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MacBook Pro Keyboard Failures: Why Apples dust excuse is bullshit! [Teardown + Explanations] : apple
via @marcoarment: “Great thread on the butterfly-keyboard failures, and why dust ingress probably isn’t causing most of the failures.

“Which supports what I’ve heard anecdotally: the 2018 models with the membrane don’t seem significantly more reliable than the previous ones.”
(via: https://twitter.com/marcoarment/status/1123963760316690440)
reddit  macbookpro  keyboard  apple  2019 
may 2019 by handcoding
How to remove Siri from the Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro - howchoo
“You probably use your backspace [delete] key quite a bit. If you have a Macbook Pro, you probably also hit the Open Siri button quite a bit, as it is (in)conveniently located adjacent to the backspace key.

“This is quite annoying.

“This short guide will show you how to remove the Siri button from your Macbook Pro’s touch bar, disabling the button without disabling Siri.”
siri  backspace  macbookpro  2019 
april 2019 by handcoding
The design flaw behind MacBook Pro’s “stage light” effect | The Loop
“The issue is fairly simple: the current generation of MacBook Pro laptops (2016–present) uses flexible ribbon cables to connect the display to a display controller board beneath the Touch Bar. These cables wrap over the board, where they’re secured by a pair of spring-loaded covers—and they’re subjected to the stress of bending with every opening and closure of the laptop. Within a seemingly short time, those cables are starting to fatigue and tear. The backlight cable is generally the first to go, producing the infamous ‘stage light’ symptoms, and eventually giving out entirely when the laptop is opened more than about 40°.”
theloop  macbookpro  stagelight  screen  monitor  problems  2019 
january 2019 by handcoding
John Gruber on Twitter: "@marcoarment @thetalkshow This is how I live now.… "
(It looks like Gruber has added gaffer tape to the “left” and “right” keys on his MacBook Pro keyboard to make them easier to locate.)
“This is how I live now.”
keyboards  2018  macbookpro  gruber  twitter  arrows 
july 2018 by handcoding
How to use Apple Hardware Test on your Mac - Apple Support
“Turn on your Mac, then immediately press and hold the D key on your keyboard. Keep holding the D key until you see the Apple Hardware Test icon.”
mac  macbookpro  hardware  diagnostics  troubleshooting  2018  apple 
may 2018 by handcoding
60% + MacBook Pro : MechanicalKeyboards
(Ooh—pro tip here.)
“karabiner-elements allows you to set the built-in keyboard to turn off when a specific USB device (keyboard) is plugged in.”
karabiner  karabinerelements  keyboards  mac  macbookpro  2018 
march 2018 by handcoding
Computer latency: 1977-2017
"Compared to a modern computer that’s not the latest ipad pro, the apple 2 has significant advantages on both the input and the output, and it also has an advantage between the input and the output for all but the most carefully written code since the apple 2 doesn’t have to deal with context switches, buffers involved in handoffs between different processes, etc.

"On the input, if we look at modern keyboards, it’s common to see them scan their inputs at 100 Hz to 200 Hz (e.g., the ergodox claims to scan at 167 Hz). By comparison, the apple 2e effectively scans at 556 Hz. See appendix for details.

"If we look at the other end of the pipeline, the display, we can also find latency bloat there. I have a display that advertises 1 ms switching on the box, but if we look at how long it takes for the display to actually show a character from when you can first see the trace of it on the screen until the character is solid, it can easily be 10 ms. You can even see this effect with some high-refresh-rate displays that are sold on their allegedly good latency."
apple  appleII  appleIIe  macbookpro  latency  2017 
january 2018 by handcoding
Mac and PC Power Consumption – inconsequence
"The average cost of residential power in the US is 11.03 cents per kWh (Department of Energy statistics), so that means a Mac Pro on idle costs about $0.39 cents per day, or $141.07 per year, versus $0.04 and $12.56 for a Mac Mini (and probably a similar value for an iMac which puts its display to sleep)."
power  macbookpro  2009 
november 2017 by handcoding
Selling your MacBook Pro with Touch Bar? Apple recommends this step | 9to5Mac
"If you’re selling (or generously handing down) your MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, Apple recommends an extra step when erasing your data before parting ways with your machine. This step requires an obscure Terminal command that you wouldn’t assume and isn’t required on Macs without the Touch Bar."
macbookpro  touchbar  terminal  apple  9to5mac  2017 
october 2017 by handcoding
SOLVED: What is the USB port power output? - MacBook Unibody Model A1342 - iFixit
"All USB ports on a MacBook Air/Pro are the standard 500 mA (milliamps) at 5 V (Volts). However when an Apple device (that require or can use more mA) is plugged in it can output up to 1100 mA at 5 V."
mac  macbookpro  usb  amps  power  charging  2017 
september 2017 by handcoding
The Best Stands For Your iPad
"We strongly recommend that you get a high quality iPad stand, as it can make your experience seamless and help you work more effectively. There isn't a one sized fits all, but below are a few recommendations based on what you plan to do."
ipad  travel  2017  macbookpro  duetdisplay  2016 
september 2017 by handcoding
Mountie - connecting your mobile device to your laptop.
(Perhaps this may be of use with Duet Display?)
"Mountie gives you the coolest multi-monitor setup ever!
Clip your tablet or phone to the side of your laptop. It’s super-fun."
ipad  travel  macbookpro  clips  duetdisplay  2017 
september 2017 by handcoding
Michael Tsai - Blog - External MacBook Pro Displays
(Hmm—this thing is actually kinda tempting.)
"I wanted a larger, portable external display for my MacBook Pro, so a few months ago I got an AOC e1759Fwu. It’s a 17-inch display with a fold-out stand that easily fits in my laptop backpack. It connects via a USB cable (no separate power connector) and, once you install the kernel extension, the Mac sees it as a regular external display (though Night Shift is not supported). It supports both portrait and landscape modes. I prefer the portrait, which at 900 × 1,600 pixels (it’s not Retina) is the same height as a 30-inch display.”

