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Want that awesome new Apple TrackPad? Don't get a MacBook Pro

The trackpad in the new version of Apple's MacBook Pro may not be the new-fangled technological marvel that CEO Tim Cook said it would be, say analysts. The teardown specialists at iFixIt say that according to their initial examination, the trackpad featured in the new MacBook Pro is an array of magnets and strain gauges, which …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Mar 2015
Apple 15in MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Apple: Fine, we admit it – MacBook Pros suffer wonky GPU crapness

Faced with a class-action lawsuit, Apple has agreed to fix MacBook Pros with knackered graphics electronics free of charge. The iPhone giant said its expensive notebooks must be repaired to address faulty video hardware that causes frequent restarts, distorted graphics and blank screens. The crappy models are the 15in and 17in …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Feb 2015
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LaCie snuggles up to Apple’s slim 12-inch MacBook with fat HDD

LaCie has an external drive that can hook up to Apple’s single-port MacBook. The anorexic MacBook announced yesterday has only one USB-C port that is used to feed it power and transfer data, with no possibility of connecting other USB devices – or any HDMI, or Thunderbolt devices at all. Seagate’s LaCie external storage biz has …
Chris Mellor, 11 Mar 2015
Apple MacBook Air 13-inch, early 2015

Apple's 13-incher will STILL cost you a bomb: MacBook Air 2015

Review Well, it looks as though the writing is on the wall for the MacBook Air. It’s still one of the slimmest and lightest laptops around, with impressive 10-12 hour battery life. But that 1440x900 resolution is dead in the water these days – especially at Apple price levels – while the chunky metal bezel around the screen is the tech …
Stephen Dean, 30 Mar 2015

V&A Museum shows Guardian's destroyed MacBook as ART

The remains of computer hardware which had contained the Guardian's London trove of Snowden documents – and which was destroyed on the rather spiteful demands of GCHQ personnel – have gone on display at the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum. While the frankly unremarkable remnants of a MacBook Air are uninteresting in and of …

Lawyers mobilise angry mob against Apple over alleged 2011 Macbook Pro crapness

A legal firm has launched a class action against Apple over claims the 2011 MacBook Pro suffered from "random bouts of graphical distortion, system instability and system failures". In the legal complaint, the plaintiffs said the "computer was described by many as a dud and defective from inception". The laptops in question …
Jasper Hamill, 29 Oct 2014
Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch 2013

Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro

Apple has updated its MacBook Pro notebook line, adding a slightly faster processor and more memory for the cheapest models. The company said the update will double the memory for models Apple describes as "entry-level" MacBook Pro Retina screen notebooks. The systems will retain their starting price of $1,299 and will now sport …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jul 2014
Apple MacBook Air 11-inch 2013

POW! Apple smites Macbook Air EFI firmware update borkage

Apple has released an urgent fix for a problem that temporarily bricked a number of fanbois' Macbooks. Apple customers wailed last week after an update hobbled some users' machines. People using Macbook Airs from mid 2011 claimed the update wrought havoc on their pride and joy, turning that expensive silver machine into a …
Jasper Hamill, 31 Jul 2014
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Tim Cook in Applerexia fears: New MacBook THINNER THAN EVER

Apple is preparing to release a MacBook which tabloid newspapers might describe as "worryingly thin", supply chain sources have claimed. The claims surfaced in the Taiwanese publication DigiTimes, which quoted "supply chain makers" in the country. The current MacBook Pro is a relatively chubby 2.4cm, but the report suggested …
Jasper Hamill, 28 Aug 2014
Apple MacBook Pro 13-in WRD early 2015

Force your hand: Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Review Last year’s update to the MacBook Pro was more notable for its £100 price cut than the modest speed bump that accompanied it. However, this year’s model is a more interesting kettle of fish, as it introduces Intel’s latest Broadwell processors to the Mac range, along with Apple’s new Force Touch trackpad doohickey. Apple …
Stephen Dean, 26 Mar 2015

Bloodthirsty Apple fanbois TEAR OPEN new Macbook, bare its guts to world+dog

An Apple upgrade outfitter has exposed the new Macbook Retina to the world, cracking it open for a teardown just days after its release. The new Macbook surged from Cupertino like an avenging spirit last week, surprising almost no one with its promise of slightly improved performance. Now the first brave soul has attacked it …
Jasper Hamill, 30 Jul 2014
Apple MacBook Air 11in 2012

Faster Macbook Air pops out: What, a NEW Apple thing and ZERO fanfare?

