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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Consumer Reports Rates MacBook Air Tops

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 09:00 AM

"Consumer Reports may not like the iPhone 4 much, but it loves loves loves the MacBook Air."

It was pretty much across the board though, as not only did they give top ratings to the 11 and 13-inch MacBook Airs, but they also bestowed top honors on the 13, 15 and 17-inch MacBook Pros. The Consumer Reports blog link is here, but you have to either be a subscriber to go further, or just go with what Macworld is reporting. I doubt Macworld would lie about something like this though.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Apple Releases Update for MacBook and MacBook Pro

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 07:00 AM

"Apple has released a pair of firmware updates that fix some charging issues for previous generations of the MacBook and MacBook Pro.

Apple has found some customers that own either a MacBook or MacBook Pro are having charging problems, mainly the models from 2007-2008. So they have released MacBook SMC Firmware Update 1.4 and MacBook Pro SMC Firmware Update 1.4. You can also get them via Software Update on your Mac.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Apple MACronomics: Embracing the Ecosystem

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Apple Articles & Resources" @ 05:37 AM

In July I began the journey of moving to the Mac world (refer to the column "Taking the Plunge - Switching to the Apple World"). There were a number of reasons for this, including my perception that the total user experience of using a Mac would exceed that of the Windows platform from which I was moving. Read more...

Friday, August 27, 2010

iWork 9.0.4 for Your ePub Needs, and a Bonus MacBook Pro Update

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 04:00 AM

"If you've been looking for a way to create ePub documents that you can read in iBooks on your iPad or iPhone, then you're in luck. Apple on Thursday released iWork 9.0.4, an update to its suite of productivity software; chief among the improvements is the ability for Pages to export ePub files."

Not only was iWork updated to allow you to create your own ePub documents, but the Core i5 and i7 MacBook Pro owners also got an EFI FirmWare update. Macworld has a write up on the EFI Update, as well as one on the features with the iWork 9.0.4 update, both released on Thursday. You can also read up on the iWork update at Apple via their knowledge base article.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A Patch to go Along With Your New MacBook Pro

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:30 AM

"If you're already the proud owner of one of the brand new 15- or 17-inch MacBook Pros that were released on Tuesday, we've got some news for you. Fire up Software Update, and you'll be greeted with your very first patch. Talk about efficient."

Software Update 1.3 is for all mid 2010 15 and 17-inch MacBook Pros, and it addresses some issues with the graphics hardware. You can find the update here, or via the Software Update feature.

Refresh for the MacBook Pro Line

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 09:04 AM

"Last weekend, Apple oversaw a relatively successful launch of its new iPad tablet. On Thursday, the company made waves with a much publicized unveiling of iPhone OS 4.0. And today Apple has even more big news: The company is releasing updates to its Macbook Pro line. The 13-, 15-, and 17-inch versions of the laptop have all been upgraded."

On the heels of the iPad comes a refresh for the MacBook Pro lineup, with upgrades for each version. The 13-inch model gets a bigger hard drive as well as a boost in speed, and a battery life approaching 10 hours from some other reports that I've read. The Intel Core i5 and i7 processors found their way into the 15 and 17 inch versions, as well as a 256-MB Nvidia GeForce GT 330M graphics chip. All the versions come standard now with 4GB of RAM and bigger hard drives. I'm liking the increased battery life of the 13-inch model, but what is more important to you, more battery life or faster speeds? What are your thoughts on the update?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Win a Customized MacBook Pro, From Microsoft

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

"Enter to Win a Custom-Color MacBook Pro and Office 2008 for Mac. Microsoft Office for Mac loved the Mac community since way back when. What's the perfect gift for a long-term commitment?"

Pretty simple rules, just follow them on Twitter, or ReTweet @OfficeforMac and include the hashtag #officeformac. The contest ends on February 25th, 2010 and is only open to US and Canadian residents. You can go here to get all the information. Oh, you also get a copy of Office 2008 along with the 2.53GHz MacBook Pro.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

MacBook Scholars Program at U of A

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

"The MacBook Scholars Program, in its first year, is providing 500 freshman students with new computers to assist them in succeeding academically at the UA."

They used a panel comprised of UA admissions staff and student leaders to pick the first 500 students from the group of freshman students attending the University of Arizona this year. They haven't really outlined specifics on how they were chosen, but a majority had to overcome obstacles in order to attend according to one spokesperson. Regardless of how they were chosen, it sounds like they picked a group that really appreciated the MacBook package. The package included a MacBook Pro 13-inch customized with the University's logo on the case and the glowing Apple in red, a printer, iWork '09 and a $229 rebate offer from the school book store. This is an introductory program but it sounds like they are planning on expanding it in the future. 

