up to $630 off 15.4-inch MacBook Pros
Apple's online store has a variety of refurbished MacBook Pro models with steep discounted prices. The 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive has been cut by $350 to $1,449. A refurbished 15.4-inch MBP with Retina display, a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage has been reduced by $500 to $1,599.
EFI update fixes keyboard issues
Apple on Thursday released a software update to address an issue that made keyboards and trackpads unresponsive on its newest Retina MacBook Pros. The update, available through Apple's Support Pages, is recommended for 13-inch, late-2013 MacBook Pros with Retina Displays. Prior to the update, the only way to address the issue was to perform a hard reset on a device.
Moshi releases screen protector for iPad Air, hardshell case for MacBook Pro
Available as of November 1, Moshi has released two new accessories for iPad Air and MacBook Pro. The iVisor AG (anti-glare) is the latest addition to its line of reusable screen protectors, and is designed to be air-bubble free, provide enhanced scratch protection, and reduce fingerprints and smudging. The iGlaze, originally only available in MacBook Air and Retina versions, is now available for the 13-inch MacBook Pro. The hardshell-style case provides durable protection while remaining thin, due to its polycarbonate construction and micro-clip design.
15.4-inch Retina MBPs for $1,599 and up
Apple's online store is currently offering a range of refurbished 15.4-inch MacBook Pro models with Retina displays starting as low as $1,599. A $500 discount drops the price on the 15.4-inch MacBook Pro from June 2012 with a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage down to $1,599. The refurbished Retina MBP with a 2.4GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD released in February of 2013 has seen a $540 drop to $1,659.
Earlier, later models not affected; Apple likely to resolve issue soon
Storage accessory company lost support for its own ExpressCard slot under OS X Mavericks (10.9). Users upgrading a 17-inch model from 2010, otherwise known as "MacBookPro6,1" under the extended "About This Mac" information, will find that cards of any sort inserted into the built-in ExpressCard slot do not work, even after drivers are reapplied. The problem does not effect earlier or later models.
No date on patch, likely to be firmware-based
Apple has acknowledged the widespread keyboard and trackpad trouble reports with its new MacBook Pro models, unveiled last week. The problem manifests itself as a total freeze of input from either the trackpad or keyboard, and appears to affect every size and configuration of the laptop computer.
Hard reset only solution so far
Owners of the new MacBook Pros are complaining about their keyboard and trackpad controls periodically freezing up, according to threads on Apple's official support forums. The problem appears to affect every size and configuration of the Pro. The only definite solution so far is a hard reset, although some people suggest that forcing sleep by closing the lid and reopening it may also get control back.
Boosts MacBook graphics 40 to 65 percent faster than previous generation
Benchmarking tests on the latest Apple MacBook Pro models have revealed that the new Iris integrated graphics systems from Intel is considerably faster than the previous generation -- up to 65 percent faster, in fact. Two different test suites (Cinebench r15's OpenGL and Unigen's Heaven) showed improvements between 40 and 65 percent on the graphics performance compared to a similarly-specced early 2013 MacBook Pro.
new Retina MBPs, Mavericks is free and more
Today in the MacNN forums members discuss a range of topics following the announcements from Apple earlier this week. Moderator P got the conversation going about the specs on new Retina MacBook Pros. Shock and amazement swept through the forums earlier this week as Apple announced the price for the latest upgraded to the Mac operating system titled Mavericks.
MacBook Pros and iPods
This week at Apple’s online store save on a variety of MacBook Pro and iPod models. Starting at only $999 is the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive. A $440 discount is offered on the 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage, now $1,059.
Larger MacBook Pro less repairable than 2012 model
The latest versions of the MacBook Pro notebooks with Retina displays are both very difficult to repair, according to a new teardown by repair outfit iFixit. Though the internal design of the 15-inch model has received a few updates compared to last year's model, the 13-inch version is said to have a completely reworked interior.
Working on iMac, MacBooks
Electric car maker Tesla has hired on Apple's Doug Field as its new head of vehicle engineering programs, reports say. While at Apple Field was the company's Hardware VP, working first under Bob Mansfield, and later Dan Riccio. His resume also includes time at corporations like Segway, DEKA, and Johnson & Johnson.
New MacBook Pros take the Geekbench 3 test
Both of Apple's new MacBook Pro models have been put to the test, and the higher-end model appears to show significant gains over its predecessor. Primate Labs ran both the 15-inch and the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pros through the Geekbench 3 benchmark tests, finding improvements in performance for both devices. The 15-inch model sees about an eight percent improvement overall, while the 13-inch rated a four percent all-around improvement.