Apple has sneaked slightly updated Macbook Airs onto its shelves with slightly tweaked price tags. Without any fanfare yesterday, Cupertino started touting the new super duper lightweight 'puters. They come complete with a slightly faster processor and, well, not much else. The new Intel Core i5 CPUs clock in at 1.4GHz, rather …
Jasper Hamill, 29 Apr 2014
Apple iPad 3 aka new iPad

Is Apple incubating a Macbook, iPad bastard child?

What do you think would happen if an iPad made sweet, sweet love to a Macbook? Just go with it please, for the sake of argument. It would give birth to a misshapen, outsized fondleslab, running a delicate and (probably) delicious integration of OSX and iOS. And a full suite of apps, naturally. But it's not going to happen, is …
Jasper Hamill, 07 Oct 2014
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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

Comment Steve Jobs would confide that LSD was a formative influence on his life, one that distinguished him from his less-adventurous peers in the tech industry. Jobs is gone, but I wonder if someone left some Pounds Shillings and Pence lying around the Cupertino campus? You may not have noticed, but the world's richest company* …
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Mar 2015

Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs

Apple fanbois have erupted in rage after an update bricked their Macbook Airs. On the official Apple support forum, dozens of angry customers claimed that the latest software update for the 2011 Macbook Air had gone horribly wrong. Some posters said their Airs had been totally borked by the update, while others reported …
Jasper Hamill, 23 Jul 2014

Apple takes blade to 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display

Review This is getting to be a habit. So far this year we’ve seen £100 lopped off the price of the updated iMac and MacBook Air, and now it’s the MacBook Pro’s turn to get the price-cut treatment. Tsk, tsk: No Retina Display update means it's outdone by new Windows laptops Like the iMac and MacBook Air, this update to the MacBook Pro …
Stephen Dean, 19 Aug 2014

END your Macbook SHAME: Convert it into a Microsoft SURFACE

So you've spent well over a grand on a new Macbook Pro. How do you fancy spending even more than that amount, all over again, to mod your laptop so it resembles a, er, Microsoft Surface? Judging by the the cult-like Apple worship practised by covens of fanbois and gurlz, we'd reckon that few people would take up the offer of …
Jasper Hamill, 04 Aug 2014
Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (early 2014)

MacBook Air 13-inch: If you squint hard enough, you'll see a lesser-spotted Apple Price Cut

Review I suppose this is one of those glass half-empty, half-full situations. For months, the interweb was aflutter with rumours of a new MacBook Air with a high-definition Retina display to match that of the MacBook Pro. Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (early 2014) Apple's MacBook Air 2014-style: use the price cut to get more RAM However …
Stephen Dean, 21 May 2014

MacBook Air fanbois! Your flash drive may be a data-nuking TIME BOMB

If you bought a MacBook Air between June 2012 and June 2013, its flash storage drive may be preparing to crap out – and Apple wants to replace it before it goes south on you. Cupertino has issued a warning that "certain" 64GB and 128GB solid-state drives (SSDs) in those previous-generation Airs "may fail," and says that if yours …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Oct 2013

Apple ships cures for Mail, iBooks, MacBook Pro maladies

Well, that was quick. Apple has released bug fixes for two of the troubled OS X Mavericks apps that have been causing headaches among users who have updated to that operating system, and has also released a fix for troubles plaguing the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. iBooks and Mail for Mavericks updates as listed …
Rik Myslewski, 08 Nov 2013

