Here’s a special tool Apple uses to recover data from MacBook Pro’s non-removable SSD

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 25, 2016

iFixit’s teardown analysis of both the 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has found a non-removable SSD inside soldered to the logic board. In contrast, non-Touch Bar Pros use a removable PCIe-based SSD, simplifying upgrades.

iFixit discovered that Touch Bar Pros include a hidden connector on the logic board that leads nowhere which, as reported by 9to5Mac, works in conjunction with a special tool to let service technicians rescue data in case of a hardware failure. Read More

 

How to set up and use Touch ID on your Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 23, 2016

Touch ID debuted more than three years ago with the iPhone 5s release in September 2013, which filed filed as Apple’s very first device with fingerprint scanning embedded into the Home button. Of course, it didn’t take long for Touch ID to become an important security technology on iPhones and iPads.

Since October 2016, Touch ID has been available on select Mac models, such as the late-2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. If you use Touch ID on your iPhone, you’ll feel right at home on your Mac.

In this step-by-step tutorial, you’re going to learn how to set up Touch ID and Apple Pay on a Mac, enroll your fingerprints in the system and use Touch ID to quickly unlock your computer, make purchases on websites with Apple Pay and much more. Read More

 

This Mac app lets you switch between recently used apps via Touch Bar

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 23, 2016

With all of the time-saving shortcuts available for Apple’s stock apps on the Touch Bar, you’d think Apple would have brought the macOS app switcher to the the new MacBook Pro’s OLED strip. That’s why developer Maxim Ananov set out to create an app, called TouchSwitcher, which does just that. With TouchSwitcher, you can switch between your recently-used apps on the new MacBook Pro right from the Touch Bar. Read More

 

Developer ports classic FPS shooter Doom onto the new MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar display

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 22, 2016

Developer Adam Bell has successfully ported the classic first-person shooter Doom onto the new MacBook Pro Touch Bar’s 2,170-by-60 pixel resolution OLED display complete with 3D graphics, the game’s familiar head-up display and trademark sound effects. Doom, of course, runs on everything these days thanks to enthusiasts who port the game onto computing devices that can handle it. Read More

 

Schiller: doubling MacBook Pro RAM would’ve reduced space for batteries

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 21, 2016

Software developer Ben Slaney asked Apple via email to give a more detailed clarification as to why the new MacBook Pro does not provide a 32-gigabyte build-to-order option for power users looking to max out the RAM. He allegedly received a response from Phil Schiller, who is boss of worldwide marketing at Apple and the steward of the firm’s developer relations.

Schiller’s response reveals that doubling the RAM from 16 to 32 gigabytes would have required a different logic board design versus the notebook’s mustache-shaped logic board, one that would have reduced space for batteries. Read More

 

Three finger drag gesture via new MacBook Pro’s trackpad acting up for some users

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2016

Three finger drag, a productivity-boosting multi-touch trackpad gesture in macOS, isn’t working properly for some owners of Apple’s new MacBook Pro. Both 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pros have larger trackpads than their predecessors, but for many people the gesture doesn’t work at all.

For others, three finger drag works only intermittently or performs erroneously when used in one of the sides of the new MacBook Pro’s Force Touch trackpad. Read More

 

Early MacBook Pro adopters confused by misidentified graphics in System Profiler

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2016

If you’re a proud owner of a 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, you may be wondering why macOS’s System Profiler application identifies the GPU as Intel Iris Pro 580 integrated graphics vs. Intel HD Graphics 530, as advertised on Tech Specs webpage.

