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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 than its lesser sibling — you’ll first need to remove six pentalobe screws, and then slide the bottom... 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 Jony Ive, and his defensiveness would be justified: he likely had a major hand in those design decisions.... 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 everyone wants to know about is the OLED panel above the keys, which takes the place of the function... Read more...