MacBook Airs in Black Screen of DEATH terror: Apple responds

MacBook Air users who faced a black display when they attempted to install Windows can breathe easier: Apple has issued a patch that should assuage their torment. MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.7, released Thursday, is a fix for a quite convoluted problem affecting the versions of Apple's Ultrabook precursor that were …
Rik Myslewski, 11 Oct 2013
Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch 2013

Apple patents touch-sensitive controls for MacBook

Apple has filed for a patent on a system which places the controls for a notebook computer within the outer bezel of the screen. Patent number 8,654,524, published Tuesday, describes a set of systems in which sensors are placed in both the casing and outer screen bezel (the black box around the outside of the display) allowing …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Feb 2014

New MacBook Pro: What's actually new, here?

The new iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display weren't the only bits of Apple kit that were revealed at Tuesday's product rollout in San Francisco; there were also upgraded versions of the 13-inch and 15-inch Retina display MacBook Pros to talk about. Apple's 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros as announced on October 22, 2013 …
Rik Myslewski, 23 Oct 2013
Photo of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display, disassembled

Don't crack that Mac: Almost NOTHING in new Retina MacBook Pros can be replaced

Teardown Apple's new MacBook Pro laptops with Retina displays pack more punch than ever before – Cupertino described last year's 15-incher as the "best computer Apple has ever made," and this year's Haswellified model improves on it. But when it comes to taking them apart and fixing them, the new designs are more locked down than ever …
Neil McAllister, 25 Oct 2013
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Stock dips as fanbois complain of dodgy Wi-Fi on MacBook Air

Peak Apple Apple is investigating claims that new Macbook Air notebooks are suffering from crippling Wi-Fi connection problems. Cupertino's latest creation, the Macbook Air, boasts an epic battery life, but customers are reporting terrible Wi-Fi problems. Apple has reportedly confirmed the problems, in a briefing note to shop staff seen …
Jasper Hamill, 26 Jun 2013
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Hey fanboi, is that an EXPLODING BATTERY in your MacBook Pro?

American electronics chain Best Buy has recalled a batch of 5,100 MacBook Pro* replacement batteries after they caught fire while charging up. One customer suffered a serious leg burn, and 12 others reported seeing their device burst into flames, we're told. Anyone who bought a black or white lithium-ion replacement battery, …
Jasper Hamill, 20 Jun 2013
Apple MacBook Pro 13in with Retina display

Apple refreshes MacBook Pro range

Apple has stopped working on watches, televisions and all the weird stuff it has patented for just long enough to refresh its MacBook Pro range. Reg readers may remember the MacBook as an example of Apple's “personal computer” range, a product category it pioneered in the late 1970s. The phone and fondleslab company is still …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Feb 2013
Measuring up Apple

HOT AIR leads to RISES: Apple shares soar after iPad, MacBook releases

Peak Apple The price of Apple's stock has hit the highest point since January following the release of new ranges of iPads and Macbook Pros. Cupertino's shares closed yesterday at $533.40, a rise of two per cent. This is the highest level since January, when Apple's stock was midway through its slump from a 2012 peak of around $700. …
Jasper Hamill, 27 Nov 2013
Apple MacBook Pro 17in

Ssssh. Apple quietly mashes monster MacBook Pro

So farewell, then, the 17in MacBook Pro. Your demise was forecast back in April by market watcher Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI, a stockbroker, and sure enough you're no longer listed among Apple's selection of laptops. Apple 2012 MacBook Line-up The pricey - two grand plus - bulky machine was popular with content creators looking for …
Tony Smith, 12 Jun 2012
MacBook Pro Retina torn down

Revealed: The AMAZING technology behind Apple's $1299 Retina MacBooks – a lot of glue

Pics Apple really doesn't want its customers to be able to repair or upgrade their own computers. The Cupertino giant has done just about everything in its power to render the new Retina MacBooks impossible to open and fix. This is according to DIY site iFixIt, which has published an extensive teardown report on the latest OS X …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Apr 2015

Australian 'Apple tax' repealed for MacBook Air

Apple's contentious pricing plans, often criticised for producing Australian prices that exceed their US equivalents even when the $AUD/$US exchange rate suggests the opposite should be the case, have turned up some oddities for Apple's new products. In case you've not caught up with the news, the fruity folk today announced a …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Jun 2013

13-inch 'Retina Display' MacBook Pro to uncloak next Tuesday?

