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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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 These ports have been replaced by four Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports and the aforementioned headphone jack.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 leaks next-gen MacBook Pro image with macOS 10.12.1 Sierra update, confirms OLED-based “Magic Touchbar”

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Date: Wednesday, October 26th, 2016, 05:31
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, Touch ID, USB-C

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Apple may have accidentally revealed some of the goods to be announced at the media event on October 27th via the macOS Sierra 10.12.1 update.

The update apparently includes hidden Apple Pay images that depict the brand new MacBook Pro with an OLED touch panel.

This confirms that such a product is in the works and affirms that it will be on top of the keyboard where the function keys would normally be placed. It very clearly supports Touch ID, as it is seen used with Apple Pay.

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Rumor: Apple may have changed the date for its FY16 fourth quarter earnings announcement to simultaneously announce next-gen MacBook Pro

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Date: Thursday, October 6th, 2016, 05:19
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, Rumor, Touch ID

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This is an interesting rumor.

Apple may have rescheduled is FY16 fourth quarter earnings to Tuesday, October 25th to accommodate the announcement of a new MacBook Pro.

Moving the earnings call to earlier in the week also gives Apple a chance to quickly move past a potentially-disappointing quarterly earnings. Otherwise, the company would risk overshadowing a flashy new product announcement with news of less-than-stellar iPhone 7 sales.

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Rumor: Apple to released next-gen MacBook Pro in October, units will ship with macOS 10.12.1 onboard

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Date: Thursday, September 29th, 2016, 05:47
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, macOS, Rumor, Touch ID

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Apple tends to release things when it feels they’re complete and the current rumor has the next-gen MacBook Pro slated for October.

The new 15-inch MacBook Pro will reportedly switch to “Polaris” graphics chips from AMD, which claims Apple could have new units ready to ship sometime in the second half of October.

As mentioned before, the updated notebook is rumored to feature a Touch ID bar along the top of the keyboard. This will act as an OLED touch bar that will adapt as needed and replace the function keys.

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Apple begins surveying users as to headphone jack, other port use on products

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Date: Friday, September 16th, 2016, 05:37
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, MacBook Pro, News, USB-C

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The 3.5 millimeter headphone jack on the Retina display MacBook Pro could be next on the chopping block.

A number of users have reported Apple asking “Do you ever use the headphone port on your MacBook Pro with Retina display?”

There are several other reports on Twitter from users who have been asked similar questions about the headphone jack, suggesting Apple is exploring the removal of the headphone jack in a future version of the MacBook Pro. Apple has eliminated the headphone jack from the iPhone and may apply the change to other products.

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Rumor: Current version of the Mac Pro hits 1,000 days, could be the last of the model

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Date: Thursday, September 15th, 2016, 05:40
Category: Hardware, Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, Rumor

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The 2013 Mac Pro may be the final version of this model with no successor in the works.

As of September 13th, 1,000 days have passed since Apple released the first version of the redesigned Mac Pro computer.

The current Mac Pro came out on December 19th 2013, meaning that programmers and video professionals who need a high-performing Mac and buy one today will only have a couple years’ use before it becomes what Apple SVP Phil Schiller describes as a “really sad” five-year-old PC.

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Rumor: Next-gen MacBook to have smaller footprint, be thinner, incorporate Touch ID into power button

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Date: Wednesday, August 10th, 2016, 08:03
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, Rumor

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Some new details have begun to leak out about the next-gen MacBook Pro notebooks.

Sources have indicated that the new notebooks will have a smaller footprint than existing models, and will be thinner but not adopt the wedge shape of the MacBook Air and 12-inch MacBook. The trackpad is also slightly wider than current models. All of the info lines up with previous reports and a set of leaked shells from earlier this year.

The machines are said to already be ‘in advanced testing’ but will not launch until after the iPhone event in September, confirming earlier reports that said that the laptops were scheduled for release in quarter four.

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