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Topic: Current Hardware

Unboxing LG's 27-inch UltraFine 5K Display with Thunderbolt 3

12/30/2016, 11:12 am

With the first preorders now arriving in the hands of customers, AppleInsider offers a closer look at LG's gorgeous 27-inch UltraFine 5K Display, featuring Thunderbolt 3 connectivity to take advantage of Apple's latest MacBook Pros.

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Apple working with Consumer Reports on MacBook Pro battery findings, says Phil Schiller

12/23/2016, 10:12 pm

After Consumer Reports refused to assign a recommend rating to any of Apple's three new MacBook Pro models, a first for the laptop line, Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller said the company is working with the publication to resolve the apparent battery issue.

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No, Apple did not switch to USB-C on its new MacBook Pros to profit from dongle & adapter sales

12/23/2016, 03:12 pm

Apple's full embrace of USB-C has led to numerous user complaints,many of which are legitimate. However, there's one common refrain that keeps cropping up: A conspiracy theory claiming Apple switched to USB-C in order to make gobs of cash from selling users new adapters, dongles and cables. There's just one problem with that narrative -- it's complete nonsense. Here's why.

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MacBook Pro fails to earn Consumer Reports recommendation for first time

12/22/2016, 06:12 pm

For the first time ever, Consumer Reports has denied Apple's MacBook Pro lineup -- all three machines -- of recommended ratings, saying battery life inconsistencies are too concerning to ignore.

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Older Macs can use LG UltraFine 5K Display at lower resolutions with adapter

12/20/2016, 08:12 pm

In support documents for the forthcoming LG UltraFine 5K Display published Tuesday, Apple notes older Mac models, including 2013's Mac Pro, can be used at 4K and lower resolutions when connected via a Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter.

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LG UltraFine 5K Display now available to purchase from Apple, delivers next week

12/20/2016, 11:12 am

Apple on Tuesday began accepting orders for LG's 27-inch UltraFine 5K Display, featuring Thunderbolt 3 USB-C connectivity designed for the new lineup of MacBook Pros.

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Touch Bar keyboards, 'modest' Mac upgrades on Apple's slate for 2017

12/20/2016, 10:12 am

Apple's Mac plans for next year reportedly include mostly "modest" upgrades, though the company is considering building standalone keyboards with Touch Bars and Touch ID.

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Mac losing focus of Jony Ive, others in Apple management - report

12/20/2016, 09:12 am

Despite promises by Chief Executive Tim Cook that "great desktops" are coming, Apple's Mac team has become seriously neglected in favor of iOS devices, a new report claims.

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Review: Using LG's UltraFine 4K Display with Apple's USB-C MacBooks is as simple as can be

12/17/2016, 12:12 pm

While it isn't branded as an Apple display, the LG UltraFine 4K Display is quite Apple-like, featuring a minimalist design, high-quality ultra high-resolution screen, and dead-simple plug-and-play connectivity. It's a fantastic choice and a gorgeous display if you have a USB-C equipped MacBook, with a few caveats: it lessens the appeal of the MacBook Pro's Touch Bar and Touch ID, and it doesn't utilize Thunderbolt 3.

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Apple takes $30 off Beats Pill+ and Beats EP, but better deals found elsewhere

12/13/2016, 06:12 pm

In time for the holidays, Apple on Tuesday slashed $30 off its Beats Pill+ speaker and Beats EP headphone, bringing the company's online and brick-and-mortar store pricing closer to offerings from third-party retailers.

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Apple not finding any material battery problems in MacBook Pro, prunes time indicator in 10.12.2

12/13/2016, 02:12 pm

The latest macOS 10.12.2 Sierra update has eradicated the inaccurate "time remaining" battery indicator as part of its investigation about the 2016 MacBook Pro battery life situation, leaving users with just the far more accurate percent charge figure, as reported directly by the battery and the charging circuitry.

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Watch: Up close with the 2016 MacBook Pro's 2nd-gen butterfly switch keyboard & huge Force Touch trackpad

12/12/2016, 09:12 pm

The 2016 MacBook Pro lineup features two key hardware enhancements that help boost productivity: a second-generation butterfly mechanism keyboard and the largest Force Touch trackpad ever integrated into an Apple laptop. In this latest video installment, AppleInsider takes a closer look at the new components and how they compare to past models.

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Microsoft touts Surface success, claims more MacBook switchers than ever

12/12/2016, 09:12 am

Calling the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar a "disappointment," Microsoft claims that more users than ever are switching from Apple's MacBook lineup to its competing Surface lineup of hybrid laptop tablets.

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Apple's Federighi suggests GPU issues on 2016 Retina MacBook Pro fixed in macOS 10.12.2

12/07/2016, 10:12 am

In email response to a customer regarding GPU anomalies associated with the Touch Bar MacBook Pro, Apple's senior VP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi suggested that the problem is solved in the latest macOS 10.12.2 beta.

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Reported 2016 MacBook Pro graphics issues likely caused by third-party software [u]

12/02/2016, 10:12 pm

An undetermined number of 2016 MacBook Pro models are suffering from disturbing graphical rendering issues, with owners reporting full screen artifacts, screen tearing, flashing, random "glitches" and even system crashes. The issue, however, is related to overzealous third-party software and is not indicative of a critical hardware flaw.

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Watch: Apple's 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar vs. 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro in performance shootout

12/02/2016, 07:12 am

Apple recently released the first MacBook Pro redesign since 2012, and in typical Apple fashion, there's been some controversy over the new machines. People are talking about are the lack of legacy ports, and the need for adapters to use current devices and accessories. With so many Macbook Pro users waiting for this redesign, AppleInsider takes a closer look and compares the new 15-inch model to the old to see if you should upgrade to the 2016 model, or stick with 2015's version.

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Apple updates Boot Camp audio driver that was causing blown MacBook Pro speakers

11/30/2016, 11:11 am

Apple has issued an update to Boot Camp drivers within Windows, preventing the random, loud pops from over-ranging and damaging the new MacBook Pro's speakers. However, the driver doesn't fix speakers already damaged by the problem.

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Apple to refund iMac hinge repairs as Belgium & Norway get carrier billing for iTunes

11/29/2016, 03:11 pm

Apple will issue refunds to some iMac owners who had to pay for recent hinge repairs, a report said on Tuesday. In Belgium and Norway, meanwhile, the company has added carrier billing as option for iTunes and App Store purchases.

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LG UltraFine 5K Display now for sale through Apple, first orders ship in January [u]

11/28/2016, 05:11 pm

One month after it debuted onstage at Apple's MacBook Pro event, LG's UltraFine 5K Display went up for sale on Monday exclusively through Apple's online storefront for $974.

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Apple to add some 2009 & 2011 Macs to vintage and obsolete list on Dec. 31

11/28/2016, 04:11 pm

Starting Dec. 31 of this year, several 2009 and 2011 Mac models will reportedly join Apple's list of "vintage" and "obsolete" products, making them ineligible for most or typically any official repairs.

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