The most common Macbook problems and how to fix

If you found some problems in your Macbook, we hope below tips could help you to solve the problems.

1. Startup issues

If your Mac fails to boot properly and you find yourself staring at a blank screen or gray startup screen instead of your desktop, then it’s time to try booting iSTART UP n Safe Mode. In Safe Mode, MacOS will boot with the bare minimum of software and drivers required and will run a check of your startup disk and repair any directory issues that might be the cause of your startup ills.

To start up in safe mode, start your Mac and then press and hold the Shift key. The Apple logo will appear and then the login screen. You can release the Shift key when the Apple logo disappears and the login screen appears. It may take a few minutes before you get to the login screen as MacOS runs its diagnostics on your hard disk. To leave Safe Mode and start up your Mac per usual, just restart your Mac without holding any keys.

2. Incompatible login items

If you find yourself staring at a blue screen when you start up your Mac, it might mean that one of your startup items — apps that start automatically when you start up your Mac — is incompatible with MacOS. With a bit of trial and error, you can identify which app is the problem child.

You can remove login items one at a time and start up your Mac after each removal to see if the problem is gone. To do so, go to System Preferences > Users & Groups and click your name on the left under Current User. Next, click the Login Items tab above the window to the right. Highlight an app and then click the “-“sign below. It’ll get removed from the Login Items list and you can restart your Mac to see if your startup issue has been fixed. If not, you can head back to the list and remove another app and keep going until you find the culprit. You can add items back to the Startup Items list by hitting the “+” button and selecting items from your Applications.

3. Unresponsive applications

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You might find that an app will occasionally trip up your Mac and hang. And when an app hangs, it freezes you out and won’t let you do anything, including quit out of it. Enter: Force Quit. You can call up the Force Quit menu from the Apple icon in the upper-left corner or by hitting Command-Option-Escape. Just highlight the app that’s not responding and hit the Force Quit button. (You can also select multiple apps to force quit by using holding down the Command or Shift keys when making your selections.

 

 

 

4. Spinning beach ball

If you are seeing the spinning beach ball with increasingly regularity, then it’s time to take a look at what might be causing the slowdown. Open the Activity Monitor (by searching for it or finding it in the Utilities folder, which is inside your Applications folder) to see how much of an impact the apps you are currently running have on your system resources. In the Activity Monitor window, you can see real-time stats on the amount of CPU and memory resources each app is using. You can also use the Activity Monitor to quit any app that’s using more than its fair share of resources. Just highlight an app from the list, click the X button in the upper-left corner, and then choose Quit or Force Quit.

 

5. No internet connection

The quickest fix when the MacBook’s Wi-Fi status shows No Internet Connection is to tell it to forget the network and then reconnect as if it were brand-new. On the Network page in System Preferences, click the Advanced button in the lower left and you’ll see a list Preferred Networks. These are the Wi-Fi connections you’ve connected to in the past and your MacBook remembers for future uses. Highlight your Wi-Fi network and click the “-“ button and then choose Remove to forget it. With your network removed and forgotten, you can click the Wi-Fi icon in the menu bar and reconnect to your network by entering your password and starting anew.

 

Source: https//:www.cnet.com

NEW APPLE IMAC 2018 “POWER TO THE PRO”

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Power to the pro

Pros love iMac. So we created one just for you. It’s packed with the most powerful graphics and processors ever in a Mac, along with the most advanced storage, memory, and I/O — all behind a breathtaking Retina 5K display in a sleek, all-in-one design. For everyone from photographers to video editors to 3D animators to musicians to software developers to scientists, iMac Pro is ready to turn your biggest ideas into your greatest work.

Up to 18 cores in an iMac

An iMac with 4 cores is remarkable enough. But an iMac with 8, 10, 14, or 18 cores is an entirely different creature. Add Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.5GHz, and iMac Pro has the power and flexibility to balance multicore processing with single-thread performance. With new AVX-512 vector instructions and a new cache architecture, the processor handles even more data — even more quickly. Which means you can render images, edit up to 8K video, manipulate photos, create real-time audio effects, or compile your next five-star app — all at lightning speed.

