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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Apple adds mid-2010 17-inch MacBook Pro, others to vintage and obsolete products list

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Date: Tuesday, March 8th, 2016, 08:56
Category: Hardware, iMac, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News

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As much as you may love the mid-2010 17-inch MacBook Pro, Apple just added it to its vintage and obsolete products list.

The notebook joins the mid-2010 15-inch MacBook Pro and the early 2009 Xserve and are now generally no longer eligible for hardware service. Apple defines vintage products as those that have not been manufactured for more than five but less than seven years ago, while obsolete products are those that were discontinued more than seven years ago.

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Thunderbolt 3, USB Type-C ports becoming more prevalent on high-end PCs

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Date: Monday, January 11th, 2016, 08:22
Category: Hardware, MacBook, MacBook Pro, News, Thunderbolt, USB-C

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Thunderbolt 3 and USB Type-C look like they’re making their way from the Mac to high-end PCs.

Where Thunderbolt 3 is concerned, the port is suddenly beginning to show up in high-end offerings from just about every major PC OEM, starting with some Lenovo workstation laptops and Dell’s new XPS lineup and continuing in laptops and convertibles from HP, Acer, Intel, and others.

Over at CES, both Thunderbolt 3 and USB Type-C seem to be getting noticed, driving displays and charging notebooks on assorted display units throughout the convention.

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Apple adds 2008-2009 Macs, other hardware to “vintage and obsolete” list

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Date: Thursday, December 24th, 2015, 06:09
Category: Hardware, iMac, iPod Touch, Mac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News, Time Capsule, Uncategorized

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It’s not the easiest news to hear, especially if your product is in the list, but Apple on Tuesday updated its official list of “vintage and obsolete” hardware. This list is used to determine whether or not the company will repair or otherwise support any hardware problems.

Under Apple definitions, “vintage” products have been out of production for more than five and less than seven years, meaning that limited support may be available in some regions. In California, for instance, Apple is legally required to provide support for Macs, iPhones, and iPods.

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A few of my favorite things: Waterfield and Peralta bags for the iPad Pro

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Date: Wednesday, December 9th, 2015, 00:12
Category: Accessory, Cases, Gift Guide, iPad, iPad mini, iPad Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Review

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Having a good bag is almost as important as having good equipment in the first place. If you spent good money on an iPad or MacBook it makes no sense to have your sweet hardware bouncing around in a poorly-constructed vessel that costs less than your Uber fare. It’s also a shame to tuck your beautiful Apple hardware into an unsightly “computer bag” which is why I love Waterfield bags.

I’ve been recommending Waterfield’s stitched-in-San Francisco products since 1999. If you’ve recently acquired a new iPad Pro, or your old bag needs to be updated, Waterfield’s got two great new products that I can’t recommend highly enough: the Field Muzetto and the Peralta Scarlett iPad Pro Sleeve.

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Assorted Mac, iPad and Beats products edge towards “obsolete” status, will no longer be eligible for service or repair after December 8th

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Date: Monday, November 2nd, 2015, 06:59
Category: AppleCare, iMac, iPod Touch, Mac Pro, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News, Software

Every so often, a group of Apple products moves into an “Obsolete” category, meaning the product is no longer eligible for service or repair support through Apple retail stores or authorized third-party channels.

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This time around, the products include:
– iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2009)

– iMac (27-inch, Late 2009)

– MacBook Air (Mid 2009)

– Mac Pro (Early 2009)

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Apple quietly introduces Quality Program to deal with “Staingate”-affected MacBook, MacBook Pro notebooks

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Date: Monday, October 19th, 2015, 08:43
Category: Hardware, MacBook, MacBook Pro, News

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Well, this is decent news in spite of an unfortunate circumstance.

Apple has issued an internal notice about an upcoming Quality Program that addresses an issue in which the anti-reflective coating on Retina Display-equipped MacBook and MacBook Pro notebooks has been peeling. According to various sources, these issues include the anti-reflective coating on displays wearing off or delaminating under certain circumstances.

Apple will replace Retina displays on affected MacBook or MacBook Pro models for free within three years from the date of original purchase, or one year from October 16, 2015, whichever is longer. Affected customers that have already incurred out-of-warranty costs may be eligible for a refund through AppleCare support.

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