Today's Cupertinian rumeur du jour: a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display will share the stage at next week's introduction of the much-anticipated iPad mini – or whatever that shrunken fondleslab may be dubbed. That is, of course, if there really is an event, as reported, on October 23 to introduce a svelter sibling of Apple …
Rik Myslewski, 15 Oct 2012
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15in MacBook Air will go HEAD TO HEAD with MacBook Pro in April

Apple has a 15 inch MacBook Air in the works and it's coming out in April, a Mac accessories manufacturer has told Electric Pig. The unnamed accessories maker dropped the tip at CU Exposed, a trade fair for MacBook accessories on 13 March. Currently only available in the 11 inch and 13 inch form factors, the debut of 15 inch …
Anna Leach, 16 Mar 2012
Samsung 850 EVO 1TB SSD

MacBooks slimming down with Sammy's new 3D NAND diet pills

The 3D NAND revolution starts here. According to reports, Apple has signed a deal with Samsung to use its 3D V-NAND SSDs in future MacBooks, expected some time in 2016. The Korean Times estimates the deal is worth billions of dollars. Instead of having a single 2D or planar layer (as most current MLC flash dies do) 3D NAND has …
Chris Mellor, 18 Mar 2015
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Updated MacBook Air sports tweaked SSD tech

Apple has changed the MacBook Air's SSD connector - again. A dissection of the skinny new machine by iFixit reveals the SSD, which is implemented as a slot-in slimline daughtercard containing Flash chips and controller, uses an almost but not quite mSata interconnect: 26 lines in the slot, 24 lines on the SSD. iFixit SSD snap: …
Tony Smith, 13 Jun 2012
Apple Macbook Air 13in

Apple kills MacBook, soups up MacBook Air

Apple the specced up the new MacBook Air line - and killed off the plastic MacBook. The new Airs do indeed gain Core i5 processors: 1.6GHz for the 11-incher, 1.7GHz for the 13.3in Air, and 1.8GHz Core i7 as a build-to-order option for both. They get backlit keyboards too, absent from their predecessors. Apple MacBook Air 2011 …
Tony Smith, 20 Jul 2011
Apple MacBook Air 13in mid 2011

Next 15in, 17in MacBook Pros to be MacBook Air skinny

Apple has completed development work in a 15in MacBook Air-skinny notebook, it has been claimed. Little is known about the laptop's specification, reports MacRumours, which was first out with the news. But given its slimline design and Apple's current strategy, it's safe to say the thing won't sport an optical drive, absent from …
Tony Smith, 27 Jul 2011
Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch 2013

EYE-GASMIC: Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina Display

Review It’s true, as Rik Myslewski pointed out recently, that the two new MacBook Pro with Retina Display models aren’t drastically different from their predecessors. However, the eye-gasmic, 2880 x 1800 hi-res screen of the original 15-inch model helped it to win El Reg’s Laptop of the Year for 2012, so you could argue that it ain’t …
Stephen Dean, 06 Nov 2013
2001: A Space Odyssey

Macbook webcams CAN spy on you - and you simply CAN'T TELL

Security researchers have confirmed that MacBook webcams can spy on their users without the warning light being activated. Apple computers have a “hardware interlock” between the camera and the light that is supposed to ensure the camera can't be activated without alerting the user by lighting a tell-tale LED above the screen. …
John Leyden, 19 Dec 2013
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Apple set to drop 17in MacBook Pro, says watcher

Apple's 17in MacBook Pro will be phased out in 2012, one analyst has predicted, in favour of an Air-style refresh of the line that excludes the company's largest notebook. While discussing Apple's computing strategy for the year, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed the laptop no longer has a role in the Air-themed line-up. Sales …
Caleb Cox, 24 Apr 2012