 

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It is unlikely that Apple will switch to an OLED display for the new iMac, as the technology is still plagued by issues like burn-in and color distortions. Although it did appear on the iPhone X, OLED supposedly isn’t being considered as an iMac candidate at this point.
It is possible that Apple may integrate its FaceID technology into the iMac’s FaceTime camera as a means of securing it. This could potentially enable musicians to control virtual musical instruments using facial expressions.

 

Processor, RAM and storage


With hexa-core options available for Intel’s current-gen i5 and i7 Coffee Lake processors, it is likely that Apple will look into expanding its mid- and top-range iMac models beyond quad-core processing. However, the entry-level iMac will most likely remain a quad-core machine. Processor speeds of up to 4.7GHz are achievable via Intel’s TurboBoost technology in the high-end Core i7. The high-end Core i5 will operate at up to 4.3GHz. Graphics will be (probably) handled by an AMD Vega GPU, rumoured to be the Vega 28 or Vega 32. A new Vega RX GPU, designed for gaming, could find its way into the configuration.

RAM memory should start at 8GB for the base model, upgradeable to up to 64GB. Storage is in question, as it is unclear whether Apple will be dealing away with hard disks in favor of solid-state drives.hLL2LsOhyMMGcOCH.huge_-980x620

iMac 2018 Price

Apple is expected to retain current pricing, or make it slightly higher. This depends on the ex
tent of hardware and design changes introduced with the 2018 iMac.

iMac 2018 Release Date

Last year, Apple announced the 2017 iMac on June 5 at its annual WWDC event. It’s possible t
hat the same will happen with the 2018 version, although Apple may wait until September or October. There are rumors that the company is redesigning its flagship desktop computer as the aluminium concept it introduced back in 2007 is over 10 years old now. Together with possible shortages of Intel Coffee Lake CPUs during the first quarter of 2018, it could happen that Apple takes longer than a year to update the 2017 iMac.
Conclusion

All in all, it looks like we are in for something interesting happening to the iMac this year. Design changes, new processors and faster storage are welcome upgrades for all music producers. With hexa-core processors and ample memory, these machines ought to do an excellent job crunching synths, reverbs, and
other processor-intensive tasks.

 

 

sources: www.gearnews.com and www.apple.com

 

Apple MacOS High Sierra Pros and Cons

Apple has just launched Apple MacOS High Sierra. Users can find excellent Apple MacOS High Sierra upgrade but they must be aware of Apple MacOS High Sierra pilfering hack.

Apple has just released Apple MacOS High Sierra. Some people are eager to upgrade their old operating system with the new one. However, there are several things that Mac user must know about this new operating system. It is reported that MacOS High Sierra is not as perfect as it is expected to. But, it doesn’t mean that it is totally bad.

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Security issue on High Sierra

A security researcher, Patrick Wardle, said that a hacker can steal users’ passwords from Apple Mac that runs the latest MacOS. Apple MacOS High Sierra pilfering hack is not something that can be ignored. This researcher has tried to steal Bank of America password and social media password from a Mac that is operated by this OS. Apple utilizes the keychain to store users’ password. It is only the users that can access the keychain. However, it turns out that a malicious code can access it too. As a result, the malicious code can send all the keychain content to the hacker without needing any password.

This security issue can be very fatal. However, this issue is actually not only attacking High Sierra. Other MacOS is also prone to security problem. Therefore, it is okay for users to upgrade their OS to High Sierra since the previous ones also have this issue. According to Wardle, it is not difficult to get malicious code running on Apple Mac these days.

Unfortunately, Apple has not made any comment about the security issue on their latest Mac operating system. In addition, this company previously said that this new MacOs has a comprehensive security set fixes.

Is MacOS High Sierra perfect for you?

MacOS High Sierra is a great operating system. It gives some advantages to the users. However, it may not be perfect for everyone. It is mostly perfect if:

– The users’ system has an SSD instead of a HDD or Fusion Drive.

– Users have updated their iPhone to iOS11 and already use it for taking photos and videos.

– Users who are big photo users.

– Users really want to enjoy particular capabilities included in those specific applications.

