Best Buy discounts Retina-equipped MacBook Pro, still costs over $2,000

By on July 2, 2012 at 5:30 PM.

Best Buy discounts Retina-equipped MacBook Pro, still costs over $2,000

MacBook Pro Retina Discount

Best Buy has decided to give its customers a little bit of relief if they decide to buy a new MacBook Pro with Retina display, though it will still cost them more than $2,000. As noted by 9to5Mac, Best Buy is knocking $110 off the new MacBook Pro’s sale price, bringing it down to $2,089.99. 9to5Mac also notes that Best Buy has discounted the new MacBook Air by $50, knocking its price down to $949.99. But as PC World writes, these deals extend to in-store purchases only, so anyone looking to take advantage of this discount should get to their local Best Buy ASAP to make sure their they don’t miss out. More →

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The BGR Show: Episode 3 – MacBook Pro Retina review, Jay Sean’s funny photo addiction

By on June 21, 2012 at 11:04 AM.

The BGR Show: Episode 3 – MacBook Pro Retina review, Jay Sean’s funny photo addiction

MacBook Pro Retina Review, Jay Sean Juxtaposer

This week we take a look at Apple’s brand new MacBook Pro with Retina display, arguably the best laptop ever made. It’s thinner, it’s lighter, and it’s borderline insane in many ways — a whopping 2880 x 1800-pixel display, no ethernet port, no optical drive, and it starts at $2,199. You won’t want to miss our walkthrough. We also catch up with singer-songwriter Jay Sean to take a look at his hilarious photo editing addiction using his phone, and how he relies on his iPhone to stay connected all across the globe. More →

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13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display coming this fall, report claims

By on June 14, 2012 at 6:30 PM.

13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display coming this fall, report claims

13-Inch MacBook Pro Retina Display

Apple may bring the high-resolution Retina display found in the new 15-inch MacBook Pro to its smaller 13-inch model with a product update this fall. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities on Thursday said in a note to investors that he expects the Cupertino-based company to ramp up production of a next-generation 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina display in September. The updated computer would then arrive on store shelves by October, in time for the holiday shopping season. More →

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New MacBook Pro an enormous pain to repair, says iFixit

By on June 13, 2012 at 9:15 PM.

New MacBook Pro an enormous pain to repair, says iFixit

Apple Retina MacBook Pro Repair Problems

The New MacBook Pro may be an engineering marvel but it could also give your computer repair person a headache the likes of which he or she has never felt. According to the repair gurus at iFixit, the new MacBook Pro is one of the least repairable laptops they’ve ever encountered, scoring a 1 on their 10-point repairability scale. Among the new Pro’s litany of sins against independent repair people everywhere are its “proprietary pentalobe screws” that “prevent you from gaining access to anything inside,” RAM that is “soldered to the logic board,” a battery that is “glued rather than screwed into the case, which increases the chances that it’ll break during disassembly” and a proprietary SSD that cannot yet be upgraded. Basically, MacBook Pro users who fancy themselves good amateur mechanics should under no circumstances open up this thing to tinker around with it. More →

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New Apple laptops take a back seat to iOS 6 at WWDC

By on June 13, 2012 at 12:30 PM.

New Apple laptops take a back seat to iOS 6 at WWDC

Apple iOS 6 WWDC Buzz

The post-PC era is upon us — or is it post-post-PC? — and while it’s odd that Apple would introduce new notebook computer models now that PCs are supposedly a thing of the past, the Cupertino-based company is right about one thing: mobile is where the buzz is. Social media listening firm Simply Measured analyzed more than 151,000 tweets containing the hashtag #WWDC that were posted to Twitter during Apple’s WWDC 2012 keynote on Monday, and the firm found that users were more interested in iOS 6 than they were in Apple’s MacBooks or its desktop OS, AFP reports. 18% of the tweets analyzed mentioned iOS while 15% spoke about a new MacBook model and only 6% mentioned Mountain Lion. 5% of #WWDC tweets posted during the keynote expressed disappointment that no new iPhone was unveiled, Simply Measured stated. A chart containing the firm’s findings follows below. More →

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Next-generation Retina MacBook Pro hands-on

By on June 12, 2012 at 3:00 PM.

Next-generation Retina MacBook Pro hands-on

MacBook Pro Retina Display Hands-on

I just got my hands on a brand new next-generation Retina MacBook Pro, and there isn’t any other way to describe it — it’s beautiful. The Retina display is the best display I’ve ever seen, period. It’s almost too good, if that’s even possible. Many sites (including BGR) don’t serve up high-enough resolution images for the new iPad, and the inbound Retina-equipped MacBook Pro highlights this issue even more. But enough of that, this computer is an engineering marvel in almost every way possible.

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Apple unveils next-generation MacBook Pro with Retina display

By on June 11, 2012 at 1:27 PM.

Apple unveils next-generation MacBook Pro with Retina display

Apple New MacBook Pro announced

Apple on Monday showed off the next generation of MacBook Pro computers, complete with Retina displays, at WWDC 2012 in San Francisco. The new laptop will feature a display screen that is 15.4-inches wide and features an industry-best 2800 x 1800-pixel resolution, or 220 pixels per inch. To make things even more enticing, Apple says that it has reduced the glare on its new screen by 75%. More →

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Retina display-equipped MacBook Pro specs, pricing details emerge

By on June 11, 2012 at 10:50 AM.