But…
"The AOC’s USB 3 connection is a big improvement over the square-SCSI SuperMac adapter that I once used to connect a color display to my monochrome PowerBook, but it does feel laggy compared with a regular display connector. The picture quality isn’t great, either: a bit fuzzy, uneven brightness, and so-so color."
macbookpro  monitors  displays  travel  mjtsai  2017 
august 2017 by handcoding
Amazon.com: Customer reviews: Rain Design mTower Vertical Laptop Stand (Patented)
"The only thing I would recommend is using it with the hinge up if you plan on doing any sort of CPU/GPU intensive work with a 15" rMBP. The fan intakes are at the bottom of the chassis towards the front, and air is ejected at the hinge. I see a 10-degree difference (cooler) at idle by using this orientation compared to having the hinge down like the product pictures display. Sure, the Apple logo is upside down, but I prefer not to hear my fans spin up all the time."
macbookpro  fans  quiet  noise  bookarc  2017 
august 2017 by handcoding
Horizontal or Vertical stand for cooling a Macbook? - Ask Different
This post goes over the "Reverse V" arrangement for running one's MacBook Pro in clamshell mode.
macbookpro  clamshell  2011  quiet  fans  nosie 
august 2017 by handcoding
MacBook Pro Sounding Like A Jet Engine | MacRumors Forums
(On keeping a MacBook Pro cool and quiet:)

"Being an owner & user of the 15" MacBook Pro forever; Over the years the 15" has frequently struggled with it`s thermals, especially when an external display is connected as the dGPU switches on by default, internal temperatures soar, equally there are some steps that can be taken to reduce the systems temperature;

* Elevate the rear, aluminium passive coolers generally work best (I use RainDesign`s mStand & iLap)

* Increase base fan RPM to 3K or as much as you are comfortable with (MacsFanControl or SMC Fan Control)

* Limit the dGPU`s usage with gfxCardStatus

* Swap out Chrome for Chrome Canary as it`s way more optimised for OS X and will extend battery run time, reduce thermals

* Swap out VLC for Movist as again it`s a reduced load on CPU/GPU

* Uninstall or block Flash

* Install an ad blocker Wipr or AdGuard works well

* Powered coolers are very much a "mixed bag" when it comes to Mac portables, you need one that has a high capacity (100 CFM minimum) and preferably a large single fan, this can help to keep the 15" internal fans below 4K which for many is good enough as often it`s this point and beyond where the fans become intrusive. Don't expect a powered cooler impact internal temperatures, beyond a couple of degrees

* Older notebooks can benefit from cleaning of the cooling system

* Retinas can benefit from cleaning of the cooling system, as the heat syncs are far smaller and loose efficiency faster, due to build up of dust

* Replacing the thermal paste has been hit & miss, some with very positive results, some with no improvement over stock. Personally I would only do this on a Mac Portable that was either very old, or one that I can confirm was definitely running hotter than stock.

* If your MBP has a discrete GPU, it will fire up when an external display is connected as default, temperatures will rise rapidly.

