Mail crash, Ripit help and more
Yesterday in the MacNN forums, one concerned Fresh-Faced Recruit turned to the forums looking for help with an unusual problem with Mail that they are unable to get past. Also yesterday, Grizzled Veteran "gooser" started a thread looking for some assistance with using Ripit and Front Row on a MacBook Pro, a solution has yet to be found.
Retina MBPs from $1,269
Apple's online store currently has a wide selection of refurbished Retina MacBook Pro models at reduced prices. The 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. The 13.3-inch Retina MBP with a 2.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage has been cut by $260 to $1,439.
Global MacBook inventories at low levels
Two new reports may suggest that Apple is planning to update MacBooks at WWDC, which begins June 10th. 9to5Mac says it has been given product SKUs for four new MacBook models, which appear to represent high- and low-end configurations of two different sizes of the same notebook. It's unclear whether that means the MacBook Air or the Retina MacBook Pro, both of which have similar tiers.
Models break $1,000 barrier
Apple has lowered the prices on 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pros at its US educational store. The 2.5GHz and 2.9GHz systems have each dipped by $100, down to $999 and $1,299, respectively. Those costs are $200 less than what Apple charges the general public.
MacBook Pros from $1,019
Apple's online store this week is offering refurbished MacBook Pro models starting as low as $1,019. The 13.3-inch MBP with a 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive is now $1,019 after a $180 discount. A $230 price drop is offered on the 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro with a 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage, now $1,269.
15.4-inch MacBook Pros from $1,489
A vast selection of refurbished 15.4-inch MacBook Pro models are available at Apple's Online Store. The 15.4-inch MBP with a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive has been reduced to $1,489, a savings of $310. A $420 price cut is offered on the 15.4-inch Retina MBP with 2.3GHz quad-core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 750GB hard drive, now $1,679.
This week in the MacNN Forums, Mac Elite "asxless" started a discussion about ways to travel "Mac-less" using only iOS devices while road-tripping this summer. Yesterday, Professional Poster "mindwaves" was looking for a reason why their Retina MacBook Pro was shutting down while in sleep mode.
MacBook Air, Logitech iPad keyboard and more
This week, MacMall.com has reduced the price of the 13.3-inch MacBook Air from $1,399 down to $1,319 with free shipping. That $79 discount makes this the lowest price we have seen by about $30. This MacBook Pro features a 1.8GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage, along with Intel HD Graphics, built-in FaceTime camera with 720p resolution, and it comes with Mountain Lion pre-installed. A one-year warranty is included from Apple.
Retina MBP cut to $1,599
At MacMall.com this week, save 27 percent on the 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro which has been reduced by $600 -- from $2,200 down to $1,600. This MacBook Pro features a 2.9GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage along with a Retina display, Intel HD graphics, and built-in FaceTime Camera. A one-year warranty on parts and labor is included from Apple.
MacBook Air and MacBook Pro
This week at Apple's online store, take advantage of a vast array of refurbished MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models. The 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.7GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has been reduced by $190 to $909. A $240 price break is offered on the 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.8GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage, now $1,159.
MBP for $2,099, 64GB Touch for $329
Deals from DealNN this week include price cuts on MacBook Pros, iPods and more. Today's deal of the day from MacMall.com is on the 15.4-inch MacBook Pro which has been reduced by $549, lowering the cost from $2,649 down to $2,099. This MBP features a 2.7GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive with Bluetooth, FaceTime camera, USB 3.0, and Thunderbolt. A one-year warranty on parts and labor is included from Apple.
June-quarter shipments expected to grow 10 percent over previous quarter
Apple's June-quarter MacBook shipments should increase about 10 percent over the previous quarter, say DigiTimes supply chain sources. The people claim that Apple has almost finished consuming excess inventory, and will probably start placing new orders in mid-May. Most of the ordered systems will likely be Haswell-based MacBooks, the sources comment.
Study shows clean install of Windows is best for stability
A new study by a cloud-based PC admin software maker, Soluto, concludes that bloatware included on most Windows PC notebooks by the manufacturers is harming the Windows experience to such an extent that the best portable on which to run Windows is now Apple's MacBook Pro. In part this is because, like the other PC models judged to be the most reliable, the Mac requires a "clean" copy of Windows. The company gathered boot-up times, crash or hang incidents, background process logs and BSOD reports from 150,000 notebook PCs to come up with the rankings.
New battery gives up to four hours of runtime for Retina display laptops
Power solutions provider QuickerTek, has just unveiled an external battery for the Apple MacBook Pro line of laptops, including models with the new Retina display. The new EyeBattery adds up to four more hours of battery power to the MacBook Pro. Two models support either version of the MagSafe connector present on varying models of Apple's Intel-based laptops.
