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Some users irate over new 15-inch MacBook Pro, 27-inch iMac offerings

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Date: Thursday, May 21st, 2015, 09:56
Category: Hardware, iMac, MacBook Pro, News

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The good news is that Apple released its new 15-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro along with a new US$1,999 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display this week, the 15-inch MacBook Pro gaining expected features like a Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage, longer battery life, and better graphics. The new MacBook Pro comes in 2.2GHz and 2.5GHz configurations for US$1,999 and US$2,499 respectively. Both configurations come with a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB memory, and Intel Iris Pro Graphics cards, with the higher-end 2.5GHz model gaining expected boosts in flash storage and memory.

The bad news is that Apple has included older technologies within the new notebook as well as the new iMac. In the case of the new 15-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro as well as the new 27-inch iMac, the machines still ship with Intel’s fourth-generation Haswell processors as opposed to Broadwell or next-generation Skylake processors and a fair number of Mac users have expressed disappointment with these configurations.

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Apple unveils updated 15-inch MacBook Pro notebook, cheaper 27-inch iMac

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Date: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015, 08:47
Category: Hardware, iMac, MacBook Pro, News

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This came a day earlier than rumored.

On Tuesday, Apple announced an upgraded 15-inch MacBook Pro while also offering a cheaper 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display.

The new 15-inch MacBook Pro sports a Force Touch trackpad that allows users to use alternate levels of pressure to activate commands such as previewing links, editing file names, exposing an app’s open windows, and dropping a pin in Maps.

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Rumor: Apple to announce updated 15-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro, 27-inch iMac on Wednesday

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Date: Monday, May 18th, 2015, 08:35
Category: iMac, MacBook Pro, Rumor

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On the downside, Apple officially discontinued its Built-To-Order 15-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro notebook.

Still, it’s to make room for something better.

The rumor mill has it that Apple will be announcing an updated 15-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro as well as an updated 27-inch iMac.

MacG.Go has cited an unnamed source who has provided accurate information on a number of occasions in the past, but provides no further details regarding the exact specs and upgrades that could go into the two new computers. Given that the 13-inch MacBook Pro was updated back in March with the expected processing and graphics boosts, as well as a new Force Touch trackpad, it’s safe to say the new 15-inch model should receive similar upgrades.

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Rumor: 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro shipping times slip, refreshed units rumored around WWDC

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Date: Thursday, May 14th, 2015, 07:20
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, Processors

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It’s the shipping times that tend to give away when a new product is in the works.

Over the past several weeks, the shipping times for Apple’s 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro have increased, jumping from one to two weeks and then to two to three weeks.

With the Worldwide Developers Conference taking place next month and Apple typically announcing new products at this event, Intel’s current Broadwell chip is rumored to be in short supply. As a result, it’s unknown as to whether Apple will refresh the 15-inch notebook, which was last updated in the summer of 2014.

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Fluctuations in shipping times point to possible WWDC refresh for 15-inch MacBook Pro

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Date: Thursday, April 23rd, 2015, 07:10
Category: MacBook Pro, News, retail

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It’s when the available inventory fluctuates that something new could be around the corner.

Over the past month, the Online Apple Store has seen 15-inch MacBook Pro inventory slowly drop from “in stock” to a current shipping estimate of one to two weeks, suggesting that a refresh is in the offing.

As of Wednesday, Apple’s online storefront shows the largest MacBook Pro model with integrated Intel graphics as shipping in one business day, while availability of the step-up model with discrete Nvidia GPU is currently at one to two weeks.

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Some 2015 13-inch MacBook Pro owners cite user interface choppiness, lag under OS X Yosemite

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Date: Monday, April 6th, 2015, 15:09
Category: MacBook Pro, News, Software, Yosemite

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This is what bug and firmware fixes are for.

As nifty as the new 2015 13-inch MacBook Pro is, a number of users have logged complaints about the user interface lag in OS X Yosemite. The lag accounts for slow and choppy animations across functions like Mission Control, Launchpad, launching full-size applications, resizing windows and scrolling through web pages.

A pair of threads related to the issue have received close to 200 replies and 20,000 views within the discussion forums, with some users that previously experienced UI lag offering advice on how to resolve the problem. One potential solution involves resetting the Mac’s PRAM, while temporary workarounds listed include increasing contrast and reducing transparency under the Accessibility menu in System Preferences.

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2015 MacBook Air, MacBook Pro models drop Windows 7 support in Boot Camp

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Date: Monday, March 23rd, 2015, 10:27
Category: BootCamp, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News, Software

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The good news is that Apple’s new 13-inch MacBook Air and MacBook Pro notebooks are pretty nifty. The bad news is that they won’t boot Windows 7 in Boot Camp. Apple’s official support documentation has it that Boot Camp only supports Windows 8 and 8.1 on the new devices; however, official Windows 10 support will likely roll out later in 2015.

This is the second time Apple has decided to give Windows 7 the cold shoulder. The late 2013 Mac Pro also ceased to support Windows 7 in Boot Camp boot, but other Macs released 2014 did support Microsoft’s operating system.

Apple hasn’t officially said if the lack of Windows 7 support for Boot Camp is the new normal going forward, but it seems likely. In January, Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows 7, meaning the OS will only receive security updates for the next five years, and retail disc sales for Windows 7 ended in late 2013. With Microsoft winding down its own support of Windows 7, now is the ideal time for Apple to say goodbye to it as well.

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Users come forward, complain of anti-reflective coating staining or being stripped away on Retina display MacBook Pro units

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Date: Monday, March 16th, 2015, 09:47
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News

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You paid an arm, a leg and a spare kidney for your Retina display MacBook Pro.

Now it appears that the anti-reflective coating on it is susceptible to stains or wearing off entirely.

According to a growing number of complaints on the Apple Support Communities board, the anti-reflective coating seems to be staining or wearing off on a number of MacBook Pro notebooks and under a variety of circumstances, including the pressure of the keys and trackpad on the display when closed, and the use of third-party cleaning solutions and microfiber cloths. While the issue is typically isolated to small areas of the screen, some users have shared pictures showing the anti-reflective coating wearing off across virtually the entire display.

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Force Touch trackpad analyzed, first hands-on experiences posted

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Date: Monday, March 16th, 2015, 09:53
Category: Hardware, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News

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The Force Touch trackpad is apparently the trackpad that clicks back at you.

That’s the way it’s being described, as the new trackpad isn’t the usual button that’s pressed during use, but a set of electromagnets that move enough to feel like there’s a click happening. The end result feels like a regular click, which Apple calls the “Taptic Engine”, the electromagnet essentially pushing back at you.

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Apple releases third OS X 10.10.3 beta to developers, focuses on Force Touch, other features

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Date: Friday, March 13th, 2015, 08:17
Category: Developer, MacBook Pro, News, Software, Yosemite

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It’s the operating system betas that predict the way the wind if blowing.

Apple on Thursday issued a number of new beta releases for developers, including an OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite beta with Force Touch trackpad support for third-party apps, as well as new betas of iOS 8.3, Xcode and OS X Server.

The pre-release version of OS X 10.10.3 is identified as build “14D98g.” In the release notes, Apple informs developers that it contains application programming interfaces intended to support the Force Touch capabilities of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro.

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