* Consider a specific vertical stand when using a MPB in "Clamshell" mode allowing for greater circulation of air. Some recommend inverting the MBP in the stand with the exhaust at the top & intake at the bottom (Retina`s)

"The key to a quiet life with a 15" MacBook Pro is several incremental changes that do add up to reduce thermals. From my experience over the years if your going to push a 15" hard the fans are going to max out fast, with associated noise. If your using it with a moderate load life can be made quieter :) For the most part your MBP runs hot as that`s how Apple designed it, the trade off for form over, function, thin & light..."
macbookpro  macrumors  quiet  fans  noise  2016 
august 2017 by handcoding
2016 15' MBP Fan Noise | MacRumors Forums
(Hmm—interesting.)
"Hmm, in that case I think that stand design is just amplifying the otherwise faint sound from your fans.

"The space underneath will likely echo the small vibrations from the laptop (caused by fan movement)."
macbookpro  2016  fans  noise  quiet  macrumors 
august 2017 by handcoding
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.8 GHz, 555) Laptop Review - NotebookCheck.net Reviews
"As per usual for Apple, the new 15-inch MacBook Pro with Kaby Lake is conveniently quiet. Subjectively, the fan behavior does not differ from the old model. Both fans are still running continuously, but you can only hear them a few centimeters from the device in very quiet environments. The MacBook stays quiet for a long time under load – especially under macOS."
macbookpro  reviews  2017  noise  fans  quiet  notebookcheck 
august 2017 by handcoding
How loud is your 15" 2016 tbMBP? | MacRumors Forums
(About the 2016 MacBook Pro's fans:)
"Those with good hearing can hear the fans, which are always running, in a sufficiently quiet room. This is mentioned in the Notebook Check review, for example, as as I mentioned to you before, I can hear them in a very quiet room as well."
2017  macbookpro  fans  noise  quiet  macrumors 
august 2017 by handcoding
How to replace the missing optical-digital audio output on newer Macs | Macworld
"The 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pros and the 2017 iMacs omit S/PDIF from their headphone jacks, as Jeff discovered. To regain digital audio output, you have to purchase a USB-based device. While Jeff has speakers that handled the decoding, all the USB devices I’ve found including a DAC under the assumption that it’s required for the analog ports the devices also include.

"Of all the hardware out there, only the Behringer U-Control UCA202 states explicitly that it works on a Mac without requiring drivers. Reviewers at Amazon seem to agree. At $30 street, it’s not a bad add-on if you really want and need digital audio output."
mac  optical  audio  2017  imac  macbookpro 
july 2017 by handcoding
Mountie - connecting your mobile device to your laptop.
This looks like kind of a neat mount for attaching an iPad to one’s MacBook Pro screen (like for use with Duet).
duet  ipad  wishlist  travel  worktravel  2017  macbookpro 
july 2017 by handcoding
Play high sample rate digital audio on Mac computers - Apple Support
"The audio hardware in some MacBook Pro, Mac Pro, and iMac computers supports 176.4 kHz and 192 kHz digital audio when connected using optical output."
macbookpro  audio  optical  2017 
june 2017 by handcoding
Swelling MacBook Pro Batteries Present Trackpad Problems, Fire Hazard - The Mac Observer
"Some MacBook Pro owners have noticed that their battery is swelling and no longer charges properly. Based on reports from Appleis Discussion boards, symptoms include batteries that fail to charge completely, computers shutting down while there is still a significant charge left, erratic trackpad behavior, and mouse button sticking problems."
2006  macbookpro  batteries  swollen 
january 2017 by handcoding
How Do You Know if Macbook Battery Replacement is Needed? | Make My Mac Faster
"As we spoke of at the beginning, one of the weirdest signs your battery is going bad is an erratic cursor. For no reason your cursor will jump to a different section of a document you are typing in, highlight text randomly, or even delete text. Many Mac users are driven crazy by this behavior because they believe it may be due to a bad trackpad or keyboard.

"One way to tell if the erratic cursor issue is due to a bad battery is to take your battery out while your computer is attached to the AC power adapter. Try typing in a document and see if the erratic cursor issue starts. If it doesn’t, then the erratic cursor issue is due to a bad battery."
mac  macbookpro  battery  2015 
january 2017 by handcoding
CES 2017: 'OWC DEC' Adds More Storage and Ports to the 2016 MacBook Pro - Mac Rumors
"Other World Computing today announced the OWC DEC, an attachment designed to snap onto the bottom of a 2016 MacBook Pro to add additional functionality to the machine.