Lots of MacBook Pros, iPads, iMacs and Minis on offer
On the heels of new product and software announcements, Apple has also re-stocked its Refurbished online store with a larger-than-normal selection of MacBook Pros, iPads, iMacs and Mac mini models. In particular, the company looks to be clearing out a backlog of older iPad models, ranging from the iPad 2 up to the current fourth-generation iPad and the original iPad mini. Prices are on par for the Refurbished store, and as usual includes a full warranty from Apple.
Up to 29 percent off MacBook Pro
Today at Apple's online store, save on a variety of refurbished MacBook Pro models. The 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive has been cut by $200 to $999. A 29 percent price break is offered on the 13.3-inch Retina MBP with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage: it has been cut to $1,059.
13- and 15-inch now standard with Retina display, Haswell
As part of its wide-ranging presentation of new products today, Apple has announced new MacBook Pro models that are available immediately. Retina-quality displays are now standard across the line, while prices on the starter models have dropped by $200. The basic 13-inch model now sports a 2.4Ghz i5 "Haswell" processor, 4GB of RAM standard and a 128GB SSD (PCIe-based) for storage, along with 802.11ac for Wi-Fi and Thunderbolt 2 for connectors. Both models are 0.71 inches thick, with the 13-inch weighing 3.46 pounds and the 15-inch model just one pound heavier.
KGI's Kuo sees iPad mini with A7 as well
At its highly anticipated annual iPad event, Apple will unveil a thinner, lighter iPad with an A7X processor, but with no Touch ID biometric sensor, according to the latest word from well-connected KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. A recent report from Kuo, picked up by 9to5Mac, says that Apple will on Tuesday show off a full-size iPad that is 20 percent lighter and thinner than the previous generation. Kuo also believes Apple will reveal a new, more powerful iPad mini and MacBook Pro models powered by Intel's Haswell chips.
MacBook Pros, Mac minis and more
All MacBooks are on sale now at BestBuy.com, with big savings on a wide selection of models. The 13.3-inch MBP with a 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive is now $1,050 after a $150 price cut. Save $350 on the 15.4-inch Retina MacBook Pro with a 2.6GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and a 768GB flash drive which was $3,500, but is now $3,150.
New Macs, iPads anticipated
Apple has sent out email invitations asking the press to attend an October 22nd event in San Francisco. The presentation is being hosted at the Yerba Buena Center, and will start at 10AM Pacific time. The invite features the slogan "we still have a lot to cover," and an Apple logo on top of a bed of multi-colored leaves reminiscent of Apple's iOS 7 aesthetics.
Launches in quick succession after Oct. 22 event
Release dates have been leaked for the products Apple is expected to announce on October 22nd, says French site MacG. An updated MacBook Pro is slated to launch on the 24th or 25th, followed by the fifth-generation iPad and second-gen iPad mini on the 30th or the 31st. The overhauled Mac Pro is only forecast for November 15th.
Forum threads indicate unaddressed flaw in some AMD cards or Apple graphics software
Detective work and anecdotal evidence by users in an Apple Support Communities thread about problems with discrete graphics cards in some MacBook Pros has narrowed down a range of possible flawed cards (or flawed switching software controlling the cards' use) in machines from early 2011 that use Apple's automatic switching between an integrated graphics chipset and a built-in discrete AMD card. Owners with the AMD Radeon 6750M GPU seem to be the most affected, but other Radeon cards are involved as well.
SMC update addresses battery bug
Apple has released several firmware updates for its MacBook Pro and MacBook Air notebooks. The MacBook Pro Retina SMC update v1.1 addresses an issue that is said to cause slow frame rates when playing graphics-intensive games with the 15-inch model, along with separate issues relate to Power Nap, waking from sleep and fan control.
Deals on MacBook Pros and iPods
Apple's online store has a vast selection of refurbished Mac and iPod models at bargain prices. The 13.3-inch, 2.5GHz MacBook Pro with 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive has been reduced to $999, a savings of $200. The refurbished 32GB iPod touch 4G has now dropped to only $179, which is $40 less than its original list price of $219.
MacBook Pros, iPhone cases and more
Today at Rakuten.com, check out the 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with 2.3GHz Intel Core i7 dual-core processor, two Thunderbolt ports, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of flash storage, and Retina display that's now priced at $1,849. With this deal customers get %15 off the original $2,199 list price, and save $70 when compared to the next best deal we have seen this model for. FREE shipping is included as well, and sales tax applies for residents of New York and California.
Refurbished Retina MBPs from $1,249
Apple's online store currently has a wide selection of refurbished Retina MacBook Pro models at discounted prices. The 13.3-inch Retina MBP with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has been reduced by $250 to $1,249. The 13.3-inch Retina MBP with the same specs but 256GB of flash storage has also been cut by $250 to $1,359.
