Items tagged with MacBook Pro

Well now, that didn't take very long at all—Apple's revamped MacBook Pro 16 and 14 laptops with their fancy new M1 Pro silicon is hot off the assembly line, and already discounted! We're not talking about a gigantic savings, mind you, but to be reduced before they even release to retail? Sure, we'll take it. There are also quite a few Samsung products on sale. Starting with Apple's latest stuff, you can score the MacBook Pro 14 for $1,949.99 at Amazon (save $50), or the MacBook Pro 16 for $2,649.99 at Amazon (save $50 as well). The smaller of the two wields an M1 Pro processor with an 8-core CPU and 14-core GPU, to go along with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB solid state drive. Meanwhile, the... Read more...
It can sometimes be difficult to live up to lofty expectations, and Apple definitely piled the hype on its latest MacBook Pro models, powered by its next-generation M1 Max and M1 Pro custom silicon. But will the upgraded MacBook Pro lineup ultimately buckle under the weight of a mountain of hype and expectations? Perhaps not, depending on how much you want to read into some early benchmarks. There's a new listing at the GFXBench database that purportedly highlights a benchmark run obtained from the bigger of Apple's two updated chunks of silicon, the M1 Max. We'll get to the numbers in a moment, but let's quickly recap the specifications and performance claims. The M1 Max positions itself as... Read more...
You may have noticed that the Apple Store is temporarily unavailable this morning, with a message saying, "Be right back. We're making updates to the Apple Store. Check back soon." That's because Apple is hosting an Unleashed event later today, and obviously some new products are inbound. Here's how you can watch the event, and what we're expecting to be announced. When And Where To Watch Apple's Unleashed Event Today's virtual event will be livestreamed, and is Apple's second (and perhaps last) one for this year. It will kick off at 10:00 am PT (1:00 pm ET), and if we had to guess, it probably last around an hour, maybe a little longer. You can catch it right here... We'll be covering the highlights... Read more...
Apple's next-generation MacBook Pro family is right around the corner. And if the latest rumors from Mark Gurman are accurate, the company could hold a virtual event announcing the pro-oriented notebooks later this month. "Apple typically does its major new Mac introductions in October. So, stay tuned," said Gurman. However, he expanded upon his previous reporting to say that the M1X SoC would feature a 10-core processor (8 high-performance cores, two efficiency cores). There will allegedly be two 10 CPU core M1X SKUs: one paired with 16 GPU cores and one paired with 32 GPU cores. Previous reports noted that both the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros would be available with the same processor/GPU... Read more...
With the iPhone 13 launch out of the way, all attention is diverting towards Apple’s next big release. If the rumors are accurate, Apple’s next big keynote will introduce the all-new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro. Fortunately for us, Apple’s upcoming macOS Monterey is already leaking details surrounding the new laptops. The folks over at MacRumors discovered code in macOS Monterey Beta 7 that references two new display resolutions. Unfortunately, the resolutions do not coincide with any existing products in Apple’s portfolio, which has everyone zeroing in on the new MacBook Pros. The current 13-inch MacBook Pro has a native resolution of... Read more...
Apple's big iPhone keynote event is tomorrow, and there are some last-minute details coming to light on what the company will announce. According to famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the final storage lineup for the iPhone 13 family has been revealed, and there aren't too many surprises. When it comes to the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini, base storage will come in at 128GB. Compared to the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini, this represents a 2x uplift in capacity. To be honest, this change probably should have happened a long time ago, given that 128GB has long been the bare minimum for Android flagships. 128GB will continue as the base configuration for the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Moving... Read more...
It’s rumored that Apple will hold multiple keynote events this fall to launch new smartphones, tablets, and Macs. The first event will likely see the arrival of the iPhone 13 family and AirPods 3. The second event will reportedly showcase the M1X-powered MacBook Pros and new iPads. Hardware leaker dylandkt took to Twitter to give us some insight into what to expect with the upcoming MacBook Pro laptops, which will feature the brawnier M1X SoC. According to dylandkt, the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro will offer the same performance options across the board. This is a considerable departure from previous MacBook Pro generations. The 13-inch MacBook Pro has always played second fiddle since... Read more...
