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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


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.


Apple releases MacBook Pro Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.0 for mid-2015 Retina MacBook Pro units

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Date: Thursday, July 23rd, 2015, 05:19
Category: MacBook Pro, News, Software


If you were having problems with the flash storage on your swanky new 2015 Retina display MacBook Pro, this might be the solution.

Apple has issued the first firmware update for the 2015 Retina MacBook Pro notebooks. The update, labeled “MacBook Pro Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.0”, is intended for the new MacBook Pros with Force Touch trackpads and is intended to fix an issue with flash storage and prevent potential data corruption.


App Camp for Girls 3.0 Indiegogo launches, worth looking into

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Date: Friday, May 29th, 2015, 07:31
Category: Developer, News


If there was one Indiegogo worth getting behind, it’d be this one.

The App Camp for Girls 3.0 fundraiser has launched and is looking to raise US$100,000 to finance this year’s App Camp for Girls programs. The fundraiser works to address the larger issue of why only 20 percent of software engineers are female and why that percentage is even lower among mobile app developers.

The same is true of technology classes in schools, wherein there are few opportunities for girls to explore high-tech fields that aren’t already dominated by males.

App Camp 3.0 will launch an additional location, this time in Vancouver, British Columbia.


Apple confirms support for 5K displays on 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro

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Date: Thursday, May 28th, 2015, 09:48
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News


Hook the new 15-inch MacBook Pro up to an impressive 4K TV and it will rock.

Apple officially confirmed that the new 15-inch MacBook Pro can support a 4K display at a full resolution of 4096×2160 at 60Hz and is also the first to support 5K displays.

The support for higher resolutions appears to be related to the switch to AMD graphics in the new machine. Apple’s new 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro (mid-2015) comes with an AMD Radeon R9 M370X that is reportedly up to 80 percent faster than previous generations. Apple’s 13-inch Retina MacBook Pros released earlier in the year come with Intel Iris Graphics 6100.


Some users irate over new 15-inch MacBook Pro, 27-inch iMac offerings

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Date: Thursday, May 21st, 2015, 09:56
Category: Hardware, iMac, MacBook Pro, News


The good news is that Apple released its new 15-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro along with a new US$1,999 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display this week, the 15-inch MacBook Pro gaining expected features like a Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage, longer battery life, and better graphics. The new MacBook Pro comes in 2.2GHz and 2.5GHz configurations for US$1,999 and US$2,499 respectively. Both configurations come with a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB memory, and Intel Iris Pro Graphics cards, with the higher-end 2.5GHz model gaining expected boosts in flash storage and memory.

The bad news is that Apple has included older technologies within the new notebook as well as the new iMac. In the case of the new 15-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro as well as the new 27-inch iMac, the machines still ship with Intel’s fourth-generation Haswell processors as opposed to Broadwell or next-generation Skylake processors and a fair number of Mac users have expressed disappointment with these configurations.


Apple unveils updated 15-inch MacBook Pro notebook, cheaper 27-inch iMac

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Date: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015, 08:47
Category: Hardware, iMac, MacBook Pro, News


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.


Rumor: Apple to announce updated 15-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro, 27-inch iMac on Wednesday

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Date: Monday, May 18th, 2015, 08:35
Category: iMac, MacBook Pro, Rumor


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.


Fluctuations in shipping times point to possible WWDC refresh for 15-inch MacBook Pro

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Date: Thursday, April 23rd, 2015, 07:10
Category: MacBook Pro, News, retail


It’s when the available inventory fluctuates that something new could be around the corner.

Over the past month, the Online Apple Store has seen 15-inch MacBook Pro inventory slowly drop from “in stock” to a current shipping estimate of one to two weeks, suggesting that a refresh is in the offing.

As of Wednesday, Apple’s online storefront shows the largest MacBook Pro model with integrated Intel graphics as shipping in one business day, while availability of the step-up model with discrete Nvidia GPU is currently at one to two weeks.


Some 2015 13-inch MacBook Pro owners cite user interface choppiness, lag under OS X Yosemite

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Date: Monday, April 6th, 2015, 15:09
Category: MacBook Pro, News, Software, Yosemite


This is what bug and firmware fixes are for.

As nifty as the new 2015 13-inch MacBook Pro is, a number of users have logged complaints about the user interface lag in OS X Yosemite. The lag accounts for slow and choppy animations across functions like Mission Control, Launchpad, launching full-size applications, resizing windows and scrolling through web pages.

A pair of threads related to the issue have received close to 200 replies and 20,000 views within the discussion forums, with some users that previously experienced UI lag offering advice on how to resolve the problem. One potential solution involves resetting the Mac’s PRAM, while temporary workarounds listed include increasing contrast and reducing transparency under the Accessibility menu in System Preferences.


2015 MacBook Air, MacBook Pro models drop Windows 7 support in Boot Camp

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Date: Monday, March 23rd, 2015, 10:27
Category: BootCamp, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News, Software


The good news is that Apple’s new 13-inch MacBook Air and MacBook Pro notebooks are pretty nifty. The bad news is that they won’t boot Windows 7 in Boot Camp. Apple’s official support documentation has it that Boot Camp only supports Windows 8 and 8.1 on the new devices; however, official Windows 10 support will likely roll out later in 2015.

This is the second time Apple has decided to give Windows 7 the cold shoulder. The late 2013 Mac Pro also ceased to support Windows 7 in Boot Camp boot, but other Macs released 2014 did support Microsoft’s operating system.

Apple hasn’t officially said if the lack of Windows 7 support for Boot Camp is the new normal going forward, but it seems likely. In January, Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows 7, meaning the OS will only receive security updates for the next five years, and retail disc sales for Windows 7 ended in late 2013. With Microsoft winding down its own support of Windows 7, now is the ideal time for Apple to say goodbye to it as well.