How to turn on and use Touch Bar zoom

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 20, 2017

Visually impaired users who own Apple’s new MacBook Pro notebook with Touch Bar may be pleased to learn that macOS provides a set of specialized Accessibility features that help people who are blind or have low vision enjoy the compelling features of Touch Bar. If you have difficulty seeing items in your Touch Bar, turning this feature on renders a larger Touch Bar on the main display. Other users should check out Touch Bar zoom, too.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to turn Touch Bar zoom on, increase or decrease the zoom level, select or split-tap an item on Touch Bar and use other specialized gestures. Read More

 

Apple could slash prices of 13″ MacBook Pros without Touch Bar, replacing MacBook Air

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 17, 2017

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has called for updated MacBook and MacBook Pro notebooks this year with Intel’s latest Kaby Lake processors and a 32-gigabyte RAM option on 15-inch Pros. According to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News report cited by DigiTimes, Apple is likely to slash prices of 13-inch Pros without Touch Bar to increase its overall shipments in 2017.

Industry sources also claim that these more affordable 13-inch MacBook Pros without Touch Bar will eventually replace the 13-inch MacBook Air in Apple’s notebook lineup. Read More

 

KGI: Kaby lake processors and more RAM coming to Mac laptops this year

By Cody Lee on Jan 16, 2017

Apple is planning updates for its MacBook and MacBook Pro lines later this year, according to a research note from KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo. The noted analyst says the new notebooks will feature Intel’s next-generation Kaby Lake processors and updated RAM options.

Kuo says the refreshed 12-inch MacBook models will enter mass production as early as March, and may offer a new 16GB RAM option (currently capped off at 8GB). As for the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models, he doesn’t see production starting until early third quarter. Read More

 

Following software fix, Consumer Reports now recommends the new MacBook Pro

By Cody Lee on Jan 12, 2017

Following Apple’s software fix, Consumer Reports has updated its review of the new MacBook Pro, stating that it now recommends the laptop. The publication says the fix corrects the erratic battery behavior it saw during its initial testing, and all MacBook Pro models now fall “well within the recommended range” in its ratings. Read More

 

MacBook Pro battery: hidden Safari setting led to flawed results in Consumer Reports tests

By Cody Lee on Jan 10, 2017

Apple has come to the conclusion that a hidden setting in Safari caused the odd battery results in Consumer Reports’ MacBook Pro review that kept the publication from recommending the laptop. In a statement to AppleInsider, the company said it worked with CR’s team over the holidays and determined that its testing methods were flawed. Read More

 

Speck’s Presidio cases offer scratch and drop protection for your new MacBook Pro

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 6, 2017

Apart from the colorful array of iPhone case offerings Speck is known for, they’re also fabled for their popular transparent MacBook Pro cases, which are built to prevent scuffing across your computer’s metallic surface while you travel with it.

Speck is now announcing a new breed of Presidio-based transparent cases for the all-new 2016 MacBook Pro at CES 2017, which for the first time, brings as much as four feet of drop protection to Apple’s premium notebook computers thanks to the company’s patented Impactium material. Read More

 

Consumer Reports reportedly stands by its controversial MacBook Pro battery findings

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 29, 2016

As you probably heard, the influential consumer organization Consumer Reports is not recommending Apple’s new MacBook Pro due to inconsistent battery performance. Apple’s marketing honcho Phill Schiller responded by saying that the product-testing magazine’s test results don’t match the company’s own data. 9to5Mac reached out to Consumer Reports to learn more about their findings, here’s what the magazine had to say. Read More

 

Schiller: Apple working with Consumer Reports to understand MacBook Pro battery results

By Cody Lee on Dec 23, 2016

Apple is working with Consumer Reports to better understand their MacBook Pro battery tests, according to Phil Schiller. The company’s SVP of marketing sent out a tweet late Friday night, saying CR’s test results don’t match Apple’s data.

Schiller’s comments follow Consumer Reports’ scathing review of Apple’s new MacBook Pro, in which the product-testing magazine said, for the first time ever, that it could not recommend the laptop due to inconsistencies in battery life. Read More

 

Spotify for Mac gains Touch Bar shortcuts

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 23, 2016

Spotify for Mac was updated this morning with support for Touch Bar shortcuts on the new MacBook Pro models, German outlet Giga.de reported. A few handy music-playback controls are now available in Spotify’s Mac app directly from the Touch Bar, including common controls such as transport and search, as well as persistent Now Playing buttons like play, pause, shuffle, repeat and the volume slider. Read More

 

Consumer Reports won’t recommend new MacBook Pros over inconsistent battery life

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 22, 2016

Consumer Reports will not be recommending Apple’s latest MacBook Pro models due to inconsistent battery performance, the magazine said Thursday. After conducting a battery of tests, Consumer Reports discovered that battery life across all new Pros varied “dramatically” from one test to another.

On the other hand (as I note in this article), the battery woes might be caused by a software issue in Safari for Mac because Chrome (a notorious battery hog) fared far better in the tests.