Improvement on High Sierra

High Sierra offers some new features. One of the most important one is AFS or Apple File System. This Apple MacOS High Sierra upgrade allows users to organize and manage all your data. With this new feature, they can experience faster and smoother operating system that offers more stability. With the AFS, users will be capable of copying files very quickly. Apple calls it Instant Cloning.

The video and upgrades of this new OS is also excellent. Similar to AFS, some users may not notice it but, they will get the benefits. This upgrade is Apple HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding). These days, users mostly take videos on high resolution. As a result, the video files take too much space. But, with HEVC, Mac users will be able to have more compression on their videos without decreasing its quality. In consequence, they don’t need to worry about their free storage space.imac-pro-display_559_112017105819

When users upgrade their old MacOS with this new one, they will be able to edit their photos more conveniently. The photo app on High Sierra offers more photo-editing options. One of them is Curve. It allows users to adjust contrast and color plus selecting color and hues.

High Sierra comes with Safari 11. This browser is excellent. Many experts love it because it offers something that Chrome doesn’t have. Chrome used to be the best browser for Mac. But, it is no longer so. Safari 11 offers more stability than Chrome. In addition, it has Intelligent Tracking Prevention. With this feature, you can browse the internet without worrying much about your privacy. It will expire third-party cookies which track you across the web as soon as the 24 hours are up.

More about Safari 11

Safari 11 have the ability to block autoplay videos automatically if they make noises. Apple claims that this browser allows users to browse the internet faster. However, an expert said that it is only milisecond faster than Chrome. In consequence, users may not notice it very much.

If you don’t want to update your MacOS, you will still be able to enjoy the benefits of Safari 11. It is because this browser does not require the latest operating system. Users can install this browser even when they don’t run High Sierra. Apple MacOS High Sierra is a brilliant operating system despite the security issue. It is more secured than the previous OS.

Source: http://www.techinexpert.com/2017/10/02/apple-macos-high-sierra-pros-and-cons/

Here’s the truth of iPhone X for water resistant!

water-resistant-iphone-x-IPHONEFEATURES0917Technically the iPhone X is water-resistant, but it is basically waterproof. Your iPhone X is waterproof when submerged up to one meter (roughly three feet) in water.

You can tell if the iPhone X is waterproof or water-resistant by looking at it’s IP rating. An IP rating, which stands for International Protection Rating or Ingress Protection Rating, lets you know how dust-resistant and water-resistant a device is.

An IP rating consists of two numbers — the first is dust-resistance and the second is water-resistance. The IP rating of the iPhone X is IP67, which means it scored the highest level of dust-resistance and second highest level of water-resistance. The iPhone X is completely dust-resistant and water-resistant up to about in a meter of water.

Even though the iPhone X is waterproof when submerged up to about one meter in water, your warranty or protection plan will not cover liquid damage. This is also true for the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus. So, think carefully before showing off this cool party trick to your friends and family!

Source: iphonehelp.expert

iPhone X, the most powerful and smartest chip ever in a smartphone

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iPhone X, is a a designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc. Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the iPhone X on September 12, 2017, alongside the iPhone 8 and 8 plus at the Steve Jobs Theater in the Apple Park campus. The phone is slated for release on November 3, 2017. This iPhone marks the iPhone’s tenth anniversary, with “X”.

Within Apple’s line-up, the iPhone X is positioned as a high-end, premium model intended to showcase advanced technologies, such as wireless charging, OLED display, dual cameras with improved depth sensing, and a face recognition unlock system called Face ID.

An iOS 11 GM build was also leaked over the preceding weekend, confirming the new design and features and revealing the new Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE connectivity.

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Specification:

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The iPhone X has a 5.8-inch (diagonal) OLEDcolor-accurate screen that supports DCI-P3 wide color gamut, sRGB, and high dynamic range. This “Super Retina HD Display” has the True Tone technology found on the iPad Pro, which uses six-channel ambient light sensor, to adapt the display’s color temperature to the surrounding ambient light. It has a typical contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1, a typical maximum brightness of 625 cd/m2, and a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating.

