No Escape key on OLED MacBook Pro? Sierra lets you remap its function to a modifier key

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 26, 2016

With less than 24 hours away until Apple’s “Hello again” Mac event, images of an unreleased MacBook Pro found in the latest macOS Sierra 10.12.1 update have all but confirmed a rumored OLED touch bar replacing the row with hardware function keys.

The Internet immediately complained about the apparent loss of the hardware Escape key that seems to have fallen victim to these programmable OLED keys. While the OLED Bar could display a soft-Escape key in the left corner, users can now assign its function to one of the hardware modifier keys.

As Jeff Geerling first noted yesterday, the latest macOS 10.12.1 Sierra update now conveniently lets you remap an Escape action to a Caps Lock, Control, Option or Command modifier key—which wasn’t possible in earlier macOS editions. Read More


First look at the new MacBook Pro with Magic Toolbar and Touch ID

By Cody Lee on Oct 25, 2016

Here are the first pictures of Apple’s new MacBook Pro. MacRumors spotted the images of what is believed to be the company’s new laptop hidden within the just-released macOS Sierra 10.12.1 update, and we have no reason to believe otherwise.

The images appear to confirm the rumors that the refreshed MacBook Pro will feature an OLED touch bar, in place of the function keys, and Touch ID. The above photo shows how to use Touch ID to authenticate an online purchase via Apple Pay.

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One more hint that the next MacBook Pro will have OLED touch bar

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 25, 2016

If you need another “proof” that the next MacBook Pro will indeed feature an OLED touch bar in place of the function key row, feel free to comb through system resources in the macOS Sierra 10.12.1 software update which released yesterday.

As first discovered by MacRumors reader Gabriel Lorin, the System Preferences assets for the Mac’s virtual keyboard now come with refreshed image assets depicting an updated keyboard layout which no longer shows the standard row of function keys. Read More


KGI: new MacBook Pros and 13″ MacBook next week, iMacs & 5K Cinema Display in 2017

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 22, 2016

According to revered Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, Apple’s media event next Thursday will serve as a launchpad for a long-awaited update to the aging MacBook Pro notebook lineup, which will see “many” noteworthy upgrades.

Apple will also announce a brand new model of the new MacBook with a screen measuring thirteen inches diagonally, Kuo wrote in a note to clients.

Some observers think this machine is actually a thirteen-inch MacBook Air with new USB-C ports. As you know, the current Retina MacBook has a 12-inch Retina display.

Next-generation iMacs, as well as a rumored 5K resolution display won’t be unveiled at the event because they’re apparently not ready yet. Read More


What Automatic Graphics Switching is on your MacBook Pro and how to use it

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 22, 2016

Depending on the model of MacBook Pro you have, you may be able to physically choose whether your computer uses the high power discreet graphics card for better performance or the low power integrated graphics chip for better battery life by using an option known as Automatic Graphics Switching. Read More


Will Apple call next-gen MacBook Pro’s rumored OLED strip “Magic Toolbar”?

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 20, 2016

Apple is holding a media event on October 27 to unveil new Macs. Everyone is expecting the company to announce a next-generation MacBook Pro with a rumored OLED strip that would replace the physical function keys at the top of the keyboard with programmable shortcuts which would change from one app to another. But what could Apple call that rumored OLED touch bar?

According to trademark agent Brian Conroy who was able to uncover a trademark application that a shell company quite likely filed for on behalf for Apple, the feature could be marketed as “Magic Toolbar.” Read More


Report: Apple planning to hold new Mac event October 27

By Cody Lee on Oct 18, 2016

Apple will introduce new Macs at an event on October 27, reports Recode. Citing sources familiar with the company’s plans, the outlet says that the event will likely take place at or near Apple’s Cupertino campus, rather than its typical venue in San Francisco.

Recode doesn’t specify exactly which Mac products we’ll see, but most of Apple’s laptop and desktop lines are due for an update. A report from Japanese blog Mac Otakara yesterday called for new 13″ and 15″ MacBook Pro models, and a refreshed 13-inch Air. Read More


Report: new MacBook Pros, USB-C MacBook Airs coming this month

By Cody Lee on Oct 17, 2016

New MacBook Pros are still on for October, reports the often accurate Japanese site Mac Otakara. Citing a reliable source within Apple’s supply chain, the outlet says the long-awaited refresh of the premium notebook line is still on schedule for this month.

In addition to the MacBook pro update, the site also says that the MacBook Air line is also getting a refresh. It expects Apple to drop the 11-inch model, to focus on the larger 13-inch version, and it will include USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 ports. Read More


How to disable the fake clicking sound for Force Touch trackpads

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 5, 2016

Every Mac equipped with a Force Touch trackpad produces an audible ‘click’ sound in order to simulate the sound you would hear on a Mac without a Force Touch trackpad. It has no down travel and all you’re hearing is an audible sound when you click it.

