Apple to give away Product (RED) Beats Solo3 headphones in select Asian markets as part of Chinese New Year promotion

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Date: Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017, 05:19
Category: Hardware, News, retail

If you’re in the Asian markets, this could be nifty.

As part of upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations, Apple on Monday announced customers in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore will receive a pair of Beats Solo3 wireless headphones with the purchase of select Mac and iPhone products as part of a one-day sale.

The sale offers a Product (RED) variety of the headphones, the color red specializing good luck and prosperity in many Asian cultures, and is a common sight around the new year.

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MacBook Pro 2016 Review – It’s going back (Updated)

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Date: Thursday, December 29th, 2016, 15:41
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, Review, Uncategorized

My 2016 MacBook Pro is going back.

I can’t think of the last time I returned a new Mac. I’m a textbook early adopter and have always purchased new Macs (especially notebooks) day and date when they come out.

Like most Mac users on the planet, I eagerly awaited Apple’s 2016 MacBook Pro refresh – 500 days in the making. I chose the 13-inch MacBook Pro (over the larger, 15-inch) to replace an aging MacBook Air 13-inch in my fleet.

I ordered mine (MBP 13.3 Space Gray, 256GB, S3136LL/A) on October 27, 2016 and it arrived on November 18, 2016.

My use case

Laptops, like mobile phones, are extremely personal devices. Your mileage will vary.

My 13-inch MBP is primarily for use on my lap. I have a large monitor/keyboard/mouse setup (when I need it) at home and work, so I don’t need the largest screen possible on my laptop.

I also use it on the couch, in my recliner, at the kitchen table, coffee shop, shuttle bus, airplane, train, and Uber. I value light weight over tons of ports. I prefer the 13-inch model over the 15-inch because I commute by bicycle and the 13-inch weighs a pound less:

  • MacBook Pro 13-inch – 3.02 pounds (1.37 kg)
  • MacBook Pro 15-inch – 4.02 pounds (1.83 kg)

While not quite my “weekend/vacation” laptop (the minimalist MacBook 12-inch would be better there), my MBP13 isn’t my workhorse/power user Mac either (I need discrete graphics for that), so it’s somewhere in between. I’m looking for a MacBook with a better screen to replace my MacBook Air 13-inch.

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Apple says it will work with Consumer Reports to isolate potential battery issues found in 2016 MacBook Pro

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Date: Tuesday, December 27th, 2016, 05:08
Category: battery, Google, Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, Software

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Following up on Consumer Reports refusal for the first time to recommend the 2016 MacBook Pro due to inconsistent battery life, it looks like Apple will be working with the publication to try to sort out potential issues with the battery.

“Working with [Consumer Reports] to understand their battery tests,” Apple Vice President of Worldwide Marking Phil Schiller tweeted. “Results do not match our extensive lab tests or field data.” Apple claims its internal testing has seen the new MacBook Pro providing up to 10 hours of battery life when watching iTunes movies or browsing the web.

Consumer Reports’ test has come under scrutiny since publication of the non-recommendation. The tests were conducted by opening a series of 10 web pages sequentially on Safari. This tests’ inconsistency had the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar registering 16 hours, 12.75 hours and 3.75 hours of battery life. A 15-inch MacBook Pro ranged from 18.5 hours to 8 hours of battery life.

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Consumer Reports cites varying battery performance on 2016 MacBook Pros, holds back recommendation on new notebooks

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Date: Friday, December 23rd, 2016, 05:08
Category: battery, Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, Touch Bar

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Consumer Reports feels there’s an issue with the 2016 MacBook Pro battery.

The publication, which has reviewed the notebook, Consumer Reports explained that while the new models held up well in terms of display quality and performance, the battery life issues were too big of an issue to overlook.

The organization tested three MacBook Pro variants: a 13-inch Touch Bar model, a 15-inch Touch Bar model, and a 13-inch model without the Touch Bar. The general consensus was that “MacBook Pro battery life results were highly inconsistent from one trial to the next.”

