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Logic Pro X and GarageBand get big updates: Touch Bar, iCloud, more

Logic Pro X and GarageBand get big updates: Touch Bar, iCloud, more

Apple's Logic Pro X has gained Touch Bar support on the latest MacBook Pro, with the music software - and its GarageBand for iOS cousin - getting a big update today. Logic Pro X 10.3 not only embraces the slender touchscreen strip on Apple's latest notebook, but revamps the UI throughout; as for GarageBand for iOS 2.2, that gets a brand new synthesizer and a new interface. Meanwhile, music-makers using both products will be better able to create on the move thanks to new remote access options.

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MacBook Pro battery retested as Consumer Reports tries Apple’s fix

MacBook Pro battery retested as Consumer Reports tries Apple’s fix

Consumer Reports is re-testing battery life on the latest MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, after Apple released a software update intended to address wildly varying runtimes. The patch, which is being released to the macOS beta channel today and will eventually be included for all users of the software, focuses on a buried setting in Safari, the browser which Consumer Reports used for its controversial testing back in December. Back then, the organization found that despite Apple's claims of around 10 hours of battery life for the new notebooks, the MacBook Pro models it bought would sometimes deliver just a fraction of that.

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LG UltraFine 5K works with older Macs, needs an adapter

LG UltraFine 5K works with older Macs, needs an adapter

Are you disappointed that Apple discontinued its Thunderbolt displays? Do you own a not so recent Mac or MacBook? If you answered yes to both, then your prayers may have been answered. LG and Apple collaborated to make the UltraFine 5K monitor a stand in for Apple’s deprecated display, with a bit more talent. Even better, the monitors are on a discount until March next year. Even better than better, they’re actually compatible with older Mac models. Provided you have an adapter, of course, and are willing to settle for lower resolutions.

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Apple’s leaked 2017 Mac roadmap unlikely to silence critics

Apple’s leaked 2017 Mac roadmap unlikely to silence critics

Tim Cook may have promised "great desktops" in the pipeline, but 2017 is shaping up to be a disappointing year for Mac fans if the latest leaks are correct. With iPhone providing a fat wedge of Apple's profit each quarter, not to mention iOS app revenues, the fear among desktop users for some time has been that attention within the Cupertino company has slipped away from the platform that once saved it. According to insider chatter, that concern may in fact be well founded.

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Tim Cook to Apple employees: ‘we have great desktops’ planned

Tim Cook to Apple employees: ‘we have great desktops’ planned

Despite some speculation to the contrary, Apple remains committed to the Mac desktop, at least per messages posted by company CEO Tim Cook to Apple employees. “Some folks in the media have raised the question about whether we’re committed to desktops,” Cook posted, saying likewise that Apple has "great desktops in our roadmap. Nobody should worry about that."

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HyperDrive Compact Thunderbolt 3 USB-C hubs adds all the ports to Macs

HyperDrive Compact Thunderbolt 3 USB-C hubs adds all the ports to Macs

Mac users know that the thin and svelte design of the latest MacBooks means that the connectivity options for the notebook are limited. You need a different dongle for just about anything you want to connect to the Mac. A new product called the HyperDrive has turned up on Kickstarter and it may be the ideal thing for MacBook users looking for expanded connectivity.

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Your old MacBook may soon be obsolete

Your old MacBook may soon be obsolete

This week the folks at Apple have been tipped to add several models of old Mac computers to their list of vintage and obsolete products. Being added to this list would effectively kick devices off the repair availability charts for Apple Stores around the world. Once a device has been added to the vintage and obsolete products list, users will be unable to access hardware service or new parts from official Apple sources.

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Can Apple’s new MacBook Pro ad convince you on the Touch Bar?

Can Apple’s new MacBook Pro ad convince you on the Touch Bar?

Apple didn't quite get the reception it was expecting for the new MacBook Pro, particularly when it comes to the contentious Touch Bar. Now, it's turning to a new advert to try to hammer the message home that its slim strip of customizable buttons above the keyboard on the new notebook is more dramatic an innovation than, say, the full touchscreen you might find on a Windows 10 machine. To do so, it's going on a memory trip through old breakthroughs.

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Watch Beyonce get in formation as Primitive app creates vector magic

Watch Beyonce get in formation as Primitive app creates vector magic

The app Primitive has been released today for OS X, turning photos (or whatever other images you like) into arrays of shapes. The process begins with a single image, provided by the user. The user selects bounds within which the program must operate - circles, rectangles, quadrilaterals - then the fun begins. This app selects shapes that best fit all areas of the image - size, color, placement - and fits them in, one at a time.

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Microsoft: Visual Studio for Mac preview is inbound

Microsoft: Visual Studio for Mac preview is inbound

Microsoft recently announced plans to launch Visual Studio for Mac, something it revealed in a blog post that was deleted a short while after it went live. Though the announcement appears to have been made prematurely, all the details are now public and it seems the preview will arrive during the company's Connect developer event. Once it does, the days of Mac users having to use a Windows or virtual machine to run the software will officially end.

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Macphun Luminar, a new all-in-one photo editor, is a Mac exclusive

Macphun Luminar, a new all-in-one photo editor, is a Mac exclusive

Macphun has introduced a new all-in-one photo editor called Luminar, and it is available exclusively for Mac. According to Macphun, Luminar is the first ever photo editor that adapts to one’s own skill level and personal style. The software features an adaptive interface, photo filters, pro-level editing tools, custom workspaces, and more. The product isn’t intended to replace Macphun’s Aurora HDR, however.

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Apple cuts Mac flash storage upgrade pricing

Apple cuts Mac flash storage upgrade pricing

If you are in the market for a new Mac computer storage upgrades for the older Mac Pro and MacBook machines have been reduced at Apple. If you like the idea of spending big money on the Mac Pro with its umbrella holder style, you will want to hear this. Apple has cut the price of storage upgrades for buyers of the Mac Pro. The base amount of storage is still a 256GB PCIe-based flash device. Upgrades include 512GB or 1TB of the same type of storage media.

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