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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Shipping times slip for 15-inch MacBook Pro, offering new hopes for updated model announcement at WWDC

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Date: Tuesday, May 30th, 2017, 05:26
Category: Hardware, MacBook, MacBook Pro, retail, Rumor, WWDC

When the shipping times slip, odds are something new is around the corner.

Apple has changed the shipping times for current 15-inch MacBook Pro orders placed today, the new estimates offering free delivery between June 6-8 in the United States, coinciding with its Worldwide Developers Conference next week.

This delay lends support to the rumor that Apple is planning to announce both a new MacBook Pro and 12-inch MacBook notebook at the WWDC keynote on June 5. The notebooks are expected to receive internal improvements only, including an upgrade to Intel’s faster Kaby Lake processors.

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Continuation patent points to Apple’s renewed interest in virtual keyboard technology for upcoming products

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Date: Friday, May 26th, 2017, 05:44
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, Patents, Touch Bar

It looks like Apple is continuing its development work regarding a virtual keyboard technology.

The company, which has filed for patents for virtual keyboards on MacBook notebooks as far back as 2009, has recently had a continuation patent application published today shows that the company is still exploring the idea.

The virtual keyboard made headlines when it launched on the iPhone in 2007 and became a notable feature in the late-2016 MacBook Pro via the Touch Bar.

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Apple shuts down Repair Extension Program for 2011 MacBook Pro notebooks with GPU-based issues

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Date: Monday, May 22nd, 2017, 05:22
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, retail

The bad news: Apple is no longer offering extended support for its 2011 MacBook Pro notebooks via its Repair Extension Program for Video Issues.

A group of updated support documents point out that Apple is still covering 15-inch Retina models of the Pro from 2012 and 2013, as long as they were bought less than four years ago. The program was slated to end on December 31st, 2016, although Apple has kept it in effect for users within a four-year window.

Apple first launched the Repair Extension Program for Video Issues in February of 2015. The program addressed what the company claimed was a “small percentage” of Pros with absent or distorted video, or prone to sudden reboots. Problems came to light as far back as 2013, however.

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Rumor: Apple to announce refreshed notebooks at WWDC

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Date: Wednesday, May 17th, 2017, 05:35
Category: Hardware, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Processors, Rumor, WWDC

It’s a rumor, but it could be pretty nifty if it’s true.

Apple is thought to be planning refreshes of its notebook lineup at its upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference set to take place in June. New versions of the MacBook and MacBook Pro are expected to be announced, and Apple is also considering updating the MacBook Air, its most affordable notebook.

The MacBook Pro, which was updated back in October with the inclusion of a slimmer design and a Touch Bar, will be upgraded with a faster Kaby Lake processor, an improvement from the Skylake processors in the current machines. The upgraded MacBook Pro will look the same as the current model, adopting only internal updates.

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