"The OWC DEC adds 4TB of storage, an SD Card Slot, USB Type-A ports for using standard USB devices, and a Gigabit Ethernet port. According to OWC, additional features will be introduced at a later date."
mac  macbookpro  2017  macrumors  owc  usb  docking 
january 2017 by handcoding
Users Find Some New MacBook Pros Suffer From Major Graphics Issues - Mac Rumors
"Since new MacBook Pro models launched last month, an increasing number of early adopters have reported serious graphics issues on Apple's latest notebooks. The glitches and other problems appear to be most prevalent on built-to-order 15-inch models, but standard 13-inch and 15-inch configurations are also affected."
macbookpro  apple  gpu  macrumors  2016 
december 2016 by handcoding
macbook - Turn off the built-in monitor on MBP El Capitan with clamshell open - Ask Different
This post goes over how you can use the “magnet technique” to run your MacBook Pro in clamshell mode with the lid open:
"Given how none of the old methods seemed to work in El Capitan, the magnet method sounded pretty interesting to me, so I decided to try it.

"I got the smallest and weakest hobby/craft magnet I had, and ran it through the top left corner of the Macbook Air, as some of those other answers said that's the location. I suspect the location may differ between Macbook models.

"In my MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2012), the location seemed to be on the left side, slightly above the Tab key."
macbookpro  clamshell  2015  elcapitan  magnets 
june 2016 by handcoding
Can I overheat my MacBook Air if I close its lid and use external monitor? | MacRumors Forums
"It's perfectly safe to operate in clamshell mode, as Mac notebooks are designed to do just that.

"Heat radiates in all directions and dissipates through the aluminum body. While clamshell mode or using a keyboard covering slightly inhibits dissipation, it's not enough to cause problems or raise temps more than a few degrees, since the primary cooling is through the vents.

"There has never been any air intake or exhaust vents through the keyboard on any Mac notebook. For all Mac notebooks except the MBP-Retina, both intake and exhaust has always been through the vents in the rear near the hinge. The new MBP-Retina has intake vents along the sides at the bottom and exhaust through the rear vents, near the hinge."
macbookpro  clamshell  cooling  2013  macrumors  canonical  fans 
may 2016 by handcoding
Should my Macbook Pro be closed or opened while connected to an external monitor? : mac
On an early-2011 MacBook Pro:
"With the Lid open it the temps stabilized @ 94o C and the clock speed @ ~ 2.6GHz.
"With the Lid closed it the temps climbed to 95o C and the clock speed kept throttling down to 2.36GHz when i stopped the test.
"So there you have it on A non retina unibody Macbook Pro the temps and performance are better if the lid is left open."
macbookpro  cooling  clamshell  reddit  2015 
may 2016 by handcoding
macbook - Fan Speed and Temperature on MBP Retina 13 2013 - Ask Different
"I have an old style 15" 2.6Ghz Macbook pro and I did not like the way Apple doesn't run the fans until the laptop gets above 75 degrees celcius.Then the fan speed goes up and down over and over again.

"So I use SMCFancontrol to keep the fans at 1600rpm this keeps the laptop at 60 degrees celcius to 70 degrees celcius. It still allows the fans to speed up but it's higher than the base speed Apple has set up to 3000 rpm and the fans are almost silent."
macbookpro  cooling  fans  smcfancontrol  2014 
may 2016 by handcoding
display - Is there a way to control the clock speed of the GT 650M GPU in a Retina Macbook Pro from OS X? - Ask Different
"If you don't need to use the MBP screen while using the external monitor you can disable it using a small magnet.

"A small magnet placed on the left side of the MBP keyboard, more or less above where the SD card reader is placed, will make it think that the lid is closed. The GPU will need to do less work to drive just one screen (the external) and use less power, and with the lid still open the airflow will be beter.

"I use this on a 2011 MBP, other versions may need to have the magnet placed at different places for it to detect a closed lid. And if you try this, please use the smallest magnet available."
macbookpro  cooling  2013  stackexchange 
may 2016 by handcoding
temperature - How to keep your MacBook Pro cool (unibody) - Ask Different
It looks like running your MacBook Pro’s fans at a constant low temperature might help reduce overall noise?
“My fans are set to 3500 RPM and i never hear them, so that never bothered me."
macbookpro  fans  cooling  2011  stackexchange 
may 2016 by handcoding
Video Review: The SVALT D's Built-In Fan Sets it Apart From Other MacBook Docks - Mac Rumors
"To test the Svalt D, we exported two different videos from a MacBook, with and without the dock. Without using the dock, exporting a video took 15 minutes and caused the temperature of the MacBook to rise to 121 degrees Fahrenheit. With the stand, our video exported in 14 minutes and the stand kept the MacBook at 105 degrees Fahrenheit, a 16 degree difference."
macbookpro  cooling  fans  2015  macrumors  reviews 
may 2016 by handcoding
AMD's New 400-Series 'Polaris' Graphics Chips Headed for 2016 Macs - Mac Rumors
"Performance of these new graphics chips from AMD is expected to be double that of their predecessors, measured on a per-watt basis. This is thanks to the large size reduction and performance gains in going from the 28nm node first seen in 2011 for graphics processors to the new 16/14nm FinFET processes. This would certainly be welcome to the Mac lineup due to the increased graphics demands of the high-resolution Retina screens featured in both the iMac and MacBook Pro computers. It is reasonable to expect that Apple would allocate roughly the same power budget as on current models, meaning the 2x performance could be seen by users in some cases."
macbookpro  video  graphics  macrumors  2016 
may 2016 by handcoding
SVALT D Performance Cooling Dock
This looks to be cooler/fan that’s specifically designed for MacBook Pros running in clamshell mode.
(via: http://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/16176/horizontal-or-vertical-stand-for-cooling-a-macbook)
macbookpro  cooling  fans  2016 
may 2016 by handcoding
Horizontal or Vertical stand for cooling a Macbook? - Ask Different
"Here is my 'Reverse V’ method [for keeping one’s MacBook Pro cool]

