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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Apple Updates MacBook Air and MacBook Pro

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 05:01 PM

"Apple has released a software update for the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models introduced in June 2012."

You can find out more about this release here at Apple.

Monday, July 9, 2012

A Pro Photographer Reviews the MacBook Pro Retina Display

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 02:00 AM

"It's been my experience, working with photographers all over the world at my workshops and seminars, that the vast majority use Mac laptops."

So it only makes sense that a pro review this right? Very thorough, and I especially like that he also provides information on the Thunderbolt drives that go with this wonderful machine. Well worth the read if you are thinking of picking one of these up. And even if you aren't, it's interesting reading.

Friday, June 29, 2012

An FAQ on the MacBook Pro Retina Display

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 02:00 AM

"Apple has released a FAQ that covers the new Retina MacBook Pro."

In this they cover what is on the product page as well as items that might come up when you start using the MacBook Pro with Retina Display. Many topics covered in it, and you can check it out here.

Monday, June 18, 2012

"This Machine IS the Form Factor and the Screen"

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 02:00 AM

"Apple released a new MacBook Pro this week and I want one. Badly. More than I have wanted any gadget or computing device in quite some time."

I have to agree with Christina, the new MacBook Pro is a game changer, not so much with the Retina Display but with the power they pack into the smaller form factor. Interesting article and worth the read.

MacBook Pro Retina Display Review From Engadget

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 01:00 AM

"Engadget was at WWDC and had the opportunity to spend some time with the next generation MacBook Pro. After a few days with the machine, Tim Stevens and company shared their thoughts about the Retina MacBook Pro in a recent review."

It raises the bar per Engadget, but you can read that for yourself over at their review.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Retina Display Featured in MacBook Pro Commercial

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 11:47 AM

"Apple has started to run commercials for the Mac line again, with the newest ad focused on the speedy new MacBook Pro with Retina display."

Love the ghostly hands moving around on the keyboard.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Win a Souped Up Macbook Pro

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 04:00 AM

"This is just totally sick. The guys over at Germany's Hardwrk have taken 16GB of DDR3 RAM and a 1TB Samsung 830 SATA III SSD bundled up in an SSD-RAID-0, slapped it into a 13-inch MacBook Pr running an Intel Core i7-2640M 2.8GHz chip."

This is sick, and in a good way. Leave a comment here to enter yourself in the contest to win this bad boy.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Apple Updates MacBook Pro Line

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 02:00 AM

"Apple launched its latest iteration of the MacBook Pro rather quietly, with no media event or even a press release. Instead, they quietly bumped up the specs in their flagship laptops."

The biggest change is the ability now to order one with the matte finish. Otherwise, kind of a ho-hum update.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Apple Updates MacBook Pro Line

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 04:56 PM

"Apple quietly updated its MacBook Pro lineup on Monday with faster processors and more powerful video chips. The lineup now starts with at least a 2.4GHz Core i5 processor in the 13-inch model, and a 2.2GHz Core i7 processor in the 15-inch model, and all models include 4GB RAM."

Ah, out earlier than the rumors reported. Nice update to the line from what I can tell, and with no price jump! You can get all the details here at Apple's MacBook Pro site.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Apple Wants This MacBook Pro Back

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Classic Apple" @ 01:00 AM

"It's no secret that Apple likes to keep its prototype devices to itself, and now the company is working on getting a 2007 MacBook Pro prototype back that included a unique feature: 3G wireless data support. The laptop includes a SIM card slot, along with an external antenna that attaches magnetically."

After going through a lawsuit and having to refund a buyer's money, Mr Frega is now dealing with Apple. They apparently do want this back since they don't want it out in the wild. Too bad, kind of interesting looking and would be a great conversation piece. I hope Apple pays him something for it, but I wonder if they will. At this point I wonder if Mr. Frega will be glad to be rid of it. What are your thoughts?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Can't Use Two Finger Click on Your Macbook Pro? Try This...

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 02:00 AM

"In the release version of Mac OS X 10.7, there is a bug that prevents secondary click working with two-finger click on the Macbook Pro 4.1."

Image Credit:

According to the instructions, the only way to fix this is to go into terminal mode. In Terminal run the following:

defaults -currentHost write -g -bool YES

Of course, with anything in Terminal, be very careful.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Painting With Light, And The MacBook Pro

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 06:00 AM

"Painting with light is a favorite low-tech project of DSLR owners. You put the camera on a tripod in a dark setting, set the shutter speed to an extra long exposure, and create designs with a flashlight or other focused light source."

These guys added another aspect to their light painting though, namely a MacBook Pro. Interesting photos, but a rather grisly background story on this cadaver. A convicted killer, executed for killing a man over a microwave. You can see more of these at the Project 12:31 website.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Need a Manual for Your MacBook Pro?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 04:00 AM

"If you are waiting for the delivery of a new Macbook Pro or if you are still hesitating, you should know that Apple released the user's manuals of the new models."

You can download them all from Apple now: 13-inch Macbook Pro, 15-inch MacBook Pro and 17-inch Macbook Pro all available as PDF. The manuals include instructions on how to change out the hard drives and batteries so apparently doing so will not void your warranty, at least that is what HardMac is saying. I think I would get verification from Apple before doing so, but it does sound reasonable. I mean, why else would they put it in the manual if it wasn't ok with them for you to change those out?

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Wondering Why the New Macbook Pro's Seem to Offer Less Battery Life?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Apple Laptops" @ 02:00 PM

"Now that the news about the new MacBook Pros is out there, one thing that may disappoint someone just reading the spec sheet is battery life. Across the board, the Pro is now rated at 7 hours. While still very solid, this is actually a step down from the previous versions which were rated at 8 to 9 hours for the 15 and 17-inch models, and 10 hours for the 13-inch model. So what gives?"