The iPhone X contains the Apple’s A11 Bionic SoC, which is a hexa-core processor using the 10nm process. It has the Neural Engine, which is the AI accelerator. It has two cores optimized for performance which are 25 percent faster than the A10 Fusion along with four efficiency-optimized core which are 70 percent faster than the iPhone 7.

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Face ID replaces the Touch ID system. The Flood illuminator is an invisible infrared light that helps identify the user’s face in the dark. A dot projector uses more than 30,000 invisible dots that are projected onto the face to build its unique facial map. An infrared camera reads the dot pattern, captures an infrared image, then sends the data to the secure enclave in the A11 Bionic chip (which contains a dedicated AI Accelerator) to confirm a match. The system will not work with eyes closed—preventing access if unattended.

The iPhone X features two cameras, a 12 MP wide-angle camera with six-element lens, autofocus, IR filter, burst mode, f/1.8 aperture, digital image stabilization, and optical image stabilization. It can record 4K video at 24, 30, or 60 fps or 1080p at 30 or 60 fps, and slow-motion video (1080 at 120 or 240 fps), timelapse with stabilization. It can capture panoramas, and recognize faces. The telephoto lens has 2× optical zoom / 10× digital zoom, Portrait Lighting (beta), f/2.4 aperture, and optical image stabilization. It also has a quad-LED “True Tone” flash with Slow Sync. It has a 7 MP TrueDepth camera with a f/2.2 aperture.

*source: en.wikipedia.org

A BEAUTIFUL MIND IPHONE 8 & 8 PLUS

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Ten years after the launch of the original iPhone, now Apple launch their new products; iPhone 8 and 8Plus. Unlike the iPhone X, the iPhone 8 family keeps close to the familiar iPhone design, with the glass backed smartphones now able to be wirelessly charged.

Features

  • 4.7 and 5.5-inch LCD screens
  • A11 Bionic processor
  • Glass back cover
  • Wireless Charging
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  • Single 12MP rear camera on 4.7-inch model
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 64GB, 256GB capacities
  • Launched September 2017

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have custom front and rear glass, made with a 50 percent deeper strengthening layer, fitted onto a steel substructure and surrounded with an aerospace-grade 7000 Series aluminum band. At the top of the face side of both phones are the FaceTime camera, microphone, and speaker, with the Home button featuring Touch ID towards the base. At the bottom edge is a Lightning connector, another microphone, and a stereo speaker grille. On the left side are the volume buttons and the Ring/Silent switch, with a side button on the opposite edge.

On the back side are the familiar camera bumps seen in previous generations. The iPhone 8 uses a single camera lens while the Plus model has two camera sensors in the standard horizontal arrangement, with both sets of cameras flanked by a flash. The iPhone 8 measures 5.45 inches tall by 2.65 inches wide and is 7.3 millimeters (0.29 inch) thick. The Plus is much larger, measuring 6.24 inches tall by 3.07 inches wide, but is only 0.2 millimeters thicker at 7.7 millimeters (0.30 inch). While the iPhone 8 weighs 5.22 ounces, the bigger Plus weighs in at 7.13 ounces.  The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have IP67 water and dust resistance.

*source:appleinsider.com

5 TIPS AND TRICKS FOR IPHONE YOU SHOULD KNOW

1. Save Battery Life (When It Is Running Low)

When your iPhone battery is running low, turning off the following settings can help make your iPhone last longer. With these off, you can still receive calls, SMS and even go online with EDGE connection.

  • Settings > Wi-Fi > Off
  • Settings > Bluetooth > Off
  • Settings > Privacy > Location Services > Off
  • Settings > General > Cellular > Enable 3G > Off
  • Settings > General > Cellular > Enable LTE > Off
  • Settings > Sounds > Vibrate on Ring & Silent > Off
  • Settings > Brightness & Wallpaper > Auto-Brightness > Off
  • Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data > Off.

2. Stop The Music With A Timer

Do you like to listen to music when getting into bed for the night but often doze off without switching the iPhone off? You can use a timer to help you shut down the music. To do this, tap on Clock > Timer > When Timer Ends. Scroll down and tap Stop Playing. Then, set a timer (say 30 mins) and tap Start. Now you may play any music and it will be turned off after 30 mins.

