smooth surface for easy insertion and removal of your MacBook Pro. There’s a lot of room inside: a full 20 liter capacity makes this bag perfect for carrying your tech gear and other life essentials. The Haven weighs just 1.87 lbs (0.85 kg), so it won’t slow you down with extra bulk.

The Haven uses a separate zippered compartment to hold not only your MacBook Pro, but a tablet as well. Both are suspended above the floor of the backpack so that they won’t bang against the floor when you take the backpack off. There’s padding along the front and back, and extra-thick pads in the corners. 

Probably the best thing about the Haven design is that it uses an STM proprietary cable routing system with special pockets, ports between sections, and built-in cable management so that devices can be charged while in transit (you’ll have to supply your own external battery pack, though!). 

Many past and present Apple World Today staffers are fans of Softorino’s WALTR, an OS X (or shall we call it macOS?) app that speedily converts and transfers any video or music file over to your iPhone or iPad. 

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Steve Sande
the authorSteve Sande
Steve is the founder and former publisher of Apple World Today and has authored a number of books about Apple products. He's an avid photographer, an FAA-licensed drone pilot, and a really bad guitarist. Steve and his wife Barb love to travel everywhere!