Retina display-equipped MacBook Pro specs, pricing details emerge

Apple MacBook Pro Retina Specs

We’ve seen details surrounding Apple’s upcoming mid-2012 MacBook Pros, Mac Pros and MacBook Air laptops revealed ahead of WWDC 2012, and now a new report claims to reveal preliminary details surrounding a second set of MacBook Pro laptops. According to 9to5Mac, the following three MacBook Pro notebook computers will feature new high-definition Retina displays when they are unveiled during Apple’s WWDC keynote on Monday at 1:00 p.m. Eastern, 10:00 a.m. Pacific:

  • MC975LL/A – MBP 15.4/2.3/8GB/256GB FLASH-USA
  • MC976LL/A – MBP 15.4/2.6/8GB/512GB FLASH-USA
  • MD831LL/A – MBP 15.4/2.7/16GB/768GB FLASH-USA

It was expected that Retina display-equipped models would cost a premium, and according to this report, prices for the high-end models could reach $4,000 and beyond. More →

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New MacBook Pro, Mac Pro details revealed ahead of WWDC announcement

By on June 11, 2012 at 7:50 AM.

New MacBook Pro, Mac Pro details revealed ahead of WWDC announcement

Apple MacBook Pro Mac Pro Specs

Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference kicks off in a few short hours, but as is always the case, details surrounding the company’s announcements will continue to trickle out right up until Apple executives take the stage on Monday morning. To start things off, 9to5Mac reports that it has obtained specs for upcoming new MacBook Pro and Mac Pro models from unnamed sources. Available configurations will be as follows, according to the report: More →

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Alleged Macbook Pro spec sheet leaks ahead of WWDC

By on June 5, 2012 at 8:35 AM.

Alleged Macbook Pro spec sheet leaks ahead of WWDC

Macbook Pro Rumored Spec Sheet

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is right around the corner and the Cupertino-based company is expected to unveil numerous updates to its Mac computer line, including the Macbook Pro. A leaked spec sheet indicates that, unlike the 15-inch model, Apple’s 13-inch Macbook Pro may not see a Retina display update after all, and instead be stuck with a 1280 x 800 resolution panel. Chinese website Weiphone published the purported spec sheet, which has not been confirmed to be authentic. The 13-inch model will also be equipped with a new Ivy Bridge processor according to the document, along with two USB 3.0 ports, a high-speed Thunderbolt port, Bluetooth 4.0 and Intel’s HD 4000 graphics processor. Apple’s WWDC kicks off on June 11th. More →

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New MacBooks coming in June, next-gen iPhone launching this fall according to report

By on May 29, 2012 at 1:45 PM.

New MacBooks coming in June, next-gen iPhone launching this fall according to report

Apple MacBook iPhone Release

RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani on Tuesday stated that Apple will revamp its MacBook computers in June and release a new iPhone in September or October. Daryanani reiterated his Outperform rating for the Cupertino-based company’s stock and maintained his price target of $700, achievable thanks to new MacBooks, the upcoming next-generation iPhone and a potential “iTV” television set, which would make “strategic sense” for the company. The analyst believes Apple’s latest iPhone will come equipped with “the latest 4G/LTE technology” and will feature a redesigned look. A MacBook Pro update could arrive as early as next month, and an “updated version” of the MacBook Air could potentially happen in six months according to the analyst, which could help sales of the entire Mac lineup to grow between 10% to 15% this year.

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One in four iPad owners are first-time Apple buyers

By on April 26, 2012 at 9:30 PM.

One in four iPad owners are first-time Apple buyers

NPD Group on Thursday released the results of its Apple Ecosystem Study, which suggests that almost 25% of U.S. iPad owners are first-time Apple buyers. The firm’s data, as reported by AppleInsider, indicated that 33% of U.S. households own Apple products, with a majority owning an iPod. That number is growing beyond the 37 million American households the Cupertino-based company’s products are already found in, thanks to Apple’s flagship tablet. “iPad sales are growing much faster than any other Apple product has this soon after launch,” said Ben Arnold, director of industry analysis at NPD. “In fact, one-in-five Apple owner households has one — nearly equivalent to the number that own an Apple computer. This demonstrates the appeal of both the new form factor and Apple’s app ecosystem.” The study found that six out of ten homes with a Mac also own a Windows PC, and nearly 30% of so-called “Apple enthusiasts” own a smartphone other than the iPhone. The data comes from a survey NPD conducted in February of more than 3,000 consumers. More →

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Though risks are minimal, one in five Mac computers found to contain Windows malware

By on April 24, 2012 at 11:00 PM.

Though risks are minimal, one in five Mac computers found to contain Windows malware

Security firm Sophos on Tuesday indicated that a surprisingly high level of malware has been found on Mac computers — the firm’s research revealed that one in every five Mac computers is harboring some kind of Windows malware. Of the 100,000 customers sampled through Sophos’s antivirus offerings, 20% of users were found to be carrying one or more instances of Windows malware. The firm highlighted that Windows malware on a Mac won’t cause any harm, however, unless the computer also runs a Windows partition in addition to OS X. The company’s research found that just 2.7% of Macs that installed the company’s free anti-virus software were infected by OS X malware. Nearly all of the OS X malware discovered was an iteration of the “Flashback” trojan called “Flshplyr.” Sophos said that cybercriminals may find Macs to be targets because OS X users are less likely to be running an anti-virus software, however Macs can get viruses and the right software can keep a user’s computer safe. A second pie chart follows below. More →

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