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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Apple adds Maps support, transit directions for multiple Ohio cities

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Date: Tuesday, November 1st, 2016, 05:09
Category: iOS, macOS, News, Software

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If you’re looking for directions in and around Ohio’s cities and its transit systems, Apple Maps has you covered as of today.

Apple added full directions and transit support to both the iOS and macOS versions of Maps on Monday. The new cities include Akron, Athens, Canton, Dayton, Cincinnati, and parts of Cleveland. Columbus was added last month, just before the launch of iOS 10.

Users can now use Apple Maps to navigate via bus and rail routes. Each route is color-coded, and includes alerts about service issues.

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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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Apple releases iOS 10.1.1 update, addresses data error in Health app with fix

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Date: Monday, October 31st, 2016, 13:13
Category: iOS, News, Software

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It’s not a huge update, but it might solve a quibble you’ve been having with the Health app.

Apple on Monday released iOS 10.1.1, the newest version of its iOS operating system.

The update, which weighs in around 50 megabytes, fixes a bug that prevents your data from appearing in the Health app.

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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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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 hires former QNX staff, begins efforts in Canada towards Project Titan

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Date: Thursday, October 27th, 2016, 05:55
Category: Apple Car, Hardware, Rumor, Siri, Titan

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Apple has both taken the long view of its Project Titan automative effort and settled it in Canada.

Apple apparently has “dozens” of software engineers working out of an office outside of Ottawa, Ontario—just a five minute walk from BlackBerry’s QNX division, which provides automotive software. In fact, about two dozen of Apple’s engineers reportedly came directly from QNX.

The hires include former QNX CEO Dan Dodge and Derrick Keefe, a software engineer with decades of experience under his belt.

While QNX doesn’t currently product autonomous driving software, it is on the company’s list of goals. QNX has already reached a deal with AdasWorks to integrate AdasWorks’ software into QNX’s operating system, which already powers systems like BMW ConnectedDrive, Ford Sync3, Buick Intellilink, and others, in more than 60 million vehicles.

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