The 2016 MacBook Pro “Dongles conspiracy” might be true

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Date: Saturday, December 3rd, 2016, 08:00
Category: Fun, Hardware, MacBook Pro, News

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For those of you who were wondering what Apple was thinking with the 2016 MacBook Pro and the need for dongles, a former engineer discusses his time on the product team…

Apple adds additional MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and Mac mini models to obsolescence list

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Date: Tuesday, November 29th, 2016, 05:04
Category: Hardware, Mac mini, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News

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A number of additional MacBook Pro notebooks, MacBook Air notebooks and Mac mini desktops will be added to Apple’s list of vintage and obsolete products starting next month, which means the products will lose official Apple repair support through the company’s retail stores and authorized resellers.

Starting on December 31st, Apple will add the following units to its worldwide obsolescence list:

Macintosh Vintage in the U.S. and Turkey / Obsolete in AP/CN/EU (except Turkey)/JP/LA and Apple Retail Stores:
– MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2011)

– MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2011)

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Some users report flickering issue with 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro

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Date: Tuesday, November 29th, 2016, 05:31
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News

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As nifty as the new 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro might be, there might be some video-related bugs to hunt down.

A number of posts have highlighted video-related issues, including flickering screens, have been reported. The issues have also included changes in the shade of colors alongside the considerable screen flicker.

One post offered the following description:

“I’ve had my new MacBook Pro for about a week now, already the screen has started flickering. Today the whole screen became all pixelated and glitchy to the point that I couldn’t see the mouse cursor moving. I reset the MacBook and now it’s still flickering.”

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Black Friday Round Up: Where to go for Mac savings this Friday

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Date: Friday, November 25th, 2016, 05:42
Category: Amazon, Apple, Apple Watch, Deals, Desktop Mac, Gift card, Gift Guide, Hardware, Hardware, iMac, iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad Pro, iPhone, iPhone, iPhone 6, Mac Desktop, Mac mini, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News, Promotion, retail, Retail Store, Samsung, Touch Bar

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Thanksgiving is over and the Black Friday deals are about to begin at both online and back and mortar outfits. Assorted retail stores like Target, Best Buy and Walmart began opening their doors last night and the following list of deals can be found for assorted Apple devices:

Where there iPad Pro is concerned, Target is offering the best deals, dropping the price by $150.99. With the discount, the entry-level 32GB Wi-Fi only iPad Pro model is available for $449.

For the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, MacMall is offering the following prices:

– Wi-Fi + Cellular/128GB/Silver for $887, down from $,1029 ($142 off)
– Wi-Fi + Cellular/128GB/Space Gray for $887, down from $1,029 ($142 off)
– Wi-Fi/32GB/Space Gray for $675, down from $799 ($124 off)
– Wi-Fi/128GB/Space Gray for $767, down from $899 ($132 off)
– Wi-Fi/128GB/Space Gray bundled + Smart Keyboard/Pencil for $988, down from $1,266 ($278 off)
– Wi-Fi + Cellular/128GB/Space Gray + Smart Keyboard/Pencil for $1,128, down from $1,297 ($169 off)

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iOS developer creates functional version of “Doom” for the Touch Bar

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Date: Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016, 05:21
Category: Fun, Hack, Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, Software, Touch Bar

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The Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro notebooks has its fans and its detractors, but the fact that developer Adam Bell was able to run a copy of the classic shooter “Doom” on it is nothing short of awesome.

Keep in mind that since the Touch Bar is essentially a mini Apple Watch jammed above the notebook keyboard, there’s no reason it too can’t get involved. Bell stepped up to the plate for this one, uploading the following killer video to YouTube:



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Some newer MacBook Pro units arriving with System Integrity Protection feature disabled

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Date: Friday, November 18th, 2016, 05:06
Category: MacBook Pro, macOS, News, OS X, security, Software

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This is kind of strange.

Since the days of OS X El Capitan, Apple has activated a protection feature called System Integrity Protection, which is designed to keep your Mac safe from malware by restricting the permissions of the root user account and preventing unauthorized access to protected files and folders.

The program runs behind the scenes and is generally enabled by default in Mac running OS X El Capitan. Developer Jonathan Wight noticed that the System Integrity Protection feature has been disabled on newer Macs, prompting developer Steven Troughton-Smith to do an informal Twitter survey asking users about the status of their new machines.

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iFixit completes first Touch Bar-equipped 13-inch MacBook Pro teardown, finds interesting new changes in hardware

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Date: Thursday, November 17th, 2016, 05:23
Category: battery, Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, Touch Bar, Touch ID

The cool cats at iFixit have finished their teardown of the new 13-inch Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro and discovered some neat differences when compared with the MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar. First, both 13-inch models have the exact same dimensions, but the Touch Bar machine weighs 20 grams less, which iFixit puts down to the laptop’s smaller battery.

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The new MacBook Pro is not designed to be user-serviceable, which iFixit commented on by giving it a repairability rating of 1/10. During the teardown, the firm found that the internal layout of the components has been redesigned to make space for the new Touch Bar, which broke as it was removed from the chassis and was deemed difficult to replace. The flex cable connecting the Touch Bar to the mainboard also wraps underneath it, making removal even more difficult.

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Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pros sport new AMD GPUs, can drive dual 5K displays

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Date: Tuesday, November 15th, 2016, 05:27
Category: Hardware, Intel, MacBook Pro, News, Processors, Thunderbolt

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Apple apparently dropped a killer GPU into the 2016 Touch Bar-equipped 15-inch MacBook Pro and it shows.

The company, which switched from Intel’s integrated Iris Pro graphics in favor of dedicated AMD graphics, has opted for AMD’s Polaris-based Radeon Pro 450, Radeon Pro 455, and build-to-order Radeon Pro 460 GPUs in the new 15-inch notebooks. The GPUs support up to six displays, whereas Intel’s integrated GPUs affixed to the logic board can drive a total of three displays.

The expanded support enables the new MacBook Pro to drive two of Apple and LG’s new UltraFine 5K displays at 60Hz simultaneously. Intel’s GPUs can’t because, due to bandwidth limitations of the DisplayPort 1.2 spec, the two 5K displays technically function as four displays. This method is known as Multi-Stream Transport (MST).

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1Password updated to 6.5, adds Touch Bar, Touch ID support among other changes

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Date: Monday, November 14th, 2016, 05:38
Category: MacBook Pro, News, security, Software, Touch Bar, Touch ID

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One of our favorite applications just got Touch Bar and Touch ID support.

AgileBits has released version 6.5 of its 1Password password storage utility. The new version now features support for the Touch ID and Touch Bar features on 2016 MacBook Pros.

Touch ID must be enabled from 1Password’s Security Preferences menu, but will then let people unlock the app with a quick fingerprint scan. Touch Bar support should make it easier to run searches, add new items, and switch between vaults as well as lock them down.

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Apple improves shipping delivery estimates for some Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro buyers, changes status to “now shipping” in certain cases

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Date: Friday, November 11th, 2016, 05:53
Category: MacBook Pro, News, retail, Touch Bar

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The first of the Touch Bar-equpped MacBook Pro units look as if they’re about to ship on Friday, November 11th.

A number of users have reported that Apple has started changing the status of several preorders from “processing” to “preparing for shipment”, which typically happens in the days before it ships and delivers orders to customers.

Reports from the first preorder customers estimated a ship date of November 11th, while others were quickly notified that their orders had been pushed back 2-3 weeks to 4-5 weeks after the units became available via the Apple online storefront.

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