Apple Unveil’s new MacBook Pro’s with Touch Bar

 

Apple has announced the all-new MacBook Pro, confirming that the new computer will come in 13-inch and 15-inch sizes, in both Silver and Space Gray colour options. The MacBooks are thinner and lighter than their previous generations, come with a Trackpad that’s larger than the ones on the previous MacBooks, and have a redesigned keyboard for better typing.

Apple calls it “the most powerful MacBook Pro ever,” and the 13-inch model features a 2.9 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, 8GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage. The 15-inch version has a 2.6 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.5 GHz, 16GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage. Both computers reach “up to 2.3 times the graphics performance” of the previous generation.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro features Radeon Pro discrete graphics, while the 13-inch model has Intel Iris Graphics. Each edition includes SSDs with sequential read speeds over 3GBps, and the ability to drive a 5K display through a single Thunderbolt 3 port thanks to the technology’s consolidation of data transfer, video bandwidth, and charging abilities.

For the display, that means Apple has created “the brightest, most colorful notebook display” ever, with images that are more vivid and lifelike thanks to the screen’s 500 nits of brightness. In total, that means the new screen is now 67 percent brighter than the previous generation MacBook Pro, has 67 percent more contrast, “and is the first Mac notebook display to support a wider colour gamut.” The company said that none of this negatively affects battery life, because with power saving technology in the MacBook — including a larger pixel aperture, a variable refresh rate and more power-efficient LEDs — the display now consumes 30 percent less energy.

Regarding ports, the MacBook Pro now has four Thunderbolt 3 ports, any of which can be used to charge the laptop, and Apple has officially done away with MagSafe charging on its MacBook Pro line. The enclosure of the MacBook Pro features an entirely new design and all-metal unibody construction, and the 13-inch model is 14.9 mm thin while the 15-inch option is 15.5 mm thin.

In comparison to the last edition of the MacBook Pro, the 13-inch model is 17 percent thinner and has 23 percent less volume, while the 15-inch is 14 percent thinner and 20 percent less volume. In terms of weight, the 13-inch is 3 pounds and the 15-inch is 4 pounds, both devices coming in at nearly half a pound lighter than their previous iterations.

Of course, the biggest addition to the MacBook Pro is the new “Touch Bar,” which sits atop the keyboard and officially replaces the function keys on the laptop. As was rumored, Touch Bar is application specific and adapts to what’s on screen, be it scrolling through months in Calendar, choosing an album in Photos, selecting emoji in Messages, and many more, including third-party apps like Microsoft Office.

Another advantage is Touch ID, which comes integrated into the power button on the new MacBook Pro. Once a user enrolls their fingerprint into the Touch ID system on MacBook, they can unlock the computer with the simple press of a finger, switch user accounts, and even make purchases with Apple Pay‘s new integration on the web.

A second generation butterfly mechanism in the keyboard provides more responsive typing. Below the keyboard, Apple expanded the Trackpad to be 50 percent larger in the 13-inch MacBook Pro, and twice as large than previous models on the 15-inch MacBook Pro. The speakers got an overhaul, too, with louder, more true-to-life sound that have double the dynamic range and improved bass.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro is expected to cost about R34 999 in South Africa, while the 15-inch is expected to cost about R45 999, and both devices are expected in South Africa in January.

Apple has also decided to not create a new “Air” model, instead introducing an entry-level MacBook Pro without a Touch Bar that is expected to cost about R28 499 in South Africa and should be available in the middle of November.

Apple market share in South Africa

A survey of 12,000 office workers in South Africa by Inspiration Office has detailed which operating systems local workers prefer.

The survey focussed on the “bring your own device” trend, but touched on other aspects of office workers’ IT experiences.

The results showed that 52% “needed” a smartphone at work, while 38% preferred a tablet.

When it comes to a desktop computer 80% prefer Windows and 11% prefer an Mac Mini, iMac or a Mac Pro.

When is comes to Laptops 79% prefer Windows, while 15% prefer a Macbook, Macbook Air or Macbook Pro.