In this tutorial, we’ll talk about how to disable that fake clicking sound. Read More


Apple aiming for October launch of new MacBook Pro

By Cody Lee on Sep 28, 2016

Apple is moving rapidly toward the launch of new MacBook Pro models, reports MacRumors. The site says it has learned that macOS 10.12.1 is largely focused on preparing the operating system to support the new laptop’s features, and it hopes to finalize the update by the end of next week so it can be loaded on the new hardware currently being produced by Apple’s supply chain. Read More


Bloomberg: new Macs and 5K monitor could debut as early as October

By Cody Lee on Aug 29, 2016

Apple is working on several upgrades to its Mac product line, reports Bloomberg. Citing sources familiar with the company’s plans, the outlet says the refreshed hardware includes new versions of the iMac, MacBook Air, and the oft-rumored MacBook Pro.

Also in the pipeline is a new 5K standalone monitor. Apple, of course, discontinued its Thunderbolt Display earlier this year, after years without an update. This time around, Bloomberg says the Cupertino firm is collaborating with LG to build its monitor. Read More


Apple sends out invites for September 7 iPhone 7 event

By Sébastien Page on Aug 29, 2016

See you on the 7th, reads the invite that Apple sent to the media on Monday morning. Held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, the event will of course be focused on the new iPhone 7, but will also likely see a new Apple Watch 2 unveiled, and possibly a new MacBook Pro. Read More


Will overhauled MacBook Pros debut alongside iPhone 7 in September or in October?

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 10, 2016

In an article this morning, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman rehashed much of the previous rumors regarding Apple’s widely expected MacBook Pro refresh with Touch ID, AMD GPU, an OLED touch strip replacing the row of function keys and more. As per the report, these new MacBook Pros “aren’t likely” to debut alongside the new phones at the September 7 iPhone media event.

Which brings me to our question of the day: will the new machines launch in September, October or maybe even later? Let us know what you think in the comments. Read More


Bloomberg: next-gen MacBook Pro with OLED touch strip “most significant update in 4 years”

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 10, 2016

Bloomberg threw its weight today behind rumors that a next-generation MacBook Pro would have Touch ID and an OLED touch strip with programmable shortcuts replacing the function key row, among other features first predicted by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Author Mark Gurman now writes for Bloomberg that the new MacBook Pros represent “the most significant upgrade” to the lineup in four years with the updated, thinner notebooks offering more powerful graphics processors “for expert users such as video gamers” and design features like a smaller footprint, thinner appearance, a bigger trackpad and more. Read More


Rumor: Apple is going to refresh MacBook Air after all and it’ll have USB-C

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 27, 2016

DigiTimes, a Taiwanese trade publication that more or less accurately reports unknown features of unreleased Apple products (although the timing on its rumors is usually off), is out with a new story Wednesday claiming that USB Type-C connection is coming to a next-gen MacBook Air, implying Apple might update its most popular notebook after all. Read More


Next-gen MacBook Pro to integrate Touch ID into the Power button?

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 27, 2016

Apple is believed to be working on the next MacBook Pro upgrade that should include, among a faster Intel processor and graphics and other hardware-related enhancements, an OLED bar replacing the row of function keys on the keyboard with programmable touch-sensitive shortcuts that could automatically change from one app to another.

In a new report Monday, 9to5Mac has learned from a sketchy source that the rumored OLED touch bar might be accompanied by a Touch ID sensor for fingerprint login. Read More


Twelve South’s BookArc is a lightweight and stylish Apple notebook stand

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 24, 2016

I like me a good notebook stand for the simple fact that it helps clear unwanted clutter from my desk when I need it for something other than a computer. Plus, it kind of organizes things and makes everything look neater.

Twelve South is probably one of the best brand names you can buy for this sort of thing, and in this review, we’ll be showing you the Twelve South BookArc for all models of Apple’s MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro. Read More


Code found in macOS Sierra hints at rumored OLED touch bar, Touch ID support

By Cody Lee on Jun 14, 2016

Some evidence has been discovered within the code of the initial macOS Sierra beta that suggests there may be some truth to the rumors that Apple is building a MacBook Pro with a built-in OLED touch bar and Touch ID support. As noted by French site Mac Generation, there are several mysterious ‘kHIDUsage_LED’ references in macOS, as well as mention of support for “biometric devices.” Read More


Check out this awesome MacBook Pro concept with OLED touch panel

By Cody Lee on Jun 9, 2016

Well known designer and mockup artist Martin Hajek released a new concept for the MacBook Pro on Thursday. As usual, Hajek’s renderings are gorgeous, and the details of the laptop design match up closely with recent rumors and reports.

Perhaps the most prominent feature is the OLED touch panel that sits above the keyboard, in place of the function keys. The panel first popped up in an investor note from Ming-Chi Kuo, and it has since been corroborated by other sources. Read More


Photos of alleged MacBook Pro seemingly confirm OLED touchpad rumors

By Cody Lee on May 31, 2016

New images surfaced on Tuesday of what is said to be a chassis for Apple’s upcoming MacBook Pro. Cult of Mac says they were sent the photos by “an anonymous source who claims to work for one of Apple’s manufacturing partners in China,” but that of course cannot be confirmed.

The so-called spy shots are interesting because there’s a noticeable gap in the laptop chassis, just above the keyboard. The oddity lines up with a recent investor note from prominent Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, which called for this year’s MacBook Pro to feature an OLED touchpad. Read More

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