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This is shaping up to be an interesting summer. In addition to the ongoing CPU war between AMD and Intel, and a GPU showdown between AMD and NVIDIA, we're going to witness a mobile computing scuffle between Apple and Microsoft. This will take place starting in June when Apple will reportedly introduce upgraded 12-inch MacBook and MacPro laptops with faster processors. Both the 12-inch MacBook and MacBook Pro family are getting bumped up to Kaby Lake, which is Intel's latest processor architecture. As it stands, Apple's 12-inch MacBook and MacBook models feature CPUs based on Intel's previous generation... Read more...
Apple’s notebook computers aren’t exactly known as energy hogs — well, if we toss aside the Consumer Reports battery fiasco that was attributed to a Safari bug — but it’s always appreciated to eek as much battery life as possible out of a machine. Given that Apple has full control over the hardware and software stack of its products, it has always had an advantage when it comes to optimizing for power efficiency. A new report indicates that Apple is taking an additional step in its efforts to increase Mac battery life by developing a custom ARM chip that will handle low-power tasks, easing the... Read more...
According to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the limitations surrounding the MacBook Pro’s support for greater than 16GB of RAM will be lifted this year. Apple is expected to adopt Kaby Lake processors (months after the PC community quickly embraced them), and at the same time offer a 32GB RAM option. This will likely be a build-to-order option for the MacBook Pro, but it’d be a welcome addition for mobile professionals. Interestingly, Kuo says that the 32GB option will apparently be limited to the larger 15-inch model, and will not be available on the 13-inch model. Apple is expected to begin production... Read more...
After plenty of back and forth between Apple and Consumer Reports, the latter party is now willing to recommend the 2016 MacBook Pro family of notebooks. The whole mess started in December, when the publication made headlines by failing to recommend the new MacBook Pros for the first time in the product’s history. It attributed the decision to inconsistent battery life across all three MacBook Pro models. Apple and Consumer Reports decided to put their heads together to find the source of the battery life inconsistencies, and it was determined that a bug in the developer setting that the publication... Read more...
Well well well; it looks as though Apple and Consumer Reports have come to at least some kind of agreement as to what went wrong with the former’s testing of the 2016 family of MacBook Pro notebooks. It all started in late December when the testing lab said it could no longer recommend the MacBook Pro due to extreme fluctuations in the battery life of the notebooks. “For instance, in a series of three consecutive tests, the 13-inch model with the Touch Bar ran for 16 hours in the first trial, 12.75 hours in the second, and just 3.75 hours in the third,” wrote Consumer Reports at the time. “The... Read more...
It seems as though the hits keep coming for Apple with regards to its 2016 MacBook Pro notebooks. The notebooks were announced in October, and customers began taking delivery shortly afterwards. It didn’t take long for customers to start complaining about poor battery life, which shouldn’t be too surprising given the fact that Apple dramatically reduced the battery capacity of the new notebooks while not making a similar reduction in overall power consumption. Consumer Reports’ backed up user complaints of wildly fluctuating battery life with its own testing, and for the first time ever failed... Read more...
Apple is a company that rarely likes to admit to faults with its products. The company is often dragged kicking and screaming to public disclosures, and even when it does fess up, it often states that the issues affect a “small number” of users. However, even Apple couldn’t ignore the clout of Consumer Reports, which holds a lot of sway over consumer buying decisions. The MacBook Pro has won Consumer Reports’ “Recommended” rating ever since it was first introduced, but that winning streak ended yesterday. The publication stated that incredibly inconsistent battery performance with the new 13-inch... Read more...
It seems as though Apple’s 2016 MacBook Pro refresh just can’t catch a break these days. When the notebooks were first unveiled in October, Apple fans complained about the lack of Kaby Lake, the 16GB RAM limit, lack of legacy ports like HDMI and USB 3.0, high price tag and the reduction in battery capacity in order to satisfy a never-ending quest for thinness. It appears that the last bullet-point was the tipping point for Consumer Reports’ decision to no longer recommend the MacBook Pro. In fact, this is the first time that the organization has denied Apple’s MacBook Pro a “Recommended” rating.... Read more...
If you were following along two weeks ago, shortly after the launch of the 13-inch MacBook Pro (sans Touch Bar), then you know that Apple has been making it increasingly difficult to repair and upgrade its Macs. Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro was mocked for the consolidation of components onto a single logic board and received a 2 out of 10 reparability score from iFixit. It should come as no surprise then that the more expensive 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar continues down that same path (and actually goes even further). Delving inside the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar was no different... Read more...
Apple has caught a lot of flak for its all-new MacBook Pro family for various reasons. After Mac fans waited a year and a half for a meaningful update, many were upset over the decisions to cap maximum memory at 16GB, employ relatively “weak” AMD Polaris GPUs in the range-topping 15-inch model, and ditch all USB-A ports in favor of USB-C. The fact that the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro only can accept USB-C connections -- like the 12-inch MacBook that debuted last year -- means that most professionals have to use USB-C adapters, USB-C hubs or Thunderbolt 3 docks to attach their peripherals.... Read more...
Nearly a week ago, Apple announced a new generation of MacBook Pros after years of design stasis and cries for significant updates from mobile professionals. The new 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros subscribed to Apple’s philosophy of making its products thinner and lighter — for better or worse. While the sleek lines and lightweight chassis of the new MacBook Pros is beyond reproach, Mac fans were up in arms over the consequences of Apple’s design decisions. For one, maximum RAM capacity stands at 16GB, despite the fact that high-end 15-inch MacBook Pros can top $3,000. The AMD Radeon Pro graphics... Read more...
Apple touts its new MacBook Pro as "a touch of genius" on its website, a clever marketing tag playing off the system's new Touch Bar. The company also says its latest MacBook Pro "is built on groundbreaking ideas" and calls it "the ultimate tool of every trade." High praise (as you would expect) but what Apple doesn't mention is you're pretty much hosed if something breaks inside when you're out of your warranty period. That much was revealed by a third-party teardown analysis. The fair and balanced teardown specialists at iFixIt did not have many positive things to say about Apple's shiny new... Read more...
Apple's newest MacBook Pros are ambitious for a handful of reasons, but not all of those are going to be universally agreed-upon as being "good". We covered the new MBP's graphics solutions last week, equating them to Pintos when others are stocking Porsches. Some launches have hits and misses, but this latest one from Apple seems to have an unusual number of misses. Let's not get into the lack of Type-A USB ports or the removal of popular hardware keys (eg: F1 - F12, Esc). Regardless of what you think of Apple's design decisions, there's one man who will defend them against all odds. That'd be... Read more...
For years, Apple has championed its ability to control every aspect of the products that it designs and builds, including the operating system. Apple has used this tight integration to great effect with both its iPhone smartphone family and its lineup of Mac desktops and notebooks, tying them all together with iCloud. Historically, Microsoft relied on ecosystem partners and OEMs to build machines that make use of its software products. However, the company came around to its own branded product portfolio approach with its Surface/Surface Pro line of tablets and expanded that vision with the... Read more...
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