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Evidence Mounts: Apple's Butterfly Keyboard is on the Way Out

· John Martellaro · Link

2018 Touch Bar MacBook Pro keyboard membrane

Evidence is mounting that the ill-fated Butterfly mechanism keyboard that Apple has been using in its notebook computers ever since the MacBook debuted in 2015 will eventually become history. AppleInsider has the goods:

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suspects that the [rumored] 16-inch MacBook Pro will be the first Apple laptop to shift [back] to a scissor mechanism …

Furthermore, Kuo is predicting that the entire MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lines will migrate in 2020 to the technology.

Some think this is evidence of the subtle hand of Apple’s COO Jeff Williams.

A Very Personal MacBook Pro Disaster, Part 3

· John Martellaro · Editorial

In this part 3, John continues the saga about a failed 2018 MacBook Pro and its Thunderbolt Dock. It’s been quite an adventure.

A Very Personal MacBook Pro Disaster

· John Martellaro · Editorial

For the first time in 15 years, John has had a Mac product fail utterly. The experience confirms the observations of others.

Apple Releases the First 8-Core MacBook Pro

· Andrew Orr · Product News

Today Apple updated the MacBook Pro line with faster 8th- and 9th-generation Intel Core processors with eight cores.

Apple Finally Serious About MacBook Keyboard Problems

· Andrew Orr · Link

Apple is now serious about MacBook keyboard problems some people may have, and repairs at Apple Stores promise next-day turnaround.

Most keyboard-related repairs will be required to be completed in store until further notice. Additional service parts have been shipped to stores to support the increased volume.

These repairs should be prioritized to provide next-day turnaround time. When completing the repair, have the appropriate service guide open and carefully follow all repair steps.

MacBook Pro SSD Upgrade Options More Affordable

· Andrew Orr · Link

Besides updating its line of iMacs, Apple has quietly made MacBook Pro SSD upgrades more affordable.

2TB and 4TB SSD upgrade options for 13 and 15-inch machines are now more affordable, with Apple dropping prices as much as $400. Upgrading to 2TB of storage on the 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro models is now $200 cheaper, while upgrading to 4TB on the 15-inch MacBook Pro is $400 cheaper.

These Macs Have an Audio Glitching Bug

· Andrew Orr · News

It seems that the newest Macs have an unresolved audio glitching bug that has to do with Apple’s T2 security chip. 

A List of macOS Touch Bar Apps

· Andrew Orr · Link

The Touch Bar on recent Macs doesn’t seem to get a lot of love, but David Nield writes about macOS Touch Bar apps that do make use of it.

We’re only going to limit ourselves to mentioning one Apple app in the list, but dig around, and you’ll find that pretty much every native macOS program includes some Touch Bar shortcuts you might find useful.

Personally I’m of the opinion that the feature is gimmicky and doesn’t add much functionality to Macs.

Mujjo Folio Sleeve for the New 13″ MacBook Air and Pro

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

Mujjo released a very smart leather-folio case for the new 13″ MacBook Air and MacBook Pro on Wednesday. It has a single-leather panel on the outside and zips that go around three sides to make accessing the interior easier. The inside is felt-lined and contains a variety of compartments, including some for bank cards. The case is treated to be water-repellant. The Mujjo folio sleeve comes in black and is available online for €119.90 ($134.38) with free worldwide shipping.

Mujjo Folio Sleeve for the New 13″ MacBook Air and Pro

Using iPad, Apple Original TV Shows, and Macs with Jim Dalrymple: ACM 490

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Logo

Bryan Chaffin and guest-host Jim Dalrymple talk about how they use their iPads, and it turns out they’re pretty different use cases. They try to talk about where Apple TV might go but venture into a much deeper conversation about Apple’s original TV shows and videos. Spoiler: one of them is a pessimist. They close the show by examining the state of the Mac. Another spoiler: one of them is a pessimist!

You Can Now Buy a 15-Inch MacBook Pro with Radeon Pro Vega Graphics Options

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

Space Gray 15-inch MacBook Pros with a Radeon Vega graphics are now available to purchase on the Apple Store. Users can choose from Radeon Pro 560x, Radeon Pro Vega 16 and Radeon Pro Vega 20 options. The Pro Vega 16 will add $250 to the cost of the machine, while the Pro Vega 20 options will add $350. Apple announced the introduction of the Radeon graphics following its October 30th ‘There’s More in the Making’ event.

You Can Now Buy a 15-Inch MacBook Pro with Radeon Pro Vega Graphics Options