Google Chrome 60 offers Touch Bar support, other features

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Date: Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017, 05:58
Category: MacBook Pro, News, Software, Touch Bar

Google Chrome is up to version 60, is available for Windows, Linux, and Mac and for you MacBook Pro fans, now sports full Touch Bar support for the most recent MacBooks. Chrome 60 now allows Touch Bar users to customize Chrome shortcuts by adding, removing, or rearranging buttons as they please.

Users can update this setting in Chrome 60 by heading to View > Customize Touch Bar from the Menu bar. You can then combine laptop controls, such as brightness and volume settings, with the Chrome shortcuts and stack them as you feel comfortable.

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Apple offering newer MacBook Pro models as replacements for some 2012, 2013 MacBook Pro models requiring battery replacement

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Date: Tuesday, July 25th, 2017, 05:41
Category: battery, Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, retail

This could be pretty nifty.

In the wake of what appears to be a severe constraint of top case assemblies with integrated batteries, Apple has informed its Genius Bar employees and Apple Authorized Service Providers it is currently unable to service the batteries of 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display models released in Mid 2012 and Early 2013.

The battery replacement is typically free of charge with an AppleCare+ plan, but can retail for $199 in the United States, £199 in the UK, or $259 in Canada for out-of-warranty replacements.

According to Apple’s internal directive, top case assemblies with batteries for the aforementioned MacBook Pro models will remain severely constrained until September 15, 2017. The directive does not identify a reason for the shortage, which has been ongoing since at least March.

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iFixit announces DIY MacBook Pro Retina Battery Fix Kits

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Date: Friday, July 7th, 2017, 05:02
Category: battery, Hardware, MacBook Pro, News

This will come in handy.

The cool cats at iFixit have come up with a fix to the issue pertaining to Retina display MacBook Pros that have plagued the notebook since their release in 2012: Inordinate amounts of glue holding the battery in place that make it next to impossible to replace.

As such, iFixit has released a DIY battery replacement kit.

In their own words:

“We’re fixers; it’s in our blood—so when manufacturers present us with a device that’s practically impossible to repair, like the MacBook Pro Retina, we take it as a challenge.

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Airline cabin ban on notebooks and tablets eased, two more airlines lighten restrictions

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Date: Thursday, July 6th, 2017, 05:14
Category: MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News, security

This is a bit more encouraging.

According to the BBC, flights from the Abu Dhabi airport are now being exempted from the ban imposed on notebooks and tablets in cabin baggage on certain US-bound flights, and the same now applies to two airlines flying from different airports …

Per the article:

Emirates has said the cabin ban on laptops no longer applies on its flights to the United States. Emirates, which flies to the US from its Dubai hub, said it worked with US authorities to meet new security rules.

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Beta version of NVMe driver in High Sierra builds hints towards Apple’s acceptance of third-party NVMe drives for future Macs

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Date: Tuesday, June 20th, 2017, 05:45
Category: Developer, Hardware, iMac, Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, Rumor

Apple may have removed restrictions on the NVMe driver in the High Sierra beta, a move that might suggest that future Macs won’t be limited in which mass-storage flash drives may be used, possibly including both the “modular” Mac Pro and the iMac Pro.

The improved driver was first noted by the cool cats over at The Mac Observer. Through the improved driver, third-party NVMe drives could work on compatible motherboards without the need for a hacked driver.

At present, NVMe drives can only be used in assorted “Hackintosh” computers, as there are no official Macs with a standard NVMe drive slot. The beta for the new driver may resolve this issue, as on the vast majority of the motherboards tested by the community, the driver seems to be able to connect to all manufacturers’ NVMe drives.

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Apple’s newest MacBook, MacBook Pro and iMacs now in stock at most U.S. Apple Store retail locations

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Date: Friday, June 9th, 2017, 05:23
Category: Hardware, iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, News, retail

You can snag Apple’s newest MacBook, MacBook Pro, and iMac iron at almost all of the Apple Store locations within the United States.

Apple began accepting online orders for the new MacBook, MacBook Pro, and iMac models on Monday, but delivery estimates currently range between June 12 and June 22 in the United States, so customers looking to purchase a new Mac earlier than next week may have better luck visiting an Apple Store.

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AppleCare+ terms quietly updated, now include coverage two accidental damage incidents, on-site repairs for desktop Macs

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Date: Monday, June 5th, 2017, 17:04
Category: AppleCare, Hardware, MacBook Pro, News

AppleCare+ just got a bit more lenient.

Following Apple’s quiet expansion of AppleCare+’s warranty period from two to three years a while back, as well as covering accidental damage to the company’s desktop and MacBook product families, Apple has brought the AppleCare+ package in line with services provided for its mobile devices.

The new coverage allows for repairs for up to two accidents, with each subject to a service fee of $99 for damage to the screen or the external enclosure, plus tax, while other types of damage will cost $299 per incident.

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Apple announces updated MacBooks, offers improved processors, GPUs, SSDs

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Date: Monday, June 5th, 2017, 13:14
Category: Hardware, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News, Processors, Touch Bar

The new MacBooks are en route.

And they offer some spiffy new updates.

Apple has incorporated seventh generation Intel Kaby Lake processors in all upgraded 12-inch MacBooks and MacBook Pros. The 12-inch MacBook now supports up to 1.4 GHz Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.6 GHz, and can be purchased with up to 16GB of RAM.

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Rumor: Newly registered model numbers hint at products to be announced at WWDC

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Date: Thursday, June 1st, 2017, 05:31
Category: Developer, Hardware, iPad, MacBook, MacBook Pro, Processors, Rumor, WWDC

When the new model numbers come out, Apple typically has something up its sleeve.

The company has apparently registered new model numbers with the Eurasian Economic Commission. The assumption is that these numbers coincide with new Macs and new iPads being announced at WWDC next week. Russia requires companies to register all new products that utilize encryption tools.

The new model numbers (A1289, A1347, A1418, A1419, and A1481) are thought to belong to a 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro, a 12-inch MacBook, and perhaps a refreshed MacBook Air. These have been pointed out to be new model numbers as opposed to current model numbers.

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Intel announces X-Series processors, including 18-core, 36-thread model

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Date: Wednesday, May 31st, 2017, 05:58
Category: Hardware, iMac, Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, News, Processors

If you’re hankering for an insane next-gen processor that might one day find its way into the Mac, it’s about here.

Intel today has announced its new family of Intel Core processors. Titled as Intel Core X-Series, the new high-end desktop processors are the next step in Intel’s processor family. The units range from $242 – $1,999, the X-Series looks to cover the gamut of next generation desktop processing power.

Perhaps most impressive is the fact that the X-Series i9-7908XE boasts both 18-cores and 36-threads.

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