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.
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.
It’s the teasers that hook you in.
You know, as they’re designed to do.
Universal Studios releases the first teaser trailer for its upcoming Steve Jobs biopic over the weekend.
The trailer, posted to YouTube by Collider, shows a few seconds of Michael Fassbender portrayal of Steve Jobs, as well as shots of costars Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, Kate Winslet as former Macintosh marketing chief Joanna Hoffman and Jeff Daniels, who plays former Apple CEO John Sculley.
You may love drones or hate ‘em, but they offer some pretty cool perspectives.
The guys at MyithZ shot the following drone footage of Apple’s Campus 2 project, which is currently under construction. The flyover offers the best look yet of the construction and surpasses the quality of Apple’s own aerial shot.
The footage also offers a look at Apple’s new auditorium that is planned to hold around 1,000 people and likely become the site of future Apple product unveilings and press events.
This is where things get snippy.
Although never mentioning the Apple Watch by name, Quanta vice chairman CC Leung said that the lack of a sufficient work force has caused delays in Apple Watch production. Due to labor shortages during the Lunar New Year holidays, Quanta was forced to borrow manpower from other manufacturers and was only able to deliver limited shipments in the first quarter. However, Quanta already has sufficient capacity to manufacture all the orders and should see a giant contribution from its wearable device business in the second quarter.
The HomeKit stuff will begin arriving in June according to Apple.
Refuting a recent report claiming delays with the home automation software platform would push back the launch until August or September, Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller went on record as saying that “HomeKit [hardware certification] has been available for just a few months and we already have dozens of partners who have committed to bringing HomeKit accessories to market and we’re looking forward to the first ones coming next month.”
If you’re going to use the Starbucks mobile app, have a strong password behind it.
This seems to be what’s necessary as thieves have begun accessing users’ Starbucks mobile apps and siphoning money from their credit cards, bank and PayPal accounts. The Starbucks app, which ties into a rewards account, also lets you reload the account by automatically drawing off your bank account, credit card or PayPal account. Once a Starbucks account has been accessed, hackers can add a new gift card, transfer funds over and repeat the process every time the original card reloads.
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.
This may be something that’ll need to be fixed in a near-term firmware update.
A new video has shown that the Apple Watch’s wrist-detection, which is designed to ask for your passcode if the wearable is removed from your wrist. The iDownloadBlog video demonstrates how the Apple Watch can be reset without having to enter the passcode, then paired with any other iPhone.
iPhones are protected by Activation Lock, which means that even if a thief performs a hard reset of the phone, it cannot be reactivated without the original owner’s Apple ID and password. The Apple Watch, however, has no such protection, and does not require a passcode to wipe it.