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  • New Macbook Pro: thumbs up for Consumer Reports

    Apple's new Macbook Pro has finally received a thumbs up from Consumer Reports, after the tech firm issued a software update for the laptops. The consumer organisation initially tested the Macbooks in December, giving it a thumbs down for wildly variable battery life. One of the more inconsistent results occurred when testing the 13-inch model without the Touch Bar. Consumer Reports found that the model would run for 19.5 hours in one test and then run for 4.5 hours in the next test. The group shared the results and data with Apple, with the tech firm identifying a bug and crafting a fix. The new Macbook Pro...

  • Apple fixes dodgy battery bug in new Macbook Pro

    Apple has issued a software fix for its newest Macbook Pro laptops, coming just weeks after Consumer Reports failed to recommend the new computers. In December, the consumer organisation ran the new Macbooks through a series of tests to determine their battery life, revealing highly variable results. "For instance, in a series of three consecutive tests, the 13-inch model with the Touch Bar ran for 16 hours in the first trial, 12.75 hours in the second, and just 3.75 hours in the third. The 13-inch model without the Touch Bar worked for 19.5 hours in one trial but only 4.5 hours in...

  • New Macbook Pro: thumbs down for Consumer Reports

    Consumer Reports has refused to recommend the latest range of Macbook Pro laptops for purchase. The influential consumer organisation said that seriously unpredictable battery life was the main reason for users to delay their purchase. "The laptops did very well in measures of display quality and performance, but in terms of battery life, we found that the models varied dramatically from one trial to another," read an excerpt from their website. "Apple says that these computers should operate for up to 10 hours between charges, but some consumers in Apple's support forums reported that they were only able to use their laptops for...

  • Super Mario Run hit 40 million downloads in four days

    By now you know that Super Mario Run has become the latest mobile gaming sensation, but just how successful is Nintendo's first proper mobile game? The company revealed that the game has been downloaded over 40 million times in four days. "We are pleased to announce that we have exceeded 40 million downloads worldwide in four days. In addition, Super Mario Run ranks first in the App Store free game ranking in 140 countries and regions..." Nintendo of Japan announced (thanks, Google Translate).  Apple's Phil Schiller said that Super Mario Run broke the previous App Store download record, congratulating the company for the...

  • New Macbook Pro now in SA: what about price?

    The iStore has announced the availability of the latest generation Macbook Pro laptops in South Africa. The 13-inch Macbook Pro was launched on 28 November in the country, while the 15-inch model will be available "soon", the store chain wrote in an emailed statement. Most of the new Macbook Pro models come equipped with a "Touch Bar", being a touch-sensitive strip that replaces the row of function keys. The Touch Bar also includes a Touch ID fingerprint scanner, allowing users to authenticate purchases and lock down their device. The new Macbook Pro line isn't cheap, but the Touch Bar seems rather intriguing Don't care...

  • Global smartphone sales spike as Samsung, Apple lose ground

    China's smartphone makers are slowly eating into Samsung and Apple's global market share, this according to a new report by Gartner. Globally, smartphone sales increased by 5.4% year-on-year, with 373.2-million devices sold. Leading this charge was Huawei, Oppo and BBK (the company that owns the likes of Oppo, OnePlus and Vivo). The three manufacturers claimed 21% of the global smartphone sales market in Q3 2016, compared to Samsung's 23.6% and Apple's 13%. Samsung had its worst smartphone sales quarters ever, thanks in part to the Note 7 Notably though, most of these smartphone sales from Oppo and BBK were in China. The fall of...

  • What can the MacBook Pro Touch Bar be used for?

    Last week, Apple revealed its latest MacBook Pro lineup, complete with a Touch Bar replacing the row of function keys. "The Touch Bar places controls right at the user's fingertips and adapts when using the system or apps like Mail, Finder, Calendar, Numbers, GarageBand, Final Cut Pro X and many more, including third-party apps. For example, the Touch Bar can show Tabs and Favorites in Safari, enable easy access to emoji in Messages, provide a simple way to edit images or scrub through videos in Photos and so much more," Apple wrote on its website. But what else can you do...

  • You can’t directly connect your iPhone to new MacBook Pro

    Apple held its MacBook Pro event last night, revealing few surprises if you were keeping up with the rumour mill. In an interesting move, the new MacBook Pro laptops sport four USB Type-C ports, moving away from the single Type-C nonsense of the vanilla MacBook. These new laptops don't have full-sized USB ports however, which means you can't actually connect your iPhone directly to the MacBook. The solution is to splash out US$25 on a USB Type-C to Lightning cable, available from the Apple online store. The new MacBook Pro line has some lovely features, but iPhone users will be in for a tough time Fortunately,...

  • New Apple MacBook Pro: a laptop to save all laptops?

    Let's get real for a moment: laptops aren't the sleek and sexy devices they once used to be. In the early 2000s, it was hard to be cool if you didn't own one, and even less so if it wasn't an Apple product. With global laptop and PC sales on the slide, the new Apple MacBook Pro is Cupertino's latest effort to stem the tide. So, what has it brought to the fight this time? Read more: Apple’s new TV app is called ‘TV’ because some things never change If you missed Tim Cook and company's latest announcements tonight, here are some...

  • New Macbook Pro leaked with touchbar, Touch ID

    Apple is widely tipped to reveal a new MacBook Pro or two on 27 October, but it looks like they may have spoilt their own launch. According to MacRumors, the latest version of MacOS Sierra shows what appears to be the new MacBook Pro. What stands out in the image though? For starters, the rumours of a touch-enabled bar (replacing the function key row) seem to be true. The touchbar seems context-sensitive too, so imagine media controls appearing on it when playing a movie or editing options when typing a document. The New MacBook Pro seems to be a radical and long-overdue laptop, if the...