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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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Use the MacBook Pro Touch Bar to play piano with this app

Use the MacBook Pro Touch Bar to play piano with this app

We've already seen a few creative uses of the Touch Bar on Apple's new MacBook Pro; some useful, like a dedicated task-switching app, and some silly, like running the original Doom on the super-narrow OLED touchscreen strip. Now there's another option that falls somewhere in-between: a dedicated piano app.

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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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This cool Touch Bar app polishes MacBook Pro task-switching

This cool Touch Bar app polishes MacBook Pro task-switching

Apple promised it'd be third-party developers who demonstrated just why the Touch Bar was the right way to make the new MacBook Pro finger-friendly, and now those devs are wading in. Microsoft is expected to push out a Touch Bar enabled version of Office later in the year, and Adobe is readying a Touch Bar Photoshop upgrade too. However, there are equally interesting things coming out of smaller coding studios as well, as the potential for the OLED touchscreen strip is explored.

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Late 2016 MacBook Pro capped at 16GB RAM because batteries

Late 2016 MacBook Pro capped at 16GB RAM because batteries

Apple’s MacBooks, be they the Pro, normal, or Air variety, have always been praised for their slim and light designs, relatively speaking. But as computing hardware gets more powerful, something will eventually have to give. In this year’s case, apparently that is the MacBook Pro’s RAM that was the scapegoat. Apple has taken flak for the laptop’s 16 GB RAM limit, which power users have analyzed and criticized to no end. This has lead Apple SVP for Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller to take the mic to defend the decision, which basically boils down to compromising for better battery life.

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Doom runs on everything, including MacBook Pro Touch Bar

Doom runs on everything, including MacBook Pro Touch Bar

It is both a running joke as well as a tradition within the programming and gaming communities that a computer is really only a computer if it can run Doom. The first one, mind you. Well, now you can probably consider the fancy new Touch Bar introduced in the late 2016 MacBook Pros to be computers in their own right. Because, yes, someone has gotten Doom to run on that Touch Bar. No, not use the Touch Bar for controls but actually run on the Touch Bar, display and all.

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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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The 5 best power packs for the new MacBook Pro (right now)

The 5 best power packs for the new MacBook Pro (right now)

The new MacBook Pro has a very cool trick you may not be aware of. In addition to those USB-C ports being the future of connectivity, they can also charge your computer. That means you now have four different ports to charge from! And maybe the best part: you don’t need to plug in. Those ports also accept charges from battery packs, which makes your new MacBook Pro the ultimate in portability. Here are a few packs you should consider slipping in your bag.

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MacBook Pro 2016 teardown shows fragile Touch Bar, low repairability

MacBook Pro 2016 teardown shows fragile Touch Bar, low repairability

Just a couple of weeks after we got an up close and personal look at the 13-inch entry level MacBook Pro, the folks at iFixit are back with their teardown of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. The teardown confirms a lot of things about the internals of the new MacBook Pro, and not all of them are good for those who'd like to handle repairs themselves.

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Touch Bar MacBook Pro said to have fixed SSDs, small batteries

Touch Bar MacBook Pro said to have fixed SSDs, small batteries

Apple’s latest, and perhaps most debated MacBook Pro has started shipping, so naturally the more adventurous new owners immediately set to open the machine up to discover new treasures. What they discovered instead were disappointing clues. Although not yet confirmed by teardown experts like iFixit, the late 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar may have been revealed to have permanently soldered SSDs inside. To add insult to injury, it may (or may not) also have smaller than normal batteries in order to keep the laptop light.

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MacBook Pro with Touch Bar Review (late-2016)

MacBook Pro with Touch Bar Review (late-2016)

Anticipation is a dangerous thing, and expectations around the long-awaited redesign of the Apple MacBook Pro for late 2016 were almost preternaturally high. Beloved workhorse of graphic designers, video editors, coders, and others wedded to the macOS ecosystem, any change to the MacBook Pro was going to be contentious. All the same, even stoic, self-confident Apple was seemingly rocked by the fierce reaction to features like Thunderbolt 3 and the brand new Touch Bar.

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