Report indicates Apple Pay now the fifth most popular payment platform on the Web

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Date: Thursday, November 10th, 2016, 05:55
Category: Apple Pay, Google, MacBook Pro, News, Software, Touch Bar, Touch ID

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If nothing else, Apple Pay is gaining traction.

Just over a month after launching Apple Pay on the web to bring the payments service to website checkouts via its Safari web browser, new data shows Apple has already made it into the top five payment technologies online.

Analystics firm SimilarTech’s platform tracks over 30 billion web pages each month with Apple Pay coming in as the fifth most popular payment platform used by the top 10,000 websites. It maintains the fifth position among the top 100k websites, too.

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Apple quickly selling out of refurbished last-gen 15-inch MacBook Pro units

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Date: Tuesday, November 8th, 2016, 05:35
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, retail

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In addition to the new Touch Bar-equipped 2016 MacBook Pros being among the most popular notebooks Apple has ever announced, the company has sold out of refurbished last-generation 15-inch MacBook Pros from its online store as the company introduces new models expected to ship to customers in the coming weeks.

A number of Reddit users noticed that several models of the refurbished last-generation notebook models had been available at discounted prices. That supply is apparently running low as customers snag up remaining stock.

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Apple responds to customer feedback, drops prices on assorted USB-C adapters

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Date: Monday, November 7th, 2016, 05:40
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, retail, USB-C

Responding to customer demand, especially in the wake of USB-C becoming that much more prevalent on the newly-released MacBook Pro notebook, Apple has dropped the prices on all of its USB-C adapters by $6 to $20.

The simple USB-C to USB Adapter, formerly priced at $19, is now $9, while the more expensive USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter, formerly $49, is now available for $29. Even Apple’s newly released Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter has seen a price drop from $49 to $29.

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Phil Schiller cites 2016 Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro as most ordered Apple notebook ever made

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Date: Thursday, November 3rd, 2016, 05:20
Category: Hardware, iOS, MacBook Pro, macOS, News, retail

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The Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro may be about the most popular MacBook Pro to date.

In a recent interview, Apple Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller noted that the new model is the most popular notebook that Apple has ever shipped.

“Our online store has had more orders for the new MacBook Pro than any other pro notebook before,” said Schiller.

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iFixit completes teardown of 2016 13-inch Touch Bar-less MacBook Pro, finds new SSD, other changes

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Date: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016, 05:14
Category: battery, Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, Touch Bar

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True to form, the cool cats at iFixit got their mitts on the new Touch Bar-less 13-inch MacBook Pro and performed a complete teardown.

The new notebook features some interesting new components, is actually more repairable than its predecessor and incorporates an easily-removable, faster, PCI-E SSD inside the new MacBook Pro 13 can easily be removed. It’s powered by a custom Apple SSD controller, however, which limits your ability to actually swap out the drive. The notebook’s RAM remains soldered on to the logic board.

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Touch Bar-equipped 2016 MacBook Pro notebooks do away with classic startup chime sound

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Date: Tuesday, November 1st, 2016, 05:04
Category: MacBook Pro, News, Software, Touch Bar

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The Apple startup chime you know and love has gone the way of the dodo with the new Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro.

Pingie noticed that the new notebook’s NVRAM reset instructions lacked a reference to the startup chime. They later said they were able to confirm the change after getting their hands on a new MacBook Pro.

It’s thought that the classic chime sound – or lack of it – is part of the MacBook Pro’s new startup feature. The notebook is designed to turn on as soon as you open the laptop cover, or when it’s connected to an external power source while the lid is open.

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OWC teardown notes removable/upgradable SSD in entry-level 2016 MacBook Pro

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Date: Monday, October 31st, 2016, 05:20
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News

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The good news is that you can slap a larger SSD in your new 13-inch 2016 equipped MacBook Pro.

The bad news is that you can’t do this with the SSD on the 15-inch model.

The cool cats at OCD have found that the 13″ entry-level MacBook Pro, the version without the Touch Bar, is now available at physical Apple retail stores across the country.

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Apple uses ARM T1 processor to drive Touch Bar functions in 2016 MacBook Pro

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Date: Monday, October 31st, 2016, 05:36
Category: Archive, MacBook Pro, News, Processors

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There’s some cool stuff inside the new 2016 MacBook Pro.

The new 13-inch and 15-inch Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro notebooks feature both an Intel processor and an Apple-designer T1 chip, which is also found inside the new Series 2 Apple Watch.

As noted by Apple in its keynote, the T1 processor handles security for the Touch ID sensor, but it also performs a variety of other tasks. It secures the camera, the keychain which stores your passwords and the Touch Bar.

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Touch Bar MacBook Pros strip out most legacy ports, opt for Thunderbolt 3/USB-C and 3.5 mm headphone jack

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Date: Friday, October 28th, 2016, 05:32
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, Thunderbolt, Touch ID, USB-C

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If you’re wondering what ports you’ll find on the new Touch Bar MacBook Pro, here’s a hint: lots of Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack and not much else.

Apple has removed the MagSafe 2 charging port, HDMI port, SD card slot, Thunderbolt 2 port and standard USB ports. These ports have been replaced by four Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports and the aforementioned headphone jack.

The company seems to be focusing on the new ports for their more compact design and faster data transfer speeds.

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Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro shipping times slip to 3-4 weeks

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Date: Friday, October 28th, 2016, 05:31
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, retail, Touch ID

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Even though the new MacBook Pro has only been available since late this morning, Apple’s shipping estimates on the new notebook have slipped from two to three weeks to three to four weeks, meaning orders placed now won’t deliver until late November or early December.

The three to four week shipping estimate now covers all MacBook Pro models with the new touch Bar and Touch ID built in.

The new entry-level MacBook Pro without a Touch Bar continues to be available for delivery as soon as October 31 using the fastest shipping method. Apple Store pickup is not yet available for any of the MacBook Pro options, but the standard MacBook Pro should be in stores soon.

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