Apple is widely expected to launch its next-generation MacBook Pros later this year, and recent rumors have suggested that the laptops will feature mini LED displays. Earlier this year, Apple first brought mini LED technology to the forefront with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and has struggled to keep up with demand due to component shortages. Now, a new report from DigiTimes alleges that Apple is already making plans to ensure that it has enough mini LED display panels on hand to keep up with demand for its all-new MacBook Pros. According to the publication, Apple currently uses Taiwan Surface Mounting Technology (TSMT) for 12.9-inch iPad Pro panels and allegedly contracted with the company to produce... Read more...
Apple has already embraced mini LED backlighting technology with its latest 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which features what the company calls a "Liquid Retina XDR" display (hey, it's better than calling it a "Magical" display, right?). Having been sufficiently pleased with the result, Apple is said to also be using mini LED backlighting on a pair of upcoming MacBook systems. It is expected that Apple will announce redesigned 16-inch and 14-inch MacBook Pro models this fall. We can anticipate they will both arrive with a new and faster Apple Silicon system-on-chip (SoC), and that in and of itself is interesting. However, that is far from the only upgrade headed to the next crop of Apple's MacBooks. Apple... Read more...
It's the first weekend of June, and that means once again it's almost time for Apple's World Wide Developer's Conference. The annual WWDC is always good for learning about what new software features the company has cooked up for its many platforms, including the Mac, iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch, and more. Like last year, this year's WWDC is a little different than most, since it's going to be hosted online virtually rather than in person as in 2019 and prior. Still, we expect a whole lot of new and interesting things to pop up. Software to Complement New Hardware Apple's yearly cadence of operating system releases means we'll probably get a first look at all of Apple's operating systems. Of course,... Read more...
Apple Silicon kicked off in a big way late last year with the arrival of the M1 SoC. The M1 is a fast and efficient processor that initially graced the 13-inch MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini. More recently, its footprint expanded to include the 24-inch iMac and iPad Pro. Today, we've got some deals for you on the entire M1 family of products (minus the new iPad Pro) if you're in the market for a macOS-based device. The Mac mini has been a staple in Apple's lineup for many years, and it's a stalwart workhorse that allows you to bring your own monitor to the table. The M1 processor upgrade gave the Mac mini a considerable performance boost over its elderly Intel-based predecessors, and... Read more...
It seems as though Apple’s all-new, next-generation MacBook Pro laptops are always “right around the corner.” Ever since Apple launched the first wave of M1-powered Macs, all eyes have been trained on when the higher-end versions of the MacBook Pro would receive a complete makeover. A new report is plotting a more definite timeline for the release of the machines, and they could arrive as soon as this summer. According to Mark Gurman, the 14-inch MacBook Pro carries the internal designation J314, while its 16-inch counterpart is referred to as the J316. Powering these machines will be the company’s second-generation, Arm-based Apple Silicon. Whereas the currently shipping... Read more...
Apple's M1 "Apple Silicon" hit the market with a big splash in late 2020 when it launched inside the refreshed MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and the Mac mini. The SoC is currently available in an 8-core CPU configuration with either a 7- or 8-core GPU onboard paired with 8GB or 16GB of RAM. The M1 has since found its way to the all-new Mac mini and even the new 11- and 12.9-inch iPad Pro. However, a new report coming out of Japan alleges that second-generation Apple Silicon is already in production. The next-generation SoC is reportedly called the M2 and will be based on TSMC's 5-nanometer plus (N5P) process node. The M1 is currently in use in everything from the iPad Pro to the new iMac.... Read more...
The ongoing global chip shortage has had wide-range effects across the tech sphere. Everything from AMD Radeon RX/NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics cards, to Ryzen 5000 processors, to PlayStation 5/Xbox Series X/S consoles have been significantly impacted and in incredibly short supply. Even auto manufacturers have been forced to cut back production due to the inability to source critical microchips necessary for their cars and trucks. Up until this point, we haven't heard much about how the chip shortage has affected Apple. The company has soldiered on, seemingly unaffected with its iPhone sales. However, a new report from Nikkei claims that that the global chip shortage is starting to catch up with... Read more...