No, Apple did not accidentally put the wrong GPU in the new MacBook Pro—a company source explains that the problem stems from an error in the System Information database causing the app to misidentify the GPU. Read More

 

Teardown confirms both 13″ and 15″ Touch Bar MacBook Pros have non-removable SSDs

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2016

iFixit on Friday published its teardown analysis of the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (model number A1707), just two days after taking a peek under the hood of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. Comparing the two Touch Bar-equipped notebooks to the 13-inch MacBook Pro without Touch Bar, which iFixit also disassembled, the repair site has confirmed that only the baseline 13-incher with a standard row of function keys has a removable SSD. Read More

 

Check out “Bulb,” Apple’s first TV ad for the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 17, 2016

The new MacBook Pro hasn’t even shipped to everyone who have pre-ordered it, but on Thursday Apple began airing its very inaugural television commercial. Aptly titled “Bulb,” the video runs one minute and 37 seconds long and frames the expensive notebook as a tool “for ideas to come”.

“Ideas have always pushed the world forward,” Apple says in the ad. “Introducing a tool for all the ideas to come. The new MacBook Pro.” Read More

 

USB-C adapters you may need for your new MacBook Pro

By Cody Lee on Nov 16, 2016

If you have purchased Apple’s new MacBook Pro, or are planning on doing so, chances are you’re going to need some dongles and adapters. The laptop has only USB-C ports, so you’re likely going to need some help connecting your old hardware and peripherals.

With this in mind, we’ve decided to put together a list of some common USB-C adapters to help get you started. As with all of our accessory roundups, the following items were chosen based on a variety of factors including price, availability and consumer feedback. Read More

 

How to take screenshots of your Mac’s Touch Bar

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 16, 2016

If you take screenshots on your Mac, you may wonder if macOS supports screenshotting the Touch Bar. The default Shift (⇧)-Command (⌘)-3 keyboard shortcut captures a screenshot of everything shown on the display, sans the Touch Bar.

With macOS 10.12.2 beta 3, Apple has implemented a brand new shortcut specifically designed for taking screenshots of the Touch Bar.

Here’s what you need to know about capturing everything that’s shown on the Touch Bar as an image file on your computer. You’ll also learn how to save Touch Bar screenshots to the clipboard for pasting in other apps and how to add screenshot-taking shortcuts as buttons to the Touch Bar itself. Read More

 

Teardown of 13″ MacBook Pro with Touch Bar reveals “cosmetic” speaker grilles, other tidbits

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 16, 2016

After disassembling the base 13-inch MacBook Pro model without the Touch Bar, teardown wizards over at iFixit have now taken apart Apple’s Touch Bar-equipped 13-inch MacBook Pro. From the inside, it’s an entirely different computer with a totally different design that has more in common with its 15-inch brethren. Among other things, the teardown analysis has found that the external speaker grilles in the top half of the case exist mostly for “cosmetic” purposes.

That’s because the improved sound is being projected from a pair of air vents on the sides of the case. By comparison, the base 13-inch MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar does push sound through the speaker grilles as it lacks the air vents.

Other differences between the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and its cheaper 13-inch variant that lacks the Touch Bar include a differently laid out internal components to make room for the Touch Bar itself which, by the way, is hard to replace. Read More

 

New MacBook Pro with Touch Bar begins trickling in to select Apple stores

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 16, 2016

Just 24 hours after first shipments began arriving to customers, Apple’s new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is now available for purchase at select company-run retail stores in the U.S., China and elsewhere.

According to reports on Reddit, MacRumors, AppleInsider and other outlets, a select number of flagship Apple retail locations have received stock and are now offering limited quantities of the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. Read More

 

Reviewers weigh in on the new MacBook Pro…

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 14, 2016

As first customers begin to receive the new MacBook Pro, reviews of the long-expected hardware refresh to Apple’s Pro notebook family hit the web this morning. Depending on the reviewer, the Touch Bar feature is either a gimmick or a productivity-boosting addition.

As for performance, the reviews are mixed: some people are saying that a lot faster SSD and RAM make the machine super snappy and others note Intel’s Skylake chips barely push performance forward versus 2013 or later MacBook Pros. Read More

 

1Password now supports Touch ID and Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 11, 2016

After previewing a new version of its popular password-management utility, developer AgileBits today updated 1Password for Mac with support for the Touch Bar and Touch ID features on the new MacBook Pro (that you can’t have yet).

