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 These ports have been replaced by four Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports and the aforementioned headphone jack.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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Apple launches late-2016 MacBook Pro, incorporates long-rumored Touch Bar, other new features

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Date: Thursday, October 27th, 2016, 13:54
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, Touch ID

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The rumors were true and the next-gen MacBook Pro has been revealed.

As has been mentioned before, the new notebook, which is available in both 13-inch and 15-inch sizes, features an OLED Touch Bar which replaces the traditional function keys found on the MacBook Pro. The Touch Bar also incorporates a Touch ID sensor, allowing for function such as Apple Pay in the Touch ID area of the Touch Bar. The Touch ID sensor is integrated with the power button.

The Touch Bar itself is dynamic and changes depending on what application you might happen to be using at any given point in time. During a chat, the Touch Bar can be used to instantly place emoji. In the Photos app, you can access editing functions on the Touch Bar and apply those edits to the photo you are working on.

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Apple posts $9 billion profit on $46.9 billion in revenue from Q4 of 2016, down from Q4 of 2015 numbers

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Date: Wednesday, October 26th, 2016, 05:51
Category: Apple, Finance, iPad, iPhone, MacBook, MacBook Pro, News

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Apple’s annual revenue has fallen for the first time since 2001. The company went from $233.7 billion in 2015 to $217 billion in the 2016 fiscal year. This marks a 9 percent decline since 2001, largely due to the continued decline in iPhone sales, down 5 percent year over year.

The company sold 45.5 million iPhones in the fourth quarter—also its final quarter of fiscal 2016—though that includes just two weeks of iPhone 7 sales and only the earliest signs of Samsung’s Galaxy Note7 catastrophe impact.

As such, Apple made a $9 billion profit from $46.9 billion in revenue in Q4 of 2016, down year-over-year from an $11.1 billion profit off $51.5 billion in Q4 of 2015. And while profits and revenue are down pretty much across the board, Apple is again choosing to focus on its services, a bright spot in the company’s portfolio. Services revenue, which includes iCloud, Apple Music, iTunes, and the App Store, grew 24 percent to $6.3 billion in the fourth quarter.

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Apple leaks next-gen MacBook Pro image with macOS 10.12.1 Sierra update, confirms OLED-based “Magic Touchbar”

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Date: Wednesday, October 26th, 2016, 05:31
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, Touch ID, USB-C

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Apple may have accidentally revealed some of the goods to be announced at the media event on October 27th via the macOS Sierra 10.12.1 update.

The update apparently includes hidden Apple Pay images that depict the brand new MacBook Pro with an OLED touch panel.

This confirms that such a product is in the works and affirms that it will be on top of the keyboard where the function keys would normally be placed. It very clearly supports Touch ID, as it is seen used with Apple Pay.

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Rumor: Apple’s October 27th media event to see new MacBook Pro, 13-inch MacBook, new iMac and 5K display still in development

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Date: Monday, October 24th, 2016, 05:26
Category: Hardware, iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, News, Touch ID, USB-C

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The rumor mill regarding Apple’s October 27th media event has gotten a bit more specific.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a new research report outlining his expectations for next Thursday’s “Hello Again” event where Apple is expected to make a number of Mac-related announcements.

Kuo’s note states that Apple will release the next-gen MacBook Pro in both 13-inch and 15-inch sizes. The new notebooks will include an OLED touch bar and Touch ID sensor, USB-C, Thunderbolt 3, and the same butterfly keyboard design introduced on the MacBook in 2015.

Kuo added the following new tidbits to the rumor mix:

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Trademark filing points to MacBook OLED panel being named the “Magic Toolbar”

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Date: Friday, October 21st, 2016, 05:11
Category: Hardware, Mac mini, Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, Patents, Rumor, Touch ID

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Sometimes it’s the patent filings that inform you about the next cool thing around the corner.

With just a week before Apple’s October 27th media event, a newly discovered trademark filing has been unearthed online, suggesting a potential name for the OLED panel on the new MacBook Pro. According to information rounded up, a trademark filed by a company called “Presto Apps America LLC” for a device dubbed the “Magic Toolbar” could be Apple’s name for the touch bar panel on its new MacBook Pro line.

The digging unearthed a company known as “Presto Apps”, which was incorporated on January 22nd of this year and a filing for the trademark on February 5th. The cost of the trademark application was furthermore estimated to be around €16,000.

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Apple announces “Hello again” media event for October 27th, expected to unveil next-gen MacBooks, other hardware

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Date: Wednesday, October 19th, 2016, 15:02
Category: Hardware, iMac, Mac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News, Touch ID, USB-C

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Some new Apple hardware is coming your way.

Apple just sent out the journalist invitations to a product unveiling at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino. The event will take place next Thursday, October 27, at 10 a.m. Pacific time.

As usual, the invitation doesn’t specify what new hardware will be announced. Instead, it merely offers a “Hello again” tagline.

The going rumor is on updated Macs, since nothing but the 12-inch MacBook has been updated this year. The big rumor points to a next-gen MacBook Pro notebook, which is expected to include a set of touch-sensitive OLED keys to replace the function row along the top of the keyboard, allowing those keys to change based on the application you’re using.

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Rumor: Apple to release next-gen MacBooks this month, discontinue 11-inch MacBook Air units

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Date: Wednesday, October 19th, 2016, 05:06
Category: Hardware, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Rumor, Touch ID

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Some interesting stuff has just come down the pipe about Apple’s next-gen MacBook Pro notebooks.

A new report which cites a “reliable Chinese supplier” states that Apple plans to both announce the new MacBook Pro this month, as well as to ship it to retailers. As rumored in the past, the new MacBook Pros are expected to feature support for USB-C and Thunderbolt 3. As for other ports, though, Apple is said to be ditching support for traditional USB ports, as well as for MagSafe and Thunderbolt 2.

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Rumor: Apple may have changed the date for its FY16 fourth quarter earnings announcement to simultaneously announce next-gen MacBook Pro

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Date: Thursday, October 6th, 2016, 05:19
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, Rumor, Touch ID

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This is an interesting rumor.

Apple may have rescheduled is FY16 fourth quarter earnings to Tuesday, October 25th to accommodate the announcement of a new MacBook Pro.

Moving the earnings call to earlier in the week also gives Apple a chance to quickly move past a potentially-disappointing quarterly earnings. Otherwise, the company would risk overshadowing a flashy new product announcement with news of less-than-stellar iPhone 7 sales.

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