If you're a jilted current (or former) owner of a MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro with the oft-maligned butterfly keyboard mechanism, there's some breaking news today. A class-action lawsuit against Apple over the defective keyboards has been certified by Judge Edward Davila on March 8th in the state of California, but it was sealed until last week. The Verge reports that the class action lawsuit covers customers residing in California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, and Washington. Devices covered by the suit include 2015-2017 MacBooks, 2018-2019 MacBook Airs, and 2016-2019 MacBook Pros. Apple sought to have the class action lawsuit dismissed but was rebuffed... Read more...
Just over a month ago, we started hearing rumblings about Apple's next-generation MacBook Pro models. According to the reports, Apple will unveil an all-new 14-inch MacBook Pro and a larger 16-inch MacBook Pro using its homegrown Apple Silicon. At the time, Mark Gurman added some rather vague information regarding ports. He stated that the MacBook Pros would feature additional ports; current high-end MacBook Pros only come with a maximum of four Thunderbolt 3. We're now getting some added clarity from reputable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who claims that the new MacBook Pros will see not only the return of an HDMI port but also an SD card reader. Apple removed both of those ports when it last... Read more...
Apple prides itself on providing a superior user experience for its customers given its exacting control over hardware and software, but its devices can fail just like any other. Such is the case with 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pros, which in some cases have been found to have an effect with their battery and/or charging system. According to a new Apple support document, it has created a battery replacement program for a "very small number of customers" affected by this problem. That is the same language that Apple uses for just about every one of its service programs to address a defect, so we'll never know the true number of customers that are affected. However, the fact that the company is going... Read more...
Is Microsoft tired of hearing about the Apple's MacBook Pro and its performant M1 SoC? That could perhaps be the case with Microsoft's latest Surface Pro 7 ad which is a succinct 30-second attempted takedown of the MacBook Pro. Whether the commercial is successful is up to the view to decide, however. The commercial starts off with a kid talking about the Surface Pro 7's impressive 12.3-inch touch screen, which supports an optional Surface Pen for writing and drawing on the display. He then turns his attention to the MacBook Pro, which of course doesn't include a touch screen. Apple has long shunned including a touch screen on its laptops, as it feels that the ergonomics don't support adding... Read more...
We've already seen that Apple means business with its custom Arm-based M1 processors, which launched last month with new Mac mini, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro models. The M1 is a highly integrated SoC that includes an 8-core CPU (4 efficiency cores, 4 performance cores), either a 7- or 8-core GPU, and 8GB or 16GB of RAM integrated onto the die. However, Apple has much more powerful SoCs in the pipeline to fuel its higher-end Macs. A new report from Bloomberg, which is typically quite reliable when it comes to Apple leaks, alleges that the next generation of Apple Silicon will be destined for 16-inch MacBook Pro and iMac models. According to the publication, these could feature... Read more...
Apple's MacBook refreshes typically haven't been all that exciting. Year after year, the company tweaked its trouble prone butterfly keyboard design before throwing in the towel and reverting back to the beloved scissor switch mechanism. And with regards to performance, each year brought minimal performance updates from Intel's latest Core processors. However, things are starting to heat up thanks to the arrival of the new Apple M1 SoC. As we saw last month, Apple released three new Macs -- the MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini -- all using the M1 SoC. They all deliver significant improvements in performance over their Intel predecessors while nearly doubling battery life (for... Read more...
Apple announced its first M1-equipped Macs earlier this month, and we must admit that we were quite skeptical of the company's frustratingly vague performance claims during the virtual keynote. However, with devices in hand, the early reviews proved that Apple has a winner on its hands with the 8-core M1 (4 efficiency cores, 4 performance cores) in the 13-inch MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and Mac mini. With this in mind, Apple isn’t just stopping with the M1; it needs even more performant processors in its lineup to fuel machines like the iMac, iMac Pro, and 16-inch MacBook Pro. And it's that latter device that is the topic of discussion today. According to reporting from @LeaksApplePro,... Read more...
The latest generation MacBook Pro and MacBook Air represent a major departure from past models—they are the first ones to incorporate Apple's own custom M1 silicon, in place of the Intel x86 CPUs the company had been sourcing for the past 15 years. It is the beginning of a new era. You would not know it at first glance, though, because these new systems look the same, even if you tear into them. Of course, we all know that looks can be deceiving. Despite how these new laptops might appear from a passing glance, these are very different machines than their predecessors. Apple is embarking on a two-year transition to completely move away from Intel CPUs, and design custom processors based... Read more...
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