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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...
It has been an interesting week in tech. Both Microsoft and Apple held big keynote addresses announcing new products. On the Microsoft side, the 28-inch Surface Studio was revealed, while Apple announced a much-need refresh to its 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro notebooks. However, by most accounts, it was Microsoft that stole the show this week with the Surface Studio, with some even wondering if Microsoft out-Apple’d Apple. On the surface, the new MacBook Pros seems like a steady evolution of its predecessors, and continues Apple’s penchant for making its devices thinner and lighter. Apple shaved... Read more...
Apple announced a new family of MacBook Pro notebooks yesterday, but as with any new release from the Cupertino, California crew, the announcement was fraught with controversy. For starters, Apple has implemented its butterfly key mechanism for the keyboard (which many had a love/hate relationship with on the 12-inch MacBook) in order to make the notebook thinner. Some also griped that Apple decided to go with AMD Polaris GPUs instead of Pascal-based mobile GPUs from NVIDIA. Others were quite alarmed at the high price of entry, with the cheapest 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros with Touch Bar coming... Read more...
AMD chose to partner up with Apple on the launch of its power-efficient Radeon Pro 400 Series GPUs, which came shortly after the unveiling of new MacBook Pro laptops. It is the 15-inch MacBook Pro that has Polaris inside (Radeon Pro 450 or 455, depending on the model), a point AMD drives home multiple times in its press release the new Polaris parts. "We couldn’t be more proud to have Radeon Pro 400 Series Graphics launching in the new 15-inch MacBook Pro, a notebook designed for performance and creativity," said Raja Koduri, senior vice president and chief architect, Radeon Technologies Group,... Read more...
After an unusual (for Apple) leak earlier this week, Apple today unveiled its brand new MacBook Pro family. Still available in both 13-inch and 15-inch varieties, the new MacBook Pros are thinner and lighter than their predecessors -- the 13-inch and 15-inch models now weigh three pounds and four pounds respectively, shedding half a pound each. The MacBook Pro’s touchpad is now twice as large and the notebooks incorporate a second generation butterfly switch mechanism for the keyboard (the 12-inch MacBook introduced us to the first generation butterfly mechanism) for more responsive keys. But what... Read more...
Apple is still raking in money hand over fist, but the company’s financial performance is no longer setting records quarter after quarter. But even a weakened Apple is still a force to be reckoned with — the company posted Q4 revenue of $46.9 billion and net income of $9 billion. This compared to $51.5 billion and $11.1 billion respectively for the same period last year. Gross margins fell slightly to 38 percent for the quarter compared to 39.9 percent a year ago. Annual sales fell 7.7 percent from $233.7 billion in 2015 to $215.6 billion in 2016. This is the first time in 15 years that Apple has... Read more...
We’ve heard plenty of leaks concerning Apple’s upcoming MacBook Pro refresh, but we never expected for the folks in Cupertino to actually leak the device ahead of Thursday’s keynote. Well, that’s exactly what has happened, as yesterday’s Mac OS Sierra 10.12.1 update included hidden images of the new MacBook Pro in all its glory. Mac Rumors first discovered the images, which show the familiar MacBook Pro design aesthetic, and in this case it appears to be the 13-inch model. The images show that Apple’s smallest MacBook Pro has gained speakers that flank the keyboard (like its larger 15-inch brother),... Read more...
It’s no secret that Apple’s computing lineup has simply been neglected over the years. Apple’s key MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac and even Mac Pro lines have gone for years with minimal or no updates at all, and sales have suffered as a result. However, Apple is holding an event later this week in which it is widely expected to showcase new MacBook Pros and perhaps even new iMacs. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has been pretty accurate with regards to iPhone channel leaks over the years, has given some insight into what he expects to see with this week’s Mac updates. The most exciting... Read more...
There's a lot of buzz about Apple's upcoming media event in which it's expected the company will introduce the next generation of its iPhone line, presumably the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and perhaps another Apple Watch as well. Ah, but handsets and wearables aren't the only devices on tap. Apple is said to refreshing its other products too, including its iPad and MacBook systems.Though the tablet gold rush is now a thing of the past, Apple is working on software and hardware upgrades to its and iPad Pro slates. Apple's looking to reverse a trend of nine straight quarters of declining iPad sales,... Read more...
Many professionals like to use Apple’s MacBook Pro range when on the go, however, these notebooks aren’t exactly known for their graphics prowess — even with discrete GPU options available. Couple that with the fact that Apple has not exactly been on top of things when it comes to upgrading its Mac lineup over the years, you can understand why customers could be left wanting for some extra graphics muscle. That’s where Wolfepack Inc.’s Wolfe external graphics enclosure comes into play. The project hit Kickstarter yesterday and it has already reached its funding goal of $50,000. In fact, the project... Read more...
The MacBook Pro is long overdue for a major refresh, having not received one in over four years, and rumor has it Apple's planning some big changes. One of those changes is the addition of a secondary Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display nestled above the keyboard in place of the standard row of Function keys.That bit comes from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who says the OLED strip will serve up Function keys as needed. What Apple wants to do is make keyboard shortcuts for specialized tasks easier to access and more intuitive. They'll be dependent on the application that's open—fire... Read more...
Apple's current generation MacBook Pro isn't exactly a cinder block with a waistline that measures 0.71 inches and tipping the scale at either 3.48 pounds (13-inch model) or 4.49 pounds (15-inch model). Be that as it may, Apple's planning to introduce a new generation of thinner and lighter MacBook Pro laptops that will be somewhat reminiscent of its fancy 12-inch MacBook.Thinner and lighter designs are usually received well by consumers, though the drop in weight and girth might be the least interesting changes coming to the MacBook Pro. Citing unnamed sources who corroborated predictions made... Read more...
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...
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