iFixit completes first Touch Bar-equipped 13-inch MacBook Pro teardown, finds interesting new changes in hardware

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Date: Thursday, November 17th, 2016, 05:23
Category: battery, Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, Touch Bar, Touch ID

The cool cats at iFixit have finished their teardown of the new 13-inch Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro and discovered some neat differences when compared with the MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar. First, both 13-inch models have the exact same dimensions, but the Touch Bar machine weighs 20 grams less, which iFixit puts down to the laptop’s smaller battery.

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The new MacBook Pro is not designed to be user-serviceable, which iFixit commented on by giving it a repairability rating of 1/10. During the teardown, the firm found that the internal layout of the components has been redesigned to make space for the new Touch Bar, which broke as it was removed from the chassis and was deemed difficult to replace. The flex cable connecting the Touch Bar to the mainboard also wraps underneath it, making removal even more difficult.

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Some iPhone 6, iPhone 6s units experiencing random shutdowns in Chinese marketplace

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Date: Wednesday, November 16th, 2016, 05:40
Category: Apple, battery, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, News

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A number of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s units have been strangely – and automatically – shutting off over in China.

Recently, iPhone customers in the country have been complaining about the problem to the China Consumers Association, the group said in a statement on Tuesday. The shutdowns occur when the phone’s battery charge drops to between 60 and 50 percent.

The issue continues to persist in spite of updating to the latest version of iOS and has occurred in both cold environments and at room temperature. After the automatic shutdown, the phones will also fail to turn on without connecting to a power supply.

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Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pros sport new AMD GPUs, can drive dual 5K displays

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Date: Tuesday, November 15th, 2016, 05:27
Category: Hardware, Intel, MacBook Pro, News, Processors, Thunderbolt

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Apple apparently dropped a killer GPU into the 2016 Touch Bar-equipped 15-inch MacBook Pro and it shows.

The company, which switched from Intel’s integrated Iris Pro graphics in favor of dedicated AMD graphics, has opted for AMD’s Polaris-based Radeon Pro 450, Radeon Pro 455, and build-to-order Radeon Pro 460 GPUs in the new 15-inch notebooks. The GPUs support up to six displays, whereas Intel’s integrated GPUs affixed to the logic board can drive a total of three displays.

The expanded support enables the new MacBook Pro to drive two of Apple and LG’s new UltraFine 5K displays at 60Hz simultaneously. Intel’s GPUs can’t because, due to bandwidth limitations of the DisplayPort 1.2 spec, the two 5K displays technically function as four displays. This method is known as Multi-Stream Transport (MST).

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Microsoft hints at bringing Visual Studio to macOS, launch date unknown

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Date: Tuesday, November 15th, 2016, 05:12
Category: Developer, Microsoft, News, Software

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It’s a sign of both Microsoft and Apple growing up to the point that they’re sharing development tools for each other’s platforms.

Microsoft has announced that it will be launching Visual Studio, its primary coding interface, for macOS. This has been a long time coming, but it’ll allow developers to easily write for platform-independent cloud services like Microsoft’s Azure and Amazon’s Amazon Web Services.

The software is based on app development platform Xamarin Studio, and the change could encourage Mac and iOS developers to make more apps for Windows, as these users will no longer have to buy a Windows computer or set up a virtual machine to access Visual Studio.

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Rumor: AirPods could hit the shelves come December in limited quantities

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Date: Monday, November 14th, 2016, 05:11
Category: AirPods, Hardware, retail, Rumor

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It looks like the AirPods are about to hit the production line.

Following the delayed launch of the new wireless headphones in late October, Apple said it needed “a little more time” before they are ready for customers.

The latest word comes from investment bank Barclays, which in a research note we saw said AirPods should enter production in December. That means AirPods could still feasibly be released in time for the final weeks of the holiday shopping season, although a January 2017 launch as previously rumored, or later, is possible.

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1Password updated to 6.5, adds Touch Bar, Touch ID support among other changes

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Date: Monday, November 14th, 2016, 05:38
Category: MacBook Pro, News, security, Software, Touch Bar, Touch ID

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One of our favorite applications just got Touch Bar and Touch ID support.

AgileBits has released version 6.5 of its 1Password password storage utility. The new version now features support for the Touch ID and Touch Bar features on 2016 MacBook Pros.

Touch ID must be enabled from 1Password’s Security Preferences menu, but will then let people unlock the app with a quick fingerprint scan. Touch Bar support should make it easier to run searches, add new items, and switch between vaults as well as lock them down.

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Rumor: AirPods may arrive come mid-November

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Date: Friday, November 11th, 2016, 05:30
Category: AirPods, Hardware, Hardware, retail, Rumor

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Back in late October, Apple delayed the launch of its much-anticipated AirPods, the company stating that it needed “a little more time” before the units were ready for prime time.

Since then, the headphones have been listed as “currently unavailable” on Apple’s web site.

Previous rumors had the AirPods as arriving in January 2017, suggesting they will not be available in time for this year’s holiday shopping season.

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Apple improves shipping delivery estimates for some Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro buyers, changes status to “now shipping” in certain cases

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Date: Friday, November 11th, 2016, 05:53
Category: MacBook Pro, News, retail, Touch Bar

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The first of the Touch Bar-equpped MacBook Pro units look as if they’re about to ship on Friday, November 11th.

A number of users have reported that Apple has started changing the status of several preorders from “processing” to “preparing for shipment”, which typically happens in the days before it ships and delivers orders to customers.

Reports from the first preorder customers estimated a ship date of November 11th, while others were quickly notified that their orders had been pushed back 2-3 weeks to 4-5 weeks after the units became available via the Apple online storefront.

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Apple releases updated build of iOS 10.1.1

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Date: Thursday, November 10th, 2016, 05:11
Category: iOS, News, Software

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Apple on Wednesday issued a new build of iOS 10.1.1, the current version of the iOS 10 operating system. The update is minor enough that it did not warrant a full 10.x.x number change, but it does include an updated build number.

The new build has been labeled “14B150”, whereas the initial iOS 10.1.1 build was labeled “14B100”.

This new build is only available as a download from Apple’s servers and cannot be obtained over-the-air at this time for those who have already installed the first version of iOS 10.1.1. The new version of iOS 10.1.1 will likely be provided to those who have yet to install iOS 10.1.1, as it otherwise requires an iTunes connection to download and install.

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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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