 

3. Use Headphone Cord to Take Photo

Shaky hands not getting you good photos? Well you can trigger a snapshot using the volume up or down buttons on your headphone.

Macorner Customer4. Filter Groups That Can Reach You

The ‘Do Not Disturb’ feature allows us to silence calls, alerts and notifications when the iPhone is locked. However there are important calls that we can’t afford to miss, for example, calls from Mom or your heavily pregnant wife. Here’s a tutorial to help important groups of people reach you even in ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode.

 

 

5. Disable Messages Preview

Here is a simple way to prevent others (see: annoying dad, mom, sister, brother, best friend) from accidentally reading your incoming SMS alerts when your iPhone is left unattended. Go to Settings > Notifications > Messages > Show Preview. Tap the option and turn it off to exclude a preview of the message in alerts and banners.

 

REVIEW : APPLE – MACBOOK PRO TOUCH BAR, NEW!

 

THE NEW MACBOOK Pro comes in three flavors: two 13-inch models and a 15-incher. They all have thinner bodies, better screens, and trackpads so big they blot out the sun. And you can buy it in space gray. But the important addition is the Touch Bar. This capacitive strip of OLED glass above the keyboard is supposed to change everything, again, about how you use your laptop.“For 25 years,” Tim Cook said while unveiling the device, “we’ve been defining and redefining what a notebook is and what it can do.” Dramatic pause. “And today, we’re going to do it again.” Of course, Apple expects you to pay up: the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar starts at $1,800.

It’s been several years since the last big MacBook update, and mine is, like yours, long in the tooth. I’d been waiting for a reason to buy a new one, and jumped at the chance to try the new Pro. This is supposed to be it! The laptop of the future, and the future of the laptop. After using it, poking and prodding it, and plugging things into it, I have one word of advice.

 

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People love Apple computers because Apple gets the basics right. The keyboard, the trackpad, the screen, the speakers, all the table-stakes things too many companies get wrong. And in most cases, Apple made the best even better with the new MacBook Pro.

The trackpad doesn’t physically click, but feels like it does, and it is so big and smooth you’d be crazy to use a mouse. The keyboard (a refined take on the 12-inch MacBook’s butterfly keys) doesn’t have much travel and takes getting used to, but it’s accurate and crisp and works beautifully. The speakers are louder and clearer than ever. I get eight or nine hours from the battery, as long as I’m not Photoshopping all day and keep the brightness below eye-bleeding levels. And the screen is, well, the screen is ridiculous. Apple’s ultra-wide color gamut, on top of the super-high resolution, makes it the best laptop display I’ve ever seen.

The 13-inch Pro, which I’ve been using, is a bit over half an inch thick and weighs almost exactly three pounds. I carried a MacBook Air for years, and this feels like that. (The footprint is actually a bit smaller.) Everything about it, even the charger, is smaller than ever. Apple could have kept the body the same and added more battery, or more power, but opted for smaller and lighter. How you feel about that says a lot about whether you’ll like the new Pro.

Apple’s Touch Bar doesn’t quite count as revolutionary, but it’s the biggest change in years. The thin OLED strip, where the function keys used to be, knows which app you’re in, tries to guess which features or settings you might need, and puts them within reach (barely) of your fingertips. In Safari, the Touch Bar offers small indicators for each tab and bookmark, plus quick access for search and opening a tab. In Messages, it becomes the Emoji Bar, which is objectively the best thing ever. You can scrub through your timeline in Final Cut, or swipe through photo albums in Photos. There’s no new functionality here, just easier and more obvious access to common stuff.

Technically, the Touch Bar works brilliantly. It’s fast and smooth and responsive. The textured glass feels great, and looks fantastic. Using my fingerprint on the Touch ID reader to log in and to pay for stuff is the best. But the implementation feels unfinished.

With no function keys, shortcuts for adjusting brightness and controlling music are hidden in a tiny menu to the right of the Touch Bar. Three are accessible at a tap: mute, volume, and screen brightness. (What madman needs brightness controls that much?) Pausing or playing music—something I do about 45,000 times daily—requires carefully tapping on the tiny left arrow, waiting a moment for the menu to expand, then finding and pressing the button.

