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MacBook Pro 2012 family gets price slash at Best Buy

MacBook Pro 2012 family gets price slash at Best Buy

It's certainly not due to low demand that Best Buy has suddenly cut off bits of the price for several Apple MacBook products here in the summer of 2012. The first of these discounts is from the massively powerful MacBook Pro with Retina display, tricked out with 8GB of memory and a 512GB solid-state drive - where normally it'd be $2,799.99, it's now been cut to $2,659.99, that being a $140 USD discount. But why is it such a big deal that Apple products are discounted when essentially every other manufacturer discounts products such as these all the time?

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VLC 2.0.2 adds Retina display support

VLC 2.0.2 adds Retina display support

VLC, the popular cross-platform media player, has received an update to version 2.0.2 that adds a plethora of new features. Most importantly, it adds HiDPI support for the new Retina MacBook Pro. Visual elements in the app will now be rendered correctly on the Retina display, with buttons, toggles, and menus appearing sharper and crisper. Other features in VLC 2.0.2 includes Growl 1.3 support, media key functions for keyboards other than Apple’s, and various crash fixes.

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Modbook Pro makes MacBook a serious tablet

Modbook Pro makes MacBook a serious tablet

Back before Apple announced the original iPad, the Modbook team set out to take existing MacBook Pros and turn them into standalone tablets. The idea was to take the internals and add a touchscreen into the mix, giving you a powerful yet relatively portable tablet running full blown OS X. Now the company is back, and has today announced the Modbook Pro, taking the current-generation 13-inch MacBook Pro and runs with the tablet conversion.

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Retina MacBook Pro apps expose full resolution

Retina MacBook Pro apps expose full resolution

When Apple introduced the Retina MacBook Pro, the logic behind the increase in resolution was the same as with the iPhone 4 and 4S. The user interface would remain the same, with graphical elements instead appearing crisper and sharper. While there are a few options to dabble with in the Display settings, Apple doesn’t allow users to expose the full 2880x1800 resolution for increased real estate. There are a couple of workarounds for the problem, however.

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Retina MacBook Pro 4-monitor setup revealed

Retina MacBook Pro 4-monitor setup revealed

It appears that the Retina MacBook Pro has shown itself to be the first Mac notebook to exist with the power to work with four displays natively. The Mac Pro tower has an ability to power this many monitors, of course, but in that the Retina MacBook Pro has been proven this week to be able to run three monitors outside of its own this week via HDMI and Thunderbolt, it is a bit of a milestone for the manufacturer at least. And look at how awesome this setup looks!

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iFixit tears down new MacBook Pro, compares it to Retina

iFixit tears down new MacBook Pro, compares it to Retina

With the teardown of the new Retina MacBook Pro out of the way, iFixit has turned its attention to the regular MacBook Pro that was refreshed with Intel’s new Ivy Bridge processors. While the gang wasn’t too crazy about the lack of the Retina MacBook Pro’s repairability, the vanilla version seems to fare better, receiving a 7/10 score. In the process of the teardown, iFixit has compared some of the internals to the Retina MacBook Pro.

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MacBook Pro Retina Display shares secrets in teardown

MacBook Pro Retina Display shares secrets in teardown

Apple's MacBook Pro with Retina Display may have terrified the teardown experts with its tightly-packed chassis and blithe disregard for user-repair, but they couldn't resist returning to open up the high-res screen. iFixit couldn't get the new Pro's lid open in time for their original teardown, but with new tools in hand they took a second shot at discovering how Apple had managed to accommodate so many pixels in so slim a component.

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Apple hikes battery replace fees for MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Apple hikes battery replace fees for MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Apple has increased the cost of replacing the integrated battery in the MacBook Pro with Retina Display by more than 50-percent over its predecessor, increasing the fee to $199. The new model - which features the slimmest casing in a unibody Pro chassis to-date, relying on tightly-squeezed batteries to do so, is the most expensive model under Apples battery replacement program, according to the company's own support documentation.

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SlashGear 101: Retina MacBook Pro or MacBook Air?

SlashGear 101: Retina MacBook Pro or MacBook Air?

You couldn't move this past week for talk on Apple's new hardware for WWDC, with the main attention centering on the MacBook Pro with Retina Display and the 2012 MacBook Air. Both citing portability as key to their ethos, and both grabbing Intel's newest third-generation Core processors to back that up with power, each makes a compelling case to be included in your briefcase or bag. But which new notebook is the tastiest Apple for you? Read on for everything you need to know.

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