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Apple cuts prices on USB-C & Thunderbolt 3 gear in response to MacBook Pro backlash

11/04/2016, 03:11 pm

In a surprise move, Apple on Friday cut the prices on a number of USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 accessories and peripherals, looking to assuage complaints from new or prospective MacBook Pro buyers.

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New MacBook Pro models reportedly incompatible with certain Thunderbolt 3 devices [ux2]

11/03/2016, 06:11 pm

Potentially adding to a growing list of complaints regarding limitations with Apple's new MacBook Pro, an aftermarket Mac accessories maker reports the notebooks might not be compatible with existing Thunderbolt 3 hardware.

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New MacBook Pro drops optical audio out through headphone jack

11/02/2016, 04:11 pm

Diving deep into Apple's specifications, AppleInsider has learned that optical audio output capability found on previous MacBook Pro models does not exist on the 13-inch MacBook Pro with function keys, and is likely not on the higher-end models either.

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Watch: Hands-on with Apple's entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro with USB-C

11/02/2016, 03:11 pm

Priced at $1,499, Apple's new 13-inch MacBook Pro with dual USB-C ports offers an entry-point to the company's thinner, lighter and more powerful professional-grade notebook. Here are AppleInsider's initial hands-on impressions with the revamped MacBook Pro.

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Phil Schiller: New MacBook Pro has more orders from Apple than any other pro model ever

11/02/2016, 09:11 am

In an interview, Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller discusses Apple's philosophy between keeping iOS and macOS separate, record-breaking sales of the new computer from Apple's website, customers being up in arms about the MacBook Pro features or lack thereof, and Apple fandom.

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Watch: Unboxing Apple's late-2016 13-inch MacBook Pro

11/01/2016, 09:11 pm

Last week, Apple announced an all-new MacBook Pro lineup redesign featuring a thin-and-light chassis, wide color gamut display, and Touch Bar with Touch ID. Today, AppleInsider unboxes the first release, Apple's new 13-inch MacBook Pro with classic physical function key row.

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Apple cuts 512GB, 1TB SSD upgrade prices by up to $200 on older Mac models

11/01/2016, 08:11 pm

It appears Apple's push toward an all-flash storage Mac lineup is driving an amortization of SSD costs for the tech giant, as the company recently cut upgrade pricing for 512GB and 1TB modules on older Mac models.

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Early benchmarks of MacBook Pro confirm Apple's claims of fastest-ever SSD

11/01/2016, 01:11 pm

Apple claims that the PCI-e SSD in the new MacBook Pro is more than twice as fast as the 2015 model, and early benchmarking of the 13-inch MacBook pro with Function Keys bear out the claim that the new portable family from Apple is the SSD speed champion.

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OLED Touch Bar, controlling circuit in new MacBook Pro from Samsung - report

11/01/2016, 11:11 am

Recent reports peg Samsung as the supplier of the new MacBook Pro's OLED Touch Bar, while Apple is said to be examining the same display technology for future screens across both Mac notebooks and the iPhone.

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Kuo: Demand for new MacBook Pro models tepid due to high prices, disappointing specs

10/31/2016, 11:10 pm

Noted KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo sees slow demand for Apple's recently released MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models, as the notebooks ship at higher than expected prices and present disappointing specifications to core Mac users.

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Intel's chip design, not Apple's choices, reason behind Thunderbolt 3 & RAM issues in new MacBook Pro

10/31/2016, 12:10 pm

The processors in the new 2016 MacBook Pro line have been identified, clarifying why some of the limitations surrounding the machine -- like limited Thunderbolt 3 bandwidth on some models -- exist.

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Apple's new MacBook Pros boast 58% louder built-in speakers thanks to new design

10/31/2016, 12:10 pm

One of Apple's less emphasized upgrades in the 2016 MacBook Pro is better internal speakers, which should -- in theory, anyway -- be good enough that you might choose them over headphones or external speakers, if just for the sake of convenience.

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How to restore the classic Mac startup chime to Apple's new 2016 MacBook Pros

10/31/2016, 11:10 am

Apple's newly released MacBook Pros do away with the classic F-sharp major boot-up chime that has been a part of the Mac since 1999. Thankfully, for those who want to keep it, there's an easy way to bring it back.

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Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive details MacBook Pro Touch Bar design process

10/31/2016, 10:10 am

In a new interview, Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive spoke about the process leading up to the implementation of the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro line.

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Two of four Thunderbolt 3 ports in new 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar have reduced speeds

10/29/2016, 01:10 am

A support document published by Apple on Friday reveals only two of the four Thunderbolt 3 ports in the latest 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar support full-speed data transfer, potentially limiting the notebook's flexibility for power users.

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Apple limits 2016 MacBook Pro models to 16GB of RAM to maximize battery life

10/28/2016, 10:10 pm

In an email response to a customer question concerning the 16GB memory cap on Apple's new MacBook Pro lineup, a longstanding ceiling for the notebook series, SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller said the design decision stems from a need to prolong battery life.

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Teardown finds removable SSD in 13" MacBook Pro without Touch Bar

10/28/2016, 09:10 pm

Aftermarket Mac storage solutions firm OWC tore down Apple's entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro without Touch Bar to find that, while an involved process, the notebook's SSD module can be removed and potentially replaced.

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First on iMac, iPad Pro & iPhone 7, Apple's vibrant wide color tech now comes to MacBook Pro

10/28/2016, 03:10 pm

Apple's latest MacBook Pro features a revamped display that's brighter, has greater contrast, and marks the first Mac notebook to gain wide color support --a particular boon for photographers -- all while consuming 30 percent less power.

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LaCie intros Bolt3 & new enterprise drives for Apple's Thunderbolt 3-ready MacBook Pro

10/28/2016, 03:10 pm

Looking to take advantage of Apple's new MacBook Pros, equipped with Thunderbolt 3, storage maker LaCie has launched the Bolt3, along with two new enterprise-level RAID drives.

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Examined: The new MacBook Pro Touch Bar and Apple's T1 authentication chip

10/28/2016, 02:10 pm

While Apple won't detail the T1 to any significant depth to avoid exploits, some details on how the Touch Bar works in conjunction with the new T1 chip have surfaced -- including what happens if the Touch Bar needs to be replaced. AppleInsider explains.

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