Friday, July 10, 2009

MacBook Pro Hard Drives Are Really Chatty

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Laptops" @ 09:00 AM

"There's a thread on Apple's Discussion Boards this week regarding trouble with the latest MacBook Pros with 7200RPM drives. Specifically, the machines are clicking (most users report the click as coming from the drive's location) followed by a beep that's, as far as anyone can tell, not coming from the speaker, as demonstrated above. It's quiet in the video, so crank up the volume and listen closely. Finally, its occurrence is unpredictable."

You have to crank your volume a bit, as TUAW says, but the sound is definitely there. Sometimes I feel for Apple because they make good hardware, but the companies supplying the components that Apple doesn't have custom made (usually hard drives) just can't seem to get their stuff together.

Anyone out there have a 17" MacBook Pro with this issue?

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

MacBook Pro Sales Impress Analyst

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

"Apple's decision to cut prices across its MacBook lineup is about to be validated, according to an analyst's estimate.After several months of declining Mac sales compared against 2008 numbers, Apple looks to be back on track with its June Mac shipments, says Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. His firm initially estimated that Apple would sell 2.2 million Macs during its third quarter of 2009, which ended in June. Munster now says he's "increasingly confident" in that report because Apple is having trouble keeping its new 13-inch MacBook Pro in stock."

Looks like this is only on the faster 2.53 GHz 13 inch, which according to the Apple site shows a 7 to 10 day ship date, while the slower 2.26 GHz MacBook Pro 13 inch still shows as shipping within 24 hours. According to Munster some of the brick and mortar stores are also showing shortages in the same models. If you were planning on getting one of these online, sounds like you need to do some pre-planning. Or if you planned on just dropping by your local Apple store, best to call ahead!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Apple Fixes Slow SATA Glitch in MacBook Pros

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Laptops" @ 07:00 AM

"MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.7 addresses an issue reported by a small number of customers using drives based on the SATA 3Gbps specification with the June 2009 MacBook Pro. While this update allows drives to use transfer rates greater than 1.5Gbps, Apple has not qualified or offered these drives for Mac notebooks and their use is unsupported."

It may have been reported by a small number of users, but it affects every single purchaser of the new MacBook Pro! Come on Apple, don't minimize this one. It's a biggie.

I also like how they CYA'ed with the "unsupported" bit in the description for the download. When did Apple become Microsoft?

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Apple Revamps Laptop Lineup, Along With Prices

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 10:10 AM

"Phil Schiller kicked off today's keynote with a light update to the MacBook Pro family. All the models now include the new lithium polymer battery introduced with the 17 inch MacBook Pro earlier this year. They also have an SD-card slot in exchange for the Expresscard slot, a weird move by Apple. The Expresscard slot remains only on the 17-inch MacBook Pro. And lastly, the 13-inch MacBooks now have a Firewire 800 slot, officially making them part of the MacBook Pro family."

So there you have it, no netbook but they sure made improvements in specifications as well as pricing. The unibody MacBook is turned into a MacBook pro with the addition of the FireWire 800 port, and they drop the price down to $1,199.00 USD. The only MacBook you can purchase now is the white one, which is probably the best value of all the laptops when you compare performance. The big change is the sealed battery unit in all of them, giving the battery life a boost to 7 hours, but you lose the ability to swap out your batteries or replace them without going to an Apple Genius. Apple feels the trade off in the battery life increase is worth it, what do you think? Read more...

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

MacBook Pro Video Warranty Extended

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 10:00 AM

"Illustrating the scope of a flaw in older NVIDIA graphics chipsets, Apple has extended its special warranty on the GeForce 8600M GT in certain MacBook Pros from two to three years. Those visiting Apple's support page for the video corruption and failure issues suffered by this portable generation have noticed that Apple has quietly added an extra year to its coverage, giving owners of the affected MacBook Pros free replacements as late as September 2011 depending on the date of purchase."

I had mine in to the Genius Bar a few short months ago for this very reason. This affects the older MacBook Pros, manufactured between May 2007 and September 2008. Per the Apple Support article, look for distorted or scrambled video on the screen or no video at all on either the computer screen or an external display. The last problem is what I suffered through, but they fixed for free so all I was out was about a week with no laptop and my time taking it in and picking it up. This affects the 15 and 17-inch models, and was written about back in October of 2008. Now there is a class action lawsuit about the problem, that includes HP and Dell owners.

NVIDIA is denying that the new uni-body MacBook Pros share the same material in their graphics chips that caused the problem with the older ones so it appears, at least for now, that those models won't suffer the same fate. NVIDIA initially told Apple last year that there was no problem with the chip in the older MBP's too, so I guess we shall see!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

17" MacBook Pro Owners Get Graphic Relief

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Laptops" @ 04:00 PM

"Apple today posted MacBook Pro Graphics Firmware Update 1.0 (770kb) which addresses the appearance of vertical lines or distorted graphics on the notebook display. According to the about page there are two parts to this process: Installing the firmware update application onto your hard drive. Using the firmware update application to update your graphics subsystem firmware."

