Lots on the new MacBook Pro, LG Ultrafine monitor, Sierra combo updater, goodbye 11-inch Air, iTunes update, Sonnet 10-Gigabit, Stronghold Kingdoms


(Image from Apple Inc's MacBook Pro page)
(Image from Apple Inc’s MacBook Pro page)

A closer look at Apple’s late-2016 MacBook Pro lineup — The new trio of MacBook Pro models each feature a thin-and-light design and powerful technology that Apple hopes will spark the interest of everyone from road warriors to professionals. From the Touch Bar to Touch ID to the gigantic Force Touch trackpad, AppleInsider presents a rundown of the line’s best features.
The AMD Radeon Pro 450, 455, 460 chipsets debuting in the MacBook Pro detailed benchmarked: AMD has offered up some technical information on the three discrete chipsets debuting in the new MacBook Pro line, showing nearly double the performance on the Radeon Pro 460 over the Radeon Pro 450.
The MacBook introduced USB-C to Apple’s laptop lineup in 2015, and the just announced Retina MacBook Pro with Touch Bar gives us Thunderbolt 3, which looks exactly like USB-C. Not sure what the differences are and how they affect you? Read on to learn more. Apple had to introduce yet another dongle for it. And Apple posted Sir Jony Ive’s inside-look introductory video for the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.
Seven technologies died in the new MacBook Pro, including MagSafe, but there are other new things too, like the new MacBook Pro Touch Bar and Apple’s T1 authentication chip.
Software: here’s how Photoshop will work with the new MacBook Pro Touch Bar, and Microsoft announces plans to bring MacBook Pro Touch Bar support to Office suite.

The LG UltraFine 5K is the display Apple promotes for its new MacBook Pros — At today’s ‘hello, again’ event, Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke of Apple teaming with LG to offer a 27-inch 5K Retina display to go along with the new MacBook Pros. It’s the LG UltraFine 5K Display. It will set you back US$1299 and will be available in December. This suggests Apple has permanently exited the stand-alone monitor business [Apple made good monitors but they well overpriced].

Apple updates iMovie, Pages, GarageBand, Keynote, Numbers, Xcode with Touch Bar compatibility — Apple has posted new versions of iMovie, Pages, GarageBand, Keynote, Numbers and Xcode for the new MacBook Pros Touch Bar compatibility. They join Final Cut Pro X with such functionality. Apple World Today talks about these updates too.

Apple Releases Combo Updater for macOS Sierra 10.12.1 — Apple has released the combo updater for macOS Sierra 10.12.1. It’s a 1.36GB download and contains everything in the macOS Sierra 10.12.1 released on Monday. Apple is recommending 10.12.1 update for all users — if you updated through the Mac App Store already, you do not need this download.

Apple Discontinues 11-inch MacBook Air — Apple dropped the little Mac laptop from its online store on Thursday following the ‘hello, again’ event where new Retina MacBook Pro models were introduced. The 13-inch MacBook Air is still available, but now the more expensive and port-limited 12-inch MacBook is the smallest screen laptop Apple offers.

iTunes update kills bugs —  iTunes 12.x IconApple released iTunes 12.5.2 late last week. The update fixes two bugs, one dealing with album playback order, and the other an issue with lyrics showing in Beats 1.

Sonnet announces Dual-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) PCI Express Adapter Cards — Sonnet Technologies has announced the Presto 10GbE SFP+ Dual-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express 2.0 card and the Presto 10GbE 10GBASE-T Dual-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express 3.0 card.

LaCie targets its new Thunderbolt 3 portfolio to new MacBook Pro users — LaCie, the premium brand from Seagate Technologies, has announced its Thunderbolt 3 portfolio of storage solutions aimed at video professionals. They’re described as “ideal companions to Apple’s new MacBook Pro.”

Stronghold Kingdoms: Heretic available for the Mac — Firefly Studios has released a free expansion for Stronghold Kingdoms — Stronghold Kingdoms: Heretic. Now available as an update for Mac, Heretic allows players to build kill streaks by crusading against the forces of evil or “go heretic” and join them. You can ally with fellow players and save medieval Europe or swear allegiance to series antagonist The Wolf and watch the world burn.

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3 thoughts on “Lots on the new MacBook Pro, LG Ultrafine monitor, Sierra combo updater, goodbye 11-inch Air, iTunes update, Sonnet 10-Gigabit, Stronghold Kingdoms”

  1. Interesting iteration of the MacBook, but will the introduction of Touch Bar be enough to dissuade the masses from switching to alternatives? While USB C is the new standard, I predict a scramble to find decent USB 2-3 to USB-C hubs. I wonder why Apple continue to leave touch-screens purely to the iPad. Are they consumed with this “smaller and lighter is better” mentality. Personally I don’t object to a chunkier laptop providing it has a range of features I can use. I’d rather have them built in than having to clutter my already cluttered life with even more peripherals.

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    1. I respect your criticism, but as one who totes his laptop several time s a week, lighter definitely appeals to me so far. I don’t want a touch-screen Mac – grubby fingerprints all over my screen all the time! Graphics professionals you value accuracy and colour correctness would probably be on my side here.

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