2011 MacBook Pro Discrete Graphics Card Failure

Hey Apple, it’s time you acknowledged and solved your MacBook Pro problem

By on October 24, 2014 at 9:05 AM.

Hey Apple, it’s time you acknowledged and solved your MacBook Pro problem

I am writing these words on a MacBook Pro. There are many like it, but this Mac is mine. My MacBook is the tool I use most in my life. My MacBook, without me, is useless. Without my MacBook, I am useless. I have learned all about its weaknesses, its strengths, its features and its accessories. I think I have mastered it, and managed to fix various issues to help keep it usable even though it’s an older machine — I even saved it from what could have been a fatal coffee incident, I swapped out the RAM and I replaced the hard drive with an SSD to speed it up.

But thankfully, I never had to deal with a major issue that Apple will not acknowledge and isn’t willing to fix, and which I certainly wouldn’t be able to repair on my own. More →

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2011 MacBook Pro Yosemite

How to force Yosemite’s Continuity feature on your unsupported MacBook Pro

By on October 21, 2014 at 6:30 PM.

How to force Yosemite’s Continuity feature on your unsupported MacBook Pro

One of the coolest features of Yosemite, is Continuity / Handoff, which lets iOS and OS X device users continue a certain action even after switching devices — including placing phone calls and sending regular text messages on a Mac. Unfortunately, not all Macs and MacBook models can support it, as older models do not have Bluetooth 4.0 LE chips inside. Luckily, after some digging, a Mac user revealed on MacRumors’ forum that 2011 MacBook Pros can support Continuity / Handoff features after a little tinkering. More →

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MacBook Pro Graphics Card Bug

Users become enraged as Apple continues to ignore major laptop bug

By on August 13, 2014 at 12:45 PM.

Users become enraged as Apple continues to ignore major laptop bug

Imagine spending well over $2,000 for a laptop and then finding that it has a major bug that causes system failures. Then, imagine having to deal with the huge bug for several years while the manufacturer remains silent despite the fact that it clearly knows the bug exists.

That is the exact experience many MacBook Pro owners are enduring right now as Apple continues to publicly ignore a serious issue found to affect multiple MacBook Pro models. More →

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2014 Retina MacBook Pro Specs and Prices

Apple’s best yet Retina MacBook Pros are already here

By on July 29, 2014 at 6:45 AM.

Apple’s best yet Retina MacBook Pros are already here

After a leaked imaged suggested Apple may be getting ready to release new Retina MacBook Pro models this week, the company went ahead and updated its online stores with the 2014 versions of its top of the line laptop. All models received processor and memory bumps, with some versions also getting a price reduction, similar to what the company did with its 2014 MacBook Airs. More →

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2014 Retina MacBook Pro Update

The updated Retina MacBook Pro you’ve been waiting for could launch tomorrow

By on July 28, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

The updated Retina MacBook Pro you’ve been waiting for could launch tomorrow

A picture taken inside a new Paradise Walk store and posted on a Chinese forum apparently reveals that Apple is getting ready to update its MacBook Pro line at some point in the near future, 9to5Mac reports. Apple already updated the MacBook Pro with slightly faster processors and cheaper prices across the board, and launched an even cheaper iMac version earlier this year. The company is expected to update its Pro family and release other Mac models later this year. More →

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ChargeAll Portable Battery Packs for Mac and iPhone

These portable battery packs will fix all your power issues

By on June 17, 2014 at 3:15 PM.

These portable battery packs will fix all your power issues

There are plenty of interesting external battery packs that are ready to charge smartphones, tablets and other devices via USB, but all of them are limited to providing additional power to mobile devices only. ChargeAll, a new Indiegogo project, aims to fix all that, as this new external power pack comes with support for laptops and other electronics that require up to 85W of power. More →

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How to Upgrade Retina MacBook Pro and MacBook Air

Video: Here’s one good reason to break open your MacBook Pro or Air

By on April 28, 2014 at 11:59 PM.

Video: Here’s one good reason to break open your MacBook Pro or Air

One of the “issues” Retina MacBook Pro and MacBook Air have is the lack of a user-friendly way to upgrade their SSD drives. While buyers may easily purchase an external hard drive or rely on the cloud to have access to more space, Transcend has devised a very easy way to upgrade the internal SSD drive of these Apple laptop models, while turning the built-in drive into a spare, external storage option. More →

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MacBook Pro Blue Screen of Death Fix

How one Mac user cooked his Macbook Pro back to life

By on March 11, 2014 at 4:12 PM.