Any of you folks have a 17" MacBook Pro? Any of you have any luck with this update? It'll be nice to see if it works because the accusations have been flying that the nVidia 9600 chip is actually defective. If this fixes it, I guess that argument becomes moot. Let us know in the discussions if yours has been resurrected.

(It should be noted that this update does not apply to the 15" MacBook Pro and is only for the 17" model.)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Apple Updates Almost Everything; Settles Rumor Mill Down

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple News" @ 08:00 AM

Well, suprisingly, the rumor mill did very well. While they didn't get the timing right, they definitely got the updates right. Apple refreshed a bunch of hardware yesterday, and here are a few of the highlights.

The New iMacs

The new iMacs are a solid deal. The 20" inch model is nicely priced now at $1,199 and the 24" monster is perfect for power users at $2,199. While I'm not convinced there's a big market for desktop computers any more, if you are a Mac user and want some oomph on your desk, this is the place to get it. Another notable is that even the base configuration now has 2 gigs, and most of the desktops have 4. That's definitely in preparation for Snow Leopard.e

Cosmetically, nothing's changed aside from the keyboard, which is utterly baffling to me. Apple seems to be phasing out numeric keypads, now, and even the wired one now doesn't have a numeric keypad. I wanted the Bluetooth wireless keyboard really badly for my MBP so I sucked it up and tolerated the fact that it didn't have the keypad, but I just don't get this move at all. In some ways, this adds fuel to the fire of people who hate Apple and their "our way or the highway" approach to computer design.


Tuesday, February 24, 2009

MacBook Pro 17-inch Ad Debuts

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 08:00 AM

"Apple has debuted a new Web ad featuring the company's flagship notebook, the unibody 17-inch MacBook Pro in service of the "World's Greenest Family of Notebooks" theme, which is currently running on and other major websites."

You can view the ad at Apple's website or by going to YouTube, simple ad touting the lengthy batter life as well as environmental benefits of not having to recycle batteries as often. The ad is clean and simple. If you want details on the MacBook Pro 17-inch, you can check the specs at the Apple site.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

17" MBP Disassembled, Freakishly Large Battery Found

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Laptops" @ 09:00 AM

"Our MacBook Pro 17" Unibody arrived on February 17. We immediately got to work disassembling it and posting teardown photos here. We comment on interesting changes and show some comparisons with other MacBook parts."

No wonder the battery lasts so long. It's 1.25 pounds (the difference in weight between the 17" MacBook Pro and the 15.4" model) and 12,820 mAh. That's a ton of juice! iFixit also notes that Apple did some cool stuff like moving the Bluetooth adapter out of the display bezel to save you from having to replace the screen if the BlueTooth fails.

This is a truly awesome teardown so if you want to see how that monster ticks, don't take yours apart; just hit the link and enjoy!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

New MacBook Pros Can Take 6 Gigs of RAM

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Laptops" @ 02:00 PM

"If you own one of the new unibody/Late 2008 MacBook Pros or one released November 2007 or later you can use up to 6GB of RAM – the most on a portable Mac. The new MacBook Pros have two slots and the 2GB model ship with a 1GB SO-DIMM in each. The 6GB upgrade requires replacing the two 1GB modules with one 4GB SO-DIMM (the expensive one) and one 2GB module (~$30)."

Now that I'm using virtualization for work-related stuff a lot more often, this might be a move I make. I can give 2 GB to the virtual machine in Parallels and still have the four that my MBP came with from the factory. Hmmmm...

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

15.4" Matte Display Conversion Aimed at Silencing Whiners

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Laptops" @ 09:00 AM

"If you're one of those people who would have gotten one of the slick new 15" MacBook Pros but just can't bear the thought of using a glossy LCD screen, then you need to know about TechRestore. The electronics repair service, known for its speedy repairs of Mac laptops, has introduced a new service that trades the glossy screen for silky matte goodness."

Yep, that's right. If you have a 15" MacBook Pro (the new shiny purdy one like yours truly) then you too can spend $200 more to have the beautiful screen converted to a matte finish so that you don't have to go through the pain of adjusting the viewing angle to minimize reflections when the sun is glaring over your shoulder. Honestly, I think people are a little ridiculous when it comes to their disdain for the glossy screen, but if you're one of "those" folks, then this might be for you.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Apple Details MBP 17" Battery Replacements

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Laptops" @ 09:00 AM

"The battery in your MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2009) is a consumable item, which means it will require replacement at the end of its useful life. A replacement battery can be purchased directly from Apple. The price of the replacement battery includes installation of your new battery and environmentally responsible disposal of your depleted battery."

If you live near an Apple Store, this isn't a terrible deal. If you don't, well, you're out of luck and you'll have to ship it off to get the battery replaced. At least they'll dispose of the old battery properly. For the record, I still don't like the idea of a non-user-replaceable battery.

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