"1. Connect all cables (video) and close the lid.
2. Wake from external mouse/keyboard. This will force using only the external display.
3. Open the lid to about 20-40 degrees. Internal display will remain off. The Macbook will be in a "V" like shape.
4. Put it on the desktop in reversed "V" form on something soft. I recommend old polyurethane mouse pad or shaped polystyrene.”

Another commenter adds:
"On my four year old MacBook Pro - the internal temperatures and fan speeds are climbing and running it vertically rather than on a Griffin Elevator in clamshell mode. When my room temperature gets hot, vertical helps the fans stay at idle in clamshell mode."
macbookpro  stackexchange  cooling  2011  clamshell 
may 2016 by handcoding
ZALMAN Notebook Cooler ZM-NC2000 Black | NewEgg
This seems to be a decent laptop cooler (and hopefully quiet), although one reviewer also mentions this: "The side blue LED is really bright. I covered this up with black electrical tape. Not really worth one less egg, but be aware of this."
cooling  fans  macbookpro  newegg  zalman  2016 
may 2016 by handcoding
BookArc for MacBook Pro & Retina - Twelve South
Hmm—it looks like Twelvesouth redesigned their BookArc somewhere along the way.

"Meet the all-new BookArc, the latest edition of the most popular vertical MacBook stand in the world. We created a beautiful new all-aluminum design that frees up even more desk space. Slide your MacBook into the silicone slot, connect it to an external display, add a full-size keyboard and mouse to enjoy the comfort of a desktop setup with your MacBook. Ready to hit the road? Unplug MacBook and BookArc’s newly designed cable-catch feature keeps your cables from falling to the floor."
twelvesouth  bookarc  2016  macbookpro 
february 2016 by handcoding
Fan noise & Clamshell mode | MacRumors Forums
This post seems to say that using one’s MacBook Pro in clamshell mode might not be as good for cooling as running with it open.
macbookpro  fans  clamshell  2013 
february 2016 by handcoding
That Time I Had to Reset My MacBook Pro’s SMC to Slow Down the High-Speed, Whirring Fan – Juan Monroy
On resetting one’s SMC:
"The Apple Support page outlines the steps for resetting the SMC for particular kinds of computer, such as portables with removable batteries, portables with sealed batteries, and desktop computers. In my case, I needed to shut down the computer, hold down Shift–Control–Option with my left hand and depress the power button with my right hand at the same time. Once I did that, the lights on the MagSafe adapter came on."
mac  smc  fans  macbookpro  reset  2016 
january 2016 by handcoding
Apple releases firmware update for new MacBook Pro | Macworld
"Bought a new MacBook Pro recently? There might be a firmware update waiting for you.

"Apple on Wednesday released the MacBook Pro Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.0, which, according to Apple’s website, is for mid-2015 MacBook Pro models. The website also sates that the firmware update fixes an issue that “may cause data corruption.”"
macbookpro  firmware  2015 
july 2015 by handcoding
Apple Adds High-End 15" Retina MacBook Pro to List of Macs Supporting Dell's 5K Display | Page 5 | MacRumors Forums
From earlier: "Tomorrow, I'll try running one of the two DisplayPort cables through my OWC Thunderbolt 2 dock to see if it's possible to get a functioning dock as well as 5K resolution"

And the follow-up: "It works! Full 2560x1440@2x at 60Hz running one of the two mDP-to-DP cables through the TB port on the OWC TB2 dock, with the other mDP-to-DP cable and a TB cable plugged into the aforementioned 2014 MBP."
macbookpro  macrumors  2015  dell  5k  2715k  monitors  docks 
june 2015 by handcoding
Apple Adds High-End 15" Retina MacBook Pro to List of Macs Supporting Dell's 5K Display - Page 5 - MacRumors Forums
"For reference, my MBP is the maxed-out mid-2014 15-inch/2.8GHz/16GB/1TB/GT750M config running 10.10.3 (build 14D136).