When it comes to smartphones 50% prefer Andorid while 41% prefer iOS. While Android has a larger market share than iOS there are many more Android devices compared iOS only running on the iPhone. We could estimate that iPhone has 41% market share in the work place.

The iPad is a clear winner in the tablet market with 49% and Android only having 37%.

Apple Invites Media to ‘Hello Again’ 27 October Mac-Centric Event

Apple sent out media invites for a Mac-centric event that will be held on Thursday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m. (South African Time) at Apple’s Cupertino campus. 

The October event is expected to focus on the introduction of new Macs, headlined by a much-rumored and highly anticipated revamped MacBook Pro. According to rumors, the new MacBook Pro will feature the first redesign to the machine since 2012.

A thinner, lighter body is expected, with a wider, pressure-sensitive trackpad and a flatter MacBook-style keyboard with the same butterfly key mechanism. The MacBook Pro will be available in the same 13 and 15-inch size options, and will feature USB-C with USB 3.1 support for faster transfer speeds, Thunderbolt 3, and Touch ID

Touch ID is expected to be built into a new OLED touch panel built into the top of the MacBook Pro, where it will replace the physical function key row. The OLED touch panel is said to feature contextual buttons that will change based on each app that’s in use. A leaked chassis suggests it will feature four USB-C ports and a headphone jack, but no HDMI port, no USB-A ports, no MagSafe connector, and no SD card slot.

A refreshed 13-inch MacBook Air with USB-C ports has also been rumored, but it is not clear if other internal changes will be made to Apple’s low-cost machine. It’s possible the 13-inch MacBook Air will be a standalone product going forward, based on rumors suggesting the 11-inch model will be discontinued

Apple is also said to be working on updated iMacs with AMD graphics chips, which could be introduced at the event, and we might possibly see the debut of a rumored 5K Retina display with an integrated GPU. Apple discontinued the original Thunderbolt Display earlier this year, but an updated product has been in the works and it makes sense to release it alongside refreshed Macs if it’s ready to launch. 

Apple’s Mac Pro and Mac mini are in dire need of refreshes, having been updated last in 2013 and 2014, respectively, but it is not clear if these machines will also see updates at the event.

Core releases pricing of updated Macbook Air & 13 inch Macbook Pro’s

Core have released pricing for the recently updated Macbook Air‘s and 13 inch Macbook Pro’s. Overall there has been about R1 000 increase for the Macbook Air and up to R2 000 increase in the Macbook Pro’s. the price increase is most likely because of the weak Rand.

11″ MacBook Air 13″ MacBook Air 13″ MacBook Pro
Processor 1,6 GHz 1,6 GHz 1,6 GHz 1,6 GHz 2,7 GHz 2,7 GHz 2,9 GHz
RAM 4GB 4GB 4GB 4GB 8GB 8GB 8GB
Storage 128GB 256GB 128GB 256GB 128GB 256GB 512GB
Price R13 599 R16 499 R14 999 R18 499 R18 999 R22 499 R26 999

Along with the price increase Core also announced new prices for the previous Macbook Air’s and 13 inch Macbook Pro’s. The price decrease in in about R2 000 across the board with a R3 000 decrease on the top of the range 13 inch Macbook Pro. These model’s won’t be around for long as Core is most likely clearing their stock.

Older Models 11″ MacBook Air 13″ MacBook Air 13″ MacBook Pro
Previous Price R12 699 R15 699 R13 999 R17 599 R17 499 R20 999 R24 999
New Price R10 899 R13 499 R11 999 R14 899 R15 799 R17 999

New Macbook Pro with Retina Display, now available at iStore

With fourth-generation Intel Core processors, powerful graphics and ultra-fast flash storage, the incredibly advanced MacBook Pro with Retina display delivers unprecedented performance and remarkable battery life.


Now available at iStore

MacBook Pro Retina 13”

2.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
128GB flash storage

R17 499

MacBook Pro Retina 15”

2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
256GB flash storage

R26 499

2.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 
256GB flash storage

R20 999

2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
512GB flash storage

R33 499

2.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
512GB flash storage
 

R24 999