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.

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.

Informal Test Shows New MacBook Pro is Quieter

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

One of the features Apple is pushing for its new Touch Bar MacBook Pro is a quieter keyboard. Less clackity-clack will no doubt make a lot of people happy, but is it really quieter? TechCrunch did their own informal test with a previous generation keyboard and the new model. They recorded the results, and there is a difference between the two, but it may not be as dramatic as some were hoping for. Still, it’s quieter, and that’s something.

New MacBook Pro Love (Mostly) and FCC Reaches for New Low - ACM 470

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Logo

Apple announced new MacBook Pros, and Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet talk about what they like (processors and RAM) and what they don’t like (pricing on storage). They also dig into FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s efforts to reach for a new low.

This Concept Imagines Using a Touch Bar on iOS

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Developer Eyad Murshid created an interesting concept yesterday. It imagines what a Touch Bar on iOS would look like. It’s called AccessoryTouchBar, and I personally like it. Although, having a Touch Bar and the predictive text bar would take up a lot of room, so maybe they could be merged. In any case, head over to GitHub and check it out. There are GIFs that show it in action. Touch Bar on the Mac seems to be lets you perform certain functions and third-party apps can add their own functionality to it. If third-party apps on iOS could modify the Touch Bar, we could see some Cool Stuff™.

This Concept Imagines Using a Touch Bar on iOS

Craig Federighi Doesn't See a Touchscreen Mac in the Future

· Jim Tanous · News

no touchscreen macbook

Even though Apple announced that iOS apps will soon be ported to the Mac, Apple exec Craig Federighi doesn’t think that a touchscreen Mac makes sense, stating that the explosion of touchscreens in the Windows world may end up as a failed experiment.

Apple Remote Desktop Updated with Touch Bar Support

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

Apple Remote Desktop and MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Apple updated Apple Remote Desktop to version 3.9 Tuesday. The update adds support for the Mac Book Pro’s Touch Bar. It also features the ability to export computer lists and beefs up security.

Apple Finds Bug after Consumer Reports MacBook Pro Battery Test

· Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Consumer Reports said in a blog post Tuesday that Apple has a fix for a bug uncovered in CR testing. According to statements from both CR and Apple, there was a bug in Safari that caused battery life issues on Apple’s new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, and Apple has released a fix for that bug to its beta program, and said it will release it to the public in the coming weeks.

TextExpander Adds MacBook Pro Touch Bar Support

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Smile’s TextExpander got a nice update on Monday, assuming you’re a Touch Bar MacBook Pro user. The 6.1.3 update adds Touch Bar support so you can add, organize or delete snippets with a tap, filter snippets, and check your snippet statistics, too. The update also includes better VoiceOver access and fixes a few bugs because everyone else deserves a little something in the download. TextExpander 6.1.3 is a free download and works with Smile’s TextExpander subscription service.

TextExpander Adds MacBook Pro Touch Bar Support