Be that as it may, Apple’s latest notebooks received low rating and failed to earn Consumer Report’s recommendation “after battery life issues surfaced during testing”. As a result, the new MacBook Pro is the first Apple notebook that did not receive a Consumer Reports recommendation, said the magazine. Read More

 

Apple extends limited time USB-C accessory price cuts through end of March 2017

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 20, 2016

Apple told The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple that it is extending USB-C accessory price cuts from end of the year to March 31, 2017.

Responding to a flurry of complaints targeting the new MacBook Pro, the company originally said a month and a half ago that it would temporarily cut the prices on USB -C adapters and peripherals it sells in its stores through the end of the year. Read More

 

Duet Display update brings Touch Bar to your iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 20, 2016

Duet Display, an app from ex-Apple engineers that turns your iPad into an extra display for your Mac or Windows PC, was updated today on the App Store with an interesting new feature that adds a Touch Bar to your tablet. Simply use Duet Display’s free of charge iOS app to connect to Duet Display running on a Mac with Sierra 10.12.2 or later and enable the new feature in Duet’s menu bar settings. Read More

 

Deliveries for Mac gains full Sierra compatibility, Touch Bar shortcuts & other new features

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 19, 2016

After refreshing Deliveries for iOS with full iOS 10 and watchOS 3 support and other nice-to-haves four days ago, Deliveries for Mac was updated on the Mac App Store with full support for macOS Sierra, Touch Bar shortcuts on the new MacBook Pro and more.

Touch Bar shortcuts can be customized for features like shipping company suggestions when you add a delivery, auto-complete for email addresses, a 1Password button when it’s appropriate and more. Read More

 

Apple took no specific steps to improve MacBook Pro battery life with macOS Sierra 10.12.2

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 16, 2016

The macOS Sierra 10.12.2 software update, released three days ago, removes your Mac battery’s time remaining indicator but owners of the new MacBook Pro won’t see any improvements to their notebook’s battery life as a result of the update.

As ArsTechnica noted, the company “told us repeatedly and emphatically that it had taken no specific steps to improve MacBook Pro battery life” with macOS Sierra 10.12.2.

Now, some people have reported seeing improved battery performance after installing the update on their MacBook Pro, but there’s a reasonable explanation for that. Read More

 

iTunes 12.5.4 is out with support for TV app, Touch Bar-enabled scrubber & more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 13, 2016

In addition to releasing macOS 10.12.2 Sierra today, a second major update to the Mac operating system following the initial Sierra release in October, Apple also released iTunes 12.5.4 today. The new version of iTunes includes minor app and performance improvements, as well as official support for Apple’s new “TV” app and the ability to jump to different parts of your media during playback using a Touch Bar-compatible scrubber. Read More

 

Adobe updates Photoshop CC for Mac with rich support for Touch Bar shortcuts

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 13, 2016

Adobe today refreshed Photoshop CC 2017 for Mac with support for customizable shortcuts on the new MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar. Apple showed off Touch Bar shortcuts in Photoshop during its Mac event last month, and now you can try them out yourself. This release brings three categories of Touch Bar-supported functions to Photoshop CC for Mac: Layer Properties, Brushes and your Favorites. Read More

 

Microsoft: more Mac users than ever switching to Surface over MacBook Pro “disappointment”

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 12, 2016

If you believe Microsoft, Apple fans are so disappointed with the new MacBook Pro that they’re now switching to Surface PCs and laptops in droves. In a blog post Monday by Brian Hall, CVP Microsoft Devices Marketing, trash-talked the new MacBook Pro, openly calling it a “disappointment”.

In the same breath, he suggested that the excitement of new Surface products coupled with the supposed MacBook Pro disappointment is now encouraging more people to switch from Macs to Surface than ever before. Read More

 

Latest macOS 10.12.2 beta fixes MacBook Pro graphics glitches, says Apple’s Federighi

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 7, 2016

An annoying graphics glitching issue that some owners of the new MacBook Pro are seeing should become a thing of the past when macOS 10.12.2 Sierra software update releases for public consumption, according to a purported email message from Apple’s software boss Craig Federighi.

Portland-based MacRumors forum member Dennis reportedly received a reply from Federighi after asking Tim Cook via email about the reported glitches, which range from screen tearing and broken textures to brightly colored flickering and checkerboard patterns to issues with translucency, transparent graphics and other visual artifacts. Read More

 

Some new MacBook Pros are shutting down repeatedly and unexpectedly

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 6, 2016

Some proud owners of the new MacBook Pro with TouchBar are reportedly seeing their notebooks shut down repeatedly and unexpectedly. According to a report from Jeff Porten of TidBits, the problem might be related to external hard drives connected to the notebook through its Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports.

Apple declined comment. This is yet another in a series of teething issues that have been plaguing early adopters of the new MacBook Pro. Just a few days ago, for example, some MacBook Pro owners reported an annoying graphics glitching issue. Read More

 

The best apps for the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro

By Andrew O'Hara on Dec 3, 2016

If you just picked up a new 2016 MacBook Pro, you may be wondering: aside from the stock apps, what are other great apps that take advantage of that shiny new Touch Bar? While apps are constantly being updated, we’ve gone ahead and picked out some of our favorites that are currently available.

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