Don't worry, Apple hypegasms haven't gone in the WRISTJOB ERA

Fear not fanbois, online only sales of Apple’s jazz bangle wristjob and shiny 12-inch port-disadvantaged MacBook do not signal the end of “iconic blockbuster launches” inside its retail temples stores, a fruity exec has proclaimed. Dream weaver and Apple retail suzerain Angela Ahrendts told employees she knew the “number one” …
Paul Kunert, 22 Apr 2015
Apple Watch lineup

Fancy a wristjob from Tim Cook? TOUGH LUCK, you CAN'T HAVE ONE

An estimated one million consumers have flashed the plastic to pre-order an Apple Watch, leaving the fruity firm without stock to meet additional demand for months. According to Slice Intelligence, roughly one million fanbois in the US have pre-ordered one or more of the smartwatches. Or The Watch That Watches You Back, as they' …
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Apple 13in MacBook Pro to fall into line this autumn

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, a stockbroker, has a good record on forecasts: he accurately predicted the launch of the 15in MacBook Pro with Retina Display just before the machine's announcement. He also correctly said Apple would kill off the 17in MacBook Pro. Now he's saying a 13in version will be out in the autumn, …
Tony Smith, 15 Jun 2012
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Next-gen MacBook Pro, iMac make benchmark site debut

Faster MacBook Pros have surfaced on the Geekbench benchmark collation site promising, if genuine, performance 17 per cent up on its predecessor. The reference, to a 'MacBook9,1', lists a machine with a four-core Intel Core i7-3820QM Ivy Bridge processor operating at 2.7GHz and running Mac OS X 10.8 (Build 12A211). It has 8GB of …
Tony Smith, 14 May 2012

Apple boots Windows 7 out of Boot Camp

The Cupertino fruit factory has decided to boot old versions of Windows out of the camp, quietly not-announcing that only Windows 8 and 10 will run on the latest flavours of the dual-boot "Boot Camp" utility that ships with this year's new Macs. The new policy means that the recently-announced MacBook Air and 13” MacBook Pro …
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Cheap MacBook Airs for all!

Apple's cheapest MacBook Air will currently set you back $999 or£849, depending on where you buy it. Wait until August, and it could cost you just $799/£640. So says Digitimes' inevitable unnamed laptop industry mole, but it's worth noting that the rumour is simply that Apple is thinking about cutting the price of the skinny …
Tony Smith, 08 May 2012
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Retina MacBook Pro nukes Apple's green credentials

The tightly packed new Apple MacBook Pro prevents the laptop from meeting requirements laid down by eco-friendly technology catalogue EPEAT. The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) announced on Monday that the shiny Retina-display lap warmer is "difficult to disassemble for upgrades, repairs, and recycling …
Anna Leach, 11 Jul 2012
Apple MacBook Air 11-inch 2013

Apple MacBook Air 11-inch 2013: Netbook with next-gen tech

Review “Can’t innovate any more, my ass,” said Apple veep Phil Schiller as he unveiled the redesigned Mac Pro at the company’s Worldwide Developer Conference in June. The smooth, black cylindrical design of the Mac Pro and the visual revamp of the forthcoming iOS 7 were clearly intended as a riposte to the critics who had argued that …
Stephen Dean, 17 Jul 2013

MacBook Air now uses PCIe flash... but who'd Apple buy it from?

Apple's next iteration of its workstation-class Mac Pro will use PCIe flash memory, as will the new MacBook Air. Cupertino's move towards flash memory could set a precedent other consumer manufacturers may follow. The Mac Pro format changes from a boring rectangular tower, albeit one with alloy handles, legs and mesh screen work …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jun 2013

Fanbois: We paid $2000 for full satisfaction but now we have SPREADING STAINS

Apple consumers are complaining that the company is ignoring their complaints about the anti-reflective MacBook coating peeling off in whacking great ugly patches. Ever-eager to embrace now-meaningless suffixes and lazy journalistic shorthand, the upset Apple boys and girls have dubbed this issue "Staingate", with a domain for …