"Tomorrow, I'll try running one of the two DisplayPort cables through my OWC Thunderbolt 2 dock to see if it's possible to get a functioning dock as well as 5K resolution" (And hopefully sniderbr might post an update about how that works out?)
2015  macbookpro  thunderbolt  monitors  5k 
may 2015 by handcoding
Startech Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort 1.2 3m Adapter Cable - MDP2DPMM3M - PLE Computers Online Australia
Looks like these are the type of cables you’d need to hook up a Dell 2715k to a MacBook Pro.
macbookpro  monitors  2715k  2015  displayport 
may 2015 by handcoding
Apple Adds High-End 15" Retina MacBook Pro to List of Macs Supporting Dell's 5K Display - Mac Rumors
"Apple has updated a support document on its website to reflect that the high-end 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, equipped with AMD Radeon R9 M370X graphics, is capable of driving Dell's dual-cable UP2715K 27-inch 5K display."
mac  macbookpro  monitors  5k  2015  macrumors 
may 2015 by handcoding
Tech Oxford Crane Backpack - JackSpade
This backpack only holds a laptop (and no DSLR), but it's pretty gorgeous. And it's also $368 :(.
backpacks  macbookpro  2015  jackspade 
may 2015 by handcoding
Apple Releases New 15-Inch MacBook Pro With Force Touch and $1,999 27-Inch iMac With Retina Display - Page 14 - MacRumors Forums
"As far as drivers, I've never had a single issue with AMD drivers in recent years. Sounds like to me you're just someone who criticizes something they haven't used." (Well, how about that!)
amd  ati  macbookpro  2015  macrumors 
may 2015 by handcoding
Apple Releases New 15-Inch MacBook Pro With Force Touch and $1,999 27-Inch iMac With Retina Display - Page 8 - MacRumors Forums
"AMD drivers are universally panned as being terrible compared to Nvidia, all I'm really getting over my late 2013 is a more powerful GPU and not the one I wanted." Oof.
macbookpro  amd  ati  kernelpanics  macrumors  2015 
may 2015 by handcoding
Apple Releases New 15-Inch MacBook Pro With Force Touch and $1,999 27-Inch iMac With Retina Display - Page 6 - MacRumors Forums
"The Ati in my 2011 MBP 15" is what killed it (over and over again), so I'm glad I got an Nvidia. I'm also in no hurry to adopt force touch until it has a proven record." Well, shit.
ati  amd  macbookpro  kernelpanics  2015  macrumors 
may 2015 by handcoding
Apple Releases New 15-Inch MacBook Pro With Force Touch and $1,999 27-Inch iMac With Retina Display - Page 5 - MacRumors Forums
"Yep. I'm not surprised that AMD chips are in use given their appearances in the Mac Pro and 27" Retina iMac." Hmm. In that case, maybe it could be worth Googling for whether people with those machines have run into any kernel panics?
macbookpro  amd  kernelpanic  2015  macrumors 
may 2015 by handcoding
Apple Releases New 15-Inch MacBook Pro With Force Touch and $1,999 27-Inch iMac With Retina Display - Page 3 - MacRumors Forums
"Quote:
> AMD GPUs = Radeongate in 3 years for these.
Can't be worse than Nvidia-style 'we thought we'd heat things up a little" logic board failures.'"
amd  nvidia  macbookpro  kernelpanic  2015  macrumors 
may 2015 by handcoding
More battery outliers, please – Marco.org
"The base model of the current 15-inch has only the Intel integrated GPU, an option that Apple has made available in some 15-inch generations. I wish my 2012 model had that option. Discrete mobile GPUs run hot and expensively fail often, and the dual-GPU setup in the 15-inch line is often buggy and causes significantly worse battery life when using certain common apps — most notably including Chrome. If I were buying a new 15-inch laptop today, I’d definitely get the Intel-GPU-only base model. "
macbookpro  apple  gpu  2015  marco 
april 2015 by handcoding
Intel's Broadwell Chips for Most Macs Not Shipping Until Early to Mid 2015 - Mac Rumors
As of July 2014: "[...] As a result, the Broadwell U 2+3 dual-core chips with GT3 (HD 5000 or Iris) graphics, likely slated for use in the MacBook Air and the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, won't be ready to ship until February of 2015. The Broadwell H 4+3e quad-core chips with Iris Pro graphics designed for the larger Retina MacBook Pro and iMac won't be shipping until July 2015 at the earliest."