How one Mac user cooked his Macbook Pro back to life

Faced with the “Mac equivalent of the Blue Screen of Death” situation – a MacBook failing to boot and showing a blue screen only – a developer decided to resort to extreme measures to try to bring his MacBook Pro back from the dead: cook it at 170 degrees for precisely seven minutes. Ales Kocjancic, founder of Live Systems wrote on his blog that he followed an extremely simple recipe to bring back his Mac from the dead since he didn’t have any AppleCare and other fixes around the web proved to be useless. More →

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13-inch MacBook Pro With Optical Drive Discontinued

Apple reportedly ready to kill 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro

By on March 5, 2014 at 7:25 AM.

Apple reportedly ready to kill 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro

Apple is apparently ready to get rid off another MacBook Pro model, Digitimes reports. After ditching the 15-inch MacBook Pro with optical drive in late October 2013, the company will also stop manufacturing the only MacBook Pro that still has an optical drive, and which happens to be the cheapest MacBook Pro version available stores, the 13-inch MacBook Pro. More →

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“This is the first ultra-compact, “pro-grade” machine from Apple that can last nine hours with the display on.”
— Darren Murph
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Apple 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro Review

Apple 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro review (late 2013)

By on November 18, 2013 at 11:40 AM.

Apple 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro review (late 2013)

It happened: the MacBook Air has officially been trumped as my recommended road warrior machine. And, perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s another Apple product that’s doing the trumping. Released last month alongside the iPad Air and revised iPad mini with Retina display, the Haswell-infused 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has been my sole computer for the past four weeks. For those who slept right through the announcement, here’s a bit of a refresher: it’s dramatically faster than last year’s model, it’s cheaper, and most impressive of all, it’s thinner.

How thin? At its rear, the 13-inch MacBook Air measures 0.68-inches, whereas the new 13-inch rMBP measures 0.71-inches. (Save your effort reaching for the calculator — this new rig is just 0.03-inches thicker than the MBA’s thickest point.) To boot, Apple dropped the entry price for its smallest pro-grade machine to just $1,299, placing it just $200 north of the baseline 13-inch MacBook Air. For those who spend an embarrassing amount of time in airline seats, Town Cars, and/or questionable-designed hotel rooms, there’s a new champion in town. Read on for my take on Apple’s most fit-for-travel workhorse yet. More →

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Apple MacBook Pro 2013 Lineup Announced

Apple announces first Haswell-based MacBook Pros

By on October 22, 2013 at 1:29 PM.

Apple announces first Haswell-based MacBook Pros

Apple on Tuesday announced a major refresh to its MacBook Pro lineup, including a thinner and lighter 13-inch models that weighs in at just 3.46 pounds and is just 0.71 inches thin. The new laptops will be the first to incorporate Intel’s Haswell processors, which will deliver a major battery life boost of up to 9 hours. Other specs for the 13-inch Pro include a 2.4GHz Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The new 13-inch MacBook Pro is priced starting at just $1,299, a $200 price cut from the last version of the 13-inch Pro, and starts shipping today.  More →

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Second-Gen Retina MacBook Pro Release Date

Haswell-powered Retina MacBook Pro might not ship until October

By on July 26, 2013 at 4:45 PM.

Haswell-powered Retina MacBook Pro might not ship until October

Apple’s next-generation MacBook Pro with a Retina display may launch later than expected. According to a report from the China Times, a refreshed version of Apple’s high-end MacBook won’t ship until October. Earlier reports had claimed that the computer would arrive in mid-to-late September. The latest rumors suggest that the next-generation MacBook Pro with a Retina Display will be thinner and more powerful than the current model. The new notebook will also reportedly feature Intel Haswell processors that will improve battery life by 50% and a full HD FaceTime camera. Prices for the 13-inch and 15-inch models are expected to be in line with current-generation models.

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Apple MacBook Pro Release Date

Leak may confirm new MacBooks from Apple at WWDC

By on June 3, 2013 at 6:00 PM.

Leak may confirm new MacBooks from Apple at WWDC

Apple is sure to announce a variety of new products at its Worldwide Developers Conference next week and a recent leak from 9to5Mac confirms that the company will refresh at least one of its MacBook lines at the annual event. The website obtained SKU information for an unreleased MacBook model and speculates that both the MacBook Pro with a Retina display and MacBook Air may see updates. The latest rumors point to a slimmer 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro with a full HD iSight camera and Intel’s new Haswell processor. The MacBook Air is expected to see similar updates to its internal hardware, along with a better front-facing camera and an improved microphone system. Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is scheduled to take place on June 10th in San Francisco.

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