13-inch MBPs for $1,439 or less
Apple's online store currently has a selection of refurbished 13.3-inch MBP and Retina MBP models that are priced at $1,439 or less. The refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive has been cut by $200 to $999. A $250 discount is offered on the 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage, now $1,249.
MBPs, iPads, peripherals and more
At MacMall.com's September Blowout sale, save up to $649 off Mac computers. The 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro has been reduced by $569 to $1,430, which is 28 percent off the list price of $1,999 and the lowest price we've seen by $20. Free shipping is included, but sales tax applies for residents of California, Tennessee and Wisconsin. It features a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage. A one-year warranty on parts and labor is included from Apple.
Retina MBPs for less than $1,800
Starting at $1,249, after a $250 discount, is the refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage. A $240 discount is offered on the 13.3-inch Retina MBP with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage, now $1,359.
How to speed up mac startup
This week in the MacNN forums, one Fresh-Faced Recruit was looking for a long-lasting solution for getting their Mac to start up faster. In the thread titled "Mid 2009 MacBook Pro Shutdown Problems," one long-time forum member is looking for some help with trying to figure out what is going on with an old, beat up MacBook Pro that they were given.
MacBook Air and MacBook Pro from $749
A wide selection of refurbished MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models are currently available at discounted prices at Apple's online store. The 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.7GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of flash storage has been cut by $250 to $749. For $799, after a $300 discount, is the 11.6-inch MBA with a 1.7GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage.
Resellers discounting iMacs ahead of expected fall refresh
A Hong Kong-based supply chain monitor has advised its readers that new MacBook Pros featuring the energy-efficient "Haswell" processor could conceivably appear as early as next week. In related news, major resellers are discounting prices on the current models of iMac in what appears to be an effort to clear excess inventory ahead of a fall Haswell-based refresh.
More than 4GB of RAM and other discussions
One Junior Member is trying to figure out if there is any way to increase the RAM in their MacBook Pro to more than 4GB. Confused Grizzled Veteran "And.reg" is trying to figure out why their calendar colors keep changing in their iCloud account, others report similar problems in the thread titled "Who keeps hacking my iCloud account?"
Retina MBPs from $1,249
Currently Apple's online store has a variety of refurbished Retina MacBook Pro models starting at $1,249. The 13.3-inch MBP with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage was reduced by $250 to $1,249. Priced at $1,439 -- after a $260 discount -- is the 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro with a 2.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage.
refurbished 15.4-inch MBP now $1,450
This week at Woot.com save on the factory re-certified 15.4-inch MacBook Pro which has been reduced to $1,449.99. That's about $225 less than the lowest price we have seen on this notebook anywhere else. Free shipping is included. This MBP features a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 750GB hard drive. A one year warranty is included on parts and labor from Apple.
$200 off MBPs, XTremMac charging station for $18
The MacBook sale continues this week at BestBuy.com. Save $200 on the 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, it was $2,199, but is now $2,000. That's $80 less than the lowest price found anywhere else. Free shipping is included, but sales tax applies for residents of most states. The 15.4-inch Retina MBP features a 2.4GHz Intel core i7 processor with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage. A one-year warranty is included from Apple.
Leather skins for MacBook from onanoff
A new line of leather skins designed for the Retina MacBook Pro and MacBook Air has been released by onanoff. The leather skins are made with a strong adhesive coating that attaches to the MacBook's surface, but can still be removed without leaving any residual markings. Four different color options are available for both MacBook models, including Royal Blue, Fiery Red, Black Onyx and Oak Brown. The skins can be purchased online through onanoff's store with prices range from $50 for the 11-inch MacBook Air variant, up to $60 for the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro.
MacBook Pros, monitors and more
Right now BestBuy.com is offering $200 off select MacBook Pro models, like the 13.3-inch MBP with Retina display which was $1,499.99 but is now $1,299.99. That discount makes this the lowest price on this configuration by $100. Free shipping is included and sales tax applies for residents of most states. This MBP features a 2.5GHz Intel i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage along with Intel HD Graphics 4000. Mac OS X Mountain Lion comes pre-installed, and a one year warranty is included from Apple.
Prices expected to remain high
New Retina MacBook Pros -- upgraded to Intel's Haswell platform -- won't ship until October, claims the China Times. Apple suppliers are allegedly suffering yield problems with Retina displays, delaying internal timetables. Some analysts have been anticipating new Pros in September, the same month that new iPhones are likely to be announced; Apple will often use its fall events to debut products that aren't related to the events' highlights.
MacBook Pros for $1,499 or less
This week at Apple's online store, find reduced prices on refurbished MacBook Pro models. The 15.4-inch MBP with a 2.4GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 750GB hard drive has seen a $500 discount to $1,499. For $1,449 is the 15.4-inch refurbished MacBook Pro with a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive.