Pixel density rivals Retina MacBook
Toshiba has introduced a new premium notebook brand, labeled Kira, that brings one the first Windows 8 portables to rival the Retina MacBook Pro's pixel density. The Kirabook features a 13.3-inch display with 2560x1440 resolution, equating to 221 pixels per inch but falling just short of the 1560x1600 spread on Apple's 13-inch Retina notebook, as noted by The Next Web.
Research on migrating to Entourage and more
Yesterday in the MacNN forums Fresh-Faced Recruit "Rex963" was doing some research on migrating back to Entourage from MS Outlook and turned to the forums for some advice. After weighing the options, Mac Elite "bbales" still isn't sure which direction to go with a new MacBook Pro purchase -- Retina or not.
MacBook Pro, printers and more
MacMall.com's deal of the day today is on the 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro. It is regularly priced at $2,200, but has been reduced by $350 to $1,850. That discount makes this the lowest price we have seen on this Mac model by about $250. Free US shipping is included, but sales tax applies for residents of California, Tennessee and Wisconsin. The 13.3-inch MacBook Pro features a 2.9GHz Intel dual-core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and 512GB of flash storage along with Intel HD graphics, Bluetooth, Thunderbolt and FaceTime camera. A one-year warranty on parts and labor is also included from Apple.
$300 off 13.3-inch Retina MBP
This week, MacConnection.com has the 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro for the reduced price of $1,500. That's $300 off the original price of $1,700, and the lowest price we have seen on this model by about $100. Free shipping is included, but sales tax applies for residents of New York state. The 13.3-inch MBP features a 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage, along with Intel HD Graphics 4000, Bluetooth, a built-in camera and a battery that lasts for up to seven hours. A one-year warranty is also included from Apple.
Retina MBPs and more
Apple's online store this week has a variety of Retina and non-retina MacBook Pros to chose from in the refurbished section. The 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. 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.
Future Macbooks and RAM limits - rumor discussion
This week in the MacNN forums rumors about future MacBook Pro RAM limits caught the attention of many members who discussed what the future may hold for Apple. Administrator "ghporter" finally upgraded to Mountain Lion and noticed that the gestures are different when using the Magic Mouse, but they were wondering if there are ways to change the built-in behaviors.
Refurbished MacBook Pros from $1,019
At Apple's online store today, save on a variety of refurbished MacBook Pro models. The 13.3-inch MBP with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive is only $1,019 after a $180 price cut. A $270 discount is offered on the 15.4-inch MBP with a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive, now $1,529.
Also copes with sleep, fan bugs
Apple has posted a new Mac software update, MacBook Pro Retina SMC Update 1.1. The code deals with multiple glitches in the 15-inch Retina Pro, including one causing slow framerates for graphics-intensive games. Other bugfixes deal with issues involving fan control, waking from sleep, and Power Nap.
Low prices on refurb. and new MBA and MBP models
Save on refurbished MacBook Air models this week at Apple's online store. A $190 price break is offered on the refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.7GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage, now only $909. Or, for $90 more, choose the refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.8GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage, now just $999.
Save up to $920 on new and refurbished Macs
At Apple's online store, save $230 on the refurbished 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.9GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive, now only $1,269. A 20 percent price break is available on the refurbished 27-inch iMac, with a 2.7GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive, which lowers the cost by $340 to $1,359. The refurbished 15.4-inch Retina MacBook Pro with 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage has been reduced by $320 to $1,779.
BookBook now available for 15-inch rMBP
Twelve South has launched a new version of its BookBook case designed for the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. Made from genuine leather, the BookBook resembles a worn coffee table book that includes a rounded spine and two hardback covers. A soft padded interior protects the MacBook shell from scratches, while two Victorian emblems on the front of the case ensure customers always open the case right side up. The 15-inch Retina BookBook can be ordered online for $80.
Localizing feedback, distinct cooling system among innovations
A clever way of making sure haptic vibratory feedback is restricted to a specific area, the overall design of the Retina MacBook Pro and the structure-strengthening design of the RMBP's vents have all been given patent protection by the US Patent and Trademark Office. The latter patent complements one already awarded earlier for the asymmetrical fans used in the RMBP to suppress fan noise, while the haptic feedback patent hints at future changes for iOS devices.
