Intel announces Kaby Lake processors, chips may arrive too late for inclusion in next-gen MacBook Pro

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Date: Friday, July 22nd, 2016, 08:46
Category: Hardware, Intel, MacBook Pro, News, Processors

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The good news is that Intel announced its seventh-generation Core processors during yesterday’s second quarter earnings call yesterday.

The bad news is that the processors, known as “Kaby Lake”, which are made via a 14-nanometer process, might not see the Mac until 2017.

Intel’s last two chip releases have been plagued with long delays, and moving away from the tick-tock cycle will allow it to push out new chip updates on a regular basis. Apple’s Macs, such as the Retina MacBook Pro and the iMac, have been impacted by Intel’s chip delays over the last few years, resulting in long periods of time between updates and unusual update cycles.

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Facebook CEO appears with tape-covered camera, microphone port on MacBook Pro

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Date: Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016, 08:05
Category: MacBook Pro, News, security

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It’s not the most complicated fix in the world, but apparently Mark Zuckerberg stands by it.

The Facebook CEO, who has apparently had more than $16 million on security spent on him for protection from “specific threats” and has hired 16 bodyguards to protect him at home, shared an image on Facebook celebrating Instagram’s 500 million monthly user milestone in which the camera and microphone of a MacBook Pro in the background are covered with taps. While some tried to argue that it wasn’t Zuckerberg’s desk, it’s been seen in a variety of other images of Zuckerberg and in various live streams, so it seems like a safe assumption.

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Recent changes to Apple’s retail, online stores may indicate near-term exit for non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro with optical drive

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Date: Tuesday, June 21st, 2016, 07:04
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, retail, Rumor

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The curtain might finally be drawing to a close on the non-Retina MacBook Pro with an optical drive.

Recent changes to Apple’s online store have tucked the model out of the way on the main MacBook Pro page and hidden at the bottom of the ‘buy‘ page. It now appears that the company is doing the same thing in its retail stores to the last remaining product of an optical drive bygone era.

At present, customers can still buy the non-retina 13-inch MacBook Pro in retail locations as well as online, but essentially have to ask for it by name these days. The units, which arrive with 4GB of RAM and a slow 500GB spinning metal drive are still priced at $1,099, just $100 below a starter 13-inch MacBook Air with 8GB of RAM and a speedy 256GB PCIe-based SSD.

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Designer’s renderings show what next-gen MacBook Pro could look like with OLED touch panel

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Date: Friday, June 10th, 2016, 08:20
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News

This could be really interesting.

Designer Martin Hajek has rendered a graphical simulation of a MacBook Pro incorporating an OLED touchbar, something that’s been rumored for the next-gen MacBook Pro, which has been anticipated for release later this year.

The concept shows what such an OLED system could look like in a current MacBook Pro and is pretty damn impressive.

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Rumor: Apple to unveil updated MacBook Air, MacBook Pro models in June

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Date: Wednesday, June 8th, 2016, 11:33
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Processors, Rumor, Touch ID, USB-C, WWDC

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Rumors have come down the pipe from assorted suppliers that Apple may announce updated MacBook Air notebooks this month as opposed the August. The rumor also states that Apple might refresh its entire MacBook line earlier than expected,

The report, citing “a reliable Chinese supplier,” mentions earlier rumors that Apple will discontinue the smaller 11-inch MacBook Air to focus on 13-inch and all-new 15-inch models. All of the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models are expected to be equipped with Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, while USB-A, MagSafe 2, and Thunderbolt 2 ports found on existing models will allegedly be removed.

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Some 2015 Retina Display MacBook Pro owners experiencing system freezes under OS X 10.11.4

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Date: Friday, May 13th, 2016, 07:30
Category: MacBook Pro, News, OS X

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Well, this is sort of a mess.

A large number of MacBook Pro owners running OS X El Capitan are reporting widespread system freezes since installing the 10.11.4 update to Apple’s Mac OS.

Hundreds of users have posted to a dedicated thread discussing complete system freezes on the early 2015 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro notebook running OS X 10.11.4. Users have reported that their system becomes totally unresponsive at seemingly random times, with no way to regain access to their Mac other than to force a hard reboot.

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AMD, Nvidia plan new GPUs, could bring significant upgrades to next-gen Macs

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Date: Friday, April 8th, 2016, 12:11
Category: Hardware, iMac, MacBook Pro, News

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Your Mac’s GPUs are about to get a lot more powerful.

Graphics titans AMD and Nvidia are set to unveil new GPU products this year featuring Global Foundries’ 14 nm FinFET and TSMC’s 16 nm FinFET Plus processor nodes, thereby allowing for significant improvements in graphics performance.

Both AMD’s Polaris architecture and Nvidia’s Pascal architecture will incorporate the latest FinFET silicon process and

AMD’s “Polaris” and Nvidia’s “Pascal” architectures both utilize the latest FinFET silicon processes and will represent the first GPU process node change since 28 nm GPUs debuted in 2011. Both AMD and Nvidia skipped the intermediate 20 nm node, elongating the typical release cycle of consumer graphics processors.

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Rumor: Apple working on “ultra-thin” 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Air notebooks for second quarter

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Date: Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016, 08:53
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, Rumor

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It wasn’t mentioned in the press event yesterday, but Apple may have some “ultra-thin” 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Air notebooks en route.

According to the sometimes-very-accurate DigiTimes, Apple may have the new notebooks ready for the end of the second quarter.

The second calendar quarter ends on June 30, meaning that new Macs could feasibly be introduced by WWDC 2016, which will likely take place between June 13-17 based on scheduling information available from the Moscone Center.

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Apple adds 2008-2009 Macs, other hardware to “vintage and obsolete” list

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Date: Thursday, December 24th, 2015, 06:09
Category: Hardware, iMac, iPod Touch, Mac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News, Time Capsule, Uncategorized

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It’s not the easiest news to hear, especially if your product is in the list, but Apple on Tuesday updated its official list of “vintage and obsolete” hardware. This list is used to determine whether or not the company will repair or otherwise support any hardware problems.

Under Apple definitions, “vintage” products have been out of production for more than five and less than seven years, meaning that limited support may be available in some regions. In California, for instance, Apple is legally required to provide support for Macs, iPhones, and iPods.

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Rumor: Apple to introduce notebooks with Intel’s next-generation Skylake processors in Q4 2015

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Date: Monday, July 27th, 2015, 03:18
Category: Hardware, iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Processors, Rumor

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There’s some cool stuff to be had in Intel’s upcoming Skylake processor family.

A leaked article that hit prior to the Gamescom trade show in Germany shows that the processors are expected to offer a 10 to 20 percent CPU performance boost in single and multi-threaded applications, with lower power consumption, and 30 percent faster Intel HD integrated graphics performance on average compared to current-generation Broadwell processors. The improved energy efficiency will also result in up to 30 percent longer battery life.

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