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Apple lowers prices of assorted USB-C adapters until end of March, 2017

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Date: Wednesday, December 21st, 2016, 05:18
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, USB-C

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If you thought Apple’s USB-C adapter prices were a bit steep, there’s a price break until the end of March, 2017.

Apple on Friday lowered the prices for many of its USB-C adapters, which are necessary for users who want to connect their devices to the new laptop.

The new MacBook Pro has Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, which have a different connector than that of USB-A devices and cables like the iPhone sync cable. That means you need to buy an adapter. Depending on your devices, you may need to buy several adapters.

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Apple releases macOS Sierra 10.12.2 update

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Date: Wednesday, December 14th, 2016, 05:08
Category: MacBook Pro, macOS, News, Sierra, Software

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The updates continue.

Apple on Tuesday issued macOS Sierra 10.12.2, the latest version of macOS.

The update, which weighs in at over one gigabyte when downloaded from the App Store, offers the following fixes and changes along with general fixes to stability and security:

– Improves setup and reliability of Auto Unlock.

– Allows addition of a Chinese Trackpad Handwriting button to the Touch Bar Control Strip.

– Adds support for taking screenshots of the Touch Bar using the Grab app or Cmd-Shift-6 shortcut.

– Fixes an issue that caused the Touch Bar emoji picker to appear on the display.

– Resolves graphics issues on MacBook Pro (October 2016) computers.

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Some users report disappointing battery life on 2016 MacBook Pro notebooks

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Date: Tuesday, December 6th, 2016, 05:40
Category: battery, Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, Touch Bar

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A number of users who shelled out for the new 2016 MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar are finding battery run times far short of Apple’s claimed up to 10 hours of usage.

Granted, there are a wide number of variables that can affect overall battery performance, but a number of users have reported the issue at hand.

For example, one user going by the handle “Aioriya” stated that the fully loaded 13-inch model and claims that with just light use – web browsing mainly – the battery is only lasting around five or six hours or so.

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“Flickering” issue on 2016 MacBook Pro notebooks seems to be likely caused by third-party software

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Date: Monday, December 5th, 2016, 05:23
Category: Archive, Hardware, MacBook Pro, News

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Following up on the flickering issue we reported about, an undetermined number of 2016 MacBook Pro models are suffering from disturbing graphical rendering issues, with owners reporting full screen artifacts, screen tearing, flashing, random “glitches” and even system crashes. The issue, however, is related to overzealous third-party software and is not indicative of a critical hardware flaw.

Reports of graphics-related issues first surfaced after the release of the 2016 MacBook Pro.

While initial reports were unable to pin down a root cause for the errors, sources close to the story said that overaggressive or otherwise sloppy code distributed in third-party software is to blame. That said, a small number of users report seeing similar problems with Apple’s own Photos app.

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The 2016 MacBook Pro “Dongles conspiracy” might be true

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Date: Saturday, December 3rd, 2016, 08:00
Category: Fun, Hardware, MacBook Pro, News

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For those of you who were wondering what Apple was thinking with the 2016 MacBook Pro and the need for dongles, a former engineer discusses his time on the product team…

Apple adds additional MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and Mac mini models to obsolescence list

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Date: Tuesday, November 29th, 2016, 05:04
Category: Hardware, Mac mini, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News

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A number of additional MacBook Pro notebooks, MacBook Air notebooks and Mac mini desktops will be added to Apple’s list of vintage and obsolete products starting next month, which means the products will lose official Apple repair support through the company’s retail stores and authorized resellers.

Starting on December 31st, Apple will add the following units to its worldwide obsolescence list:

Macintosh Vintage in the U.S. and Turkey / Obsolete in AP/CN/EU (except Turkey)/JP/LA and Apple Retail Stores:
– MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2011)

– MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2011)

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