Forum roundup: Apple updates processors and prices of Retina MBP
This week, Apple quietly updated the processors and prices of the MacBook Pro models with Retina displays, and one MacNN forum-goer couldn't wait to share the news in this thread. One concerned parent is looking for a way to monitor their son's Internet use when they are not around, and wonder if a keylogger would be the way to go, or if parental controls would be the better choice.
13-inch, 256GB MacBook Air meanwhile drops to $1,399
Apple today introduced modest upgrades to the Retina MacBook Pro, while simultaneously lowering prices at its online store. The cheapest 13-inch model is now $200 less at $1,499; paying $1,699 gets buyers a new 2.6GHz dual-core Core i5 CPU, plus a 256GB SSD. 15-inch systems now start with a new 2.4GHz quad-core Core i7; the top-end model has been upgraded to a 2.7GHz quad-core chip, and 16GB of RAM. In a related shift, meanwhile, a 13-inch MacBook Air with a 256GB SSD has been reduced to $1,399.
Fixes a rare issue for much-used batteries
Users owning a 15- or 17-inch MacBook Pro that is either the "Mid-2010" or the "Early 2011" models will soon see an SMC firmware update for their machines that will update the firmware to version 1.7. The upgrade addresses "a rare issue on some Apple notebooks where a battery that has accumulated more than 1,000 charge cycles may unexpectedly shut down or stop functioning," according to the company. Apple rates the batteries as being good for 1,000 or more cycles.
New and refurb retina MBPs at discount prices
Currently, Apple's online store has a variety of refurbished Retina MacBook Pro models to chose from. The 13.3-inch Retina MBP with an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of Flash Storage has been reduced by $260 to $1,439. A $300 price cut is offered on the 13.3-inch MBP with a 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage, now $1,699.
Refurb. and new deals on Mac mini, MBP and iMac
At Apple's online store, find low prices on refurbished Mac mini, MacBook Pro and iMac. For $509 is the refurbished Mac mini with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive. A $180 discount is offered on the refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.5GHz Intel dual core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive, now $1,019.
Best Buy adds extra $20 discount for in-store pickups
Both Amazon and Best Buy are offering new discounts on the MacBook Pro. Best Buy's prices are part of a two-day sale, running today and Saturday. A 13-inch, 2.5GHz non-Retina Pro for example costs $1,050 at the retailer versus Apple's normal $1,199 pricetag. At the opposite end of the spectrum, a 15-inch, 2.6GHz Retina Pro is $199 below Apple's cost at $2,600. For any Pro, Best Buy is offering an extra $20 off if a person orders online but picks up at a store.
13-inch Retina MBP, $1699
Apple's online store today features low prices on refurbished Mac notebooks. A whopping $300 discount is offered on the refurb. Retina 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of solid state storage, now $1699. An 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.7GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of memory and 64GB of solid state storage is now $849 after a $150 discount.
Migrating to SSD + spinning drive
Yesterday in the MacNN forums Moderator "ibook_steve" started a thread looking for suggestions on how to install a SSD into their 2010 MacBook Pro, along with their existing 750GB hard drive, read more here. One user is trying to find out if it is possible to send photos from an iMac to an iPod and has turned to the forums for some advice.
Apple seeds ninth OS X beta to developers for testing
Apple has continued its longer-than-usual development cycle for Mountain Lion v10.8.3 with a ninth beta release today to developers. The new build, 12D61, comes just six days after the previous one. No new changes have been made to the release notes, nor are any known issues listed. Testers are asked to focus on the same areas as with the previous few betas: Safari, Game Center, AirPlay, AirPort, and graphics drivers. As with one of the previous betas, Apple says the new build features further enhancements to Wi-Fi.
MBP, MBA and Mac Mini $1019 or less
Today at Apple's online store, save on a variety of refurbished Macs priced at $1,019 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 reduced by $180 to $1,019. Also priced at $1,019 is the refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.8GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage.
Retina MBP Battery replacement issues
Recently in the MacNN forums, one Fresh-Faced Recruit expressed extreme frustration with their response from Apple about a battery replacement for a Retina MacBook Pro, now they are looking for a way to deal with replacing the battery on their own -- and have turned to the forums for some advice. Yesterday "Waragainstsleep" was having some trouble getting iMessage to work with his iMac running 10.8.2, read more in the thread titled "Weird Bug in Messages."
New 13.3-inch MacBook Pro $1090
Amazon.com this week has cut the price on the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro from $1,199 down to $1,090.59 with free Super Saver shipping for a savings of $108.41. That price break makes this the lowest price we have found on this MBP by $10. This MacBook Pro features a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive. A one-year limited warranty on parts and labor is included from Amazon.com.
