Items tagged with MacBook Pro

The early reports were off by a day, but Apple has indeed refreshed its 15-inch MacBook Pro and iMac Retina lineups. You won’t find any external changes to tip you off to the changes that lurk beneath either product line, but they are still quite notable. As previously reported, the 15-inch MacBook Pro has gained a Force Touch trackpad that debuted with the 12-inch MacBook and 13-inch MacBook Pro. The Force Touch trackpad features what Apple calls a Taptic Engine which provides haptic feedback for the user when “clicking” on its surface. But that’s not all, Apple has also upgraded the 15-inch MacBook... Read more...
Apple typically holds out for its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) to trot out new or refreshed systems. However, there's a rumor going around that Apple may decide to introduce updated 15-inch MacBook Pro and 27-inch iMac systems ahead of WWDC, which would presumably indicate a bigger announcement is imminent. News of the impending announcement originates from a French language website citing sources that apparently been reliable in the past. The sources say than an announcement could come as early as this Wednesday, though details about the hardware changes in the... Read more...
Apple has launched a new repair program that extends warranty coverage for half a dozen different MacBook Pro models manufactured from early 2011 to early 2013. As part of the "MacBook Pro Repair Extension Program for Video Issues," Apple will repair affected models suffering from a range of graphics issues, or reimburse owners who already paid for repairs.Affected models include 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro laptops manufactured in 2011 and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina notebooks made from mid-2012 to early 2013. An affected model may suffer from one or more symptoms that include distorted... Read more...
It looks as though Apple will escape another courtroom battle. U.S. District Judge William Alsup has rejected a lawsuit that claimed that Apple knowingly sold MacBook computers with defective logic boards The plaintiffs, Uriel Marcus and Benedict Verceles, filed the original putative class action complaint back in May 2014. They claimed that even though Apple billed the MacBook Pro as “the world’s most advanced notebook,” it was a defective machine that was doomed to failure. Marcus purchased a MacBook Pro in May 2012, only to have its logic board fail after 18 months of regular use. Apple confirmed... Read more...
One of the disadvantages to buying an Apple system is that it generally means less upgradeability and flexibility than a system from a traditional PC OEM. Over the last few years, Apple has introduced features and adopted standards that made upgrading or using third-party hardware progressively more difficult. Now, with OS X 10.10 Yosemite, the company has taken another step down the path towards total vendor lock-in and effectively disabled support for third-party SSDs. We say "effectively" because while third-party SSDs will still work, they'll no longer perform the TRIM garbage collection command.... Read more...
China seems to be on a mission to isolate itself from the world, at least in terms of technology. After banning Windows 8 on government PCs and raiding several of Microsoft's offices in China as part of an anti-trust investigation, Chinese officials have now prohibited to purchase of several Apple products for government use. Reportedly, the list of banned Apple products include the iPad, iPad Mini, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and half a dozen other items, all of which were left off of a final government procurement list distributed in July. Interestingly, they appeared on the same list in draft... Read more...
Pat yourself on the back if you've been patiently waiting for Apple to refresh its MacBook Pro with Retina display making the leap. Today is that day -- in anticipation of OS X Yosemite, Apple refreshed its MacBook Pro with Retina display line with faster processors, double the memory in entry-level configurations, and a lower price tag for the top-of-the-line 15-inch model. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display now comes standard with a 2.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor (up from 2.4GHz previously), 8GB of DDR3-1600 RAM (up from 4GB of RAM previously), and 128GB of flash-based PCIe... Read more...
A Japanese language website apparently has the scoop on Apple's plans to refresh its MacBook Pro line with Intel's Haswell architecture. According to the website, MacBook Pro machines with Haswell processors inside will debut sometime next month, though it's not clear what other upgrades might be in store and whether or not the Haswell upgrade will apply to both the regular and Retina Display model MacBook Pros. Haswell's been on the market for awhile now, versions of which are even found in Apple's MacBook Air line, so really the only holdup is on Apple's end. Recent price cuts from third-party... Read more...
Apple is no stranger to product delays, in part because the company's gadgets are typically in huge demand. Some things are simply out of Apple's control, however, such as reported yield issues with Retina-class displays for its upcoming MacBook Pro refresh featuring Intel's 4th Generation Core processor (Haswell) line. The bad news is the yield issue could lead to a delay. And the good? You won't have to wait very long -- rather than launch in September, as has been previously reported, the new MacBook Pro models are now expected to debut in October. There will be no change in price compared to... Read more...
There's no better time to shop for a Mac than during the back-to-school shopping season. As we recently reported, Apple is offering college students up to $200 off select Mac systems plus a $100 App Store gift card, however you don't have to go through Apple to get a discount, nor do you need to be a student. Best Buy sent us a note letting us know it temporarily slashed the price of two MacBook Pro models by $200. The 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with Core i5 processor clocked at 2.5GHz, 4GB of RAM, and 500GB hard drive is now $1,000, on sale from $1,200, and the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with Core i7 processor... Read more...
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said this week there have been more than a dozen reports of ATG lithium-ion replacement batteries for the MacBook Pro catching fire, prompting Best Buy to issue a recall. There have been 13 documented cases so far, and in one instance, a faulty battery caused a "serious burn" to the user's leg. There are two SKUs to look for in determining whether or not your MacBook Pro's third-party battery is included in the recall. The first is "MC-MBOOK13B," which is found on the black battery, and the second is "MC-BOOK13W," which is found on the white battery.... Read more...
Quick, someone give Alanis Morissette a ring and see if she's still adding lyrics to her song Ironic, because of she is, she's going to want to include some recent findings by Soluto, a cloud-based PC management service. In particular, we'd like to share with her Saluto's ranking of a mid-2012 model Apple MacBoo Pro 13 as the best performing Windows laptop. Come again? As surprising and ironic as that sounds, and despite the fact that the MacBook Pro in question is the most expensive PC among the top three at $1,199 (the other two being an Acer Aspire E1-571 for $429 and Dell XPS 13 for $979),... Read more...
Google's recently announced Chromebook Pixel and Apple's MacBook Pro with Retina display are two entirely different animals, but there's one area where the former trumps the latter. The 12.85-inch display on the Chromebook Pixel features a 2560x1700 resolution, which translates to 4.3 million pixels and 239 pixels per inch (PPI). In light of this, Apple's been forced to changed the headline on its Retina MacBook Pro landing page. The tagline previously read, "The highest-resolution notebook ever. And the second-highest," underneath which sat a pair of MacBook Pros, the 13.3-inch and 15.4-inch models... Read more...
Reports out of Korea on Tuesday suggested that Apple is planning to bring its Retina display to the MacBook Air. Not surprisingly, reporters around the world picked up the story and suggested that the move makes sense. Those reporters might have a point. Apple has been slowly but surely bringing its Retina display to its entire product line. The company started with its iPhone and iPod Touch and then extended its support to the iPad. Soon after, Apple delivered the Retina display to its MacBook Pro. Now there’s talk of it coming to the next-generation iPad Mini. Assuming that happens, a major... Read more...
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