When I was looking at the battery life on the new Macbook Pros, I noticed something curious: they're all listed as "up to 7 hours". I couldn't recall what the exact battery life specs were for the previous Macbook Pros, but I knew it varied from model to model. As the above text shows, Apple had quoted the battery life on previous Macbooks from 8 to 10 hours. Sandy Bridge processors are supposed to be even more power-friendly than the first-gen Core series processors. So what gives? Read more...

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Anyone Else Underwhelmed by the New Macbook Pro Line?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Other Laptops & Netbooks" @ 04:00 PM

Apple announced a new line of Macbook Pro hardware today (buy 'em from our store), and I have to admit I was underwhelmed. Yes, they have Intel's rocking new Sandy Bridge CPUs that offer insanely great performance. Yes, they've switched from NVIDIA to AMD (ATI) graphics that offer up to 3x graphics performance. And, yes, there's the impressive Thunderbolt connectivity and an HD camera. Read more...

Apple Updates The MacBook Pro Line

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 03:09 PM

"As was expected for today, Apple has just pushed the button to launch a new range of MacBook Pros on its Store (although the store itself is still down). The new models come complete Thunderbolt - the official name for Intel's ‘Lightpeak' high-speed connection technology, along with upgraded processors and graphics chips."

As was expected, a revamp today of the MacBook Pro line, to include the much anticipated Lightpeak aka Thunderbolt technology. But that isn't all they have done. Facetime HD Cameras also debut in the MacBook Pros, and now you have support for 720p video recording when using the new OSX Facetime app. Baseline models run from $1,199.00 USD for the 13-inch to $2,499.00 USD for the 17-inch version. The 15-inch and 17-inch versions offer the quad-core i7 processors for that high-end graphics need fulfillment. You can find out more about the versions here. So, any of you going to make the plunge and pickup one of these?

Intel's Lightpeak Technology is now Dubbed Thunderbolt

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 02:10 PM

"Intel Corporation today announced the availability of ThunderboltTM technology, a new high-speed PC connection technology that brings together high-speed data transfer and high-definition (HD) display on to a single cable. Running at 10Gbps, Thunderbolt technology can transfer a full-length HD movie in less than 30 seconds. This Intel-developed technology is coming to market through a technical collaboration with Apple, and is available first on Apple's new line of MacBook Pro laptop computers."

One of the key technologies revealed today in Apple's line of refreshed Macbook Pros is Thunderbolt. I knew it was based on Lightpeak, but when I saw Apple calling it Thunderbolt I was concerned it was going to be an Apple-only term, and we were about to enter into an era where every laptop OEM would have their own term for the technology: "No, no, this isn't Thunderbolt, it's ULTRABOLT!" Turns out that's not the case: Thunderbolt is the new name for Lightpeak, and it will be used by all the OEMs. That's good news. What do you think about the name? It's an unusual name for a technology when compared to the likes of USB 3.0 and SATA; it's more in line with Firewire. Regardless, Thunderbolt is here to stay and offers some compelling features (more on that later).

Monday, February 21, 2011

Waiting on Apple

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 02:21 PM!5765916/its-a-...-apple-products

"It's a weird time to buy an Apple product. By that I mean it's a terrible time to buy an Apple product. At least, if you want to own the latest and most amazingest with the least amount of heartbreak. That's the story for three of Apple's biggest products: iPhone 4, iPad and now, the MacBook Pro."

Now is not the time to buy an iPad, iPhone or MacBook Pro, that much is true. With all the news of supply shortages and leaked images, not to mention the annual iPhone announcement we have come to count on, it wouldn't be prudent to buy any of those items, unless you want to suffer buyers remorse. Rumors are swirling that the 24th we will know about the MacBook Pros, is this also the time we learn about the next iPad? What are your thoughts and what do you hope the new MacBook Pro will look like?

Monday, January 31, 2011

The New MacBook Pro (MBP) Guessing Game

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Laptops" @ 09:30 PM

"Given how awesome the new MacBook Air is, I’m interested to see what Apple does with the other laptops in the lineup. I’ve had three 13” laptops (including the first-generation and current-generation Airs) and two 15” laptops, and I’ve previously been torn between these two sizes: the 15” always felt too bulky, and the 13” always felt like too little screen space."

Let the guessing games begin! Predictions abound for the upcoming refresh, most centering on the MBP taking on a lot of the characteristics of the MacBook Air (MBA), while keeping the 17-inch model (intact) with all the current bells and whistles. SSD, losing the optical drive, and fewer ports are the prediction, this article making a guess that the 13-inch MBP will disappear, and the 15-inch MBP will morph into a more powerful MBA, with a wedge shape, one or more SSDs, and will lose about a pound in weight. Cons discussed include lack of capacity with SSDs, no wired gigabit ethernet, and lack of ports (specifically firewire). The expectation seems to be that the MBAs will fill the lower end, the new MBP the mid-range, and the 17-inch MBP will remain the heavy hitter in the mobile portfolio. This does beg the question, "where to, plain vanilla entry-level macbook?" Gone? Thoughts, readers?

Monday, January 17, 2011

Nvidia Comes Clean About GPU Problem, Old News for Apple

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 12:00 PM

"Nvidia is coming clean with Dell, HP and Apple owners who purchased some of the Laptops with discrete GPU "bumps" that sometimes caused failure. Apple went to extraordinary lengths (far beyond Dell or HP), covering Macbook Pros affected with these issues for up to three years and issuing refunds to those who paid for repairs."

I had my MacBook Pro repaired by Apple free of charge when the display died, caused by this very problem, and that was well over a year ago. If you have one of the affected machines and haven't had it in for repairs, you can find out more about it by reading this Apple support document. You can also go here to read the PDF of the settlement document from Nvidia.

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