Cuts 15 percent off pricetags
Apple has added the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro to the refurbished section at its online store. Previously, only 15-inch Retina models were available. The 2.5GHz 13-inch systems come with a 15 percent discount, knocking $260 off the cost of one with a 128GB SSD, and $300 off the price of one with a 256GB SSD. No discount is offered for a 2.9GHz Core i7 model, but all three computers are available to ship in one to three days.
Strange MacBook Pro sleep trouble
Yesterday in the MacNN forums, "l008com" started a thread looking for help with a sleep problem that is plaguing their MacBook Pro, and a list of troubleshooting steps that have been taken is included -- however a solution is yet to be found. One frustrated forum goer is trying to figure out why it is that they are unable to move photos from albums in iPhoto '09 to folders, anyone who has an answer can join in here.
Refurbished iPods and Retina MacBook Pros
This week at Apple's online store, save on refurbished iPods and Retina MacBook Pros. Take advantage of special limited-time pricing on the refurbished fourth-generation iPod touch, which starts at $129 for the 8GB model, $179 for the 32GB configuration, or get a 64GB Touch for $229. The refurbished 8GB iPod nano is also available in silver for $99 after a $30 price cut.
Implements first support for WebRTC
13.3-inch MacBook Pro for $1398
This week, BHPHotoVideo.com has reduced the price on the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro which was $1,499, but has been cut to $1,398 with free shipping, making this about $22 less than the lowest price offered on this notebook, brand new, anywhere else. This MBP features a 2.9GHz Intel dual-core processor, with 8GB of RAM and a 750GB hard drive -- along with Intel HD 4000 graphics card and LED-Backlit display. A one-year warranty on parts and labor is included from Apple.
$300 off 21.5-inch iMac
At Apple's online store today, save on refurbished iMacs, Mac minis, and MacBook Pros. The refurbished 21.5-inch iMac, originally released in May 2011, features a 2.7GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive for $1,189 after a $310 price cut. The refurbished Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server, a 2.0GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and dual 500GB hard drives has been reduced to $759.
Rumor leaves Air without Retina display
Apple is planning to refresh the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air in June, but without any major design changes, according to supply chain sources reached by DigiTimes. Instead of changing the look or major features of the notebooks, Apple is reportedly focusing on upgrading internal components. The Air, for instance, is said to be moving to a new processor architecture; that could mean Intel's Haswell platform.
Passbook filing leaves room for NFC support
Apple has filed for two new, potentially significant patents. One of these covers an "integrated coupon storage, discovery, and redemption system" similar to Passbook, an app built into the iPhone version of iOS 6. The filing describes a "coupon wallet" which can accept input from several sources, such as scanning, email, touchscreen entry, or delivery via server. Coupons can be stored on-device or on a server, and the proposed app could also notify people about expiration dates, or when a person is in proximity to a place where a coupon can be used. Geofencing is already a feature of Passbook, and content is synced across devices via iCloud.
Accompanies general Mac Wi-Fi Update issued earlier today
Alongside the Mac Wi-Fi Update that Apple brought out earlier on Monday, the company has now included EFI updates for the most recent iMac and 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina models. Both EFI updates offer other fixes and improvements, but are clearly designed to complement the Wi-Fi update in these models. The iMac update covers both the 21.5-inch and 27-inch "late 2012" (thin at the edges) models, while the MacBook Pro update is aimed solely at the 13-inch "late 2012" MacBook Pro with Retina display, rather than any other variation.
Matrox DS1 Thunderbolt docking station shipping to US, globally Jan.
The Matrox DS1 Thunderbolt docking station is now shipping. The docking station is compatible with the Apple MacBook Pro and the Apple MacBook Air, giving users the ability to connect multiple peripherals and additional display options. The device connects to a MacBook over one Thunderbolt cable allowing users to connect the additional peripherals to the dock itself taking full advantage of the 10Gbps bandwidth of the new I/O standard.
MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and Mac Pro
Today at Apple's online store, save up to 30 percent on refurbished MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and Mac Pro models. A $410 price cut is offered on the refurbished 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.4GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 750GB hard drive, currently priced at $1,589. The refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage has seen a $440 price cut to $1,059.
Wii U, Surface among other list entries
Time Magazine has awarded the iPhone 5 the title of "Gadget of the Year" for 2012. In his piece on the phone, writer Harry McCracken calls the device "one of the most artfully polished gadgets anyone's ever built," and claims it outperforms other "nifty" smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S III, which isn't included in his top-ten list despite the presence of the Galaxy Note II in eighth place. "When it comes to melding hardware, software and services so tightly that the seams fade away, Apple still has no peer," McCracken argues.