(Also of note, the 13" MacBook Pro came out in March 2015 -- so about a month after Intel's estimated ship date for that version of Broadwell.)
macbookpro  macrumors  2015  broadwell  intel 
april 2015 by handcoding
Cool Tools – Snuglet
"There was a successful Kickstarter thing called a Snuglet. It’s a shim, it looks like a staple. This tiny liner for the MagSafe jack, through some miracle of physics, amplifies the magnetic grip of the power plug so that it does not fall out unless you really kick the power cord or trip on it or something, which was the original idea."
magsafe  mac  power  wishlist  macbookpro  2015 
april 2015 by handcoding
Jesse Ruderman on Twitter: "PSA for Macbook users: disable “Smart Zoom” in trackpad system prefs. Removes the 750ms delay before two-finger tap brings up context menus."
"PSA for Macbook users: disable “Smart Zoom” in trackpad system prefs. Removes the 750ms delay before two-finger tap brings up context menus."
macbookpro  osx  mac  prefs  smartzoom  via:jruderman  2015 
march 2015 by handcoding
MacBook Pro Intermittent Black Screen or Loss of Video
This post talks about the NVidia 330M problems with mid-2010 MacBook Pros.
macbookpro  kernelpanics  2012  gpu 
october 2014 by handcoding
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2010): Intermittent black screen or loss of video
"Apple has determined that a small number of MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2010) computers may intermittently freeze or stop displaying video on the built-in display or on an external display connected to the MacBook Pro. Affected computers were manufactured between April 2010 and February 2011."
macbookpro  2012  mac  osx  kernelpanic  via:neilio 
january 2012 by handcoding
gfxCardStatus: menu bar gpu status monitor for os x / cody krieger - mobile, desktop & web developer
"gfxCardStatus is an open-source menu bar application that keeps track of which graphics card your dual-GPU MacBook Pro is using at any given time, and allows you to switch between them on demand."
software  mac  osx  graphics  gpu  opensource  2010  macbookpro 
june 2010 by handcoding
Apple's 15-inch Core i5 MacBook Pro: The One to Get? - AnandTech :: Your Source for Hardware Analysis and News
"While I don't believe there's much reason to go for the 2.53GHz over the 2.40GHz model [...], the Core i7 is actually pretty decent. For a 22% increase in total system cost you end up with 11 - 15% better performance in CPU bound applications."
macbookpro  comparison  i5  i7  2010  benchmarks  anandtech  apple  performance 
may 2010 by handcoding
Griffin Technology: Video Display Converter - Convert Mini DisplayPort output to HDMI or DVI video
Our Video Display Converter is a two-in-one solution to convert Mini DisplayPort video output to two high-definition formats - DVI and HDMI.
hdmi  dvi  griffin  minidisplayport  macbookpro  adapters  2010 
january 2010 by handcoding
Twitter / Johno: "3-finger swipe (MacBook Pro) = page back, page forward in the browser"
"Am I the last person in the world to discover that a 3-finger swipe (MacBook Pro) = page back, page forward in the browser?"
macbookpro  gestures  browsers  mac  osx  2009  back  forward 
december 2009 by handcoding
Intel to Launch New Mobile CPUs (Arrandale) in January? - Mac Rumors
"According to Digitimes, Intel is poised to launch their Arrandale mobile CPUs in January 2010. [...] These new chips are expected to deliver significant performance boosts over the currently shipping Apple notebooks."
2009  2010  intel  macbookpro  apple  processors  rumors 
november 2009 by handcoding
Jeff Rock, DisplayPort of Pain
"[...] No big deal. Just pick up a DisplayPort to DVI adapter, Right? I would’ve, except that they don’t exist."
displayport  macpro  macbookpro  cinemadisplay  monitors  2009  via:chockenberry 
august 2009 by handcoding
13" and 15" MacBook Pros Have a Slower SATA Interface - Mac Rumors
"Apple seems to have quietly downgraded the SATA Interface from 3.0Gbit to 1.5Gbit speeds in some of the new MacBook Pros introduced last week."
2009  apple  macbookpro  sata  macrumors  ssd 
june 2009 by handcoding
AnandTech: Apple's 2009 MacBook Pro: Battery Life to Die For
"For light workloads, even on WiFi, you can easily expect 6.5 - 8 hours out of the new 15-inch MBP. As I write this article on that very system I'm told that I have nearly 8.5 hours left on my charge."
2009  reviews  apple  macbookpro  anandtech 
june 2009 by handcoding
"late 2008" MacBook Pro - 4GB vs 6GB RAM config
"The only downside is that, with non-matching memory modules [if you upgrade to 6 GB], you don't get interleaving. Potentially, there is a performance hit." Then again, after their benchmarking, they conclude, that "you should have no worries about a speed penalty imposed by non-matching memory modules and loss of interleaving."