The update is free to existing users of the $64.99 Mac app. 1Password can now be unlocked by resting your finger on the Touch ID sensor that’s built into the new MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar.

In addition, you can access your vaults faster by tapping the app’s dedicated shortcuts on the Touch Bar. Read More

 

With the Touch Bar, Apple gives us a glimpse into a future keyboardless MacBook

By Steffen Reich on Nov 10, 2016

Apple have a proven track record of ardently pursuing their vision, no matter the cost. The latest MacBook Pro serves as another reminder that the company is wholly unimpressionable by outside opinions, keeping up the dream of more simplistic products with every iteration, all the while taking away your beloved USB ports or SD card slots.

The ends might be justifiable, but the means can regardless lead to frustration with the most patient customers and complete alienation of the more short-fused ones. This cycle repeats every other year, when Apple decides to roll out hardware that is often just a little ahead of the curve.

Much has been made of the MacBook Pro’s latest changing of guard in the USB department. For now, the story goes, Apple has simply done their homework and found USB-C to be the technology fit for the immediate future. But the days of all ports are numbered if rumours are to be believed, as Apple generally contends that less is more and wireless the ultimate endgame. It does not take a giant leap to draw that conclusion and granted its validity, focus on the port situation has drowned out another discussion we clearly need to have at this point: Apple plans to get rid of the physical keyboard, and with the launch of Touch Bar on MacBook Pro the process is well under way.

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7 USB-C cables you might need for your new MacBook Pro

By Cody Lee on Nov 9, 2016

There’s a lot to love about Apple’s new MacBook Pros. They’re sleeker, smaller, have a larger trackpad and better speakers, and feature all-new USB-C ports. Unfortunately, these new ports also mean you’re probably going to need to purchase some new cables.

Want to plug in your iPhone? You’ll need a new cable. Connect your MacBook Pro to a non-Thunderbolt display? Yep, cable. You get the idea. So with this in mind, we decided to put together a list of some of the common cables you’re probably going to need. Read More

 

Apple aggressively boosting MacBook Pro orders with 15M estimated shipments in 2016

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 8, 2016

As the Internet keeps whining about supposed lack of features on the new MacBook Pro (let’s bring back the floppy drive, shall we?) and Apple’s master plan to make us buy more dongles, the Cupertino firm appears confident in the face of strong criticism that its latest notebook is indeed going to appeal to the general public and mainstream users.

According to supply chain chatter echoed by Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes, Apple’s been pretty “aggressive” in placing orders for the new MacBook Pros. Read More

 

Video: Apple’s Craig Federighi on the new MacBook Pro, Touch Bar and a touchscreen Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 7, 2016

The MacBook Pro controversy isn’t dying down yet so Apple dispatched Craig Federighi, its Senior Vice President of Software Engineering, who discussed the new Pro and thinking behind the Touch Bar feature in a short video interview with CNET in which he also defends no-touchscreen Mac stance.

He goes on to reveal that Apple had in fact built several touchscreen prototypes that however didn’t impress Apple executives enough to greenlight the project. Read More

 

OWC’s new Thunderbolt 3 Dock adds 13 additional ports to your MacBook Pro

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 3, 2016

Other World Computing (OWC), a U.S.-based company and online store for Mac upgrades and accessories located at MacSales.com, today announced the ultimate docking station for your brand spanking new MacBook Pro.

With the new Pro the Cupertino firm is (rightly) betting on USB-C, effectively putting us in a dongle hell for now. Enter the new $279 Thunderbolt 3 Dock, a successor to OWC’s Thunderbolt 2 Dock and USB-C Dock.

Billed as the best expansion solution they’ve ever made, it offers the speed of Thunderbolt 3 technology coupled with a whopping thirteen expansion ports to help get the most out of the new late-2016 MacBook Pro. Read More

 
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