Microsoft's latest Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2 devices won't come with USB-C or Thunderbolt 3, the latest and fastest standards for connecting accessories and charging your computer. Meanwhile, Apple's recent MacBook Pros have taken the opposite approach by only including USB-C ports - alienating those who don't necessarily adopt the latest tech the moment it rolls out. Neither company has the right idea.
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Apple's Touch Bar is one of those features that looks interesting but has some of us scratching our heads as to its usefulness. When it was introduced, I thought it was gimmicky but after several weeks of using it I'm becoming accustomed to its dynamic nature and how it does make some features in supported apps more accessible.
But what if you want more than just what's available through the App Store? It turns out, there are lots of games and utilities that use the Touch Bar. Here are three of my favourites.
There's no doubt that Apple makes some of the most expensive computing hardware around. They charge a premium on the back of great build quality and an eye for detail that leaves many other computer makers in their wake. But when Apple sent me their latest 15-inch MacBook Pro for review I had to do a double take. When I checked the spec and price on Apple's website I discovered the system I was reviewing was priced at $10,339. That's a big jump from the opening price of $4,099. Here's what you for more than double what my first car cost.
Apple released an update to their MacBook Pro systems about a week ago. While there were a few less-heralded upgrades made to the flagship notebook computer, Apple made sure we all knew that the new MacBook Pro can ship with a Core i9 processor. But it may turn out they should have upgraded the computer's cooling system as well.
Apple quietly pushed out an update to the MacBook Pro last week. While the general look and feel wasn't changed, there was a significant speed bump with options added for the latest Intel Core i7 and Core i9 processors as well as the ability to add up to 32GB of memory and 4TB or storage. But a closer look reveals a couple of other big wins.
Apple dropped some pretty big news today: It's no longer selling the 2015 MacBook Pro, which was arguably the last model that had a decent keyboard. Oh, and Apple also updated its top-shelf MacBook Pros, which will now set you back $10,339 for the most expensive iteration — a 15-inch MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar, 4TB of solid-state storage, 32GB of memory and a six-core, 2.9GHz Intel Core i9 CPU.
The MacBook Pro's Touch Bar just isn't that useful. Sure, its functionality changes based on the app you're in, but if you -- like me -- were expecting a second screen that you'd be able to customise, you're not the only one who's disappointed. You can, however, download the third party app 2Touch to create some bespoke shortcuts that will launch your favourite apps and services.
The MacBook Pro's Touchbar is a polarising addition to the notebook. Many praised its versatility, while others bemoaned the removal of the traditional shortcut keys we've grown to know and love on Apple's keyboards. Since there's no tactile indication of whether or not you've hit a key on the Touchbar, it's a bit frustrating to find yourself tapping where you think the misaligned Escape key should be without getting a response.
Apple's latest MacBook Pro refresh has its fair share of detractors and for good reason -- changes like the omission of traditional USB ports, incompatibility with Apple's own Lightning-only headphones, and the removal of the magnetic MagSafe connector have rankled longtime users, despite Apple executive Phil Schiller insisting the changes unveiled were "the future of the notebook."
Since last spring, new MacBook Pro models have replaced the function keys with the Touch Bar, a gimmicky touch-sensitive display along the top of the keyboard. It takes some getting used to, and you may find yourself groping for the delete key and cranking up your headphone volume, or idly resting your finger on the escape key and losing your work.
A little after Apple launched its new MacBook Pro, it also cut the price on its USB-C cables and adaptors since the switch to the new technology meant that most people needed to buy a goofy amount of dongles and converters. Today, that sale ends.
One of the biggest professional gripes about the new MacBook Pro -- dongle issues aside -- is its lack of upgradability. Apple made the decision to solder the storage onto the logic board (just as it does the RAM), making it impossible for users to upgrade past the capacity they choose at time of purchase.
Ever since Apple dropped its latest MacBook Pro with a cool but mostly unnecessary Touch Bar, programmers have been jumping at the chance to make cool but mostly unnecessary apps to run on it. This new one does not break from that tradition but it does turn your MacBook Pro into Kitt from Knight Rider.
Apple's Renew program pays you in Apple gift cards and good Earth vibes to recycle old iPhones, iPads, Macs, and other devices. Here's what you can expect to get back if you send in your used stuff.
The new MacBook Pro's Touch Bar is a weird thing that our friends at Gizmodo found a bit lacking, but that doesn't mean we're not all a little curious as to how it works. While you obviously can't make an actual Touch Bar, Touché is an app that gives you a glimpse of an app's Touch Bar support so you can give it a digital test drive.
Apple’s MacBook Pro series is back in the media thanks to the comany’s announcement of the new "Touch Bar". Announced last Thursday, the Touch Bar uses retina display and multitouch technology to replace the MacBook Pro’s top row of static function keys. It might seem like a simple idea, but it builds on a long history of research on what is referred to as 'human–computer interaction'. The feature deserves the attention it’s receiving as it provides a glimpse into how we will be interacting with computers in the not so distant future.
Last week, Apple launched the next generation of MacBook Pro laptops; the first update in over four years. Many fans who had been eagerly anticipating the new range were left bitterly disappointed. It seems Apple forgot what the "Pro" in the product name stands for. A lot of the hardware 'improvements' have drawn criticism from the professional crowd; from programmers and developers to designers and photographers. Which leaves us all wondering, who is Apple trying to sell the MacBook Pro to?