Top Pro orders, 13 teardown, Luminar, FXStudio Pro, new from Adobe, cheaper Mac SSDs


Luminar is an all-new photo editor for Mac
Luminar is an all-new photo editor for Mac

Phil Schiller saysNew MacBook Pro has more orders from Apple than any other pro model ever — In an interview, Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller discusses Apple’s philosophy between keeping iOS and macOS separate, record-breaking sales of the new computer from Apple’s website, customers being up in arms about the MacBook Pro features or lack thereof, and Apple fandom.

MacBook Pro 13 teardown reveals a smaller battery, custom SSD hardware — As is typical for every MacBook Pro release, iFixit got its hands on one of the new Touch Bar-less 13-inch MacBook Pro laptop models soon after they were available and promptly tore it apart.

Luminar is a new all-in-one photo editor from Macphun, now available for preorder — Macphun has just announced the start of pre-orders for Luminar, a new all-in-one photo editor that is designed around the idea that all photographers are different, as are their needs for photo editing. [I am working on a review now.] Starting today and running through November 17, customers can pre-order Luminar for just US$59; pre-orderers also get extras.

FX Photo Studios — If you like tweaking photos on your Mac and need more than Photos, you should check out FX Photo Studio for Mac (also from MacPhun) for its plethora of special effects.
It offers access to over 150 photography effects. You can use it to blend filters and experiment with styles of photography art such as lomography, analog effects, vignettes, tilt-shift, sketches, textures and many more. Plus, there are sport photo editing tools including sharpening, shadowing and colour adjusters. FX Photo Studio for Mac is available as a standalone app or as a plug-in for US$39.99. It requires macOS 10.9 or later.

Adobe unveils new design apps, ‘Sensei’ service, updates & more at MAX conference — Adobe at its MAX 2016 industry conference on Wednesday announced a slew of new software products and app updates for imaging professionals, including an automated service called Sensei, as well as a stock photography and video partnership with Reuters.

Apple cuts price of flash storage upgrades on some older Macs — Apple has cut flash storage upgrade pricing for 512GB and 1TB modules on some older Macs. Apple has been charging between US$200 to $500 for a 512GB SSD upgrade, depending on the Mac model and base configuration, while the 1TB option sold for between US$700 and $900. With the updated pricing, shoppers in the market for a MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, iMac or Mac Pro can save up to US$200 on custom high capacity configurations.

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