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All posts tagged "macbook pro"


Thursday, January 8, 2009

17" MacBook Pro Battery Replacement = $179

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Laptops" @ 10:00 AM

http://www.macrumors.com/2009/01/07...nd-other-notes/

"Apple's only hardware announcement yesterday was the 17" MacBook Pro revision which brings the laptop in-line with the rest of the unibody laptops introduced in November. The new notebook brings a few welcome changes to the high-end Apple notebook, including a maximum of 8GB of RAM. The non-replaceable battery, however, has generated some complaints but Apple's promises that their technology should allow the battery to last 5 years before it needs replacing. When that time comes, Gizmodo was told that the battery replacement will cost $179."

*sigh*

I'm so not happy about the non-removable battery, and I'm so not buying any of the reasons it exists. If you have the 15" MacBook Pro, look at the battery cover. It's paper thin. Is Apple seriously telling us that a paper-thin battery cover would change the dynamics of the design that much that they couldn't make the battery removable? Secondly, a lot of folks are saying that the hard disk is accessible in the new model by removing the lower panel of the case. If that's the case, why is the battery inaccessible? Anyway, be prepared; if you buy the 17" MacBook Pro, replacing that non-accessible wonder of a battery won't be cheap.


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Battery Out = Performance Hit?

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

http://www.gearlog.com/2008/11/appl...e_huge_perf.php

"While I was benchmarking third-party RAM with a MacBook Pro this week, I noticed that the computer was taking a huge hit in performance when it wasn't running on Apple-supplied memory. A minor decrease in performance might be unlikely, but a 37 percent plunge in processing power seemed impossible. After some backtracking, I realized that I had been running the benchmarks without the battery installed after I'd swapped out the stock RAM for third-party memory."

Seeing as Apple has documented this issue, it is apparently known and designed. That being said, it just seems odd and everyone discussing it right now seems almost completely baffled by it. The explanation, in theory, makes sense. They don't want to overdraw power that the power supply can't handle by itself, but if that's the case how come we haven't heard of this same issue with other manufacturers? I personally think the MacBook is an alien device that we've yet to fully grasp the function of and at some point we'll all be sequestered in a room and debriefed as we're handed new notebooks, but that's me. What's your theory?


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

In a Cooling Economy, Apple Still Sells

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

http://www.macdailynews.com/index.p...pple_mac_sales/

""A slowing global economy had little impact on Apple's computer business last month, as consumers willingly plunked down their cash for the company's new MacBook offerings, helping to drive Mac sales up more than 25 percent year-over-year," Katie Marsal reports for AppleInsider. "According to data from market research firm NPD, which was relayed in a research note from Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, sales of Macs during the month of October were up 28 percent compared to the same month one year ago. They benefitted largely from the October 14th launch of the Unibody MacBook and MacBook Pro, which began shipping immediately thereafter," Marsal reports."

The truth is, it's Gene Munster who is an eternal optimist where Apple is concerned, but that being said, numbers are numbers and the fact that Apple's new MacBooks are attracting buyers when everyone said they were nuts for introducing new products a few weeks ago proves that the economy isn't always a barrier to buying or an indicator of an intent to buy. It also proves that if you have a product people want to buy, they'll be at least somewhat willing to throw caution to the wind and buy it.

I know I did!


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

MacBook / MacBook Pro Trackpad Update Available Now

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

http://www.appleinsider.com/article..._trackpads.html

"Apple has released a software update to address an issue where trackpad clicks would randomly go unrecognized on its latest notebook offerings: the MacBook (Late 2008) and MacBook Pro (Late 2008). "This firmware update addresses an issue where trackpad clicks may not be recognized on MacBook (13-inch, Aluminum, Late 2008) and MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2008) computers," the company said."

As I stated in my original review of the MacBook Pro, the trackpad was giving me grief. As cool as it was when it worked, it was finicky in a way that was starting to become counterproductive. A few weeks after its release, a customer wrote to Steve Jobs and got a response that they were aware of the issue and working toward a fix for it. Today was the day and it did exactly that. My trackpad works perfectly now and my only real "issue" with my MBP is now gone. Thankfully, I no longer want to punt it out my kitchen window in frustration. Anyone else grab it yet?


Friday, November 7, 2008

Unibody MacBook Owners Having WiFi Drama?

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Laptops" @ 11:00 AM

http://www.appleinsider.com/article...y_wireless.html

"Some owners of Apple's new unibody, 15-inch MacBook Pro are reporting in Apple's support forums (1, 2) that their connections to wireless access points often lose signal strength or drop their links altogether. The problem echoes a similar one witnessed by owners of aluminum iMac owners since mid-year that has created similar difficulties. What conditions are exactly necessary to trigger the problem are unknown. Connections to some access points work properly, while others create severe connection problems. Network and security settings don't appear to matter, nor do devices attached to the systems. A collection of the MacBook Pro owners have partly diagnosed the problem and have discovered that the latency between their Macs and their Wi-Fi hotspots can fluctuate wildly, shifting from normal response times of under 10ms to as high as 39,290ms -- or more than 39 seconds between signals. These extreme variances result in the data packet loss that ultimately interrupts the signal."

As I said in the comments on my review of my MacBook Pro, I haven't had this issue, but apparently a lot of people are. It's long been hinted by disgruntled users that the aluminum case is equivalent to a Faraday cage, from which no radio signal can escape in tact. I have no reason to believe it isn't happening, I just haven't experienced it yet. It's definitely something to be aware of when you're choosing your next Apple product, especially considering that all of them seem to be moving toward aluminum as the material of choice. Then again, there is the MacBook White...


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Aluminum and Glass: The New MacBook Pro

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Laptops" @ 10:00 AM



Product Category: Notebook Computer
Manufacturer: Apple
Where to Buy: Amazon.com [Affiliate]
Price: $1999 - $2499 ($2499 configuration tested, no BTO options)
Specifications: Detailed Specs Here

Pros:

  • Solid smooth design;
  • Powerful CPU and GPU;
  • Excellent screen.

Cons:

  • Trackpad is somewhat fidgety;
  • A tad on the heavy side;
  • Expensive.

Summary:
Apple has ditched the two-piece shell of the MacBook Pro, opting for a new single-piece shell they refer to as "brick." Is the new MacBook Pro a divine piece of masonry or an over-hyped marketing gimmick? Read more...


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

New MacBooks Not "Clicking" With Owners?

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Laptops" @ 11:00 AM

http://arstechnica.com/journals/app...trackpad-issues

"Apple is reportedly looking into issues regarding its no-buttoned glass trackpad on its new MacBooks and MacBook Pros. According to a blog post by an Apple fan, he had sent an e-mail to Steve Jobs over issues he was having with the new hardware. He then received a call from an Apple representative shortly after sending the message, who said that Apple was currently "looking into the complaints, but has no immediate resolution."

I'm just putting the finishing touches on my review of the new MacBook Pro, and honestly I haven't bumped into this precise issue. I have had my share of fidgitiness (is that even a word?) with the tracking, but the clicking seems to be working fine. The good news, of course, is that Apple seems to have gotten enough complaints that they're actually looking into it. I'm wondering though; if you've already gotten yours, are you having issues with the trackpad clicking or any other issues with the new glass trackpad? I'm interested to know how widespread this actually is.


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