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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Rumor: Apple to unveil updated MacBook Air, MacBook Pro models in June

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Date: Wednesday, June 8th, 2016, 11:33
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Processors, Rumor, Touch ID, USB-C, WWDC

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Rumors have come down the pipe from assorted suppliers that Apple may announce updated MacBook Air notebooks this month as opposed the August. The rumor also states that Apple might refresh its entire MacBook line earlier than expected,

The report, citing “a reliable Chinese supplier,” mentions earlier rumors that Apple will discontinue the smaller 11-inch MacBook Air to focus on 13-inch and all-new 15-inch models. All of the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models are expected to be equipped with Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, while USB-A, MagSafe 2, and Thunderbolt 2 ports found on existing models will allegedly be removed.

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Rumor: Significant changes to Apple’s four operating systems, no new hardware announcements in works for WWDC 2016

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Date: Monday, June 6th, 2016, 08:29
Category: Apple Music, Apple Pay, Developer, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, iTunes, MacBook, MacBook Pro, OS X, Rumor, Siri, Software, Touch ID, Watch OS, WWDC

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The days leading up to WWDC 2016 are a mix of facts and rumors, but there’s some interesting stuff that’s being mentioned.

On that note, the mighty Mark Gurman went on the Jay and Farad Show podcast and offered the following predictions:

– There literally won’t be any new hardware product announcements at WWDC, but there will be announcements regarding iOS, MacOS, tvOS and watchOS.

– MacOS will receive a Siri upgrade and have it integrated in the top right corner. Photos will also see upgrades.

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Rumor: Apple looking to create thinner, lighter MacBook with OLED screen above keyboard, Touch ID components

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Date: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016, 07:09
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, Rumor, Touch ID

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When Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo releases a research note, people tend to listen.

A new note states that Apple plans to introduce a dramatically overhauled MacBook Pro later this year. Kuo says the device will have a new “thinner and lighter” design with design cues taken from the 12-inch MacBook, as well as Touch ID support and a new OLED display touch bar above the keyboard.

The changes are expected to hit both the 13-inch and 15-inch models, which are set to debut during the fourth quarter of 2016.

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Some 2015 Retina Display MacBook Pro owners experiencing system freezes under OS X 10.11.4

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Date: Friday, May 13th, 2016, 07:30
Category: MacBook Pro, News, OS X

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Well, this is sort of a mess.

A large number of MacBook Pro owners running OS X El Capitan are reporting widespread system freezes since installing the 10.11.4 update to Apple’s Mac OS.

Hundreds of users have posted to a dedicated thread discussing complete system freezes on the early 2015 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro notebook running OS X 10.11.4. Users have reported that their system becomes totally unresponsive at seemingly random times, with no way to regain access to their Mac other than to force a hard reboot.

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AMD, Nvidia plan new GPUs, could bring significant upgrades to next-gen Macs

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Date: Friday, April 8th, 2016, 12:11
Category: Hardware, iMac, MacBook Pro, News

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Your Mac’s GPUs are about to get a lot more powerful.

Graphics titans AMD and Nvidia are set to unveil new GPU products this year featuring Global Foundries’ 14 nm FinFET and TSMC’s 16 nm FinFET Plus processor nodes, thereby allowing for significant improvements in graphics performance.

Both AMD’s Polaris architecture and Nvidia’s Pascal architecture will incorporate the latest FinFET silicon process and

AMD’s “Polaris” and Nvidia’s “Pascal” architectures both utilize the latest FinFET silicon processes and will represent the first GPU process node change since 28 nm GPUs debuted in 2011. Both AMD and Nvidia skipped the intermediate 20 nm node, elongating the typical release cycle of consumer graphics processors.

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Intel’s 3D Xpoint architecture could find its way into Mac notebooks fairly quickly, be significantly faster than NAND Flash storage

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Date: Monday, March 14th, 2016, 08:37
Category: Hardware, Intel, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News

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This could lead to something really nifty for your Mac notebook.

Last summer, Intel announced 3D Xpoint, a new class of memory labeled as a “major breakthrough in memory process technology.” 3D Xpoint is 1,000 times faster and more durable than NAND Flash storage, as well as 10 times denser than the DRAM chips used in computers.

The transistor-free cross point architecture essentially creates a three-dimensional checkerboard withers memory cells sit at the intersection of word lines and bit lines, allowing the cells to be addressed individually. As a result, data can be written and read in small sizes, leading to faster and more efficient read/write processes.

Intel had stated that the first 3D Xpoint product would be solid in early 2016 and marketed under the product name of its “Octane solid state drives”. Interestingly enough, 3D Xpoint is compatible with NVM Express (NVMe), an SSD protocol that offers improved latency and performance over the older AHCI protocol.

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