13.3-inch Retina MBP for $1,699
This week, eCost.com has the 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro for the reduced price of $1,699. That's $600 off the list price of $2,299, and $200 less than the lowest price we have seen on this configuration anywhere else. Free shipping is included, but sales tax applies for residents of California, Texas and Tennessee. This MBP features a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 512GB of flash storage with Intel HD Graphics 4000 and Mountain Lion pre-installed. Also included is a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.
$200 off 13.3-inch MacBook Pro
At BestBuy.com, save $200 on the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro which was $1,499, but has been cut to $1,299. That makes this about $75 less than the lowest price we have seen on this MBP anywhere, thanks to their back-to-school sale. Free shipping is included, but sales tax applies for residents of most states. This MacBook Pro features a 2.9GHz Intel core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 750GB hard drive with Mountain Lion pre-installed. A one-year warranty on parts and labor is included from Apple.
Back-to-school sale knocks $200 off for everyone else
Hot on the heels of its discounts on the current-generation Haswell MacBook Airs, big-box retailer Best Buy is cutting prices on current 13-inch MacBook Pro models by $200 as part of a back-to-school sale. The deal gets even sweeter for students who have a school email address ending in ".edu" -- mostly college students -- who register on Best Buy's Student Deals site: they will receive a coupon for a further $100 off the price, bringing total possible savings to $300. The $100 offer also extends to iMacs, which are not currently discounted.
13.3-inch MBP for $999, HP Envy Sleekbook for $299, more
This week, bargain-hunters can find discounted pricing on MacBook Pros at Amazon. The 13.3-inch MBP has seen a $200 discount from $1,199 down to $999, making this the lowest price we have seen on this notebook by $112. Free delivery is included, but sales tax applies for residents of Kansas, Kentucky, New York, North Dakota, or Washington. This MacBook pro features a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive with Intel HD Graphics 4000. A one-year warranty on parts and labor is included from Apple.
Processor score essentially unchanged; difference is in battery, graphics
Following after reports of a 13-inch MacBook Pro with an Intel "Haswell" processor showing up at the Geekbench testing site last month, a 15-inch model with a quad-core Haswell chip was seen earlier today. However, other than potentially confirming the existence of such machines and increasing the likelihood that they will be released in the near future, the processor scores will not impress owners of the current-generation models -- as they are nearly identical from that measurement. The benefit of the Haswell chip lies mainly in its significantly better battery performance and enhanced graphics chipset.
Best way to replace my battery?
Today in the MacNN forums, one Junior Member asks, "what is the best way to replace the battery in a MacBook Pro?" One Fresh-Faced Recruit was trying to figure out the best way to guard against the RAM being stolen from a 27-inch iMac in a computer lab.
Retina MBPs from $1,269
This week, save big on refurbished MacBook Pro models with Retina displays. The 13.3-inch Retina MBP features a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor with 8GB of RAM, 128GB of flash storage and Intel HD Graphics 4000, it has been cut by $230 to $1,269. A $260 discount is offered on the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with 2.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage, now $1,439.
Are Lion and Mountain Lion worth installing?
Today in the MacNN forums, Professional Poster "shifuimam" asks "are Lion and Mountain Lion worth installing?" after hearing that there was a way to install it on unsupported hardware. Also this week, members discuss ways to deal with a MacBook Pro that has a broken monitor in the thread titled "Possibilities" which was started by Fresh-Faced Recruit "Might3Mouse."
MacBook Pros from $1,430, LaCie hard drives for $40
At Newegg.com this week, save on the refurbished 17-inch MacBook Pro which would have retailed for around $3,000. It is currently $1,430, which is about $270 less than the lowest price we have seen on this model anywhere else. Free delivery is available, but sales tax applies for residents of California, New Jersey, New York, and Tennessee. This MBP features a 2.2GHz Intel quad core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 750GB hard drive along with AMD Radeon HD 6750M graphics with 1GB of dedicated video memory. A 90-day warranty on parts and labor is included.
Retina MBPs from $1,269
The refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has been reduced by $230 to $1,269. For $1,439, after a $260 discount, is the refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage.
Haswell-equipped 13-inch MacBook pops up at Geekbench
Benchmarks for two unreleased Macs have appeared in Primate Labs' Geekbench database. Perhaps most significant is a 13-inch MacBook Pro, listed with an "AAPLJ44,1" codename. The benched model is equipped with a 2.4GHz Core i5 4258U dual-core processor, 8GB of RAM, and a Boot ROM dated June 5th. It's also running a proprietary build of OS X Mavericks, 13A2050.