Apple begins surveying users as to headphone jack, other port use on products

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Date: Friday, September 16th, 2016, 05:37
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, MacBook Pro, News, USB-C

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The 3.5 millimeter headphone jack on the Retina display MacBook Pro could be next on the chopping block.

A number of users have reported Apple asking “Do you ever use the headphone port on your MacBook Pro with Retina display?”

There are several other reports on Twitter from users who have been asked similar questions about the headphone jack, suggesting Apple is exploring the removal of the headphone jack in a future version of the MacBook Pro. Apple has eliminated the headphone jack from the iPhone and may apply the change to other products.

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Rumor: Current version of the Mac Pro hits 1,000 days, could be the last of the model

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Date: Thursday, September 15th, 2016, 05:40
Category: Hardware, Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, Rumor

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The 2013 Mac Pro may be the final version of this model with no successor in the works.

As of September 13th, 1,000 days have passed since Apple released the first version of the redesigned Mac Pro computer.

The current Mac Pro came out on December 19th 2013, meaning that programmers and video professionals who need a high-performing Mac and buy one today will only have a couple years’ use before it becomes what Apple SVP Phil Schiller describes as a “really sad” five-year-old PC.

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Rumor: Apple working on professionally-gear iPads, new iMacs, new notebooks and is collaborating on a 5K monitor with LG

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Date: Tuesday, August 30th, 2016, 05:52
Category: Apple Pencil, Hardware, iPad, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, macOS, Rumor, Samsung, Sierra, USB-C

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Apple is rumored to be planning a slew of updates across its iPads, notebooks and desktops according to sources.

The company is said to be expanding its operating system support for the Apple Pencil while widespread hardware changes will emerge in next-gen versions of the iMac, MacBook Air and a 5K standalone monitor in collaboration with LG Electronics Inc., in addition to a thinner MacBook Pro notebook.

Apple is thought to be shipping an updated iPad next year, while new Macs are expected in late 2016 according to anonymous sources. Apple has declined to comment, but it’s been said that in the wake of iPad unit sales declining year-over-year for nine straight quarters, Apple is looking to create more professionally-geared models that have produced the first increase in quarterly iPad revenue in more than two years. New features aimed at higher-paying professional customers could support this trend, while the goal of the Mac updates is to keep the line’s sales numbers stable even as sales of rival personal computers continue falling.

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String in macOS Sierra beta code points to possible USB 3.1 Gen 2, Thunderbolt 3 support in future Mac hardware

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Date: Thursday, August 25th, 2016, 05:29
Category: Hardware, iMac, MacBook Pro, macOS, News, Sierra, Software, Thunderbolt

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It’s the beta code that sometimes points out nifty Mac hardware to come.

Next-gen Macs may support USB 3.1 Gen 2, enabling peripheral speeds up to a maximum 10 gigabits per second according to code strings found in the latest macOS Sierra beta build.

A string in the Sierra beta mentions SuperSpeed+, a term reserved for Gen 2 ports. In fact it also specifically cites the 10-gigabit speed cap, twice as fast as Gen 1.

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Wolfpack completes Kickstarter campaign, offers external GPU configurations for MacBook Pro notebooks

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Date: Wednesday, August 24th, 2016, 06:00
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, Processors

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It’s a cool idea if it comes true.

The Wolfe Pro Kickstarter campaign which became fully funded after one day is offering a choice of two external GPUs for MacBook Pros that offer up to ten times the performance of the top-end built-in one. Connected via Thunderbolt 2 or 3, the Wolfe Pro gets you an NVIDIA GTX 970 GPU for $599, with estimated delivery in March 2017.

The GTX 970 has 1664 cores operating at 1050MHz, for a peak computing power of 3.49 teraflops, with rendering speeds almost ten times higher than a maxed-out 15-inch MacBook Pro with AMD R9 M370X GPU. Frame rates exceed 70 frames per second, creating a machine suitable for high-end gaming and VR applications.

Wolfpack, Inc., the company behind the effort, has promised that backers will be given the option of upgrading to the next-gen GTX 1060 when it become available.

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Rumor: Next-gen MacBook to have smaller footprint, be thinner, incorporate Touch ID into power button

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Date: Wednesday, August 10th, 2016, 08:03
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, Rumor

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Some new details have begun to leak out about the next-gen MacBook Pro notebooks.

Sources have indicated that the new notebooks will have a smaller footprint than existing models, and will be thinner but not adopt the wedge shape of the MacBook Air and 12-inch MacBook. The trackpad is also slightly wider than current models. All of the info lines up with previous reports and a set of leaked shells from earlier this year.

The machines are said to already be ‘in advanced testing’ but will not launch until after the iPhone event in September, confirming earlier reports that said that the laptops were scheduled for release in quarter four.

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Intel announces Kaby Lake processors, chips may arrive too late for inclusion in next-gen MacBook Pro

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Date: Friday, July 22nd, 2016, 08:46
Category: Hardware, Intel, MacBook Pro, News, Processors

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The good news is that Intel announced its seventh-generation Core processors during yesterday’s second quarter earnings call yesterday.

The bad news is that the processors, known as “Kaby Lake”, which are made via a 14-nanometer process, might not see the Mac until 2017.

Intel’s last two chip releases have been plagued with long delays, and moving away from the tick-tock cycle will allow it to push out new chip updates on a regular basis. Apple’s Macs, such as the Retina MacBook Pro and the iMac, have been impacted by Intel’s chip delays over the last few years, resulting in long periods of time between updates and unusual update cycles.

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Facebook CEO appears with tape-covered camera, microphone port on MacBook Pro

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Date: Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016, 08:05
Category: MacBook Pro, News, security

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It’s not the most complicated fix in the world, but apparently Mark Zuckerberg stands by it.

The Facebook CEO, who has apparently had more than $16 million on security spent on him for protection from “specific threats” and has hired 16 bodyguards to protect him at home, shared an image on Facebook celebrating Instagram’s 500 million monthly user milestone in which the camera and microphone of a MacBook Pro in the background are covered with taps. While some tried to argue that it wasn’t Zuckerberg’s desk, it’s been seen in a variety of other images of Zuckerberg and in various live streams, so it seems like a safe assumption.

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Recent changes to Apple’s retail, online stores may indicate near-term exit for non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro with optical drive

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Date: Tuesday, June 21st, 2016, 07:04
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, retail, Rumor

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The curtain might finally be drawing to a close on the non-Retina MacBook Pro with an optical drive.

Recent changes to Apple’s online store have tucked the model out of the way on the main MacBook Pro page and hidden at the bottom of the ‘buy‘ page. It now appears that the company is doing the same thing in its retail stores to the last remaining product of an optical drive bygone era.

At present, customers can still buy the non-retina 13-inch MacBook Pro in retail locations as well as online, but essentially have to ask for it by name these days. The units, which arrive with 4GB of RAM and a slow 500GB spinning metal drive are still priced at $1,099, just $100 below a starter 13-inch MacBook Air with 8GB of RAM and a speedy 256GB PCIe-based SSD.

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Designer’s renderings show what next-gen MacBook Pro could look like with OLED touch panel

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Date: Friday, June 10th, 2016, 08:20
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News

This could be really interesting.

Designer Martin Hajek has rendered a graphical simulation of a MacBook Pro incorporating an OLED touchbar, something that’s been rumored for the next-gen MacBook Pro, which has been anticipated for release later this year.

The concept shows what such an OLED system could look like in a current MacBook Pro and is pretty damn impressive.

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