“It takes a heartbeat longer to pause my music” hardly qualifies as a burn-it-down kind of problem. But the Touch Bar exists precisely to make these small, repetitive tasks easier. And too often, it just doesn’t have the option or button I’m looking for. The screen changes constantly, moving things around to the point where I can’t find anything. I’d like to see Apple open the Touch Bar so users can customize it. Then it could be everything I want it to be, because I could make it so. Right now, I’m subject to Apple’s best guess about what I want.

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MacBook Pro 2016 release date, news and rumors

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Apple’s MacBook Pro range hasn’t been updated for some time: the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina was refreshed in March 2015 and the 15-inch in May. New MacBook Pros are clearly imminent, especially considering Apple’s market share in the computing space fell 4.9% in Q2 2016 compared to the year prior.

The biggest change is likely to be in the Pros’ processors, and while there are rumours of detachable touchscreens we’d take them with a hefty pinch of salt.

Appearing more and more likely, though, is that a small, OLED display will take the place of the MacBook Pro‘s function keys in its 2016 revision. And, like theiPhone 7 before it, some are even suggesting the death of the 3.5mm headphone jack.

MacBook Pro 2016 release date

We expected to see the new MacBook Pro 2016 at Apple’s annual developer event, WWDC, this June. However, as reports had previously suggested, this year’s conference focused primarily on introducing new software updates rather than hardware. So even if there is a new MacBook Pro in the works, it took a backseat in June to iOS and macOS amendments.

Reports up to this point suggest the new hardware will feature hinges produced using a mechanism called ‘metal injection molding’. Said to be inspired by Microsoft’s Surface Pro line of devices, the hinges are apparently being manufactured by Ampenol, who makes hinges for Microsoft’s convertible tablet.

These hinges have purportedly begun shipment for the 13-inch MacBook Pro. Meanwhile, the 15-inch model’s hinges are set to arrive in the third quarter of the year, making the Q4 2016 release window argument even more convincing. Reports suggest that the new slim MacBooks will boast a quadruplet of USB-C ports, two on each side, perhaps complemented by additional color variations akin to the 12-inch MacBook.

MacBook Pro 2016 price

The current MacBook Pro range starts at £899 ($1,099) for the 13-inch non-Retina model, rising to £999 ($1,119) for the entry-level 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro and topping out at £1,999 ($2,099) for the 2.5GHz 15-inch Retina.

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The 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro, tucked away apologetically at the foot of Apple’s product page, surely can’t be long for this world; come the updates we’d expect it to vanish in favour of a Retina 13-inch model instead.

Apple tends to keep its pricing similar between generations, so an £899 entry-level Pro with Retina display is likely to be the baby of the range.

MacBook Pro 2016: what’s so special about Skylake?

The MacBook Pro is trailing PC rivals in the processor stakes: Dell and HP are moving on to the seventh-generation Intel Kaby Lake processors this fall, while Apple is still clinging to the fifth-generation Broadwell chips.

This year’s MacBook Pro, however, is believed to meet in the middle, purportedly sporting sixth-generation Skylake chips. The move to Skylake is likely to warrant massive speed improvements across the board in addition to more impressive battery lives.

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Skylake has some tricks up its silicon sleeve that Broadwell lacks, including support for WiGig and WiDi short-range, high speed data transfer as well as wireless charging. We may not see that flip of the switch in this year’s notebooks, but it’s possible nonetheless for Apple to tap into this functionality later on.

However, one thing Skylake can’t do is output 5K resolutions over a single cable stream. That’s why, in June, sources told Buzzfeed reporter John Paczkowski that Apple is working on a 5K external display complete with its own integrated graphics chip to handle the stream.This would theoretically replace the now-defunct Thunderbolt Display of yesteryear. The graphics, according toBloomberg reporter Mark Gurman should be based on AMD’s new Polaris architecture.

MacBook Pro 2016: fitter, happier, more productive

Faster is a given, better battery is almost certain. What about design changes? The current MacBook Pro is fairly porky compared to Apple’s other notebooks, especially the minimalist USB-C MacBook.