2009  ram  memory  macbookpro  6gb 
april 2009 by handcoding
TUAW review: ViDock Gfx multi-monitor solution for MacBook Pro - The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)
"Perhaps the technology will be replicated in the future, and prices will come down, but for now, if you want additional displays on a MacBook Pro, this is by far the highest quality, most usable option."
2009  reviews  mac  osx  macbookpro  monitors  tuaw 
february 2009 by handcoding
Apple - Support - Discussions - MacBook Pro Battery Health ...
"Apple spec is that a battery will maintain 80% health for 300 cycles; in practice, you can expect a useful life of 400-500 cycles or ~3 years, whichever comes first."
apple  batteries  power  coconutbattery  macbookpro  2008 
december 2008 by handcoding
Apple - Batteries - Notebooks
"If on the other hand, you use a desktop computer at work, and save a notebook for infrequent travel, Apple recommends charging and discharging its battery at least once per month."
apple  mac  macbookpro  2008  maintenance  batteries  power 
december 2008 by handcoding
Western Digital My Passport Studio: now with FireWire 800 - Engadget
"Western Digital announced a new member of their wannabe-buddies-with-Mac My Passport Studio line today. [...] It's got a FireWire 800 port in addition to the old hat FireWire 400 and USB interfaces, perfect for those brand new MacBook Pro owners."
macbookpro  storage  external  wishlist  2008  westerndigital  firewire  hdd 
october 2008 by handcoding
Apple Portables: Troubleshooting MagSafe power adapter strain relief issues
"Whether your product is in or out-of-warranty, you can take your adapter (you don't need to take the computer) to an Apple-Authorized Service Provider or Apple Retail Store for evaluation, and replacement if necessary. You may be eligible for a replacement adapter free of charge provided there are no signs of abuse."
apple  macbookpro  magsafe  acadapter  power  replacement  hardware  warranty  2008 
august 2008 by handcoding
Color Cast on laptop displays
"Color casts on laptop displays can be the result of the white point selected. [...] Driving the monitor to the higher color temperature can lead to a magenta cast."
color  calibration  monitors  lcd  macbookpro  apple  mac  purple  2008 
june 2008 by handcoding
Rob Galbraith DPI: Evaluating the MacBook Pro 15 inch LED-backlit display
According to this article, the second-generation MacBookPro (the last one with a non-LED backlight) doesn't get all that great colors (even when calibrated). However, through some trial and error, a workaround was discovered that fixes some of that.
macbookpro  apple  color  calibration  pantone  2007  imatch  colormanagement  lcd  led  mac  photography 
june 2008 by handcoding
Verbatim's new SmartDisk HDD is so small we could just eat it up - Engadget
"Verbatim went and released the 500GB 2.5-inch SmartDisk HDD[...]With enclosure, it weighs in at less than 6 ounces and measures 3.38-inches by 5.38-inches by 0.63-inches in both USB and USB / FireWire combo versions. Expect it this summer for under $300.
verbatim  storage  macbookpro  hdd  firewire  external  wishlist  2008 
april 2008 by handcoding
The Digital Story: Review of the OWC Mercury On-the-Go Portable Hard Drive
"The drive has performed well connected to my MacBook Pro's FW 800 and FW 400 ports. I used it for hours while working on the wedding shoot, and it kept up fine with my pace. The drive fits easily in my laptop bag, and boots up quickly [...]"
storage  reviews  2007  owc  macbookpro  firewire  hdd  external 
april 2008 by handcoding
OWC reveals 500GB Mercury On-The-Go portable HDD - Engadget
"The recently announced 500GB edition -- packing a half-terabyte of space on a 5,400RPM, 8MB of cache drive, the unit even includes FireWire 800, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 to ensure compatibility with pretty much whatever rig you're dealing with." ($359)
storage  external  hdd  macbookpro  2008  wishlist  firewire  firewire800 
april 2008 by handcoding
Review: APIOTEK EXTREME Dual eSATAII Express Card Adapter w/ RAID - www.hardwarezone.com.sg
In this thread, a fellow compares a single drive (a 320GB Hitachi Deskstar T7K500) over various external interfaces with his MacBook Pro, including eSATA (via ExpressCard adapter), Firewire 800, Firewire 400, and USB 2.0.
macbookpro  upgrades  storage  2007  esata  usb  comparison  hdd  expresscard  firewire 
april 2008 by handcoding
Apple Releases Firmware Updates for Notebooks, Keyboard, and iMac - Mac Rumors
"Apple released EFI Firmware Updates for the MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and iMac today."
mac  osx  firmware  2008  updates  macbookpro 
april 2008 by handcoding
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