Finally. Apple released new MacBook Pros at a special event held at its Cupertino campus earlier this week. I’ve ordered the top of the line 13" Touchbar version in Space Gray with a 3.3Ghz i7 and 16GB of RAM. Should be here in mid-November.
It was also a busier than usual week because Apple released it’s Q4 results. Between the regular news of the week, the financial earnings and the special event I have more links of note than ever this week. In the interests of sharing as many as possible with you, I’ll (mostly) forgo my normal commentary and simply share with you the many links of note for the week ending October 30, 2016:
David and I recorded and released early our weekly episode of MPU focusing on the event. However since we’ve recorded that show more information has become available about the new machines. What follows in today’s weekly review are mainly articles of note related to the new MacBook Pros and follow-up on Apple’s Special Event.
Relating to Apple’s Special Event and the new MacBook Pros:
- Some more hands-on experience with the new MacBook Pros - Perhaps one of my favorite and most helpful of the week. Jason Snell who was at the event shares his initial thoughts and impression after spending some time with the new MacBook Pro.
- 13" MacBook Pro 2016 Unboxing - YouTube - One of the few unboxing videos I’ve found on the web.
- Many MacBooks - Stephen Hackett runs down the available MacBooks - it’s amazing to see them all broken down by price point.
- Why Isn’t Netflix Part of Apple’s New TV App? - I’m a little curious about Netflix’s absence in the TV app.
- Apple’s Phil Schiller: ‘We Don’t Design for Price, We Design for the Experience’ - I was disappointed to see Apple’s notebooks generally got a lot more expensive this week. Contrary to popular belief, I still think price is a very big deal for many consumers.
- The Mac Line is Still Kinda Broken - Stephen Hackett on what was left out of this week’s announcement.
- New MacBook Pro Touch Bar, T1 Chip Run on a Variant of watchOS - A little bit of iOS in every new Mac.
- Apple Says It’s Out of the Standalone Display Business - Sad to see this, but I can’t say I’m surprised. I have an older 24" Cinema display on my desk and while it’s outdated, it’s beautiful. I’ll be buying the $1300 LG monitor when it’s available, but I’m not particularly happy about it. My desk just lost a lot of its visual appeal.
- OWC teardown finds removable SSD in entry-level 13″ MacBook Pro without Touch Bar - I bought the 512 GB SSD in my MacBook Pro which I think will suit me for quite some time (my current machine has only a 256 GB SSD with room to spare). Nice to know that an upgrade might be an option down the line.
- Thunderbolt 3 Ports on Right Side of 13-Inch MacBook Pro Have Reduced PCI Express Bandwidth Interesting notes in the linked Apple Support Document. Because of my setup I tend to favor plugging things into the right side of my MacBook. I’ll have to make a note to alter my behavior.
Apple’s 4th Quarter Results:
- Apple Reports Fourth Quarter Results
- Apple’s fiscal 4th quarter in 5 charts - Six Colors - Jason Snell sums things up nicely with charts and graphs.
Other News of Note:
- Apple Delays AirPods Rollout Past October - I was really sad to see this. I hope they make it out in time for Christmas as the AirPods are on my list.
- Apple Watch Nike+, The Perfect Running Partner, Arrives Friday, October 28
- macOS 10.12.1 Sierra, watchOS 3.1, and tvOS 10.0.1 Mostly Fix Bugs - ScanSnap users note that the 10.12.1 update also includes specific fixes for ScanSnap.
- Apple Has Created ‘Detailed Mockups’ of iMessage for Android - No surprise they’ve considered this, but I wonder if we’ll ever see it.
- The internet of secure things - Last week’s DDOS attack was primarily a result home appliances and utilities run amuck. It’s very scary.
- Google Gets Creepier - Speaking of scary, Google’s new TOS now allows them to associate web-browsing information with personally identifiable information. Do not like.
Finally this week, one of the features I’m most looking forward to in the new MacBooks is the integrated TouchID sensor. Looks like third party developers, including 1Password, are already figuring out how to make their programs work with the integrated TouchID sensor. I foresee a day where I never have to type a password again.