That’s partly because it’s an older design and partly because the current MacBook Pro boasts lots of ports: twin Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3, an HDMI socket and an SDXC card slot.

Apple isn’t sentimental about removing supposedly must-have features it deems redundant – the MacBook Pro lost its SuperDrive years ago – so could those ports be for the bullet too in favour of one or two USB-C ports? Reports seem to point to that. Not only is the MacBook Pro 2016 expected to feature USB Type-C ports, but on top of that, they’ll be USB 3.1 Gen 2, making them even faster than the first-gen port of the 12-inch MacBook.

It’s certainly possible, and if AppleInsider’s remarks on recent DigiTimes rumors are to be believed, it doesn’t appear all that unlikely either. Moreover, with Intel’s integration of Thunderbolt 3 in USB-C connections, USB, Thunderbolt, DisplayPort, PCI Express and power can be delivered over a single cable.

If the 2016 MacBook Pro doesn’t have at least one USB-C port we’ll eat an iPad – although it’ll be interesting to see how much Apple prizes thinness over existing connectivity.

USB-C has the bandwidth for daisy-chaining even the most demanding devices, and of course Apple is always happy to sell reassuringly expensive adapters when it bins a previously popular port.

MacBook Pro 2016: Touch ID and next-gen SSDs?

The Pros are all about performance, so will they get next-generation SSDs? It’s a nice thought, but while Intel’s blazingly quick Optane SSDs are destined for Macs, they aren’t likely to appear in any this side of 2017.

Another persistent rumour is TouchID fingerprint recognition, but that particular pundit also predicted TouchID in the recent Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad updates, which of course didn’t happen. A recent leak suggests, however, that a fall MacBook rollout will incorporate a power button featuring TouchID tech.

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In a July patent approval, Apple suggested it was interested in extending Apple Pencil support beyond the limits of the iPad Pro’s touchscreen display and onto its Magic Trackpad. The speculation doesn’t stop there, of course, as this idea could easily translate to the onboard MacBook trackpads as well.

Don’t be surprised if, come Autumn, we see a revamped Apple Pencil revealed alongside a new set of MacBook Pros.

MacBook Pro 2016: Detachable keyboard and screen?

One of the most interesting MacBook Pro rumors is that it’s getting a touchscreen, and perhaps a detachable keyboard, too. We think that’s spectacularly unlikely, for several reasons.

Those reasons are: iPad Pro, iPad Pro, iPad Pro, iPad Pro and iPad Pro. Apple already has a device with a detachable touchscreen, and it isn’t a MacBook. There’s another reason for our cynicism, and that’s macOS. The macOS Sierrainterface isn’t optimized for touch since the company likes to keep its operating systems fine-tuned for their respective audiences.

More likely to come true is the theory that Apple will implement, in some capacity, a touchscreen keyboard in its next MacBook Pro.

While a patent filed by Apple suggests an iPad-like interface in favor of a the physical keyboards we’ve all grown accustomed to, photographs recently acquired by Cult of Mac show something a little different; that is, a more conventional Magic Keyboard-esque qwerty layout featuring a touchscreen OLED display to replace the function keys.

And, although this rumour seems awfully farfetched for an annual MacBook Pro revision, there is evidently some truth behind it, according to French website MacGeneration via 9to5Mac who discovered code indirectly alluding to the OLED bar’s virtualised buttons.

A touchscreen, even a tiny one ousting a single row of keys, could make for an enticing compromise for those in pursuit of the classic MacBook Pro experience in addition to fans of the ever-flourishing 2-in-1. Nonetheless, mobile data plansmay be on the agenda for next-gen MacBooks, a move better explained by a removable keyboard.

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macOS Sierra FAQ: What you need to know about the new Mac operating system

This fall, Apple will release macOS Sierra, a major update to the Mac operating system. This FAQ will answer some of the general questions you may have to help you learn what it’s all about and whether you should install it on your Mac. We’ll update this FAQ with more questions, answers, and details as the release date approaches.

macOS? What happened to OS X?

