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Consumer Reports recommends new MacBook Pro after retesting

Consumer Reports recommends new MacBook Pro after retesting

Following its retesting efforts, Consumer Reports has revised its previous decision not to recommend the new MacBook Pro, changing its decision to recommended. As we previously reported, Apple worked with Consumer Reports directly following the publication of its results, something that ultimately led to a software fix. Once that was available, Consumer Reports retested the units and found the results favorable.

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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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OWC DEC is an inconspicuous dock for the 2016 MacBook Pro

OWC DEC is an inconspicuous dock for the 2016 MacBook Pro

Among the things the latest MacBook Pros have been criticized for, aside from the debatable battery life, is Apple’s abandonment of traditional ports and connectors in favor of going all out with Type C Thunderbolt 3, which are, in shape and compatibility, USB-C holes. Sure, there are dozens of hubs and extensions out there to remedy that, but those just mean yo have another thing to carry and potentially get lost. OWC, famous for their Mac upgrades and accessories, might have come up with a prettier solution: the OWC DEC. It is practically a storage and port expansion dock that looks like it’s actually part of the MacBook Pro itself.

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Will CES 2017 bring the Mac accessories Apple can’t be bothered to make?

Will CES 2017 bring the Mac accessories Apple can’t be bothered to make?

CES 2017 is almost upon us, and while the annual Consumer Electronics Show will be dominated by vast televisions and, increasingly, car tech, it's the smaller gadgets I'm most looking forward to. If there's one thing 2016 has taught us, it's that we shouldn't get too attached to our favorite celebrities; if there's a second thing, though, it's that the brave new dongle world we live in is surprisingly poorly populated. Yes, Apple, I'm looking at you.

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Apple working with Consumer Reports on MacBook Pro battery test

Apple working with Consumer Reports on MacBook Pro battery test

Apple's new MacBook Pros were dealt a significant blow this week when Consumer Reports failed to give the laptops its highly desired recommendation, a first for long-popular line of notebooks. As for the reason, Apple touts that the latest MacBook Pro offers users up to 10 hours of battery life, but Consumer Reports' tests found this to be far more inconsistent, with battery life varying widely from times including 3.75 hours to 16 hours.

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MagNeo magnetic USB-C adapter looks like something Apple would build

MagNeo magnetic USB-C adapter looks like something Apple would build

One of the things that I always thought Apple was smart for building was the MagSafe connector. Having tripped on a power cord before and broke a notebook, having a magnetic adapter that comes apart to prevent that sort of damage is a big deal. A new power adapter that is similar to MagSafe has landed on Kickstarter and it is called MagNeo.

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Consumer Reports’ MacBook Pro opinion isn’t glowing

Consumer Reports’ MacBook Pro opinion isn’t glowing

Apple's late-2016 MacBook Pro has come in for some unexpected criticism, with Consumer Reports opting not to recommend the new macOS flagship notebooks. In a report released today, the testing organization praised both performance and display quality for the freshly-released - and much anticipated - machines, but that proved insufficient for them to get the "recommended" rating. Instead, Consumer Reports takes issue with battery life.

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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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Photoshop gains MacBook Pro Touch Bar Support

Photoshop gains MacBook Pro Touch Bar Support

Mac users who are also avid Photoshop users will love this new announcement. That new MacBook Pro touchbar has gained some cool new functionality within the photo editing platform. Adobe says that it has been working hard to bring support for the Touch Bar to Photoshop and as of yesterday the update adding in that support is available for download.

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macOS 10.12.2 removes Time Remaining estimate, users cry out

macOS 10.12.2 removes Time Remaining estimate, users cry out

Apple has been hailed for championing simplicity and minimalism but, at the same time, also accused of “dumbing” things down because users will be too confused. The latest macOS Sierra maintenance update, version 10.12.2, will probably be remembered for the latter. Together with the dozens of fixes for actual issues and security holes, Apple silently sneaked in, or rather out, one more. Much to some users’ exasperation, Apple has removed the “Time Remaining” indicator from the battery applet. Apple’s reason? It’s not exactly accurate and, therefore, confusing

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Pac-Man on MacBook Pro Touch Bar can only end in death

Pac-Man on MacBook Pro Touch Bar can only end in death

Not everyone is convinced of the utility of the late 2016 MacBook Pro’s fancy new Touch Bar, especially those whose existence depends on the Esc and Function keys. Ironically enough, everyone does seem convinced that Apple’s latest eccentricity is crazy fun to hack and repurpose for so many not so useful things. We’ve seen everything from playing the piano on it or even playing a game of DOOM inside it. While not as insane as the latter, this Pac-Man “endless runner” game is just was whacked.

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