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Perhaps in response to the deluge of Ultrabooks and ultra-thins that have come out in recent months, Apple today upgraded its Retina MacBook Pro family with better parts and then lowered the price tag for good measure. In addition, Apple slashed $100 off the price of its 13-inch MacBook Air with 256GB of storage, which now starts at $1,399 instead of $1,499. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display and 128GB of flash storage has been reduced to $1,499, down $200 over its previous price. Those who opt for the 256GB model will save $300 over the original price, as that version now sells for $1,699.... Read more...
If you've been following the news, then you know Congress managed to avoid driving us over the so-called "fiscal cliff," at least for now. Great, job well done and all that jazz. But for many Americans, money is still tight, and we're all paying over three bucks a gallon at the pump. Perhaps now is not the time to jump out of your seat and buy one of Apple's fancy new MacBook Pro models with Retina Display, but if you're determined to do so, you can save a little coin by going with a refurbished model. A 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro typically sells for $2,200 retail, but now you can snag one at a... Read more...
Apple wasn't fooling anyone when it neglected to give its 13-inch MacBook Pro model the same Retina Display facelift that the 15-inch model received. Let's face it, Apple loves staggered release schedules, partly to build up hype to a particularly product or technology. We all know it's only a matter of time before the 13-inch model gets the same Retina Display upgrade as its larger 15-inch sibling, and if the latest reports are accurate, Apple will roll it out the same time as the rumored iPad Mini device. That information comes from 9to5Mac, which in turn was tipped off by "a consistently reliable... Read more...
Apple recently upgraded its MacBook Pro line with new models that boast a Retina Display, and while that's neat and all, woe is the user who's in need of an out-of-warranty repair. For one, as we recently reported, a teardown analysis by iFixIt revealed that the mid-2012 MacBook Pro models are a bear to service, but if that weren't enough, replacing the battery is significantly more expensive than on previous models. The cost to replace a battery on a previous generation 13-inch or 15-inch MacBook Pro in the U.S. is $129, which itself isn't cheap. On the mid-2012 models sporting Retina Displays,... Read more...
Good luck if you ever need to service a new MacBook Pro model that isn't under warranty. The fine people over at iFixIt did what they do best with one of Apple's newly refreshed laptops, promptly gutting the device with a detailed walkthrough. What did they discover along the way? That's it's not so easy to repair. In fact, iFixIt gave the new MacBook Pro a measly 1 out of 10 'Repairability Score', the worst possibly score a gadget can get. There are multiple reasons why the MacBook Pro is a crummy machine for do-it-yourself (DIY) repair types. It starts with those annoying pentalobe screws, which... Read more...
Congratulations to anyone who owns a 17-inch MacBook Pro, it may just be a collector's item in a few months. Apple apparently feels as though the era of 17-inch laptops has run its course, and in a research note shared with AppleInsider, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple is still planning to discontinue the 17-inch MacBook Pro sometime later this year, as was previously rumored. But wait, it gets even more interesting. According to Kuo, Apple might decide to discontinue the entire MacBook Pro line. That's little more than conjecture at this point, but if Kuo's crystal ball is working correctly,... Read more...
The 17-inch MacBook might not be long for this world. According to Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst with KGI Securities, there's a good chance Apple will decide to discontinue the 17-inch SKU following an upcoming refresh, MacRumors reports. As buyers look to go smaller and lighter, Apple may ultimately decide to stop selling 17-inch models, which aren't as popular as the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models. According to the research note obtained by MacRumors, Kuo expects Apple to unveil a fully new MacBook model sometime in the third quarter of 2012, and sooner rather than later. The new model will... Read more...
Perhaps not wanting to steal any thunder from the recent iPhone 4S launch and/or iOS 5, Apple has gone and quietly updated its MacBook Pro laptop line with upgraded hardware. We're not talking about a sweeping refresh by any means, but welcome improvements that include faster processors, beefier graphics, and more capacious hard drives, and at the same price points as the pre-upgrade configurations. The 17-inch MacBook Pro now includes a 2.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, up from a 2.2Ghz Core i7, while the 15-inch model now includes 2.4GHz and 2.2GHz Core i7 options, up from 2.0GHz and... Read more...
Forget about the so-called Apple Tax and whether or not it exists, if you're really determined to spend more on your laptop than any of your friends and co-workers, get in touch with Computer Choppers about a 24K gold plated MacBook Pro with diamond accents. You'll have to buzz them on the horn or fire off an email to receive a quote, presumably because they're not looking to draw attention to themselves for exorbitant price tags, but would like to be known for luxurious finishes. Computer Choppers and the work they've done up to this point has been featured in several printed publications. As... Read more...
It’s a veritable firmware update jamboroo this week at Apple. On Monday, the company released a firmware update for mid-2011 MacBook Air models (EFI Firmware Update 2.1), and today it rolled out updates for mid-2011 Mac minis (EFI Firmware Update 1.3) and early-2011 MacBook Pros (EFI Firmware Update 2.2). The firmware fixes all essentially address the same issues. (In fact, the descriptions for the MacBook Air and Mac mini are identical, save for the names of the computers.) The first issue pertains to Lion Recovery. For the MacBook Air and Mac mini, the updates fix a stability problem when... Read more...
All the attention is on Microsoft right now as the tech world tunes in to see what Windows 8 and its funky Metro UI is all about. Maybe that's not sitting right with Apple, who'd prefer to hog the limelight for itself. If that's the case, it would make perfect sense to refresh its MacBook Pro line this month, as is rumored to be the case. Citing "people with proven insight into Apple's future product plans," AppleInsider reports Apple is hot-to-trot with refreshed MacBook Pro models later this month rather than waiting for Intel's next generation Core i mobile processors to appear in the second... Read more...
Imagine having the power of a MacBook Pro crammed into a notebook chassis about the size of a MacBook Air. Sounds pretty crummy if you're a Windows die-hard, but for those of you who fancy yourself an Apple fan, such a design would be nothing short of a win. As it turns out, Apple isn't just imaging a razor thin MacBook Pro, the Cupertino outfit is reportedly building one. That's the chatter coming from MacRumors, who claims a 15-inch ultra-thin MacBook Pro notebook is already in the latest testing stages at Apple. A launch could come as early as the holiday shopping season, and if this isn't all... Read more...
The big news coming out of Cupertino is all about the release of Apple's refreshed iMac all-in-one (AIO) desktop line, now with quad-core processors, faster graphics, a FaceTime HD camera, and Intel's Thunderbolt interface. That's all well and good, but what about the 2011 MacBook Pro models? It hasn't exactly been smooth sailing for newer MacBook Pro owners, who have had to contend with things like flickering video when hooking up to a Cinema Display via Thunderbolt, and system freezes when the processor is under a heavy load. Good news folks, a new software update is supposed to fix all that,... Read more...
The new MacBook family is available in five different models: two 13.3-inch units, two 15.4-inch versions, and a 17-inch behemoth. The base prices for these models range from $1,199 up to $2,499, but with configuration options such as faster processors, more memory, and larger-sized hard drives or SSDs, you can easily boost the cost considerably. In the past we’ve dinged Apple for putting a premium price on its notebooks when compared against models with similar specs from other manufacturers. You could easily make the argument, however, that this is simply not a fair comparison--comparing... Read more...
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