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Apple issued a recall on June 20th for “a limited number of older generation” Mid-2015 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro models due to a possible fire risk. Why? Well, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission “has received 26 reports of the laptop’s battery overheating, including five reports of minor burns and one report of smoke inhalation, as well as 17 reports of minor damage to nearby personal property.” Steven Gagne’s laptop unfortunately exploded before he was able to send it in for repairs. Read more for additional pictures and information.
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Apple announced new versions of its MacBook Pro laptops with faster Intel chips and another change to the keyboard that the company says will fix issues experienced by users earlier this week. The new 13-inch model starts at $1,799, while the 15-inch begins at $2,399. These refreshed MacBook Pro laptops include an updated keyboard design with “new materials” that should improve its performance, and substantially reduces the problems with double-presses and no-presses being registered. Read more for the iFixit tear down video and additional information.
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Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims Apple will release an all-new 16-inch MacBook Pro, next-generation iPhone models with bilateral charging, and possibly a slightly upgraded iPad Pro. Before we get to the laptop, this year’s iPhones will be available in 6.5-inch, 5.8-inch, and 6.1-inch screen sizes, but all retain Lightning connectivity rather than opt for USB-C, along with frosted glass casing, improved Face ID with a higher power flood illuminator, larger batteries, as well as a triple camera design. What many are looking forward to is the new MacBook Pro that boasts a screen size between 16-inches and 16.5-inches with an all-new design. Read more for a concept video and additional information.
Why bother with a Touch Bar, when you could have a laptop that boasts a built-in “Infinite Pad”? Meet the Epsilon Laptop. This touchscreen display of sorts can be used either as a traditional trackpad, a touch bar, or as a tablet for drawing, memos, and lots more. As you can see in the image above, it’s a great tool for musicians as there’s just enough room to use it as a MIDI controller, complete with keys. Read more for additional pictures.
Sure, you can have strong passwords and rock solid encryption technologies to keep private work data safe, but those tools can’t stop prying eyes from simply looking over your shoulder, or even capturing a photo of what’s on your screen. It’s officially called visual hacking, and thankfully, there’s an easy fix – a simple privacy filters. It takes just a few seconds for someone to snag confidential information from a computer screen, which could potentially be used for malicious intent. However, not all of them work the same, with many reducing visibility when applied, that is, unless…you’re talking about Moshi’s Umbra. Once adhered to your MacBook Air / MacBook Pro / Pixelbook / Surface Pro display, it severely restricts the viewing angle, without reducing visbility. That’s right, anyone who tries to sneak a peek from the sides or top will just see a blackened screen. Best of all, the Umbra is fully washable, and can be reapplied repeatedly, 100% bubble-free each time. Product page. Read more for our full review.
Sure, Apple updated its 2018 MacBook Pro models twice this year, with the latest being with AMD’s Vega GPUs, but as for a big redesign, we probably won’t see one until 2019. This bezel-less concept shows what such a refresh could look like, running a unified OS X that also works on iOS devices. Other rumored features include: 10nm Intel Cannon Lake processors, Face ID, and a Touch Bar with haptic feedback. Read more for a bonus video, additional pictures and information.
Finally, macOS Mojave has come out of beta and will be available for Apple users to download today. This update is mostly about front-end tweaks, including new visual elements, apps, and the much talked about “Dark Mode”. Found in System Preferences, under General, the mode offers classy evening look, with a smoked glass menu bar and dock. A revamped App Store is more accessible and puts apps on display more prominently. You also get new native apps, such as Apple News, Stocks, Apple Home, as well as Voice Memos. Continue reading for another video and more information.
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The problem with the MacBook Pro Touch Bar is that many consider it an unnecessary addition, as it can only be used for basic functions, but what if this was replaced with a touchscreen display? Introducing the MacBook Pro Touch. Located right above the standard keyboard is a touchscreen that can be used for apps, including photos, iMessage, and more. Continue reading for additional pictures.
Apple revealed new refreshed MacBook Pros for 2018, and it includes both the 13- ($1299+) and 15-inch ($2399+) models. The former can be configured with an Intel Core i5 / i7 CPU, and up to a two-terabyte SSD, while the latter offers a Core i9 option, 32GB of RAM, as well as a 4TB SSD. For media professionals who need more graphics power, the 15-inch model includes AMD Radeon Pro GPUs with at least 4GB of VRAM, and the 13-inch has Intel’s Iris Plus 655 graphics (128MB of eDRAM). Continue reading for another hands-on video, more pictures and information.
It’s only a matter of time before desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones are all merged into one package, but how would such a device look? Well, if Apple were to take a stab at it, this hybrid design could possibly give us a first look. Simply put, it boasts a foldable design, complete with a stand that can be used to prop up the device, similar to an iMac. Continue reading for more pictures.