Apple decide to change the name in order to fit with the names of iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. So no more Roman numerals (or that annoying person who insists on calling it “OS ex”).

Some trivia, if you’re interested: macOS isn’t entirely a new name. Before version 10, Apple used to call its Mac operating system Mac OS, with the last version being Mac OS 9. Apple change the name to OS X when version 10 was released in 2001.

Does Apple still name its Mac operating systems after California locations?

Yup. This one is macOS Sierra.

More trivia: Sierra refers to a mountain range in central and eastern California. It’s also called Sierra Nevada, and a small part of the range lies in the state of Nevada. (Sierra is Spanish for mountain range and Nevada is Spanish for snowfall.) Lake Tahoe, a popular snow-sport location in the winter and a frequently-visited lake in the summer, is located in the Sierra. Yosemite National Park (which is home to El Capitan) is also there. Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the contiguous United States, is in the Sierra.

What version of the Mac operating system is this?

10.12.

iCloud Drive will now let you access documents on saved to the Desktop on any Mac.
iCloud Drive will now let you access documents on saved to the Desktop on any Mac.

When will it be available?

macOS Sierra will be available on September 20.

How much will it cost?

Apple makes its operating systems available for free, and macOS Sierra will be no different.

Will it run on my computer?

Here’s the list of Macs that will run macOS Sierra.

  • MacBook (Late 2009 and later)
  • MacBook Air (2010 and later)
  • MacBook Pro (2010 and later)
  • Mac mini (2010 and later)
  • iMac (Late 2009 and later)
  • Mac Pro (2010 and later)

Should you upgrade to macOS Sierra?

Once you’ve determined that you have compatible hardware, deciding to upgrade is a personal choice. If you absolutely depend on a specific app and would be crippled without it, you should wait to make sure from that app developer that their software will work with macOS Sierra.

If you do decide to upgrade on macOS Sierra’s ship date, make sure you back up your data first. If you end up having a serious problem, you can revert back using your backup.

I heard that Siri is in macOS Sierra. True?

It’s true. There will be a Siri icon in the dock. Clicking on it activates Siri. You can use it as you would with your iPhone, like say, if you need directions, are trying to find a nearby restaurant, or want information on a topic.

You can also use it to find files on your Mac. For example, you can tell Siri to find all the files with with word “report” in it, and Siri will list those files.

Siri also lets you work with other Apple apps. You can take Siri results for, say, an image, and then drag and drop the image into a Keynote presentation. You can have Siri find a location in Maps, and then drag the location into an email.

Apple has not announced a third-party API for macOS Siri, so Siri may not work with third-party Mac apps.

I also heard that Apple Pay is coming to the Mac. Yes?

Yes. When you’re shopping online and you see an Apple Pay button, you can click on it to use Apple Pay to pay for it. You still need your iPhone, however. Apple Pay on the Mac uses the iPhone’s Touch ID to verify your purchase; you can also press your Apple Watch side button twice.

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Speaking of the Apple Watch, why can’t I use it to unlock my Mac?

Well, with macOS Sierra, you can. When your Mac has been inactive or you’re powering it up and you get to the login screen, a feature called Auto Unlock will sense your Apple Watch and instantly log you in. No more typing your password.

What are the other new features?

Here’s a list of the major new features showcased at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference. They include iCloud Drive Desktop access, Optimized Storage, Picture in Picture, Tabs, and Universal Clipboard.

Some of the other neat features:

  • Apple File System, a new file system not only for macOS but also for iOS, tvOS, and watchOS.
  • enhanced Messages
  • support for third-party app integration with the Contacts app
  • Apple Music improvements

Photos for Mac gets new features, too. A new Memories tab automatically creates slideshows based on events, places, or people. There’s also support for extension for Photos that will allow for editing of Live Photos. When you make an edit, it will apply to the whole Live Photo, not just the one sequence you edited.

Safari will have a major change in the way it handles content that uses plug-ins like Flash, Sliverlight, and QuickTime. You’ll see an alert that tells you the plug-in is not installed, and you’ll need to click on a “Click to use” button to see the content. Apple is doing this to force websites to load—if it’s available—HTML5-compliant media implementations.

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